Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Mickey Harte first to come to grips with substitution strategy with Tyrone

Of all the ingenious strategies Mickey Harte has come up with in keeping Tyrone so relevant and competitive over the last 15 years, his deployment of Peter Canavan in the 2003 and 2005 All Ireland finals remains among the most bold and brilliant. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Cork’s greatest day in Munster

Unless they win it all in September, the summer of 2017 won’t echo in eternity by Leeside like a ’66 or ’99, but what Kieran Kingston and his players and backroom have already pulled off this year screams of – and demands its own place in – history.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Aidan O’Shea’s restraint admirable to GAA agents provocateur

It is to O’Shea’s immense credit that in the face of constant provocation he has not succumbed to being a reactor, says Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: We’re not just getting great games in the championship but great results too

For a championship game to be vintage, it cannot leave the neutral indifferent, says Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: This isn’t Year One for Cork. For them, it’s simply time

Leaders have emerged for the Rebels this championship season, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: When Cork searched for a leader, Paul Kerrigan stepped up

It can’t be easy being a Cork footballer in recent years and had they lost last weekend, it would have been a whole lot worse, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: LeBron James inspired by ghost of Jordan

Could LeBron James, at least someday, be as good as or even greater than Michael Jordan, asks Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Summer may only be one game old, but for some it feels like it’s already over

Everyone might be resigned to the inevitable but no-one will volunteer or be asked to resign, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Cork hurlers high performance driven by Gary Keegan effect

They’re not half-pregnant now. For years there, that’s essentially how the Cork senior hurlers were going about the place. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: Why two referees — at least — is better than one for GAA

Okay, so it’s not going to happen, but imagine for a moment one – just one – The Sunday Game this summer without mention of a referee’s name.

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KIERAN SHANNON: At last a format worthy of the All-Ireland hurling championship

It’s a shame it’s not in place for this year, this weekend. Picture it – and with weather like this, it’s so easy to picture it.

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KIERAN SHANNON: When it comes to coaching, the truth will find a way

Listening to JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh and Aidan Fogarty on Off The Ball last weekend, it was striking if there was one thing they loved more than winning it was simply playing and if there was one thing they hated more than losing it was not playing at all, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: Son of Kilkenny... man of Munster

Hear the one about the Kilkenny man who played for Munster? Or even better, about the Kilkenny GAA man who now works with Tipp GAA? Ian Dowling is a walking quiz question, but wherever he turns up, success seems to follow...

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