Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: GPA making an example of the GAA

As the celebrities of the world stampede one way in cowardly dereliction of responsibility, the county men march heroically against them, their hands up for duty.

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LARRY RYAN: Trampling on the grassroots - How far should elite sport encroach on clubs?

A trip round the primary school circuit lately, to see would anyone take the twins, pulled my handbrake on a Dunphian u-turn.

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LARRY RYAN: Poetry in motion - the Patsy Dorgan Interview

Legendary Cork Hibernians centre-half Patsy Dorgan was recently inducted into the All-Ireland Hall Of Fame at a reunion event in Cork attended by many of his former Hibs teammates. Now 80 and living in Trinidad, from where he has published three books of poetry, one of Cork’s most beloved sporting sons shared memories of a graceful life, on and off the field.

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LARRY RYAN: Anything is possible for football’s true believers

Patsy Dorgan, the most elegant of League of Ireland centre-halves, explained, for an upcoming feature, how The Dream came true for him.

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LARRY RYAN: Doping not a big big deal

Leicester got another lucky break during the week.

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LARRY RYAN: GAA needs room for manoeuvre

Not all of the GAA’s proudest traditions have proved robust. 

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LARRY RYAN: Goodbye to football men

It is not an uncommon scenario; the rugby man, with all his connections and influence, sending the football man, with his talents, away from the office disappointed.

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LARRY RYAN: Football fans made a hash of Twitter

Nostalgia is an awareness that we ruin everything. And so it is with Twitter, which will celebrate its 10th birthday on Monday, with everyone pining for the good old days of 2011 or 2012.

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LARRY RYAN: Maria Sharapova and the science of redemption

A GRIPPING week, when the high horse galloped neck and neck with the spinning machine.

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LARRY RYAN: Arsenal's bottle isn’t all about optics

Business opportunity. Even as football’s stats and analytics industries grow apace, there is nobody yet adequately measuring what we now know to be the most persuasive indicator of performance; seemingly insignificant gestures and habits.

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LARRY RYAN: Trust the cynics to wave the 'imaginary yellow card'

An important anniversary will soon be reached; the great modern Premier League fear of mime is almost ten years old.

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LARRY RYAN: Rugby boom facing a crash

It seems certain now that rugby is about to be driven underground. Or at least back to wherever it was a couple of decades ago.

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LARRY RYAN: Leicester get sneak peek of a different pressure

It’s different now. Maybe they caught the first glimpses even as they trooped back to the halfway line after Robert Huth’s looping clincher at the Etihad.

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LARRY RYAN: Mayo play a whole new blame game

After their speedy acceptance that the concussed Lee Keegan should have been substituted earlier in last Sunday’s defeat by Cork, the Mayo Gaelic football set-up has been widely praised for a constructive contribution to the player welfare ‘conversation’.

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