Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Counties pinning hopes on pundits careless words

For all the pundits and analysts and journos and podcasts and metrics and statistics we have now, there appears to be a fundamental gap in our understanding of Gaelic games’ most crucial dynamic.

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LARRY RYAN: Tackling the Big Sam question

Last time Big Sam Allardyce interviewed for the England job, the FA’s Dave Richards was putting the key questions: “If a player came walking into the dressing room talking away on his mobile, what would you do?”

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LARRY RYAN: Cork City Players prove worth on a night to remember

There was a whiff of box office, writes Larry Ryan.

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LARRY RYAN: Now Cork have fastened onto the idea that hurling is starkers without them, they will be dangerous

When Cork hurlers win the All-Ireland, next year or the year after, they will have Michael Moynihan to thank.

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LARRY RYAN: Is football’s playing field too level?

Attempts at fusion can be deadly. But when it comes off, a great light is shone.

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LARRY RYAN: English stars tot up cost of ‘failure’

“It is the story of a vast superiority, sacrificed through stupidity, shortsightedness, and wanton insularity. It is a story of shamefully wasted talent, extraordinary complacency, and infinite self-deception.”

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LARRY RYAN: Standing up for the big No.9

It should be another special day in Lyon tomorrow. A proud occasion for my people, one we didn’t think would dawn again. A prospect that seemed outlandish four years ago, when we looked entirely out of place on the big stage.

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LARRY RYAN: Gilesy’s way has its merits

The great sadness of Euro 2016, from an Irish perspective, is already evident.

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LARRY RYAN: When the banter bites on the behind

Here we are, back again to those regular bedfellows, the bantz and the ‘controvassy’.

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LARRY RYAN: Cork-Tipperary legend won’t survive many days like this

The day hadn’t decided yet. In Cork, optimism leaked through the curtains early. On Twitter, Jerry Buttimer used new Senate powers to annoint Tipp-Cork the start of summer.

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LARRY RYAN: Beware a Cork display of modesty

I can trace, to the hour, when it became evident that the current Cork crisis would cut very deep. But we’ll come back to that.

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LARRY RYAN: The need to strip football of bantz

“He has something really big going on now,” Quinny warned us, as Big Sam gyrated provocatively across the Stadium of Light pitch, yanking off his jacket and threatening, for a terrifying moment, a celebratory full monty.

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LARRY RYAN: Only Hollywood can do this Leicester story justice

Maybe we’ll have to wait for the movie.

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