Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Time catching up with days of the GAA dual star

Over the weekend Jimmy Barry-Murphy made the headlines, stepping down as Cork senior hurling manager. It was his second time in the limelight in less than a week, as he was made a member of the GAA Hall of Fame a few days ago.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Breaking bread together may break hostilities

Next Friday there’s a lunch being held in Cork to commemorate the 25th anniversary of one of the greatest feats in the history of Irish sport, the All-Ireland senior double of 1990 won by the men in red and white.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Tyrone have done that, now wear the T-shirt

Before we talk about Tiernan McCann, and we need to talk about him because no other topic in the GAA seems to be worth ventilating, an observation.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Shrinking pitch means less fluency

Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Kilkenny and Waterford followed a template we’ve become familiar with this season: A great deal of anticipation followed closely by a vague sense of disappointment.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Fans the real losers in era of club censorship

Developments across the water caught my eye last week, specifically some news filtering out of Newcastle and Glasgow.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Who needs snow to host a Winter Games?

The Olympic movement, which now seems to be vying with the oily creeps of FIFA in a race for irrelevance, took a pretty substantial lead in that particular headlong rush a few days ago.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A deepening crisis on Leeside

When the playwright Tom Murphy wrote A Crucial Week In The Life Of A Grocer’s Assistant, he might have been a bit previous in choosing his subject.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Maintaining dual mandate at heart of Cork’s woes

The late, great Johnny Clifford had a handy expression for occasions like these.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Women’s sport in spotlight for wrong reasons

A week in the life of women and sport, eh?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Games we play aren’t just the obvious ones

Given the noses in the southwest which were put out of joint last Friday by Conor McCarthy’s piece in these pages, should we start with off-field competition?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Time Cork’s Rebel fans lowered flag for good

Just as expected, a Confederate flag was unfurled on the Killinan End in Thurles on Saturday night among Cork supporters.

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Colm Bonnar, 1996

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Colm Bonnar’s playback of Munster duels with Déise

Derek McGrath mentioned it in passing last week but it’s a game worth revisiting.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Boring boors who bash women’s game miss the point

Amanda Marcotte of the online magazine Slate did the state some service recently when pinpointing a flaw or two in the admittedly tired criticism of the Women’s World Cup, which was running over the past few weeks.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Being there all the way quite the challenge

The GAA line you’ve heard and seen all summer is a simple one.

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A fitting tribute for Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle, near the Island Crematorium in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: VIDEO: They wept for a departed friend: Farewell Jimmy Doyle

THURLES, but not as we know it.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Hard to beat early season local fare

Typically you see the All-Ireland final heralded as the tip of the pyramid, the pinnacle of the GAA year (even if it comes in September).

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Professional approach must work both ways

I enjoyed my holidays, thanks very much. Catalonia is a nice place to be any time, but particularly in the week that Barcelona won the European Cup, with plenty of fireworks in our locality. 

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