Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Devil in detail for meticulous Joe

These are the good days for Joe Schmidt, and there may be a slight danger of looking ahead a little too fast.

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Anto Finnegan leaves the field  with his daughter Ava after Ulster Allstars XV played Dublin 2013 in the #GameForAnto at Ravenhill. Picture: Oliver McVeigh

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Michael Moynihan column: Not every sports star is role model material

The Ched Evans controversy in Britain has provided plenty of talking points in the last couple of weeks.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Hawk talk takes unlikely turn

I promise to enforce a statute of limitations on Web Summit references. It was only last week, though, so surely you’re not jaded with the coverage just yet. You’re not? Good.

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Bill James: Now working for the Boston Red Sox as a consultant, his work in the field of baseball data has had a huge influence on the game.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Pioneering James opens up on the numbers game

In appearance, Bill James reminds you of Michel Lonsdale, the French actor best known for his portrayal of Lebel, the detective who catches the assassin in Day of The Jackal.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Michael Moynihan, Web Summit 2014

David Epstein got the Sports Stage section of the 2014 Web Summit in Dublin off to a terrific start yesterday with a strong plea for the usefulness of small data in sport.

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Kieran Kingston

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Keeping it simple key, says Kingston

Outgoing Cork hurling selector Kieran Kingston says nothing prepares coaches for the cutting edge of senior inter-county team preparation.

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Colin Regan

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Bringing mental fitness into play

Maintaining mental fitness requires work and skill development in the same way as maintaining our physical fitness does.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Managers and coaches gatekeepers for players’ well-being

Everyone welcomes the new focus and openness on mental health within the GAA – recent efforts to remove the stigma about discussing such issues are doing wonders for people facing these challenges all over the country.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Munster Council set to revise split of big-game gate receipts

Munster GAA chiefs are planning to change the division of gate revenue among counties in the Munster championship.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Last post for resolute Bradlee

Ben Bradlee died last week at the age of 93.

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Sean Potts

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Player burn-out focus of ‘very hard-hitting’ GPA report

GPA head of communications Sean Potts revealed yesterday that the player organisation will release a "very hard-hitting" report on player burn-out in the coming weeks, reports Michael Moynihan

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Michael Moynihan column: The truth behind the numbers in American Football 

A piece by Daniel Engber on slate.com struck me recently, as the saying goes, as deserving of a wider audience, writes Michael Moynihan.

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Cats manager Brian Cody's criticism of Barry Kelly just latest of worrying trend.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Targeting of referees of no service to hurling

The furore over Brian Cody’s criticism of Barry Kelly last weekend has shed some light on a little-discussed phenomenon in the GAA, the shadowy world of county-referee incompatibility, where it can be claimed without fear of contradiction that a certain county has issues with a certain official.

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Paul Galvin attack

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Big day finally arrives: It’s the alternative hurling awards 2014

The inter-county hurling season came to a close on Saturday night, which means only one thing: the end of year awards.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Tradition still packs quite a wallop

After the revolution, the restoration.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Still a market for shooting boots

Rolling north through the pleasant greenery of Tipperary, Laois and er, the other counties you pass getting to Dublin gave me a chance to catch up on my reading.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘We looked tired, a wee bit lethargic’

With the gunsmoke still clearing from the battlefield, Jim McGuinness was trying to puzzle out what had happened and was starting to regret his side’s conservatism.

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Umberto Eco

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Contradiction all part of the game

Knowing the sheer quality of my readers, when I (skilfully) drop the name Umberto Eco, I can almost see them nod in recognition.

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Brian Cody

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Cody leaves final door open for Shefflin

Kilkenny have a clean bill of health ahead of the All-Ireland SHC final replay, according to manager Brian Cody, who was circumspect about Henry Shefflin’s chances of starting the game against Tipperary.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Explaining Cork’s Kingdom dilemma

As we loitered in the catacombs under the Hogan Stand last Sunday evening, a colleague from an outlet in the North brought up the All-Ireland football final this Sunday coming.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: We need to talk about Liam (MacCarthy)

Was Sunday the ultimate All-Ireland hurling final? Now that pulse rates are back to normal, we asked Michael Moynihan to be as objective as only he can be.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Eddie reveals true intent of ‘concerns’

Is it too late to offer a thought or two on the football semi-finals last week? No? Thanks for indulging me.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: LEADING QUESTION: What are the differences between the Kilkenny and Tipp forwards?

Seamus Hickey has seen Tipperary and Kilkenny up close and personal this summer.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Do you still need a traditional full-back?

The discussion at the Tipperary press night was wandering here and there and eventually stuck on the notion of full-back play.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: It’s hard to get all the angles covered

Being in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday night was interesting for any number of reasons, and proximity to the action was just one of them.

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Patrick 'Bonner' Maher

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘Bonner’ gets green light for showdown

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher has recovered from the rib injury he picked up in the semi-final win over Cork and will be available for next month’s All-Ireland SHC final against Kilkenny.

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