Mike Quirke - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MIKE QUIRKE: Jim Gavin’s first proper gaffe comes after mesmeric win

Gavin stood up for Diarmuid Connolly but it was the player’s own actions which got him suspended, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Football is evolving - not dying

Novelist Mark Twain had set off on a speaking tour around the world back in the 1890s to raise money to cover a raft of debt he had built up in his native United States.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Let the young lads off... they’ll find their way back

It’s that time of year again. College exams are over. The provincial championships are well underway, and that means the GAA clubs of Ireland being decimated by America.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Players in need of education, not condemnation, in drug debate

A proper educational process could have spared Brendan O’Sullivan the reputational damage he and his family have endured for nothing more than a poorly thought out mistake, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Someone needs to join the dots in Cork or it’ll be a short summer

It seems like a lifetime ago Cork football was riding the crest of a wave after winning the All-Ireland title in 2010, followed up by five Munster U21 titles in the next seven years, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Time to cut O'Shea some slack

It’s rare you can identify precisely when a game of football turns against you. It’s usually a series of small incidents that culminate in a shift in momentum you just can’t reel back in.

 

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MIKE QUIRKE: Croke Park must be more proactive to halt player drain

I found myself searching sports channels on Saturday morning trying to catch a glimpse of Dingle’s Mark O’Connor making his AFL debut for the Geelong Cats against Essendon.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Winning, losing, and learning to keep things in perspective

Training camps have numerous benefits but probably the greatest is just the time everybody gets to spend away from the normal pressures associated with time, work, and family, says Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Let’s take the facts over footballing fake news

This is always the worst part of every inter-county football season — the lull between the league and start of the provincial championships.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Vince presented the jersey like a midwife passing over a newborn

You might have heard the name of Vince Linnane in the past few days. 

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MIKE QUIRKE: Colm Cooper: The icon at 13 is no more. Long live the king

For 15 years Colm Cooper represented everything that we love about traditional Kerry football. Our game will be a poorer one for his absence, writes Mike Quirke

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MIKE QUIRKE: RTÉ are missing a trick with with paltry league coverage

For those of us who love Gaelic football, even this modernised version of the game, last Sunday was a brilliant day full of possibilities, permutations and performances. 

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