Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: Supporters the real losers as players cast in shadows

In July, my wife fell victim to a serious and chronic addiction. It is said to affect a lot of unsuspecting women at that time of the year.

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PADDY HEANEY: 3 key battles: Sean Cavanagh key to Tyrone’s hopes of upset

Peter Crowley (Kerry) v Sean Cavanagh (Tyrone)

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PADDY HEANEY: Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s ability to surprise gives Kerry upper hand

When I think about this Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final between Tyrone and Kerry, it gives me the tingles. 

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PADDY HEANEY: Gamesmanship will cast long shadow over Tyrone

Love conquers all. And so can pride and ego.

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PADDY HEANEY: Sing when you’re losing: That’s not GAA as I know it

My first big defeat was the most traumatic. It was the first round of the South Derry U12 Championship. I was the 10-year-old left corner-back.

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PADDY HEANEY: Fermanagh betrayed by patronising qualifier system

Futility (noun): Uselessness, meaninglessness, pointlessness, worthlessness, emptiness, aimlessness.

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PADDY HEANEY: Next generation showing the way back into the light

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." — Muhammad Ali

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PADDY HEANEY: Mind the gap: Why we need two-tier championship now

Anyone with the faintest sliver of attachment to the GAA would readily appreciate the two most significant results to have emerged from Sunday’s list of football fixtures.

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PADDY HEANEY: Weak leadership by GAA chiefs adding to fixtures chaos

The bewildering incompetence of county boards, the staggering uselessness of the Official Guide, and the utter insanity of the GAA is always thrown into sharp focus at this time of the year.

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PADDY HEANEY: Who is the most complete footballer you have seen?

After a recent game in Markievicz Park, I was introduced to one of those footballing gurus that you meet from time to time.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football’s not what it was. Really?

Before a table quiz at our club got underway last year, quizmaster John Otterson kept everyone entertained with some archive footage.

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PADDY HEANEY: When the price is right to tackle sporting grievances

Could your county board do with an extra €5m? Would your county board like this €5m to come in the form of one of those great Fifa loans that don’t actually have to be paid back?

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PADDY HEANEY: Modern game neglects genius at 11

There is one serious flaw with the defensive-based running game which has been slavishly adopted by virtually every team in the country.

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PADDY HEANEY: Choose club or county. You can’t have both these days

Kerry won last year’s All-Ireland title without the services of Colm Cooper, the most sublimely gifted footballer in the country. Think about that.

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