Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: O’Rourke’s broadside raises questions over GPA’s priorities

Colm O’Rourke is no stranger to controversy, but even he was startled by the backlash that followed his column criticising the Gaelic Players’ Association.

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PADDY HEANEY: We are all remembered by how we played the game

Years after he hung up his boots, the late Brendan Mulholland was asked to assess himself as a footballer.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football is in dire need of a third way

Do you remember the days when the All-Ireland football champions set the template for everyone else?

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PADDY HEANEY: McGuinness a stout defender of The System

The best football manager I have ever met believes with every fibre of his being that "the best system wins". — This column, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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PADDY HEANEY: Winning isn’t just about hard work: It’s in the genes

Kieran McGeeney can make men tick.

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Kerry's Jonathan Lyne, left, Brian Kelly, centre, and James O'Donoghue with the Sam Maguire cup. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

PADDY HEANEY: Pundits should remember winning ugly beats losing a classic

Midway through the first half of Sunday’s All-Ireland final, I felt a tight, heaving sensation in the pit of my stomach.

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PADDY HEANEY: McGuinness hoping Ferguson formula works for Donegal

For the princely sum of €2.44, aspiring managers can discover the secret to Jim McGuinness’s success, reports Paddy Heaney.

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PADDY HEANEY: General Jimmy leads from the front

If Celtic Football Club wants to improve their jersey sales in Donegal, they might have to give Jim McGuinness an offer he can’t refuse.

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PADDY HEANEY: Respecting those who seek glory and risk humiliation

Fifteen years ago, I found myself faced with a difficult decision. Back then, I worked in the real world. But I had a notion of becoming a journalist. In order to make the leap, I had to quit a job, take a loan from the bank, and return to full-time education.

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A bit of diligence can make a huge difference. As the Derry GAA family discovered, it can save a man's life.

PADDY HEANEY: How quick actions averted a tragedy in Ulster

I was at our club’s pitch last Wednesday night when it emerged that Kevin McCloy had collapsed during a championship match at Owenbeg.

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PADDY HEANEY: Gavin’s top priority is to avoid controversy

Gavin helps to keep Dublin out of the headlines by never saying anything that is actually newsworthy

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PADDY HEANEY: Sound of silence great for media but not for fans

Perhaps the most depressing aspect about the ban is that it’s not really a media ban anymore. It’s more of a superstition.

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