Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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Monaghan manager Malachy O Rourke

PADDY HEANEY: New position needed on line-ups

Gaelic football has moved on, but the media and GAA officialdom are clinging to a past that has long since ceased to exist. 

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PADDY HEANEY: Officials escape spotlight in RTÉ’s new era of coverage

When the GAA signed a broadcasting deal with Sky Sports, it was argued that the competition would force RTÉ to improve the standard of their coverage.

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PADDY HEANEY: It takes more than brawn to make the perfect player

After attending the launch of the Ulster Championship in Donegal last week, I walked away from the event astonished at the physical conditioning of some of the players.

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PADDY HEANEY: GAA still to realise youth its most precious commodity

On several occasions last week, I listened to avid sports fans agonising over how they would watch the so-called ‘Fight of the Century’ between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao.

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PADDY HEANEY: Hard work paying off for Tyrone

The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.

— Vince Lombardi

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PADDY HEANEY: Chronic lack of vision leaves Antrim lying in the gutter

When paying tribute to the late Kevin Heffernan, Colm O’Rourke recounted an anecdote which gave a telling insight into the Dublin manager’s brilliance.

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PADDY HEANEY: Dig deeper to see true reasons for defensive malaise in Gaelic football

Back in the day when I believed that politics could improve the lot of the common man, I used to be enthralled by the British general election, writes Paddy Heaney.

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