Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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PADDY HEANEY: Bearing defeat but not losing heart is what makes winners

In sport and in life, everybody wants to be like Eddy Merckx – the outrageously gifted Belgian cyclist whose natural talent and extra-terrestrial strength allowed him to brush aside his rivals with contemptuous ease.

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PADDY HEANEY: Recipe for success in Ulster may leave sour taste in mouth

You are the manager of an Ulster county. Your summer is over, but you are determined to do better next year. What should you do?

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PADDY HEANEY: Getting rid of Harte would be change for sake of change

All Championship defeats are painful, but some hurt more than others.

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PADDY HEANEY: Fitzmaurice shows value of ensuring all systems are go

The best football manager I have ever met believes with every fibre of his being that "the best system wins".

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PADDY HEANEY: Tomás Ó Sé offers Ted Walsh-like punditry pearls

Married to a devoted horse racing fan for the last 44 years, my mother has probably watched more Group One Classics than the queen.

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PADDY HEANEY: Weaker counties complicit in unfair Qualifiers system

Earlier this week, my boss sent me a text message enquiring about the subject matter of today’s column.

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Tyrone boss Mickey Harte with his players after the Ulster semi-final loss to Monaghan. Picture: Brendan Moran

PADDY HEANEY: Mickey needs to weave wand to save this team

Louis van Gaal’s entire coaching philosophy is based on three central tenets: defence, transition to attack and attack.

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PADDY HEANEY: Players have responsibility to put on show for new audience

A lot of Irish people fail to realise how little is known about Gaelic football and hurling beyond these shores.

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PADDY HEANEY: By neglecting the club player, GAA biting hand that feeds

The club, we are repeatedly informed by the great and the good of the GAA, is the ‘lifeblood of the Association’. By extension, that should mean the club championship is a competition which is truly treasured by the trusted leaders who espouse this rhetoric.

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