Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: A long journey but Lynch now fulfilling promise with Derry

Before coaching became such an integral part of football, the best managers were essentially natural-born sports psychologists.

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PADDY HEANEY: Games have never been as available or free as some think

The Heaney house on the Fair Hill in Maghera wasn’t exactly a palatial spread, but it did the job.

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PADDY HEANEY: Sky deal all about good of the game

So big, bad Sky Sports are going to broadcast Gaelic Games. The GAA has sold out. Profit has replaced principles. And the ordinary Gael has been shafted once again. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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PADDY HEANEY: West Belfast and Casement Park need each other

Scheduled to play their Sigerson Cup game against Queen’s University in Belfast, the management team of Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology made the sensible decision to book a hotel.

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PADDY HEANEY: Life can be cruel, but certain people can make it special

I am married. I have two children, a boy and a girl, and I am 40-years-old. Anto Finnegan is married. He has two children, a boy and a girl, and he is 40-years-old.

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PADDY HEANEY: GAA cannot keep relying on others to get message out

For the annual outcry about this year’s Railway Cup, several people complained about the GAA’s failure to “market the competition” properly.

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PADDY HEANEY: Not right for GAA to demand such effort at exam time

While attending a prize-giving at an all girls’ grammar school in Belfast recently, I was astonished at the exam results.

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PADDY HEANEY: Tradition trumps sense in age-old GAA conundrum

Aogán Ó Fearghail says he is going to be an ambassadorial President.

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PADDY HEANEY: Black card already slowing down would-be offenders

Early in the first half of Saturday’s All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final, St Vincent’s corner-back Michael Concarr went on a solo-run which covered the entire length of the pitch.

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PADDY HEANEY: Football action must speak louder than pundits’ words

A family friend, who spent about 40 years in America, was a regular visitor at Lincoln Financial Park, home of the Philadelphia Eagles.

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PADDY HEANEY: Armagh woes show need for checks and balances

In the copy of the Ulster secretary’s report that was sent to the media last month €2,798,435 was completely unaccounted for.

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PADDY HEANEY: If betting on GAA ask: What would Barney Curley do?

The league is never as important as it seems in February and March.

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PADDY HEANEY: Coaches must be generous in praise and always upbeat

When I bumped into an old friend last Friday evening, he recounted a story which will be depressingly familiar to many readers.

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