Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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PADDY HEANEY: Players flouting the rules and refs not implementing them

The tackle is a skill by which one or more players may dispossess an opponent or frustrate his objective within the rules of fair play. A tackle is aimed at the ball, not the player. A tackler may use his body to confront the opponent but deliberate bodily contact such as punching, slapping, arm holding, pushing, tripping, jersey pulling or a full frontal charge is forbidden.

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PADDY HEANEY: Discovering if Donegal still have title-winning credentials

When assessing teams and players, a wise man once told me to "trust what you see".

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PADDY HEANEY: Tyrone: A bigger engine with more in the tank

After clocking his fastest ever time at the Isle of Man TT, a BBC reporter conducted an interview with the late Joey Dunlop.

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PADDY HEANEY: Tickled pink by gruelling Giro charms

My wife is a relaxed and easy-going person, yet two simple words can instantly produce what I call ‘the look’.

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PADDY HEANEY: Seeking ways to halt the Dubs

Two sporting events from last weekend illustrated what will have to happen in order for Dublin not to win this year’s All-Ireland title.

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