Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: Next generation showing the way back into the light

"The fight is won or lost far away from witnesses — behind the lines, in the gym, and out there on the road, long before I dance under those lights." — Muhammad Ali

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PADDY HEANEY: Mind the gap: Why we need two-tier championship now

Anyone with the faintest sliver of attachment to the GAA would readily appreciate the two most significant results to have emerged from Sunday’s list of football fixtures.

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PADDY HEANEY: Weak leadership by GAA chiefs adding to fixtures chaos

The bewildering incompetence of county boards, the staggering uselessness of the Official Guide, and the utter insanity of the GAA is always thrown into sharp focus at this time of the year.

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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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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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