Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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. 


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.


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.


PADDY HEANEY: Hard work paying off for Tyrone

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

— Vince Lombardi


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.


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.


PADDY HEANEY: Gaelic football isn’t dead but badly needs change of direction

The huge crowd from Slaughtneil who attended the chat show ahead of this year’s All-Ireland club final provided a damning indictment on the state of inter-county football.


PADDY HEANEY: Tyrone out to lay down a marker in Allianz Football League

Some fixtures transcend the importance of the Allianz Football League and Sunday’s clash between Donegal and Tyrone is one such game.


PADDY HEANEY: Celebrating all GAA clubs on Patrick’s Day

With a bit of luck and good sense, the St Patrick’s Day finals in Croke Park will soon be consigned to history. Starting next year, the GAA’s leadership wants to play the All-Ireland club finals on the second Sunday of December, writes Paddy Heaney.


PADDY HEANEY: Gaelic games the loser when players can’t express personality

When it comes to interviewing Gaelic footballers, the face-to-face conversation always delivers the best results.


PADDY HEANEY: ‘Lord Moyola’, a fly-fishing aristocrat with a forensic knowledge

I once read that the average American big-game fisherman spends $10,000 before he hooks his first marlin, writes Paddy Heaney.