Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: Hard work paying off for Tyrone

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

— Vince Lombardi

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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PADDY HEANEY: Kingdom’s unique structure keeps them well ahead of all pretenders

When outfoxed by superior coaching methods or tactics, Kerry have been swift to absorb lessons and make the necessary changes, writes Paddy Heaney.

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PADDY HEANEY: Slaughtneil conjuring magic once again

Have you ever experienced something in your life that was so magical that you’ve come to doubt that it actually took place? It has happened to me only once, writes Paddy Heaney.

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PADDY HEANEY: A slavish, relentless obsession to his trade McCoy’s biggest asset

When Anthony Tohill played a game for the Manchester United reserves, the reports in the local press referred to him as Tony Tohill.

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PADDY HEANEY: Ulster must stand up for its valuable club competitions

It’s not just Unionists who have a deep-rooted pride in their northern identity. Ulster Gaels also possess a loyalty to their province which simply doesn’t exist in the other green fields.

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