Paddy Heaney - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PADDY HEANEY: Football is in dire need of a third way

Do you remember the days when the All-Ireland football champions set the template for everyone else?

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PADDY HEANEY: McGuinness a stout defender of The System

The best football manager I have ever met believes with every fibre of his being that "the best system wins". — This column, Thursday, July 10, 2014.

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PADDY HEANEY: Winning isn’t just about hard work: It’s in the genes

Kieran McGeeney can make men tick.

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Kerry's Jonathan Lyne, left, Brian Kelly, centre, and James O'Donoghue with the Sam Maguire cup. Picture: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

PADDY HEANEY: Pundits should remember winning ugly beats losing a classic

Midway through the first half of Sunday’s All-Ireland final, I felt a tight, heaving sensation in the pit of my stomach.

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PADDY HEANEY: McGuinness hoping Ferguson formula works for Donegal

For the princely sum of €2.44, aspiring managers can discover the secret to Jim McGuinness’s success, reports Paddy Heaney.

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PADDY HEANEY: General Jimmy leads from the front

If Celtic Football Club wants to improve their jersey sales in Donegal, they might have to give Jim McGuinness an offer he can’t refuse.

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PADDY HEANEY: Respecting those who seek glory and risk humiliation

Fifteen years ago, I found myself faced with a difficult decision. Back then, I worked in the real world. But I had a notion of becoming a journalist. In order to make the leap, I had to quit a job, take a loan from the bank, and return to full-time education.

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A bit of diligence can make a huge difference. As the Derry GAA family discovered, it can save a man's life.

PADDY HEANEY: How quick actions averted a tragedy in Ulster

I was at our club’s pitch last Wednesday night when it emerged that Kevin McCloy had collapsed during a championship match at Owenbeg.

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PADDY HEANEY: Gavin’s top priority is to avoid controversy

Gavin helps to keep Dublin out of the headlines by never saying anything that is actually newsworthy

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PADDY HEANEY: Sound of silence great for media but not for fans

Perhaps the most depressing aspect about the ban is that it’s not really a media ban anymore. It’s more of a superstition.

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PADDY HEANEY: Bearing defeat but not losing heart is what makes winners

In sport and in life, everybody wants to be like Eddy Merckx – the outrageously gifted Belgian cyclist whose natural talent and extra-terrestrial strength allowed him to brush aside his rivals with contemptuous ease.

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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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