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Declan Browne: Obstacles in Tipperary before we even get to the first hurdle

Over the winter, most football folk in Tipperary would have been excited about the prospects of our 2016 chances on the back of reaching All-Ireland finals in both minor and U21 last year.

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Jamie Clarke: ‘It’s a courageous thing to go away and do your own thing’

Jamie Clarke is among a cluster of top Gaelic footballers who have chosen not to make themselves available this year. But, as he speaks about making his vision a reality in New York, it’s obvious the Armagh man doesn’t follow crowds.

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Oisín McConville: If you’re looking for feisty Ulster slugfest, tune in to Armagh and Cavan

When my four-year-old son Ryan came home from school last week to tell me he wasn’t as fast as two of his classmates, my immediate reaction was, do I need to get him in the back garden with the therabands, maybe some resistance running? Perhaps even a sleigh with some light weights on it?

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Kevin O’Donovan on Cork hurling: ‘There is no easy answer. This is going to be a slow grind’

Cork County Board’s coaching officer Kevin O’Donovan has challenged the clubs in the county to be drivers of change.

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Gary Brennan Interview: Still earning rave reviews off Broadway

Gary Brennan seldom gets the chance to showcase his outstanding football talents for a national audience. But the Clare captain has won an army of admirers, including International Rules boss Joe Kernan, as the Banner’s footballers begin to rise again.

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Waterford’s history makers: The first Déise football team to play in Croke Park

John Martin closes the front door of his uncle Nick Power’s house behind him and makes for the top of Oxmantown road. His instruction, from there, is to turn right onto North Circular Road and head in the direction of the City centre until Croke Park presents itself in the Dublin skyline. Martin, having never been to Croker, hasn’t one iota where he’s going.

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Rory Grugan glad to have distraction of football after family tragedy

Sport is not life or death, but there are times when it can be a joyous distraction or stabilising influence when all seems lost.

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Clarke: "I would love to see the game move towards professionalism"

Jamie Clarke fears Gaelic football will suffer from a player drop-off if it doesn’t move towards professionalism in the near future.

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Westmeaths under 21 defeat of Kilkenny: ‘You could sense something was going to happen’

A flip chart in the Westmeath U-21 hurling dressing-room on Wednesday evening contained a page with a list of half a dozen or so directions for the game.

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Clare defender Oisín O’Brien has emergency surgery in Austria

Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald has revealed that exciting young defender Oisín O’Brien underwent emergency surgery on a punctured lung in an Austrian hospital earlier this month.

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Gavin insists Dubs will continue to take risks

Dublin football manager Jim Gavin has stressed that his team will continue to be creative and take risks this summer – even though it can leave them vulnerable to being turned over.

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Seamus Callanan fears sweeper system damaging hurling

Hurling superstar Seamus Callanan has revealed his belief that Tipperary will never deploy a sweeper and says he wouldn’t approve of the change if they did.

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Liam Kearns slowly filling gaps for 11 missing persons

Liam Kearns admits it is easier to list those who aren’t available as opposed to those who are.

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Respect restarts and you’ll keep possession more

Hoofing sideline cuts into no-one in particular shows scant regard for keeping the ball, writes Edward Coughlan

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Joe Hayes: New backroom team added zest to Clare

Clare goalkeeper Joe Hayes has lauded the contribution of coach Mick Bohan in reviving certain lost qualities within the county’s football set-up. 

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Armagh boss Kieran McGeeney discovers ‘balance’ away from game

Kieran McGeeney must run a gauntlet — but it has nothing to do with Cavan or Ulster. It seems he has a lot to do to convince his seven-year-old son Cian Gaelic football is the way forward.

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Injury gave David Collins a reality check

Galway hurler David Collins has admitted he’d have retired by now if it wasn’t for the career-threatening injury which forced him to take stock and conclude he’d been acting like ‘a tool’.

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Darragh Clinton stars as underdogs Westmeath stun Eddie Brennan’s Kilkenny

Westmeath 1-11 Kilkenny 0-12: Raging underdogs Westmeath pulled off one of the great shocks of the Bord Gais Energy Leinster U21 hurling championship by dumping luckless Kilkenny out.

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Mayo sweating on key players for London battle

Some of Mayo’s biggest names face a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s Connacht SFC quarter-final against London in Ruislip.

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Call for directors of hurling and football to sort Cork GAA crisis

Kevin O’Donovan, coaching officer of the Cork County Board, has called for the county to appoint directors of hurling and football.

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Tomás Ó Sé edgy over early bet on Mayo to win the All-Ireland

Tomás Ó Sé has revealed he placed money on Mayo to win this year’s All-Ireland title as soon as Stephen Rochford and his backroom team was confirmed.

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James Horan talks about the 2011 game that almost ended his time as Mayo manager

James Horan believes his managerial career with Mayo “would have been over” had the team lost to London in 2011.

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Ian Ryan claims Limerick can get back challenging for Munster glory

It’s that sense of unfinished business which keeps Ian Ryan trucking along.

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Mizen Rovers make their mark with ‘care for our players’ programme

Where players and success are scarce, any silverware, irrespective of it being achieved outside the white lines of action, is appreciated by those who keep Mizen Rovers GAA club on the map.

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Michael Darragh Macauley paying little heed to Mick Lillis's remarks

Dublin midfielder Michael Darragh Macauley has accused Mick Lillis of gamesmanship following the Laois manager’s claim he’s ‘terrified’ of facing the All-Ireland champions.

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Tipperary and Clare have the best panels, says Liam Sheedy

Tipperary and Clare possess the best panels in this year’s championship, believes 2010 All-Ireland winning manager with the Premier, Liam Sheedy. 

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