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Against men, not giants, now is Galway’s time. But...

A few minutes after the 2012 All-Ireland final replay Conor Hayes, on duty with Galway Bay FM, was making his way out of the press area in Croke Park when he stopped for a moment. “I once asked an old man what was the best time to cut a hawthorn stick,” Hayes announced.

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Donal O'Grady: Can Galway lure Paul Murphy out the field?

If Galway’s management is concerned about their inside defence, Brian Cody may have similar concerns about his own, writes Donal O’Grady.

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Still part of the Tribe

He’ll be in the Galway dressing room tomorrow - the minor one. Two years ago Tony Óg Regan’s dream of a senior All-Ireland with his beloved maroon and white was smashed by a phone call from Anthony Cunningham. Bitter now? No. Hurt? Wouldn’t you be?

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Time for Galway and Jason Flynn to escape the shadow of history

Jason Flynn was reared on tales from the 80s; nothing but stories to cling to as he hurled countless All-Ireland finals against the gable end above in Ballinakill.

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10 pointers: Mayo need another towering presence up front with Aidan O’Shea and more...

Seconds out, round two. After last Sunday’s rumbustious draw, never has boxing parlance been more appropriate. So what can we expect this evening? More of the same? Here are 10 pointers:

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Tomás Quinn: Dublin should be ready for greater speed and intensity

We love clichés in the GAA, no matter what way a game goes.

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Davy Fitzgerald: Galway must end ‘aimless’ approach

Three experts address the burning hurling questions...

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Cillian Buckley: ‘I can’t think of any better day in my life’

Week 36. It’s the first Sunday in September but it’s always in or around week 36 of the year. The longest seven days for Cillian Buckley.

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Liam Cahill focuses on big picture

Liam Cahill hurled for three years as a Tipperary minor.

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It’s All-Ireland hurling final weekend, isn’t it?

Check the calendar and the news cycle fits perfectly. If it’s late August/early September, then all the markers are in place this week. An odyssey through the alphabet soup of GAA disciplinary committees is only to be expected this time of year. So is spiky confrontation on the field, given the size of the prizes on offer; sniping at referees off the field; former players weighing in to defend county colleagues; and of course the SOLD OUT signs, whether real or in online form, that suggest a heaving Croke Park this weekend.

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Trends point to free-scoring hurling final

 Eamonn Pitts examines the modern surge in hurling scoring rates.

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Eddie O'Connor: 'Sooner sweeper system is dismantled the better it will be for hurling.'

Victory would rank as ‘Cody’s finest success yet’

A Kilkenny victory on Sunday will be remembered as Brian Cody’s finest success yet, according to former defender Eddie O’Connor.

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Anthony Daly in frame for Limerick minor job

Anthony Daly is in the shake-up to be appointed the next Limerick minor hurling manager after the surprising decision by Leo O’Connor to step down after one year in charge.

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Comerford says Premier cave in under pressure

All-Ireland winning Kilkenny captain Andy Comerford has fired a stinging broadside at rivals Tipperary, suggesting they cave in when the pressure’s on.

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Sam Hughes, Martin Gannon and Kayla Burke show their hurling skills at St. Thomas GAA pitch in Co Galway.

‘If you had 21 or 22 like the Burkes, you’d never be beaten’

John Fahey was present at the Convention Centre when David Burke’s name was called out at left corner-forward on the 2012 All Star team.

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Tribe boss Tony Ward says Galway were untroubled by appeal uncertainty

Galway manager Tony Ward insists his charges were unaffected by the Wexford appeal that threatened their place in the final of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland senior camogie championship.

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All-Ireland Hurling Final: 10 DOs and DON'Ts for the ref

On the first Sunday in September, 31 men will take to the pitch in Croke Park to entertain us in the All-Ireland senior hurling final. 

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Galway’s intensity will keep them in touch

I fancy Galway, to be honest. I think from the Leinster final, Galway will learn a lot more about that game than Kilkenny. That’s a big factor and their intensity is something else. As long as they bring that, they’ll stay in it and it might be enough to get them through.

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Dublin keeper Stephen Cluxton is tackledby Mayo's Aidan O'Shea during last week'sAll-Ireland SFC semi-final in Croke Park.

Hitting back on behalf of the imperfect wonder that is the Championship

It would be easy to jump on the negativity bandwagon and take a pop at any one of the easy pickings in the aftermath of the drawn All-Ireland semi-final between Dublin and Mayo.

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Kilkenny manager Brian Cody: His knowledge of players throughout the county is profound. No player should ever feel overlooked because theyhave all been looked over.

This is Cody. This is what he does

SO here he is at the All Ireland press conference in Langton’s, a man utterly at ease with himself and the universe.

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Galway wounds from 10 All-Ireland final losses reopened

It is 40 years this weekend since Galway returned to hurling’s high altar, their 1975 All-Ireland final appearance bringing to an end the county’s 17-year wait for a September sojourn to Jones Road.

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Kilkenny vs Galway Galway's manager Jeffrey Lynskey celebrates after the game ©INPHO/James Crombie

Jeffrey Lynskey mindful as Galway expects

Galway’s strong tradition at minor hurling level has fostered a culture of expectation among the county’s present crop, according to manager Jeffrey Lynskey.

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Conor Hayes: Galway will never have better chance of winning final

The last Galway man to lift the Liam MacCarthy Cup believes the Tribesmen “will never get a better chance” to end an All-Ireland senior hurling famine that stretches back to 1988.

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Four on the shortlist for Cork hot-seat

Cork GAA chiefs have drawn up a shortlist of four names to replace departed senior football manager, Brian Cuthbert.

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Hurlers need to be marketed, says expert

Hurling needs to be marketed more specifically with “stand-alone promotion”, says marketing expert Mick O’Keeffe of PSG Communications, who advocates squad numbers and names on the jersey to help identify players obscured by hurling helmets.

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John Commins: Time for a new era of Galway heroes to emerge

After the full Irish breakfast and early morning mass in their Dublin hotel, Cyril Farrell would insist on a quick trip out to the Phoenix Park to allow his Galway hurlers limber out.

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Recalling the Black and Amber’s spirit of ’75

In the closing days of August 1975, Paddy Downey, the revered Gaelic games correspondent of The Irish Times, made a little pilgrimage to Kilkenny and had a ball.

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Liam Cahill: Dual stars can grasp shot at double

Tipperary minor hurling manager Liam Cahill believes that this is his dual players’ last chance of competing in two All-Ireland finals in the same year.

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Dublin County Board accept €6,500 fine for Armagh brawl

Dublin Board chairman Sean Shanley confirmed there will be no further appeals following the reduction to €6,500 of their fine for July’s infamous challenge match brawl with Armagh.

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Mannion brothers inspiring the next generation of talented Tribesmen

Cathal Jordan was sitting in the stand at Tuam Stadium when he spotted Cathal Mannion from the corner of his eye.

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Kevin Fennelly: Brian Cody is devoted to Kilkenny

When a little more time has passed, it will inevitably become a question among hurling’s barstool brigade: name the man who spent a single year as Kilkenny manager immediately prior to Brian Cody?

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Mike Quirke: Dublin like an F1 car with no brakes

When I was involved with Kerry, ‘controlled aggression’ was always a mantra we tried to take onto the field. 

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Pat Mulcahy and Pat Ryan out of Cork manager race

Two of the men linked with the vacant Cork hurling manager’s post have ruled themselves out of contention to succeed Jimmy Barry-Murphy.

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Jamie Wall taking steps rose the roof at the Cork 1990 double celebration

The Cork underage dual star walked into the Rochestown Park hotel function with the aid of an Exo-skeleton.

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Tyrone board to hold talks with Mickey Harte to discuss future

Mickey Harte is to have talks with the Tyrone County Board over his future as manager of the Tyrone senior team.

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Jason Flynn upholding family honour

All-Ireland fever grips community as local hero Jason Flynn prepares for battle with Kilkenny

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Mayo pitch invader hunting All-Ireland tickets as ban ends

The Mayo pitch invader banned for 12 months after the county’s All-Ireland semi-final replay defeat to Kerry insists he has no regrets about his actions.

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Former stars failed Tipperary, says Liam Cahill

Tipperary minor manager Liam Cahill believes some former stars have “failed” their county by refusing to get involved in the coaching of underage teams.

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Walter Walsh aims to repeat 2012 heroics

If someone from Etihad Airways is reading, do Walter Walsh a favour and renew his RTÉ man-of-the-match voucher from the 2012 All-Ireland final. The man is too humble to ask himself.

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Tom Parsons: We must make late comeback pay off

Mayo’s dramatic late comeback against Dublin last Sunday will count for nothing if they fail to win Saturday’s replay.

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Tipperary clubs facing hectic schedule to avoid fixture pile-up

Several Tipperary clubs will play “more than once a week” to avoid a repeat of last year when the county were unable to compete in three Munster Club competitions.

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Galway players taking responsibility, says David Collins

It was Johnny Glynn’s dispossession of Pádraic Maher two minutes from the end of normal time that told David Collins he’d see Croke Park in September.

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