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Jason Forde hit 1-5 as Tipperary manager Michael Ryan celebrated his first competitive game in charge with a big Allianz Hurling League Division 1A victory over Dublin this evening.

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Donal O'Grady: The League priorities for hurling's top eight

Kilkenny: Protect TJ

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Standing still means being overtaken

In Book VI of the Aeneid, as regular Examiner readers will doubtless recall, Aeneas descended into the bowels of the underworld. There he encountered all manner of interesting and notorious characters, among them eminent Romans like Romulus and Julius Caesar. On his return he gave a revealing interview to Virgil, who turned it into a book.

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Jackie Tyrrell back with spring in his step

He thought about it. Let the idea roll around for a bit. Then he let it fly off with the rest of 2015. Jackie Tyrrell faces this season with a fight to get back into the Kilkenny starting team. Retirement? Considered and rejected. The foot injury that wrecked last year is fully healed.

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Hurling on a winner as preacher Paudie O’Neill spreads gospel

Today, in Portlaoise, former Tipperary coach Paudie O’Neill will have divided loyalties, part of his heart lying with both Clonmel Commercials and Ballyboden St Enda’s. As always, he’ll see the big picture, the health of the game. As he must in his role as chairman of the Hurling Development Committee.

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36 out of 37 — Crossmaglen's winning record that encourages complacency

IT was over an hour after the end of last year’s Ulster final and the delighted whoops and roars from the Crossmaglen dressing-room were still to be heard around the Athletics Ground in Armagh.

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Running the rule over hurling’s seven most beguiling qualities

Too early for some, too late for most, hurling season returns in earnest today with the game’s beguiling qualities never being so apparent. But is it what now subverts the rules of the game that helps make it appealing?

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Hurling Team News: Kilkenny name strong side for Waterford opener

Brian Cody has selected 12 of the Kilkenny team which began last year’s All-Ireland hurling final against Galway for tomorrow’s Allianz HL Division 1A opener against Waterford in Walsh Park.

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Eamonn Kelly up for challenge as Offaly begin rebuilding

Eamonn Kelly doesn’t do straightforward. Never has.

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Daniel Collins eyes lofty peaks for Kerry hurlers

Introducing Daniel Collins; the new breed of Kerry hurler.

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Clonmel Commercials’ football family help Ian Fahey in time of need

When the final whistle confirmed victory for Clonmel Commercials in October’s Tipperary senior football final, Ian Fahey couldn’t hold the emotion in any longer.

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Pat Ryan hails return of experienced Cork duo

The return of experienced defenders Christopher Joyce and Lorcan McLoughlin is a major boost to the Cork senior hurling management ahead of tomorrow’s NHL opener against Galway (Pearse Stadium, 2pm).

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Ashling Thompson relishing Croke Park return

Ashling Thompson hopes her next trip to Croke Park will be as successful as her last outing at Jones Road.

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Five truths about the National Hurling League

Five is the safety number

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Weekend GAA previews

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Castlebar Mitchels star Barry Moran recalls Mayo players’ stand-off with management

Out with the old and in with the new.

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Ballyboden ace won't make another Dublin comeback

John Fogarty talks to Declan O’Mahoney ahead of Ballyboden St Enda’s All-Ireland Club SFC semi-final with Clonmel Commercials.

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Sympathy for Anthony Cunningham but Kilkenny boss Brian Cody won’t be drawn on Galway heave

Brian Cody has expressed his sympathy for departed Galway manager Anthony Cunningham from a “personal point of view”, though the Kilkenny boss stressed he knew nothing about the reasons for the Galway hurlers wanting Cunningham to step down.

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Davy Fitzgerald and Donal Óg are hurling’s manna-gerial duo from heaven

All winter we’ve waited for the man. The January competitions provided a temporary fix, but that was solely for the hopelessly addicted. This weekend it’s the real stuff, the pure drop, that hits the streets at last. The man has come around.

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Classy UCD end UCC’s dreams

UCD 3-11 UCC 1-9

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Paudie O’Neill questions growing ‘elitism’ in GAA

Hurling Development Committee chairman Paudie O’Neill has expressed his concern about the direction of the GPA and a growing “elitism” within the GAA.

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Brian Carson delights at UL victory over Queen's University

UL 0-12 Queen’s University 1-8

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No panic, insists Rebel captain Ciara O'Sullivan

CIARA O’Sullivan has been retained as Cork’s ladies senior football team captain for the 2016 season — and insists the Rebels are not panicking, despite losing their first two Lidl National League fixtures.

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Michael Darragh Macauley knows he won’t get second shot at glory

“Strike while the iron’s hot or forever regret it,” is the battle cry from Ballyboden St Endas’ Michael Darragh Macauley ahead of tomorrow’s All-Ireland club semi-final.

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Tony Kernan and Crossmaglen still wedded to success

Around Crossmaglen way, they’ve got in the habit of staging weddings around their football.

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Cian O’Neill blasts call to move Kildare game

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill has hit out at the decision to move Kildare’s Leinster championship game with Wexford forward eight days, claiming he had not been consulted about the proposal.

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Daire Quinn and Dan McCormack set to debut for Tipperary

The Tipperary team to face Dublin in the opening round of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A in Semple Stadium tomorrow night (7pm) features two debutants.

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PREDICTIONS: Who will come out on top in Division 1B?

Eoghan Cormican tips Clare and Limerick to contest the promotion place from Division 1B

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PREDICTIONS: Who will come out on top in Division 1A?

John Fogarty sees Kilkenny and Tipperary renewing rivalries at the head of a competitive Division 1A

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We’ll stick to our guns, vows Derek McGrath

Derek McGrath hears them knocking — but they can’t come in.

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I hope we’ve proven ourselves to the players, says Aoife Lane

Aoife Lane has just completed a year as head of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association. Twelve months of lessons learned. How has it been?

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Michelle O’Neill: Maggie Farrelly can whistle her way to the top

One of the world’s elite female assistant soccer referees believes that Maggie Farrelly can fulfil her dream of becoming a leading GAA whistler in a male-dominated arena.

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Ciarán Carey: If Leicester can do it, so can Kerry hurlers

If Leicester City can do it, why not the Kerry hurlers, or so goes Ciarán Carey’s train of thought ahead of the county’s Division 1B opener this weekend.

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Michael Quinlivan: Buzz was great after Nemo Rangers win

Fame wasn’t something Michael Quinlivan was all too familiar with even around his native Clonmel. That was until November 29 last when his last-gasp goal torpedoed Nemo Rangers and annexed a Munster Club SFC title for Commercials.

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Wexford must get over ‘mental block’ of Kilkenny hammering

Lee Chin admits Wexford’s 24-point hammering by Kilkenny last summer has left a few scars and is a “mental block” they must get over.

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Pat Ryan wants to see progress from Cork’s new league campaign

Cork selector Pat Ryan doesn’t believe his side will be purely motivated by revenge in Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1 opener with Galway.

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Liam Watson: I turned down Dublin approach in 2013

Antrim hurler Liam Watson revealed he rejected approaches to join Dublin in 2013. The 33-year-old is back with the Saffrons after being dropped from the panel for four years by previous manager Kevin Ryan, but admitted that during his spell in the wilderness, he was courted by the Dublin hurlers.

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Conal Keaney happy he gave in to Andy McEntee’s persistence

For someone who wasn’t sure his club would see past the second round of the Dublin senior football championship never mind play for them, it’s certainly been a season of welcome surprises for Conal Keaney.

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Bruce Springsteen gig to spark havoc on Dublin club scene

Bruce Springsteen isn’t going to be a popular man in Dublin club football circles this summer.

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Joe Lyng will give AC joint injury plenty of time to heal

For Kilkenny newcomer Joe Lyng, his AC joint injury couldn’t have come at a worse time. The NHL throws in this weekend and the Rower-Inistioge clubman will be looking on from the sidelines.

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National Sports Campus set to be Dublin’s new training base

Dublin’s senior teams could make the National Sports Campus (NSC) their new training home before the start of the Leinster championships.

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