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Regardless of the significant changes to next year's championships, last night’s 2018 football draw and release of the provincial hurling schedule was hardly heart-stopping stuff.

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Keane still a believer in Barr’s

The Barr’s reconvened on Tuesday evening last. Of the starting team from two days earlier, six didn’t tog. They couldn’t.

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Nemo and replays: the key questions

Tony Leen puts under the microscope the received wisdom that you don’t give Nemo Rangers a second chance.

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Flynn says Gunners taking nothing for granted

He featured in enough of them. Who better than Paul Flynn to look ahead to tomorrow’s Waterford county hurling final?

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Paudie O’Sullivan's point a party pooper

There weren’t too many in Cloyne clapping Paudie O’Sullivan on the back for his equalising point at the end of Imokilly’s county semi-final.

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‘A county final win is something that brightens things up for people’

Blackrock were in the closing stages of the 1999 county final, subs massing on the sideline, the referee looking at his watch, but centre-back Wayne Sherlock was miles away. Or years, to be precise.

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Daithí Casey says Crokes have the buzz back

It’s what the younger generation call FOMO (fear of missing out).

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David Cashman glad he stuck to his guns

When Blackrock last won county titles, in 2001 and ’02, David Cashman was the greenhorn of the side, a senior star while still graduating from the minor grade.

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Imokilly’s momentum looks hard to stop

We were impressed with how Blackrock went about their business in the semi-final victory against Na Piarsaigh.

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‘I had waited 60 years for this to happen’

Before last Sunday’s drawn Clare senior hurling final, emotion was not just confined to the players or supporters.

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The journey of the chosen few

On the morning of a county final you’re in two minds about what to say to a member of the parish’s panel should you bump into one. 

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Draw puts Cork and Kerry on Munster final collision course

Kerry will hope to stretch their unbeaten record in Munster under Éamonn Fitzmaurice to 13 games when they face Clare or Limerick in a provincial semi-final next May.

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No Dublin players involved in International Rules squad

All-Ireland champions Dublin won’t have a single player involved in next month’s International Rules series, a first for the hybrid competition.

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Extended term for Éamonn Fitzmaurice ‘best outcome’

County chairman Tim Murphy insists that the two-year extension to Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s tenure as county senior football manager was “the best outcome for Kerry”.

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John Meyler: Cork job the ‘pinnacle’

New Cork senior hurling coach John Meyler has described taking over the Rebel hurlers as the “pinnacle” of his career, adding there’s a far higher level of expectation on Leeside facing into 2018.

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Imokilly dreaming big again as they chase Cork SHC title

‘Dream comes true for Imokilly’ read the headline in The Examiner on Monday morning, October 6, 1997.

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Larry Kavanagh: Negating Ian Maguire factor is key for Nemo

Curtailing Ian Maguire will be central to the Nemo game-plan for Sunday’s Cork SFC final replay, according to Larry Kavanagh, but the Nemo manager doesn’t envisage his team crowding the midfield area or adopting a defensive approach to do so.

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Tipp kitman Hotpoint: ‘I wouldn’t go back now if they came on bended knee’

Tipperary hurling kitman John ‘Hotpoint’ Hayes admits he’ll find it difficult to watch the county’s hurlers again having been relieved of his duties after almost 30 years of service.

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Donnchadh Walsh’s key to getting the Balance right

Donnchadh Walsh, the three-time All-Ireland winner with Kerry, is pioneering an intriguing one-day Balance Expo, in Killarney next January.

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Johnny Coen: Galway bonded on Super 11s trip

Galway’s hurlers will head to Boston next month in a much happier place than for their previous trip there. That Super 11s break came shortly after Anthony Cunningham had stepped down in the wake of a player revolt.

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‘East Cork best barony in country for hurling’

But for St Catherine’s bottom field, Ballynoe sits in darkness.

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Blackrock's young guns aim to take final step

At 23, Blackrock’s Stephen Murphy is young as captains go, but he can already call upon a wealth of winning experience in green and gold, a record he hopes to extend in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday.

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Cora Staunton confident she can master Aussie Rules

Ladies football legend Cora Staunton says she is “relishing the big challenge” of trying to make a name for herself in Australia next spring.

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Michael Cahill would welcome Cathal Barrett as rival for Tipp place

The return of Cathal Barrett to the Tipperary set-up would mean more competition for Michael Cahill in the full-back line but the Thurles Sarsfields man is all for him coming back into the helm.

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Pat Gilroy: I won’t be talking to anyone behind Jim’s back

Realism as much as success is a calling card of Pat Gilroy’s. When Dublin’s Blue Wave strategic plan in 2012 announced the target of an All-Ireland senior football title every three years he claimed it was “not practical”. Five years on and Dublin have added four more crowns. He’ll happily wear that egg on his face.

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