Pat Gilroy: ‘If GAA really wanted to have dual players it could’

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Pat Gilroy took over the Dublin hurlers.

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Munster GAA chiefs to assess pre-season formats

The McGrath Cup and Munster Senior Hurling League will proceed in 2018 despite a spate of withdrawals in recent weeks, provincial council chairman Simon Moroney has confirmed.

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Make hay while the sun shines, declares Cathal King

Cathal King, one of four Na Piarsaigh hurlers to have started each of their Munster club final wins, knows there is a bump in the road ahead.

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How Wasps Rugby Club released David Breen to Na Piarsaigh for the Munster final

David Breen knew that his role in the snowballing success story that is Na Piarsaigh’s senior hurling team was in the lap of the gods when he moved to England to start work as a first-team physiotherapist with Wasps Rugby Club.

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All-Star hero Aoife Murray yet to decide on Cork County future

Cork camogie goalkeeper Aoife Murray is undecided about whether or not she will extend her inter-county career into a 17th season.

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Canning recovers from op as Sutcliffe plays down return

Galway manager Micheal Donoghue confirmed last night that Joe Canning is recovering from keyhole surgery and thus was not used last night in the AIG Fenway Classic.

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We proved we are the real deal, says Kanturk’s Walsh

An epic AIB Munster club IHC final at the Gaelic Grounds yesterday eventually went the way of Kanturk, but it needed extra-time to produce a winner. While Lorcan O’Neill went up the steps to collect the Hoare Cup, credit to both sides as Kilmaley played their part in keeping the large crowd on the edge of their seats as they fought tooth and nail.

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A flavour of home for Irish abroad

So this is it, John Updike’s lyric little bandbox in the heart of Boston. His description of Fenway Park remains both accurate — the preponderance of green sharpening the focus, no matter where you look — and a little vague.

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O’Neill: Gunners system hard to break down

The scramble for national honours, a second All-Ireland title, will begin again after Christmas but suffice to say for now that Na Piarsaigh’s status as one of the finest Munster club hurling teams of all time is well and truly secured.

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Champions remembered the way home to glory

Things we learned

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Kiely red sours win for Kilcormac-Killoughey

Kilcormac-Killoughey will contest their third Leinster senior club hurling final in six seasons after they recorded a landslide win over Mount Leinster Rangers of Carlow yesterday afternoon, but a straight red card to county midfielder Cillian Kiely will be a huge blow to their chances of upsetting All-Ireland champions Cuala on Sunday week.

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Football All-Star O’Callaghan shows off Cuala hurling skills

It’s probably a good thing that new Dublin hurling boss Pat Gilroy was in Boston and missed county champions Cuala’s latest outing.

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The big interview with Jackie Tyrrell: A winner, warts and all

Jackie Tyrrell was a winner before he was ever a warrior. It took him a long time — and a lot of work with a dedicated mentor — to play with confidence in a Kilkenny jersey. Once he developed that confidence, he was willing to go to the very edge, and sometimes beyond, to stay a winner. And he didn’t care what Tipp or anyone else thought of him.

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Na Piarsaigh soaring for success with their feet firmly planted on the ground

Aa the present takes care of itself, Na Piarsaigh are busy planning for the future.

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‘Big monster’ is waiting in the decider, warns Paul Flynn

There’s a little history between Ballygunner and Na Piarsaigh. Given the pool of clubs jostling to get out of the Munster club SHC, that’s hardly surprising, but Paul Flynn is worried that the backstory may be more beneficial to the Limerick champions than to his club mates in black and red.

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Tom Devine fully committed to the Waterford cause for 2018

Tom Devine was hardly expecting his first Páirc Uí Chaoimh performance to be like this.

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Kanturk’s band of brothers chase more silverware

A “once in a lifetime” season, a “once in a lifetime” opportunity at the end of it.

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Shane O’Donnell loved working with ‘absolutely fantastic’ Donal Óg Cusack

Shane O’Donnell has praised the “absolutely fantastic” influence of former Clare coach Donal Óg Cusack.

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John Hanbury ready to worship on Fenway Park’s ‘holy ground’

Galway’s John Hanbury says he and his team-mates were “a bit naïve” about the Super 11s when they went out two years ago to play Dublin in Boston’s Fenway Park, which he describes as “almost a holy ground” in American sports.

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Nobody can be complacent in Na Piarsaigh panel, warns Shane O’Neill

Given the wealth of underage successes the club has enjoyed in recent years, the turnover in the Na Piarsaigh team shouldn’t come as a surprise.

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Ballygunner in a golden era, says Gerry Cullinan

Gerry Cullinan remembers pitching up in Ballygunner from his native west Waterford in the 1970s when “the 12 houses” were still standing.

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Na Piarsaigh's historic Munster honour roll

“The record is not something we have brought up or even discussed,” said Na Piarsaigh manager Shane O’Neil after their Munster semi-final win over Blackrock.

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Donal O’Grady: Hurling can learn from Super 11 format

AT the end of the last Super 11 hurling game in Boston, a woman ran down to the front of  the stand in Fenway Park and called Donal O’Grady over.

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Shane Walsh believes Irish will learn from opening day lesson

Galway forward Shane Walsh arrives in Perth today confident that he can build on his International Rules debut last weekend.

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Ronan Lynch: Youngsters need space to develop

Rising Limerick hurling star Ronan Lynch has called on supporters to be patient and to give the county’s talented young players time to fully develop as seniors.

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