Discipline on the pitch must match that practised off it

Discipline is a big buzz word you hear bandied about in most sporting codes.

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Kerry left with as many questions rattling in their heads as answers

On the road up to Ennis on Saturday evening, Clive Tyldesley was being interviewed on the radio about his recollections of his 1999 Champions League final commentary ...

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Transfers give GAA talent the opportunity to embrace limelight

There were four big football games on Saturday evening, three blowout wins for Meath, Dublin and Tyrone, and one thoroughly enthralling contest in Castlebar.

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The pundit championship is no second-tier competition

We had the Holy Communion in the house last week, our two boys decked out in their three-piece suits like they were about to appear on The Sunday Game, and along ...

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Learn valuable lessons when out of your comfort zone

There’s a strange feeling that comes over you when you stand on the first tee of a golf course, especially when you’re only a beginner in the game and ...

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Geography should no longer be the barometer for competitiveness

As the championship has now officially thrown in, we’re sure to get another barrage of negative commentary about the inequality of the inter-county football ...

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April fools or April jewels: How did club month work out for you?

When April was unveiled as the ‘month of the club’ with positive intentions a couple of years ago, it was always likely to turn into something of an ...

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Development squads offer more than those on outside may think

I got a phone call during the week from a father whose son was involved in a football development squad up the country.

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Shining a light into darkest corners helps everybody

When I was growing up in Tralee, the only black people you saw walking the streets of the town were the basketball imports who arrived in Ireland to play with the ...

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Laois benefiting from football Gospel according to John

While Peter Keane enjoyed a successful first league campaign of sorts in charge of the Kingdom, another manager from the depths of South Kerry was quietly going ...

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Mayo unearth some gems to go with the silverware

Last Sunday saw the curtain come down on what was one of the more enjoyable and competitive national football league campaigns in recent memory.

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We need to put an end to PlayStation parents roaring at kids

GAA parents are a curious breed. I was at a couple of under age games over the weekend and it never fails to amaze me when I hear Moms and Dads roaring out instructions ...

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Corofin deserve thanks for restoring faith in football

We live in interesting times. Usually, we are bombarded by the noise and criticisms around the state of Gaelic football, but such assaults seem to have been silenced ...

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What happens when everyone buys into the Warrior code

The Tralee Sports Complex was the hottest ticket in the country Saturday night. The Garvey’s Tralee Warriors were taking on basketball’s Super league ...

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Forget systems, coaching should always be about the players and never the coach

I’m conscious that I write about coaching on these pages quite a lot, but it’s not the case that I’m claiming to be some sort of all-seeing, all-knowing ...

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Time for Cork to escape from underneath the dark clouds

Negativity is a phenomenon that can creep up on you when you’re least expecting it and is capable of casting a shadow over everything you do.

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Bluffers and snake-oil salesmen are a dime a dozen in modern GAA

In the majority of games, it’s very rare that a lack of fitness causes a team to lose a game and it’s not possible to improve skillset and decision-making ...

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The journey from Strand Road to Austin Stack Park

Austin Stack Park in Tralee was the only place to be last weekend, providing the timely shot in the arm Gaelic football so desperately needed. It was the very best ...

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Already there’s a championship case for sin-bin and the mark

We’re barely into February and two of seven rounds of the Allianz National Football League are already in the rear-view mirror.

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The McGrath and Solskjaer doctrine: Treat them as people first, players second

At the GAA coaching conference in Croke Park a couple of weeks ago, a full house was in attendance to listen and learn from the great and the good of the coaching ...

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We’ve become blind to the positives of football

Each January starts the same way for every club and county. It’s the one month in the GAA calendar that is universally filled with hope and optimism.

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