Féile 'one of the great things the GAA came up with'

‘It’s one of the great things the GAA came up with’

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The battle may be lost but the war will rumble on

Sometimes you can have all the facts on your side and still lose an argument.

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How sport opens a window on to Ireland in the 20th century

Last week, at the Irish Film Institute, Rooney was taken from the vaults and shown once again.

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Remembering PD Mehigan: The GAA’s first commentator

This weekend, some 60 members of the Mehigan family are gathering in the Cork parish of Ardfield.

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Every conversation with Eugene McGee was truly a privilege

One of the most interesting things in life was receiving a phone call from Eugene McGee. He didn’t waste time with small talk or even with much by the way ...

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Scotland’s ancient warrior game plots course into the future

Martin MacLean blows his whistle. He takes a step forward and throws the ball in the air.

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Don’t panic and enjoy the white-knuckle ride

The first sporting challenge was to get into the wetsuit. This was made more difficult by the fact the small parking area was full of people talking and laughing ...

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In leaps and bounds: The story of Tullamore Harriers’ success

People who have never lived in one have no what a small town is like.

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How can FAI ensure blockbusting drama will have no sequel?

No sports organisation has a monopoly on triumph or failure.

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How was Delaney able to behave in this manner?

There was a moment last week when the Brexit process reached a new magnificence.

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Change is inevitable, the great challenge is to shape that change

Further evidence that the GAA is the process of profound structural change was revealed at this week’s meeting of the Cork County Board.

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County success cherished all the more fervently for its scarcity

In his brilliant book, Memoir, John McGahern wrote of growing up in Leitrim and of how, in rural communities, “the local and the individual were more powerful ...

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Making it big in Japan all that matters for team of fuss

“For us we would certainly encourage the genuine supporter not to lose faith with the team; the team will definitely turn up in Japan,” said the Irish ...

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Killing giraffes in the name of sport — and the Empire

This week, just as the House of Commons in London plunged ever deeper into the Brexit abyss, a beautiful hardback book revealed itself in the second-hand section ...

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Brexit making us reassess what the GAA is about

In an extended piece on the RTÉ Radio 1 programme, This Week, last Sunday, on the impact of Brexit on the GAA, the Armagh delegate to the Ulster Council Jarlath ...

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The time has come for Irish football without borders

The experience of going to Premier League soccer matches in England in off-the-shelf modern stadiums is often a synthetic one.

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Why I’ve never forgiven or forgotten Liverpool fans of my childhood

Being a schoolboy in a classroom full of Liverpool fans during the 1980s was a painful experience.

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Rice’s decision doesn’t deserve Irish vitriol

No life is straightforward. Contradictions, compromises, competing thoughts and ideas, and the challenge of matching actions to words and words to actions, are all ...

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Is every club created equally in the eyes of Croke Park?

In his annual report for 2018, John Costello, chief executive officer of the Dublin GAA county board, laid out the problems with land that confront every sporting ...

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What matters now for the GAA is what happens next

The publication of a first Annual Report is a significant milestone in the term of a director general. Tom Ryan has served in that role since April 2018 and it is ...

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The founding principle of the GAA has been increasingly neglected

Last Saturday, shortly after 4pm, the GAA Communications Department sent out a press release setting out ‘details on decisions taken at a meeting of the GAA’s ...

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The book that made me close my online gambling account

On Christmas Eve, two emails arrived from paddypower.com. The timing was pretty awful — it would be true to say that the emails were a profound source of irritation, ...

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An icy challenge to embrace and enjoy

The dawn of a new year and new resolutions made: A search for new frontiers, new experiences, new things to do. A time to be creative and to dream of exploring new ...

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How turf helped Offaly GAA to brightly burn for county’s golden generation

The success of Offaly footballers in 1982 was rooted in the bogs of the county.

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Regret that Peter Shilton’s suggestion to stage a Brexit debate with his old teammates was not taken up

It’s a tricky thing to visit England at the moment. writes Paul Rouse.

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So, who was playing when hurling made its live TV debut in America?

On 20 August 1948, Barry McElroy took out his pen and wrote a letter to the owners of the Munster Express newspaper in Waterford, writes Paul Rouse

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A century before its magic faded, FA Cup really did save English game

The draw for this season’s FA Cup took place last Monday — but did anybody really care, asks Paul Rouse.

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Increased education has not doused ‘sanctioned violence’

Why do GAA matches end up in fights? asks Paul Rouse

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Why Germany went from European rugby royalty to paupers

Last Saturday was a day a rugby dream died.

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Are the 32 counties of Ireland represented on a chess board?

Two men are sitting at a table in an amphitheatre in the middle of London. Both are deep in thought, straining to understand what has happened, what will happen ...

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Discovering the truth in the GAA’s war effort

Acknowledging that many of its members fought in the British army does not diminish the GAA’s contribution to Irish society or the fact that many others of ...

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