John Fogarty

GAA Correspondent

John Fogarty: Money the elephant in the room in club v county debate

John Fogarty: Money the elephant in the room in club v county debate

Irish Examiner columnist Oisín McConville didn’t need to call any whistleblower hotline to reveal a county had been training before Croke Park said ...

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John Fogarty: It’s primitive to use GAA clubs as weapons to hit county

John Fogarty: It’s primitive to use GAA clubs as weapons to hit county

“Club good, county bad.” That about sums up the argument put forward by Captain Cavemen these last few weeks, writes John Fogarty.

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John Fogarty: As Croke Park plans, the county boards laugh

John Fogarty: As Croke Park plans, the county boards laugh

Well, nobody could say the GAA haven’t treaded softly. Too softly at times. The insistence on players and management filling out a questionnaire each time ...

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John Fogarty: Ten counties facing big questions on club v county battlelines

John Fogarty: Ten counties facing big questions on club v county battlelines

John Fogarty examines the big questions facing the GAA in counties including Cork, Kerry, Clare, and Tipperary.

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John Fogarty: Will county managers be willing to sit and wait until September 14?

John Fogarty: Will county managers be willing to sit and wait until September 14?

No small amount of work was put into the GAA’s return to safe play roadmap. It’s estimated that its Covid-19 advisory group analysed between 40 to 50 ...

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John Fogarty: If counties aren't back training already, they're losing

John Fogarty: If counties aren't back training already, they're losing

John Fogarty: It’s fair to say GAA director Tom Ryan gets it. He gets the frustration at pitches being closed. He gets the disappointment. He also gets the ...

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John Fogarty: Helmets have hurt hurling's personality

John Fogarty: Helmets have hurt hurling's personality

As it would have for most people, Seán Óg Ó hAilpín’s appearance on The Sunday Game this past weekend evoked memories of his greatest ...

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John Fogarty: Pitch closures highlight rural-urban divide

John Fogarty: Pitch closures highlight rural-urban divide

Here in Dublin, there are two GAA pitches within two kilometres of my home.

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John Fogarty: County must now come before club with some left-field thinking

John Fogarty: County must now come before club with some left-field thinking

Supposedly, Pat Gilroy had a dream for the GAA. A dream that would put the club back at the centre of the organisation.

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John Fogarty: Government need to stop using the GAA as a political football

John Fogarty: Government need to stop using the GAA as a political football

It’s not the nights that are the hardest for the GAA; it’s the weekends. For it’s at them that the Government come stealing to surprise them with ...

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John Fogarty: Out of the loop GAA know the true value of games

John Fogarty: Out of the loop GAA know the true value of games

T IME, that arbitrary hoor of a measurement, has never felt so redundant. We can’t say exactly when but days for us lost their appeal a week or two back. We ...

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John Fogarty: GAA and GPA may need to be flexible friends in testing times

John Fogarty: GAA and GPA may need to be flexible friends in testing times

Thursday, July 17 2003. Semple Stadium was the setting for the unique midweek All-Ireland senior hurling Championship clash of Offaly and Limerick, writes John Fogarty ...

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John Fogarty: GAA not turning its back on closed doors Championship

John Fogarty: GAA not turning its back on closed doors Championship

Almost 15 years to the day it chose to open up Croke Park, the GAA will take another landmark decision this Friday prompted by the worldwide pandemic.

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John Fogarty: When there is difficulty, there is opportunity

John Fogarty: When there is difficulty, there is opportunity

Money, or the lack thereof, is a problem that is going to exercise plenty of minds in the GAA for some time to come but there are some positives to be gleaned from ...

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John Fogarty: The rights and wrongs of not finishing the League

John Fogarty: The rights and wrongs of not finishing the League

Perhaps it’s the 10-year anniversary of their great injustice that is getting Louth worked up but they sense they could be on the receiving end once more, ...

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John Fogarty: How a knockout GAA summer might look

John Fogarty: How a knockout GAA summer might look

As Sunday draws nearer, the GAA continue to keep their powder dry about extending the suspension of all Gaelic Games activity.

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John Fogarty: 100 reasons to look forward to the return of GAA action

John Fogarty: 100 reasons to look forward to the return of GAA action

John Fogarty lists 100 reasons why we should be excited for when inter-county GAA season resumes.

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John Fogarty: Kerry’s patchwork leadership falls apart

John Fogarty: Kerry’s patchwork leadership falls apart

And so Kerry’s supergroup is no more. Crosby, Stills and Nash go on, but they do so without Young.

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John Fogarty: Look-but-don’t-touch policy hinders hurling

John Fogarty: Look-but-don’t-touch policy hinders hurling

In time, it might be termed “The UNESCO defence”.

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John Fogarty: And the case for two referees strengthens

John Fogarty: And the case for two referees strengthens

Ulster secretary Brian McAvoy’s innovative suggestion last month didn’t receive a fraction of the attention it deserved, writes John Fogarty.

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John Fogarty: Cork must shed their soft image to prosper

John Fogarty: Cork must shed their soft image to prosper

Cork, known in Congress as the county that likes to say no, could very well turn out to be the only traditional hurling power to vote yes to the sin bin come Saturday ...

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John Fogarty: Something’s gotta give to tackle cynical hurling

John Fogarty: Something’s gotta give to tackle cynical hurling

It's at times like these you realise hurling never needed to be recognised as a UNESCO-protected cultural activity for it to be fortified.

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John Fogarty: Sin bin the great leveller

John Fogarty: Sin bin the great leveller

Less than two months in and the Dessie Farrell era is providing an array of firsts.

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John Fogarty: Calendar-year season may be step too far for counties

John Fogarty: Calendar-year season may be step too far for counties

It came as a great relief to us that the sky didn’t fall in on Sunday. If anything, the majesty of the troposphere over Croke Park that evening seemed to signal ...

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John Fogarty: College players caught in the January crossfire

John Fogarty: College players caught in the January crossfire

If the recent stories of players from middle-tier football counties quitting the inter-county scene have told us that losing is no fun, tales from the clubs and ...

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John Fogarty: Mark is now threatening Gaelic football’s identity

John Fogarty: Mark is now threatening Gaelic football’s identity

Jim Gavin is gone but his words as much as his deeds in inter-county Gaelic football remain.

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John Fogarty: Gaelic Players Association and its vision deserve more respect

John Fogarty: Gaelic Players Association and its vision deserve more respect

Readers of this column know what they can find here is a long-term and, we hope, healthy scepticism of the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).

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John Fogarty: The highs and lows of the GAA's national fixtures taskforce proposals

John Fogarty: The highs and lows of the GAA's national fixtures taskforce proposals

As the Irish Examiner reported last month, the recommendations of the national fixtures taskforce are so extensive that they will require a roadshow and a special ...

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John Fogarty: CPA’s withdrawal not a stunt but a strategyThis story is enriched with multi-media content

John Fogarty: CPA’s withdrawal not a stunt but a strategy

The Club Players Association (CPA) weren’t sparing with their language last week, but then, they would have had reason. The description of the fixtures taskforce ...

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Duffy’s GAA vision beginning to be eroded

Duffy’s GAA vision beginning to be eroded

Twenty months after stepping down as GAA director general, there remains a great respect for Páraic Duffy’s tenure at the top. However, there are elements ...

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Mayo can’t afford to say no to offer of help

Mayo can’t afford to say no to offer of help

The turmoil and tension engulfing Mayo GAA is a sorry state of affairs, especially as it could have been nipped in the bud months ago.

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Dubs will abstain from footballer of year vote

Dubs will abstain from footballer of year vote

If Stephen Cluxton is finally honoured with the Footballer of the Year award on Friday, it will have little or nothing to do with his team-mates.

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Bannon fears time wasters will play havoc with sin bin

Bannon fears time wasters will play havoc with sin bin

Leinster referees’ secretary John Bannon predicts inter-county football teams, particularly the leading ones, will do everything in their power to run down ...

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It’s important to read the small print of Tier 2

It’s important to read the small print of Tier 2

At this stage, it’s well known that the GAA are intent on changing the scheduling of the Super 8 in 2020.

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Expect extra bite in league’s middle ground

Expect extra bite in league’s middle ground

Had Cork and Tipperary known there was more than relegation to Division 3 at stake this past spring, would they have acted differently?

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'Tier 2’ will be sudden death for weak counties

'Tier 2’ will be sudden death for weak counties

219 days before it begins, the 2020 Munster senior football championship draw, along with Connacht’s, was to take place on RTÉ Radio this morning.

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Cusack return about more than symbolism?

Cusack return about more than symbolism?

The return of Dónal Óg Cusack to the Cork fray was never going to run smoothly. And the award for most obvious hurling statement in 2019, beating “Liam ...

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Gavin finally shows how much it means

Gavin finally shows how much it means

It took the creation of GAA history for Jim Gavin to leave his guard down on Saturday evening at Croke Park.

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Sideline generals must choose curve or swerve

Sideline generals must choose curve or swerve

To curve or to swerve — that is the question.

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Pundits can’t be allowed put county loyalties above facts

Pundits can’t be allowed put county loyalties above facts

“Propaganda,” cried Joe Brolly on Sunday in explaining how he felt David Gough had lost his reason in awarding Kerry a penalty. As wide of the mark as ...

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Breaking News

‘I was blown away— not just by what they were doing on the field but their wealth of knowledge about the game’

In his final months as a Kerry footballer, three-time All-Ireland-winner Donnchadh Walsh saw first hand the exciting new wave of Kingdom tyros.

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Five not the magic number for Dublin

Five not the magic number for Dublin

These are no ordinary times in Gaelic football and this is no run-of-the-mill five-in-a-row bid.

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Hogan can bounce back

Hogan can bounce back

Last week, we brought you the management life and times of Brian Cody and Kilkenny in the words of Bruce Springsteen.

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‘I’m glad social media wasn’t around in ‘97 when I missed that chance against Clare’

‘I’m glad social media wasn’t around in ‘97 when I missed that chance against Clare’

Kilkenny is as tribal a rivalry as it comes for John Leahy but his outlook on hurling now is more holistic

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O'Brien and Gough matters will keep Kerry busy

O'Brien and Gough matters will keep Kerry busy

The ironies of Stephen O’Brien’s proposed, cumulative one-match ban are worth mentioning.

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Kerry a team of the now, says Gavin

Kerry a team of the now, says Gavin

Jim Gavin regards Dublin’s All-Ireland final opponents Kerry as a team of the now, not the future.

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Introducing bonus point could rescue Super 8

Introducing bonus point could rescue Super 8

For the widespread criticism of the Super 8, a lot of it has been constructive. It might be on its last legs but there is no end of suggested treatments.

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Eight ways to help ease pressure on referees

Eight ways to help ease pressure on referees

A baptism of fire is de rigueur in becoming the GAA’s national match officials manager. Nine years ago, Pat Doherty stepped into the role the day after Martin ...

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Silly charade of named teams needs to end

Silly charade of named teams needs to end

With one hand Peter Keane gives — reopening the gates to Fitzgerald Stadium to supporters to watch Kerry training.

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Pulling Connolly out of hat Gavin’s best trick yet

Pulling Connolly out of hat Gavin’s best trick yet

“We’ve got James McCarthy back on the pitch, Eoin Murchan, Jonny Cooper, Diarmuid Connolly’s back training with us, Rob McDaid is back, Peadar ...

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