John Fogarty - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

JOHN FOGARTY: If Colm Cooper can’t get away with it, nobody can

There’s not much you could begrudge Colm Cooper. Not much at all. He is a man who transcended the game he mastered. The reasonable fortune he has accrued from the fame has been most deserving. A lot of what he will accrue in the future on the back of his name will be just as merited, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Taking shot in the dark

To paraphrase one of their associate sponsors, the GAA have claimed they backed brave on Saturday.

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JOHN FOGARTY: More hurling action should be the target

Four days out from a hurling-dominated Special Congress and what will be decided for next year’s senior championship is anyone’s guess, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: GAA losing war on cynicism

Dublin win not only because they are the best but because they are the boldest too, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Five don’ts for Mayo pundits ahead of All-Ireland final

Mayo in an All-Ireland final means one thing to most Mayo people and something extra to others — money.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Burke shines a spotlight on mental health issues

As David Burke’s acceptance speech extended on Sunday, Peter Canavan’s victorious address 14 years previous came to mind. “I’m not finished yet,” the Tyrone great told the masses in front of him. “It took me a long time to get here.”

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JOHN FOGARTY: Dublin are becoming the ultimate final side

COMING out of Croke Park on Sunday, a former Mayo manager tried to counter what he had just seen by theorising that teams who win All-Ireland semi-finals by large margins go on to lose finals while those who receive sterner tests are better placed to claim silverware.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Fitzmaurice must now be thinking a step ahead

Safe to say, this is not 2014 all over again. Kerry may indeed win the replay as they did back then. They surely will be all the better for a battle of such magnitude two days ago but they will have to bring something different if they are to do so.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Austin Gleeson may benefit from August clemency

In 2011, for the second year in a row, former inter-county referee and Irish Examiner columnist John Bannon put forward a motion to GAA Congress via his club Legan Sarsfields to take referees out of the process of issuing proposed retrospective suspensions, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: It’s time for the GAA to shut up the bigots and bigmouths

The GAA has a code of conduct. It also has rules to deal with the behaviour on Hill 16 two days ago, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: All hail Stephen Cluxton, the evergreen humble hero

Stephen Cluxton has won his game’s ultimate honour on four occasions. This Saturday, he makes his 89th championship appearance, going one ahead of Tomás and Marc Ó Sé, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: We need to talk about GAA volunteerism

Seven months into his role as GPA chief executive, Dermot Earley continues a charm offensive around the counties, writes John Fogarty.

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