JOHN FOGARTY: Why football envies hurling’s privileges

Some of you may consider yourselves to have been spoiled by the amount of hurling in recent weeks.

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JOHN FOGARTY: ‘Super 6’ would solve hurling famine-or-feast conundrum

With emotions running high, Tipperary manager Michael Ryan could be excused for the odd oversight following Sunday’s Championship exit. He claimed he saw no fatigue among his men, though players were starting to break down towards the end, some being treated for cramp and one or two others hobbling. After 21 tumultuous days, it was his players’ bodies that eventually gave in.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Déise grace can’t mask a system of imbalance

Hours after Sunday’s latest Munster SHC draw, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh thumbed a message on the Waterford WhatsApp players group. Nodding to his fumble that led to Patrick Maher’s first goal, he claimed responsibility for the draw but vowed to make amends against Limerick this Sunday and encouraged his team-mates to look ahead to the game.

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JOHN FOGARTY: All too much for RTÉ

Alan Hansen doesn’t do live TV anymore. After 22 years, he finished up as BBC’s Match of the Day anchor pundit in 2014. Commanding he was, but not without sin, Manchester United coming back to haunt him following his infamous “kids” remark in 1995.

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JOHN FOGARTY: S(ave) O(ur) S(eason) - One episode in and the worst is being feared

Tommy Walsh has likened the new championship format to Game of Thrones. Brendan Cummins described it “rats-in-a-barrel” stuff. One episode in and already the worst is being feared. Taking Walsh’s analogy, Tipperary and Clare are, spoiler alert, Ned Starks in the making.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Football may need shot clock as keep-ball king

There are few more interesting interviewees in Gaelic football than Michael Darragh Macauley and he was in top form again last week when conducting a round of promotional media chats.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Do not adjust your set: GAA must fill TV gaps

Better late than never. It was RTÉ on Friday and today is Sky Sports’ turn to reveal their live TV coverage of the GAA championships.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Little fair in 100-day inter-county hurling war

If you were going to market the forthcoming All-Ireland senior hurling championship, you might herald it as ‘The 100-day War’. 

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JOHN FOGARTY: Club fare alone can’t fill the April vacuum

It wasn’t the GAA that coined the phrase ‘Super 8’ — they have the Club Players Association (CPA) to thank for that one. And it wasn’t the GAA that labelled April as club month. But if they aren’t going to fill vacuums others are going to do it for them.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Horan must have GPA fundraising on his radar

In case you missed it, the GPA had quite the tea party in Boston last Friday evening, writes John Fogarty.

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JOHN FOGARTY: New Munster hurling format carries fears with cheers

New Munster hurling format carries fears with cheers

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JOHN FOGARTY: Culture of respect marked the Duffy era

Mild-mannered. Genuine. Diligent. Workaholic. As Páraic Duffy prepares to wave goodbye as GAA director general this Saturday, there has been similarities in the tributes paid to him. Rightly too: He is all of the above but we can add steeliness to it.

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