KIERAN SHANNON: Why Limerick may have to lose one to win one

Even a side as well as prepared as this may have to lose one to win one, writes  Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Still that ray of sunshine leading by example two decades on

Twenty years ago Ray Silke had the unique distinction of leading both his club and county up the Hogan Stand steps to collect senior All-Ireland titles in Croke Park. Two decades on he is still leading by example — but in a very different capacity

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KIERAN SHANNON: In all seriousness, lads, who do ye think ye are?

In Kerry they can get very serious in telling you how they take their football very serious.

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KIERAN SHANNON: John Allen a leader of men

John Allen remains the last Cork hurling manager to win the All-Ireland — and the last Limerick manager to win the Munster Championship, yet his achievements and methods have tended to be underestimated.

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KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to throw open gates once and for all

The same day Roy Keane adorned the front page of this paper by flying back into his hometown to launch the Liam Miller tribute match also happened to be the 25th anniversary of him joining Manchester United for a then record British transfer fee.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Ailing football needs an innovator on the inside

Just months after a riveting 2001 football championship had captured the public imagination with the advent and novelty of the backdoor, Ger Loughnane proclaimed in his book, Raising The Banner: “The biggest problem with hurling is that it is in danger of being swamped by football.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Cork and Ronan McCarthy can’t afford this insular outlook

If Cork’s exit from the championship was highly embarrassing, then Ronan McCarthy’s exit interview to the print media was most intriguing.

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KIERAN SHANNON: New captain needed to steer Mayo ship out of troubled waters

As has been their habit since the innocent summer of 2011, the Mayo football team hasn’t been short of takers lining up to bury and praise them in recent days.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Newbridge wasn’t made for this qualifier, but Portlaoise is

Not that long ago, but before TV3 let alone Sky Sports started covering the qualifiers and before the GAA was routinely accused of selling its soul, a team that had contested the previous year’s All-Ireland final was drawn away to a Leinster team with one of the worst and smallest stadiums in the country, just like Mayo were to Kildare last Monday morning.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Statistics prove lady luck deserted Déise

In his seminal book Moneyball, Michael Lewis observed that the play-offs could frustrate the hell out of some of the most progressive front offices in baseball because it offered such a small sample size.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Give Tipperary a break and they’ll rule world again

While he was still in his early 20s, but sometime after he’d blazed onto the scene winning back-to-back Wimbledon titles, Boris Becker indicated just how worldly and weary he already was by that point. 

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KIERAN SHANNON: LeBron James: The man bleeding in the arena

The only statline James’s critics were interested in was that he was now three from eight in the NBA finals, in contrast to Michael Jordan’s flawless six for six record.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Home comforts not just all in the mind

Last Monday, our new columnist Brian Gavin gave a vivid glimpse into the pressures championship hurling can place on a referee as well as touching upon an under-appreciated dynamic at play this summer.

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