Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Governance and results go hand in hand

During Jim Gavin’s presentation at Sport Ireland’s recent HPX Conference, the Dublin manager noted that there were “some competitors in the audience”, past and present, which probably explained why he was so big on philosophy but so scarce on actual detail, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: What about the poor créatúrs?

Liam Moggan retired last month from his position with Coaching Ireland. Known as the ‘coach’s coach’, he worked with everyone from Billy Walsh to Brian Kerr to Éamonn Fitzmaurice. But he believes Ireland’s focus on elite sport at the expense of physical education means a generation of kids have been lost

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KIERAN SHANNON: With Sarah Keane at the helm the OCI is a much less toxic brand

With Sarah Keane at the helm the OCI is a much less toxic and much more presentable brand, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: A bright future in hurling’s brave new world

When Special Congress passed the new hurling proposals last Saturday, it threw up all sorts of new challenges and opportunities that it may not even have thought about.

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KIERAN SHANNON: There’s no acceptable cynicism. Let’s black ball the offenders

Back in 2004, long before several of Jack McCaffrey’s teammates hauled Mayo defenders to the ground to prevent them from receiving a kickout in the closing moments of an All-Ireland final, his father Noel, along with some other eminent academic colleagues, conducted a study into the attitudes of Irish athletes towards cheating.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Can anyone catch the mighty Dublin?

Such supremacy is as a measure of the GAA’s negligence as it is of Dublin’s exemplary management, from John Costello to Jim Gavin, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.’

As the familiar scene played out – Stephen Cluxton and the Dubs going up the steps of the Hogan Stand while below on the field Mayo men gazed disbelievingly once again into the distance – neutrals above in the press box struggled to catch their breath and process just what they had witnessed.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Captain class driving Dublin and Mayo to greatness

Stephen Cluxton is the hidden force in full view behind one of the country’s greatest-ever teams, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: How Galway’s hurlers found guts and glory

Joe Canning has flourished since being moved out to centre forward after last year’s Leinster final, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to reconsider the possibility of two Dublins

In the age of Twitter, there’s never a shortage of people in with the obvious quip. Any prospect of a draw, from the Super Bowl to the All-Ireland series, and the replay’s in Limerick. And as for when a Dublin football team loses a game at minor, U21, or senior? Split Dublin in two. Ha, ha.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Dealing with Donaghy one for Rochford files

Seeing as it was often described as the duel of the two basketballers, as good a place as any to start on the Aidan O’Shea-Kieran Donaghy matchup is with a line from a hoops documentary that they both loved.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Medals on the line: what price experience on the biggest day of them all?

To grasp just how novel this upcoming All-Ireland final will be, you need only look at the sideline and the profile of the two selectorial teams compared to who was there last year, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: You can’t have a Super 8 in summer and another in spring

If you’re among those worried at how football is now stuck with the Super Eight when the past two weekends has starkly illustrated that it simply has a Super Four, it’s worth bearing something in mind to appease your fears, says Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Pretenders to the throne circle for Colm Cooper’s crown

To mark the last year of the All Ireland quarter-finals as we know them – at least for three years anyway, with the arrival of the Super Eight next July – this column spent last week counting and recounting the great individual scoring tallies of players in the All Ireland series since the first of those quarter-finals back in 2001.

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