MIKE QUIRKE: No need for hunger games in the Gavin guide to ongoing success

Dublin footballers continue to be somewhat of a quandary for everybody outside the capital, don’t they? It’s like people are torn between really appreciating what they’re doing through their incredible domination of the competition, or utterly despising it because of the obvious advantages they have enjoyed getting there, writes Mike Quirke

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MIKE QUIRKE: Kerry got what they deserved, Fitzmaurice didn’t

I was in a bar down the road from Fitzgerald Stadium before the Kerry-Kildare game last Saturday. The volume on the TV was turned up as the Irish women’s hockey team began their second penalty shoot-out of the tournament for a place in the final of the World Cup.

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MIKE QUIRKE: It’s good to talk to your team-mates

A couple of years ago, Ronan O’Gara wrote in these pages that: “The more I am learning, the less I take for granted what I savoured in the Munster dressing room every day as a player. A club’s culture is an unspoken language. The trademark. You can’t see it or hear it. You feel it.”

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MIKE QUIRKE: Time for Kerry to start thinking outside the box

Kerry supporters really don’t know if their glass is half full or half empty after the second round of Super 8 games over the weekend.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Kerry’s elder statesmen need to prove their worth

It was supposed to be a festival of football, a celebration of our game played out amongst the best teams the competition has to offer in one of the finest stadiums in the world.

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MIKE QUIRKE: All dolled up for proper festival of football

We’ve been waiting all year to see what all the hype was about, and now that we are on the eve of the inaugural Super 8s stage of the All-Ireland series, it’s hard not to get bloody excited about the prospect of seeing the best teams in the country go head to head. Slugging it out.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Player power doesn’t have to be a blight on the game

Mayo have been one of the great mysteries of the GAA world. The ‘nearly men’ of the modern generation.

A county cursed.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Forget the attack, let’s praise the Kerry defence

There was a weird atmosphere walking away from Páirc Uí Caoimh last Saturday evening, writes Mike Quirke.

You would have thought that a crowd who had just won an historic sixth provincial title-in-a-row would have been more buoyant on their way back up the road to the comforts of the local hostelries.

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MIKE QUIRKE: The best GAA coaches realise they can learn from basketball

A dyed in the wool GAA man stopped me on the street during the week and had something he wanted to get off his chest.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Feeling cheated by a referee’s mistake? Just deal with it

Back in 2009, my club, Kerins O’Rahillys, had the good fortune to reach the Munster Club SFC final against Kilmurry-Ibrickane from Clare. Unfortunately for me, it was down to be played the week after my wedding when my wife and I were supposed to be on a cruise ship somewhere around the Bahamas.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Suddenly, this Kingdom team is looking dangerous once again

There was always going to be a certain fascination with seeing what this young, fresh-faced Kerry side could produce in Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday, considering so many had never been on the senior championship stage before.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Don’t let the ‘influencers’ suck the joy out of football

Once upon a time, former senior manager Jack O’Connor thought it would be a good idea to bring in a sport psychologist to do a group session with the Kerry players of the last decade.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Success on the field is underpinned by strong foundations off it

It’s still difficult to wrap your head around the tumultuous goings on in Offaly last week, following their defeat to Wicklow in the Leinster football championship.

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