MIKE QUIRKE: To winter well, coaches must work on their craft

The winter Gaelic games hiatus is nearly upon us. There’ll be plenty of senior club action to satisfy our desire for competitive GAA action over the coming months, but the majority of clubs around the country are just about shutting down after another busy year of action.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Having the right people is more important than how much cash you have

Back in January 2014, I was asked to speak at the national coaching and games conference in Croke Park as part of a keynote address discussing some of the factors that made Kerry and Kilkenny seemingly perennial contenders in the senior football and hurling championships.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Tyrone strategy knocked out by Dublin’s two-punch combination

When Mike Tyson was asked if he was concerned about the plan that the more strategic Evander Holyfield would bring to their title fight, the champ dismissively replied: “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth”.

It felt a bit like that on Sunday.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Tyrone must summon bulletproof togetherness and bravery

Croke Park will surely be filled with a very different type of atmosphere next Sunday afternoon than the peaceful holiness brought by Pope Francis last weekend.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Hurling can’t be Gaelic football's barometer

Watching the All-Ireland hurling final has only solidified a strange season for followers of Gaelic football.

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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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