Mike Quirke - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MIKE QUIRKE: Joe Brolly playing the shame game against Colm Cooper

Could Cooper yet be forced to walk naked in atonement through the streets of Killarney, asks Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: TV coverage comes with a warning for club players

In times past, pieces of magic may have drawn a few lines in a local paper’s match report the following week and been firmly consigned to history after that. But not anymore it seems, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Gooch testimonial fuss: How long would it take some managers to pocket the same?

Colm Cooper stands to make a signficant amount of money from his testimonial event but why shouldn’t he, argues Mike Quirke. 

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MIKE QUIRKE: The lure of short-term success clouding any long-term vision

I’ve always loved the quote “if you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day; if you teach a man how to fish, you feed him for a lifetime”, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: When it comes to crunch time Dublin know what needs to be done

The Dubs have secured an inconceivable four one-point wins in All Ireland finals in the last 7 years, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Dublin: The dog that got big and growled

Sport is crazy, isn’t it? Just an unpredictable storyline, with more twists, turns and meanders than an oxbow river. 

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MIKE QUIRKE: GAA grading: you win or you’re wrong

EACH time an inter-county manager watches his side take the field, it’s like he’s back at school sitting an exam that can only produce two possible results. Either he wins, or he was wrong.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Stick or twist: The conundrum facing Rochford and Fitzmaurice

What is it with Mayo and their management? They continue to display an incredible propensity for making things as difficult as they can for themselves.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Manipulating GAA thinking is easy once you can say ‘Yerrah’

After Mayo’s performance in the All-Ireland quarter-final replay over Roscommon last Sunday week, it was hard not to be impressed with their resolve. Talk of their imminent implosion appeared premature, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: For inter-county managers, the game is turning nothing short of ruthless

This year’s Tyrone side are playing with a dynamism and a skill level to rival Mickey Harte’s great team of the last decade, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: How Kieran Donaghy still makes primitive look beautiful

Kieran Donaghy looked like he went to sleep in Dunboyne on Saturday night and woke up in Croke Park back in 2006, such was the terror he was inflicting on that Galway full-back line in the first half.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Where has this version of Cork been for so long?

Donncha O’Connor has been one of the very best forwards Cork has produced in the past 25 years, but he has always been an underappreciated footballer, writes Mike Quirke.

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