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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MIKE QUIRKE: The rule change that could rattle Dublin

The highly anticipated showdown between Galway and Mayo reminded me of all those FA Cup finals I used to watch as a kid.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Tribe hype will put Mayo on the warpath

We got our first taste of real summer over the weekend, both with a brief spell of fine weather at home, as well as a blistering start to the football championship in a different country.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Time to look in the mirror and become good GAA parents

This is the time of year when under 8s and under 10s all over the country start their journey into Gaelic football and hurling through the Go Games.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Clubs will eventually have to stand up and say ‘no’

With the Kerry club championship finals fixed for next weekend, the county league action took centre-stage on Saturday and Sunday.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Better coaching starting to drip all the way down to grassroots

It is a fascinating time to be involved in the world of coaching sports, and particularly in the GAA. It’s like we’re central to the dawning of a new age, a long drawn out awakening to a better understanding of how to help people learn to coach and play our games.

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MIKE QUIRKE: County bosses wield too much power over club season

For many counties, the notion of this being a month for club championship action has looked more and more like an extended April fool’s joke, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: In life, if not in sport, sometimes it’s best not to choose any side

Sometimes, that media exposure isn’t all its cracked up to be anyway and can be better off avoided, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: How can Connolly get 12 weeks and Moran nothing for same offence?

Moran reacted to a foul call by appearing to bump the referee with his chest and you sensed right away he was in big trouble, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: GPA slow to the ball in fixtures fiasco as players are left hanging

As the unseasonal weather played havoc with Sunday’s Allianz League games — and threw the fixtures schedule into a complete heap — there was an understandable degree of frustration and disgruntlement amongst players and supporters.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Raging against the Dublin machine is futile exercise

I can remember a time, in the not-too-distant past, when the Dublin football team were a curiosity. They had turned into something of a novelty act, whose supporters would fill Croke Park a few times each year, but more for the craic than out of any serious expectations of winning.

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MIKE QUIRKE: GAA should not see the Club Players Association as a Trojan horse

Following the ‘bread alert’ weather warning of the past week, Allianz League games and just about every GAA pitch in the country fell victim to the unseasonably relentless snowstorm that swept over us with such vigour, writes Mike Quirke.

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MIKE QUIRKE: Taking stock of the things that really matter

Gaelic football, and sport in general, can be all consuming for those of us at the coalface. Whether you are a player, coach, supporter or anything in between, we allow everything from training to games, and from stats to systems dominate our priorities all too often.

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