PAUL ROUSE: A fitting tribute to Willie Hough - a legend of Limerick hurling

For two hours last Sunday, the brilliant Limerick full-forward Seamus Flanagan stood in tribute to Willie Hough in the West Limerick village of Monagea, writes Paul Rouse

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PAUL ROUSE: Six observations about the All-Ireland football final and all that flows from it

The Cluxton kickout

The penalty didn’t change the game. Stephen Cluxton changed the game. With 17 minutes gone, he had a kickout and had a quick and easy option to go short and wide.

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PAUL ROUSE: Is much of the football played now actually worth watching?

And so it came to pass that in the week before an All-Ireland football final, the most intriguing stories come out of Mayo, writes Paul Rouse 

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PAUL ROUSE: Limerick come out on top in a passion play like no other

tSé mo laoch mo ghile mear
Sé mo Shéasar, gile mear
Suan gan séan ní
bhfuair mé
Ó chuaigh i gcéin mo
ghile mear

It has pushed past 11pm and the beautiful, haunting words of ‘Sé mo laoch’ are echoing out across the North Circular Road from the stools set up outside Gills’ Pub as the Landers sisters from Galbally sing on into the night, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Mackey, Limerick, and the decade when Hollywood documented the glories of hurling for US cinema

There’s something about the 1930s that sets it apart in the history of hurling, writes Paul Rouse

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PAUL ROUSE: Abusing people who run teams runs through the GAA’s history

When Clare won the 1914 Munster hurling championship, they were reputed to have prepared better than any team in history.

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PAUL ROUSE: What’s the real story of Gaelic Sunday?

’Gaelic Sunday’ is described on the GAA’s website as “one of the most remarkable and significant days in the history of the GAA”, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: GAA can no longer cling blindly to the rules

The controversy that flowed from the GAA’s initial decision not to allow the Liam Miller testimonial be played at Páirc Uí Chaoímh is a legacy of history.

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PAUL ROUSE: Is this the weekend the football championship finally begins to shine?

It was a bit of a surreal experience being in Croke Park last weekend.

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PAUL ROUSE: Did shouting for England make us any more mature?

Now that the dust is settling on England’s defeat to Croatia, there is a completely unimportant question to be asked: Did supporting the English soccer team make a man or a woman more mature than a man or woman who felt sick to their stomach at the prospect of England winning the World Cup?

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PAUL ROUSE: Mayo players will be done soon enough — but soon enough need not be now

These are players to be admired and celebrated, not pitied, says Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: How golf took root in Ireland

It was not until the second half of the 19th century that the expansion of golf in Ireland truly took flight, writes Paul Rouse.

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