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Davy Fitzgerald opened two barrels on RTÉ’s hurling pundits’ criticism of the sweeper system after Wexford’s qualifier defeat earlier today, writes John Fogarty.

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GAA Podcast: Páirc Nua, sweeping statements and Cork's dying sting

Anthony Daly and John Fogarty review the weekend's championship action in PaperTalk.

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Will Derek McGrath get the credit he deserves?

Enda McEvoy examines five lessons to take from the weekend’s action on Leeside...

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Waterford find groove if not yet their freedom

Here’s a rough head count of items on the agenda this morning.

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Opening day’s play at Páirc Ui Chaoimh brings no complaints or mystery

There was an air of unreality about the whole day. Maybe it was the lack of complaint. There’s nothing normal or natural about it, hearing thousands of people amble about admiring things, especially in Cork.

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Mayo survive as Cork carried off on their shields

Mayo 0-27 Cork 2-20 (AET): It’s taken for granted now but Mayo feel compelled to remind us quite regularly that this is not a journey they’re on but an odyssey.

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Galway take crossroads on to easy street

Galway 4-17 Donegal 0-14: Galway had never scored four goals against an Ulster team in championship football before but such was the ease with which they prised open the Donegal rearguard in Sligo on Saturday that they could have got double that haul.

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Waterford step it up to brush aside understudies

Waterford 1-23 Wexford 1-19: A team in year four against a team in year one — that’s how it shaped up and that’s how it turned out as Waterford’s cohesiveness won them a third consecutive All-Ireland semi-final appearance.

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Tipperary make experience count against Clare

Clare 3-16 Tipperary 0-28: Tipp’s experience was a significant factor in their three-point win over Clare in last Saturday’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-final, the reigning All-Ireland champions hitting decisive scores in the closing stages of both halves to land a semi-final berth.

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Davy Fitzgerald wants Tadhg De Búrca cleared

It wasn’t all about Shefflin and Duignan, you know.

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Ronan McCarthy: Invaluable lessons mean Cork will gain from the pain

Where does one even begin when analysing a game that had so much packed into 90 pulsating minutes, asks Ronan McCarthy.

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Derek McGrath tackles sweeper critics

Waterford boss Derek McGrath wasn’t ducking questions about sweeper systems after yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final win.

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Donal Moloney: Disallowing Conor McGrath goal a harsh call

Clare joint manager Donal Moloney felt disallowing Conor McGrath’s early goal last Saturday afternoon was “very harsh” but added that the Banner “wouldn’t be complaining too much” about referee Colm Lyons’s call.

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Michael Ryan satisfied Tipperary’s defensive cracks can be sealed for semi-final

Michael Ryan knows where every conversation will turn ahead of a return to Croke Park. Tipp’s ongoing difficulties in the full-back line will ensure Cathal Barrett’s name crops up regularly over the coming weeks..

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Exiled Cathal Barrett back in action for club

Tipperary All-Star defender Cathal Barrett returned to action with his club Holycross-Ballycahill yesterday after being sidelined through injury since Tipperary’s defeat by Cork in the first round of the Munster championship.

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Kilkenny steal Páirc Ui Chaoimh’s first silverware

All-Ireland IHC final - Kilkenny 2-23 Cork 2-18: Take it as certain that it’ll become a staple table quiz question in the years to come: who was the first team to win an All-Ireland at the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh?

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Waterford's Dan Shanahan treads warily ahead of Wexford clash

You can try all the favourites talk you want, Dan Shanahan isn’t buying. The big man from Lismore has been down the road too many times to give in that easily.

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Colman Corrigan: Isolated Cork footballers must now come out fighting

Cork’s footballers will rarely feel as isolated as this evening in the Gaelic Grounds, according to former defender Colman Corrigan.

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Clare, the Ed Sheeran of hurling, search for their identity

One state-of-the-art new ground, descended from outer space and come to gracious rest in genteel Ballintemple. 

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‘Sometimes the Gods are with you and sometimes they’re not’

“Here’s Leahy at the other end. It’s stopped, it’s saved, it’s a great save by Davy Fitzgerald. And there was a chance for Tipperary to go back in front. Amazing stuff.” – Ger Canning

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Siobhán Flannery helping Offaly take flight

Since breaking through as a 16-year-old with Offaly in 2007, Siobhán Flannery has taken on many roles but has largely controlled games from midfield or especially centre-back.

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Tommy Guilfoyle - The previous captain

Who is Tommy Guilfoyle? Told by a doctor he’d never hurl, he hit 2-3 against Cork in the 1986 Munster final and played with Feakle until he was 49. He has suffered personal pain. ‘He was virtually unstoppable,’ declares Anthony Daly. That’s Tommy Guilfoyle

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Cork must rediscover a culture of obsession

Walking into the Cork dressing room in Killarney after the Munster final, I recalled the time we beat Kerry in the minor down there in 2010, writes Brian Hurley.

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Time for Galway to take a gamble

Five minutes before the end of the Connacht final, Rory Gallagher had left his seat along with the McHugh boys. He had seen enough.

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How these seven men will decide the destiny of the Liam MacCarthy Cup

With the destination of the Liam MacCarthy Cup wide open, this could prove to be the All-Ireland series from heaven. Here Enda McEvoy looks at seven individuals — not all of them superstars — who’ll have a say in the outcome of the 2017 hurling championship

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Meet John Coffey: Hurling’s oldest living All-Ireland medal holder

John Coffey is hurling’s oldest living holder of an All-Ireland medal, having turned 99 in January. He played corner forward for Tipperary in the 1945 final win over Kilkenny, scoring the opening goal, writes PM O’Sullivan.

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Johnny Leahy fears gym addiction a real danger to elite stars

Former Tipperary star Johnny Leahy has warned of the growth of an unhealthy addiction to fitness in top level Gaelic games. As part of an interview which will feature in tomorrow’s Irish Examiner, the addiction counsellor fears that an obsession with the gym has taken over elite football and hurling.

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GAA chiefs tackle Páirc Uí Chaoimh issues for SHC quarter-finals

GAA chiefs are expected to take the lessons learned from Wednesday night’s opening game in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh and apply them at this weekend’s All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals.

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