Reconnecting with the GAA

Larry Ryan checked his web cache to go on a loose solo run around some online destinations that will keep you informed and entertained.

Having wintered well on transfer gossip, gridiron catches, Kardashian memes and regrettable snapchat incidents; it’s high time your smartphone knuckled down again to what it’s best at: monitoring injury worries, retweeting the star corner forward, checking latest scores and watching vines of lads getting bust with a shoulder.

Larry Ryan checked his web cache to go on a loose solo run around some online destinations that will keep you informed and entertained.

Apologies for any glaring omissions.

Tapatalk

The app that opens the gateway to a wealth of GAA message boards, club and county.

 www.livegaelic.com 

One of the many new GAA sites to get a toe under the ball in recent years, it goes from strength to strength with news, views, live scores and video.

@anspailpin

Anthony Munnelly is a lot more than a GAA tweeter, but one of the most entertaining GAA tweeters when he gets going.

 www.balls.ie 

If it is vines, gifs, memes or talking points from the weekend’s action you’re after, you’ll find them here.

@GAAscores

Now everyone can be the man with the wireless pressed to his ear. They will know how things are going over in Netwatch Cullen Park.

 www.punditarena.com 

Fast-growing sports site with a thoughtful section of GAA features.

 www.clarehurlersforum.com 

The long and colourful history of the Clare hurlers message board is surely due to be novelised or serialised into something rivalling Dynasty in its heyday. This isn’t the original but a few of the original characters are about.

Second Captains

Due to resume their RTÉ phone-in show for the championship, but for now the Monday and Thursday podcasts will whet and dissect.

 www.GAAGo.ie 

All those new fans in the home counties can join exiles in stumping up to watch over 100 matches online this year.

 www.breakingnews.ie 

The full complement of news, reports, videos and reaction.

@offtheball

Keeping the GAA community honest, even before Colm Parkinson presents his annual Woolies.

 www.rte.ie/player 

In order to have the traditional moan and whinge about League Sunday, you really should watch it first.

The GAA Banter Page

One of the more popular Facebook shrines to the growing industry of GAA bantz.

 www.anfearrua.com 

There it still sits. A monument to ambition and enterprise that fell around the same time as many other monuments. Unlike many of the nation’s ghost estates, it offered much in its day, and is still maintained in decent order for a look around every now and again.

 www.the42.ie 

Rebranded with a slightly-odd tribute to Gaelic ecumenicism and a supplier of fine GAA coverage.

 www.tg4.tv 

Continue to be one of the great servants to national league action.

 www.gaa.ie/gaa-news-and-videos/social-media-list 

A list of every county’s official Facebook and Twitter accounts. From there, you won’t be long tracking down the players you’re after.

 www.gaaboard.com 

Harder to get out of a football chat in one piece than it is to get out of Ulster.

 www.prideinthejersey.com 

Budgeting for the season and wondering if the young lad will be looking for a new jersey? Denis Hurley keeps track of all those things for you.

 www.mayogaablog.com 

As partisan as it should be, as argumentative as it wants to be, and sometimes as reflective as it has to be. Still setting the standard by which fan blogs are judged.

 www.teamtalkmag.com 

Another local hero; a mightily impressive news source for Tyrone.

 www.GAAScores.com  

podcast

No doubt a few more of the summer chatters will emerge from hibernation shortly, but Conor Donnelly and co will be togging this week for a full review of the opening week’s action.

@descahill

Named by the Murray Tweet Index as the most influential Irish journalist on Twitter, Doyen Des will keep you in the loop.

 www.premierview.ie 

For a while there, it was becoming one of the country’s last enduring secret societies. They say logins for the forum were going for big money on ebay. Or at the mart. A fiver a year will get you in the door now . You’re on your own after that.

 www.terracetalk.com 

Holding the official online archive of Weeshie Fogarty’s renowned Radio Kerry show. You need four All-Ireland medals to get past the home page.

 www.allianzleaguespredictions.ie 

Pick the winner of every league match every week and win a few quid for yourself and your club. You’ll be invited to a couple of mini-leagues before the weekend is out.

 www.gaelicstats.com/head-to-head 

The settler of many disputes. Pit two counties over 100 years of competition.

 www.sportsfile.com 

A visual treasure trove of striking images from games great and middling and bad.

 www.dontfoul.wordpress.com  and @dontfoul

“Shining a light onto GAA stats.” Told us, this month, for instance, that Cork’s Colm O’Neill’s showing against Sligo in last year’s qualifier was the best shooting performance in the 74 Championship games they’ve analysed over three years, taking a multitude of factors into account.

@analysisGAA

Ray Boyne, Dublin football’s Head of Performance Analysis has been a regular supplier of interesting infographics that drill into the barometers of performance.

@gaanostalgia

“Travelling through the mists of GAA time” to find that picture of Eddie Keher and Muhammad Ali pucking around.

 www.lovegaa.ie 

We can’t stand over the bona fides or success rate of this one, but it promises that you will meet “that special someone who shares your love and passion for Gaelic Games”.

 www.clubgaa.ie 

The clubs might have to twiddle their thumbs at the county’s whim, but they don’t go away altogether. It promises a revamp soon, but still a reliable, quick guide to club websites across the country.


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