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When I was driving home Wednesday evening from the Leinster U21 final between Kilkenny and Wexford when my cousin Neal who accompanied me to the game informed me of an article he read from Tommy Walsh the great Kilkenny hurler. Walsh was convinced that we were going through a hurling boom and recent attendance figures would support this. Last Tuesday evening a crowd of 8,000 people attended the[..]

In Ireland, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to sporting activities. While soccer may be the most widely played team sport, football and hurling aren’t far behind, while rugby has a large underage playing base. In terms of individual sports golf, cycling, swimming, snooker/pool and aerobics are all popular. And of course, the influence of famous sporting success stories like Conor McGrego[..]

GAA explained in this A-Z list

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Posted by Keith Nulty in Features | Jun 2017

Now that Gaelic Football is on Sky Sports, many people will be searching for the rules, we have an A-Z guide of everything you need to know about GAA Amateur: It's still an amateur sport right? We were just making sure. With all the money spent on training at the best centres, warm-weather camps it is often easy to forget it's amateur. Until there is a bust up on the pitch and managers refuse t[..]

DAVID BURKE (Galway) There’s a reason the St. Thomas’ man is Galway’s captain – he’s probably the most consistent player to don the maroon and white colours since the 80s. Burke leads by example and is to the fore in every Galway performance. SHANE BARRETT (Dublin) Dublin have the defenders to challenge Galway’s attack as they sit in the long grass aiming to spring a shoc[..]

Ulster Senior Football Championship – Sunday, 28th May – 2pm Celtic Park NIALL KEENAN (Derry) The under 21 captain led the county to an Ulster final and played a key role in the Derry full back line. The Queen University is considered a strong man marker and will be deployed to keep an eye on Tyrone’s key threat. TIERNAN McCANN (Tyrone) Has responded from the ‘rufflegate[..]

Fixtures (Subject to Change): Sunday 21st May – (Preliminary Round) – Carlow vs Wexford (3pm Netwatch Cullen Park), Laois vs Longford (3pm Portlaoise), Louth vs Wicklow (3pm Parnell Park) Saturday 3rd June – (Quarter-Final) – Carlow/Wexford vs Dublin (7pm Portlaoise/Wexford) Sunday 4th June – (Quarter-Finals) – Kildare vs Laois/Longford (3pm Tullamore), Louth/Wicklow vs Meath [..]

When Joe Brolly finishes his weekend duties on the Sunday Game, he is rumoured to be heading to Carrigstown to end the Katie kidnapping saga finally. Maybe that’s our imagination running wild but he stepped in to finish a circus act regarding an Antrim footballers’ suspension. Matt Fitzpatrick was banned for 48 weeks for allegedly giving false evidence and has had it overturned allowing hi[..]

Munster Senior Hurling Championship – Sunday, 21st May – 4pm Semple Stadium PADRAIC MAHER (Tipperary) The recent Garda graduate has been the enforcer on the field during some of Tipperary’s best days. A two-time All-Ireland winner and four-time All-Star, he leads by example. Expect the county captain to be on plenty of ball snuffing out any Cork threat. ALAN CADOGEN (Cork) [..]

Looking over the Dublin squad, a frightening thought came to us. Michael Darragh Macauley is a massive loss and a certainty in any other county team. But he didn’t start last year’s All-Ireland final – which Dublin won! It’s a blow for Jim Gavin, but it’s not the end of the world! The thing with Dublin is as one sits to try pick a championship team, big names are going to lose out.[..]

Connacht Senior Football Championship – Sunday, 21st May – 2pm MacHale Park DAVID CLARKE (Mayo) It still beggars belief that Clarke was dropped for the All-Ireland Final Replay in 2016. There’s no guarantee it cost Mayo Sam Maguire but it certainly didn’t help. Has proven himself again and again in the 2017 National League with outstanding saves keeping Mayo in Division One. [..]