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Walsh rejects criticism of AFL's recruitment of Irish players

Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (1)

FORMER Cavan footballer and current AFL coach Nicholas Walsh has rejected criticism of the recruitment of GAA players by AFL clubs.



Mark O'Connor is just the 20th GAA recruit to play in the AFL


Walsh, who has been part of the coaching staff since the GWS Giants’ inaugural season in 2012, dismisses the depiction of recruiters as bogeymen luring unsuspecting youngsters away...

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Holden out for a hero

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

AROUND Kilkenny, if the names Shefflin, Cody and Holden come in conversation, the likelihood is that hurling will be the topic, with Henry, Brian and Joey having captained the Noresiders to All-Ireland success at the highest level, Henry considered one of the best to ever play the game and Brian possibly the greatest manager of a sports team this country has seen.


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Murphy looking to unleash the magic

Posted on 5 May, 2017 at 11:40 Comments comments (0)

OISÍN MURPHY seems to have been around a long time but then he was so young when he shot to prominence. He handled that meteoric rise remarkably well, showing a maturity way beyond his years and being extremely comfortable dealing with media interest.




The Killarney native has coped just as well with the setbacks that inevitably come in racing too. He possesses a keen understanding ...

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"The hardest part was just not playing" - Niamh McCarthy

Posted on 23 April, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

THERE was a time, even as she had barely entered her teens, when it seemed inevitable that the Niamh McCarthy would play for Cork.



“I knew if I didn’t try to come back that I would always wonder what could have happened” (Photo by Inpho)


There was a time too, when it appeared certain that the prodigy would never pick up a hurley again. Never bend the s...

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Non-Trier Rule for punters rather than horses, says Power

Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 10:25 Comments comments (0)

IRISH Grand National-winning jockey Robbie Power says that the updated Non-Trier Rule means that jockeys will be riding for punters and stewards rather than horses and their connections, and admits that riders will have to be harder than they would like and risk the futures of young horses, to avoid falling foul of the regulation.



Robbie Power and Our Duke are led in last Monday a...

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Dunphy relishing combination of work and play

Posted on 21 April, 2017 at 7:35 Comments comments (0)

IT WAS the second minute of injury time when Aisling Dunphy entered the fray. Kilkenny were four points clear of Cork, their supporters in celebration mode. At last, the hurt of 22 years and six final defeats would be consigned to the past. The Cats would be All-Ireland champions once more.




A 17-year-old Dunphy had also been introduced in the 2009 final, when Ann Downey’s ...

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"I had him in a slatted house in Ballintubber and when the lads came to get him he was eating a round bale with a rake of cattle"

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

IT IS another of those quintessential national hunt stories that captures the very essence of jump racing.


“Katie has done a great job with him; you have to hand it to her... She's with him every day; she knows the horse, the horse knows her and that has to be a help” (Photos: Caroline Norris)


It starts...

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Sligo without key players for potential Big Apple banana skin

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 5:00 Comments comments (0)

SLIGO manager Niall Carew must plan without a number of key players when his side make the journey to New York for their preliminary round Connacht SFC tie at Gaelic Park on May 7.

Niall Murphy, Kevin McDonald, Gerard O’Kelly Lynch and Luke Nicholson will all be absent due to injury and exam commitments.

Murphy suffered a Grade 2 tear of his hamstring and will be out of action for at least six weeks.

Meanwhile, McDonald, O’Kelly Lynch and U21 star Nicholson miss ...

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"Shut your mouth or you will be given a black card" - Carew claim

Posted on 9 April, 2017 at 7:15 Comments comments (0)

NIALL Carew has called on the GAA to facilitate the provision of specific boxes for management and coaching teams in grounds around the country, similar to what is commonplace in major rugby stadia.


The Sligo manager says that it should be mandatory for team personnel to sit in these boxes, not just because it offers a better vantage point of proceedings, but to avoid heated interaction with the match officials in stressful situations.


In his column in

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O'Connor makes 16,000km round trip for Killarney cause

Posted on 8 April, 2017 at 9:15 Comments comments (0)

IN ANOTHER year, Padraig O’Connor might have been preparing with the Kerry squad for Sunday’s Allianz Football League Division 1 final against Dublin.



Padraig O'Connor stayed on San Diego time before Killarney Celtic's dramatic quarter-final victory over Janesboro at Celtic Park


Instead, O’Connor arrived in Ireland on Wednesday from San...

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