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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

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

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’Con...

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Derry defeat a positive on Kildare's promotion march says Sweeney

Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 10:15

KILDARE coach Ronan Sweeney has pinpointed the Lilies’ last-gasp defeat to Derry in round 3 of the Allianz Football League as an important step in the squad’s development, pointing to the manner in which they have closed out tight games in recent weeks to cement promotion to Division 1 as proof of the lessons taken on board.


Kildare had posted comfortable wins over Meath and Cork in their opening games and were expected to return from Celtic Park with their unble...

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Never give up

Posted on 21 March, 2017 at 8:45

 

THE congratulations cards are wedged above the fireplace, battling each other for a good posi. Room is tight, particularly with the plaque as winning jockey of the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April taking centre stage.


It isn’t exactly Auteuil on the dressing table in the corner either. More testaments to success abound. If you weren't aware initially, you would know within seconds of walking into the sitting room that Jamie Codd is prime-time in his...

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For rugby, how big is too big?

Posted on 17 March, 2017 at 5:10

IT WAS notable how even former Ireland and Lions skipper Paul O’Connell was remarking on the shudderingly physical nature of the exchanges in the first half of the Wales-Ireland Six Nations Test at the Millennium Stadium last Friday night.


O’Connell is only recently departed from the professional scene and lived through the increasing emphasis on power that has seen the size of players increase to such an extent that many consider rugby to be a collision sport ra...

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Sell pity somewhere else - the inspirational JT McNamara

Posted on 14 March, 2017 at 20:00

"This wasn’t meant to be no sad song. We’ve heard too much of that before."

- Paul Brady, The Island

 


“I’d be a lot worse if it happened to me in a car crash” (Photos are stills...

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Renaissance Roger

Posted on 13 March, 2017 at 0:10

“Do you think you’ll ever get outta here?”

“Me?”

Red sighs.

“Yeah. One day, when I’ve got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs, they’ll let me out.”

“Tell you where I’d go. Zihuatanejo.”

“Ze-what?”

“Zihuatanejo. It’s in Mexico. A little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexic...

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Ruby on the rise

Posted on 12 March, 2017 at 11:30

HE WELCOMES you at the front door, the smoke he exhales more vivid in the zero-degree night.




You not given those up yet?


“For Lent” comes the reply. “So the girls tell me anyway.”


He smiles broadly and ushers you in.


If there is an expectat...

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Cooper's Choice

Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 11:10

BRYAN Cooper seems to have been around a long time but one look at the cherubic face and you are reminded that he is only 23, giving the greater part of 15 years to the best of his contemporaries on both sides of the Irish Sea, Paul Townend excepted.



(Photos: Caroline Norris)


He has packed a remarkable amount i...

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Johnny Martyn: "I want to finish on my own terms"

Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 10:55

“OH FOR fuck’s sake. Not again.”


When you are a 34-year-old inter-county footballer recognising the symptoms of a stroke, having suffered another 18 months previously and had heart surgery on a small hole in your heart to prevent a recurrence, you are bound to be a tad peeved.


Annoyed is the word Johnny Martyn uses now, with delicious understatement.


The Sligo defender is matter-of-fact about the chain of events lo...

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