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St Nicks v Na Piarsaigh Cork County Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff – Part 2 the fall out

Writing last week’s column about the legacy of Gaelic Football in both the St Nicholas and Na Piarsaigh clubs did nothing to purge the feeling of impending doom I felt about last Saturday’s relegation play-off between the two sides. This … Continue reading

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St Nicks v Na Piarsaigh Cork County Senior Football Championship Relegation Playoff. Part 1 – The Build Up

In or around 7pm next Saturday, barring a draw in Páirc Uí Rinn, the north side of Cork city will find that it has lost a senior football club. This is because St Nicholas and Na Piarsaigh will face each … Continue reading

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Lessons from the All-Ireland Football Final

Because life is a cycle, the Sunday Game programme had hardly finished last Sunday night when the thoughts of the majority of the viewers were all ready concerned with the most enduring of all GAA questions; who’s going to win … Continue reading

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A Brief History of Donegal

As we head towards next Sunday’s All-Ireland football final it struck me that very little is known in this part of the country about Donegal, and Donegal football. Cork people have strong opinions about other counties. In most conversations concerning … Continue reading

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John Gildea A Tribute

John Gildea RIP I was deeply upset to hear of the death of John Gildea of St Finbarrs Hurling and Football Club last week. I first met John in 1995 when I was coach to the Cork City under-16 football … Continue reading

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Tipperary made it difficult for the referee and even more difficult for themselves

I learned a long time ago that as a coach or a selector, you must have a Plan B, and even a Plan C, to help cope with the unexpected things that happen during the course of a game. In … Continue reading

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Ever wonder what it is like to be a coach with a GAA Development Squad?

That growing phase is remarkable. We said farewell to the faces we had become familiar with in November. When we met again in mid-February they looked completely different. In November the average height was about 5ft-4in and I’d say the average shoe size was about size five. In mid February the average height was about 5ft-8in and the shoe size was nearer size 8… Continue reading

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The fear of success

Then one day, I decided to see what would happen if I stopped.
As I approached the gate the dog appeared and got into the ready position. Once I was passed the gate it took off after me, barking and snapping as usual. I led it on for 30 metres. Then I stopped the car and turned off the engine.

The dog stopped running. It stopped barking too. Continue reading

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Cork 0 – 17 Tipperary 0 – 18. A few thoughts on last nights Munster Under-21 Hurling Championship game between Cork and Tipperary.

For most of the game Cork looked as if they could hold Tipperary at arms length. The longer the game went on however, the stronger Tipperary became. I think that the individual hurling skill of the Tipperary players was a major contributor to this. Continue reading

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The Dublin Football Team and the Art of Physical Preparation

I watched Dublin and Laois playing in the Leinster Senior Football Championship last Sunday. It was a non-event. As they say in West Cork, “Louth could hardly keep the ball kicked out to Dublin.” In fact, the only real point … Continue reading

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