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More pressure on Wexford claims O‘Grady

Former Dublin manager Michael O’Grady reckons there is more pressure on Wexford than Dublin ahead of their Leinster SHC round two game on Sunday. As Pat Gilroy’s side travel down the east coast to face last year’s provincial runners-up having narrowly lost to Kilkenny, O’Grady senses there is a stronger […]

Kelly: Tipperary’s season could hinge on Sunday

Eoin Kelly has identified Tipperary’s Munster championship opener with Limerick as a decisive game in their overall campaign, claiming it could make or break their entire summer. The 2010 All-Ireland winning captain reckons a loss, following on from their league final defeat, could dent the players’ confidence and leave them […]

Lee: Some players wouldn’t answer or return calls

Eight years have whizzed by since the Limerick footballers pushed Kerry all the way in a Munster senior football final. It feels like an eternity. Times are tougher for the code in the county now and rarely so much as in the here and now. One win in six games […]

TV turnoff but Ulster passion still switches Canavan on

Peter Canavan doesn’t hold with the perception that Ulster football is a mess. The northern province’s championship got underway last weekend with the preliminary round meeting of Donegal and Cavan and continues this Sunday with Armagh facing Fermanagh and what should be the eagerly awaited meeting of Tyrone and Monaghan. […]

‘It’s not cricket!’ When hurling found a home in England

The playing of a test match in Dublin last weekend between Ireland and Pakistan is a reminder that there is nothing inevitable in sport. Sign in or register for FREE to continue enjoying and to comment on our great range of opinion writers Sign In Not a member yet? Register

Motorsport: Breen keen to end WRC winless streak in Portugal

As Rally Portugal begins in earnest today, Craig Breen scarcely needs reminding that he is the only driver from within the top echelon of the World Rally Championship yet to win a round of the series. Second place in Rally Sweden earlier this year is his best result, unfortunately, due […]

Uefa won’t act on Martin O’Neill outburst after U17‘s penalty controversy

Martin O’Neill will not face any disciplinary action from Uefa for confronting Zbynek Proske at the end of Ireland’s controversial exit from the U17 European Championship but the Czech referee has been dropped for the semi-finals. O’Neill was at the forefront of Irish protests in Monday’s quarter-final following the referee’s […]

Kieran Joyce recalls final chapter of Kilkenny career

He played in three All-Ireland final wins for Kilkenny, and won four medals in total, but the conversation that ended Kieran Joyce’s county career last October was a short one. Joyce, 30 at the time, met Brian Cody for a sit-down discussion after being frozen out of the Championship team […]

Provincial finals should stand alone, says Jamesie O’Connor

Jamesie O’Connor believes the GAA has scored an own goal with their decision to play the Munster and Leinster senior hurling finals on the same day this summer. Both deciders will be contested on July 1 and O’Connor, who is a fan of the newly-formatted championship in general, believes the […]