JOHN FOGARTY: GAA turn blind eye to own winter training rules

Last week, the Irish Independent reported four counties — Armagh and Laois footballers and Waterford and Wexford’s hurlers — are to lose home advantage for their opening 2019 Allianz League home game after breaching the pre-Championship training camp rule, writes John Fogarty.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Remembering everyday heroes

It was long ago, though not so far away at all. An underage game on the frozen tundra of the old Tank Field or Nash’s or some such patch barren of grass and microbes.

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DONAL LENIHAN: New Zealand will improve, but so will Joe’s Ireland

With the much anticipated New Zealand test looming large in the background, the opening international of the November Guinness Series always had a bit of a matinee feel to it, the prelude to the main event.

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PAT KEANE: Samcro unlikely to be a Champion Hurdler

As a massive Samcro fan, from the first day he set foot on a racecourse, I will be surprised should he be good enough to win the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham in March.

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LARRY RYAN: The morality of Manchester’s family fortunes

It’s the ultimate battle of philosophies in Manchester tomorrow. A classic clash of styles as the family pulling every stroke to pump as much money as possible into their club faces the family working every trick in the book to take it out.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Joe Schmidt’s powerplays can help Ireland exploit demise of the Bajada

Donal Lenihan on what Ireland must do to beat Argentina.

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LIAM MACKEY: Blue moon over Manchester after tectonic plates shift

One of the earliest and most hard-earned lessons I learned in the playground as a young football neophyte was that there was no team called Manchester.

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RONAN O'GARA: Trying to read between the lines in November

It mightn’t be the Six Nations but in a World Cup year, the autumn series of Tests is what GAA fans feel at the start of the national leagues every spring, writes Ronan O'Gara

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: How TV is borrowing from the sporting playbook

Some people say TV has ruined sport but there’s a strong case to argue that the opposite is true, writes Brendan O'Brien

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PAUL ROUSE: Discovering the truth in the GAA’s war effort

Acknowledging that many of its members fought in the British army does not diminish the GAA’s contribution to Irish society or the fact that many others of its members fought in 1916 and in the War of Independence, writes Paul Rouse

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TOMMY MARTIN: Lennon and McClean expose dark forces beneath veneer of tolerance

Neil Lennon has hit out at the abuse he has suffered in Scotland, writes Tommy Martin

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KIERAN SHANNON: Taylor, Lynch, and McClean unwilling to follow crowd and sing Milgram 37

It’s not that it’s easy to go with the flow and go with the crowd. It’s just that it’s common, writes Kieran Shannon 

In life. In sport.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Back to the future as Ledesma puts the snarl back into Pumas

With an average of 13 internationals now scheduled in a single season, it’s clear that some tests rank higher than others, writes Donal Lenihan

Last Saturday’s November series opener against Italy in Chicago was as much about adding to the coffers of the IRFU — estimates range between €250,000 and €500,000 — as offering more game time and international experience to a number of players on the fringe of the full national side in advance of next season’s World Cup in Japan.

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JOHN FOGARTY: An open letter to Rory Beggan

Dear Rory,

Sorry. Sorry that we picked you as the best. Sorry that you, Rory Beggan, the best goalkeeper in Gaelic football this past season felt like you almost had to apologise for your expertise. Sorry that if it seemed in any way tainted. That was never the intention.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Naming rights ... and wrongs in sport

One of my favourite poems is an old reliable from Henry Reed, Naming of Parts.

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LARRY RYAN: Can El Maestro Unai Emery wake up sleeping Arsenal?

Unai Emery has set a mean stall out. On Arsenal’s pre-season tour of Singapore, the team coach drove by the hotel from the airport and straight to the training ground. A signal of intent to his new players, perhaps, and certainly an instant contribution to the ‘narrative’.

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RUBY WALSH: Shanning can make trip to Down Royal worthwhile

Back for the winter season and it really begins to kick into gear from this point.

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ANTHONY DALY: Diarmaid Byrnes and Tom Morrissey Limerick’s unlucky duo

There’s usually less debate about the hurling All-Stars than you get with the football All-Stars.

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PAUL ROUSE: Sport is whatever you want it to be

When you turn right off the Howth Road, coming out from Dublin city and you cross the wooden bridge onto the North Bull Wall, the sheer diversity of the world of sport announces itself.

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JACK ANDERSON: GAA can’t afford high price of winning at all costs

Last March, Cameron Bancroft of the Australian men’s cricket team — with the prior knowledge of his captain, Steve Smith, and vice-captain, David Warner — was seen on TV cameras tampering with the ball during his country’s third test against South Africa in Cape Town, writes Jack Anderson.

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