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All-Ireland Final: Sam Set To Return To The Hills

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All-Ireland Senior Football Final

Kerry v Donegal

Donegal have been a dominant force in Ulster in the last few years are aiming for their second title in three years, while Kerry hope to end a five year spell without claiming Sam Maguire. Kerry with their history of success in the championship means they are a hard side to write off, but Donegal’s impressive display against Dublin and other teams during the championship certainly gives them the favourites tag.

Looking at both teams in depth, we’ll start with the defence of both sides. Donegal’s defence has been fairly rock solid all year as they have limited the score ability of the opposition with their tight knit defence. Kerry on the other hand have been quite poor in defence so far this season conceding some easy goals from players making long direct runs towards goal. Kerry will need to improve immensely and can’t afford to concede these goals in the final. Donegal have been impressive so far and their defence has been quite impressive with the McGee brothers Eamon and Niall from Gweedore being key players in their defence. Continue reading

GAA: Tipperary Run Riot While Laois Edge Through

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All Ireland Football Qualifiers

Tipperary 2-17 Longford 0-6

Tipperary continued their march to Croker with a comprehensive win over Longford, who failed to reproduce the form that saw them edge past Derry.

Tipperary got off to the best possible of starts when Michael Quinlivan finished to the net after some good play from George Hannigan. Tipperary were in control and extended their lead to 1-8 to 0-4 at the break. The second half was really all about Tipperary with a second goal being fisted to the net by Peter Acheson giving them a very comprehensive lead as it dawned on Longford that they had no way back. Longford will be very disappointed as they really failed to turn up and play to their best, but they were never really in this game from the start. Tipperary on the other hand have improved and with members of  their All-Ireland winning minor team of 2011 now on the panel they are a force to be reckoned with. Tipperary big winners here by 2-17 to 0-6. Continue reading

GAA: Leinster Sides Llikely To Progress In Qualifiers

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All-Ireland Football Qualifiers

Limerick v Antrim

The Saffrons visit the Gaelic Grounds this weekend as they seek to progress into the next phase of the All-Ireland Qualifiers. Limerick will be disappointed at going down at the hands of Tipperary while Antrim made some good progress in Ulster until they were blown away by Donegal. Antrim need to be far more consistent than they have been, coupled with a poor league performance this year and only a few glimpses of excellent play, the shannonsiders will certainly be the favourites to progress on home soil. Continue reading

GAA: Tipperary Outclass Limerick As Antrim Sneak Past Fermanagh

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick 1-11 Tipperary 2-14

The premier men came out on top as they outclassed their neighbours in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday evening with goals from Barry Grogan and Philip Austin securing the win.

The game started brightly and Tipperary assumed control when Grogan found the back of the net. Tipp got a great boost from this early goal which helped them stay clear of Limerick for the first half. The premier county led by 1-7 to 0-6 points at the break.

Tipperary then had the best possible of starts to the second half when Philip Austin found the back of the net for their second goal. It seemed like it was going to be a day to forget for the Limerick footballers as they then conceded a penalty to the Division 4 league champions. Luckily the shot was saved by the Limerick keeper to prevent Tipperary putting the game well beyond the treaty county. Limerick got a little consolation towards the end of the game and put some more respectability on the scoreboard when Eoin Hanrahan converted a late penalty, but it was too little too late for the Shannonsiders. Tipperary now march on to face the might of Cork in the Munster Semi-Final. Continue reading

GAA: Visitors Primed For Success On Enemy Territory

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Munster Senior Football Championship

Limerick v Tipperary

The premier county come into this game following an impressive league campaign which saw them win the Division 4 title. Tipp will be confident of overcoming a Limeric side who showed some decent league form this year but they haven’t hit the height of the last decade where they caused some problems for big teams in the Munster championship. Tipperary’s underage successes in the last few years may be coming into play in this game as both sides are well capable of winning this game, home advantage will be a massive advantage for the treaty county but the premier county’s mix of youth and experience should see them overcome their rivals. Continue reading

Date Set For First Ever Irish Care And Mobility Show

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Ireland’s first ever Care and Mobility Show which will take place in the RDS on 13th and 14th June was launched this week by Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Equality, Mental Health and Older people, Kathleen Lynch, show ambassador and Irish Paralympic gold medallist swimmer Darragh McDonald, Antrim Rose Jean Daly and Vicki Casserly Naughton, carer.

The show, which will be a major highlight of this year’s National Carers Week (June 9th to 15th) is aimed at the almost 600,000 people in Ireland today with a disability, 240,000 of whom have difficulty with basic physical activities. The 400,000 plus carers, 350,000 of which are unpaid will also be catered for in terms of products and services to aid them in their role of caring for their loved ones. Continue reading

News in Brief-Unionist Lashes Out At Eastenders GAA Jersey

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Is anyone else starting to think a bit of timely hacking now, might clear up this whole GSOC surveillance mess that continues to dominate the press? Be warned readers, while we are being told to look away by Alan Shatter, something much more sinister is going on elsewhere.

Such as the hike in cabbage prices. It’s true. Apparently ‘St. Patrick’s Day revellers are set to be hit by a cabbage shortage and escalating prices ahead of the annual festivities’ according to IrishCentral.com. Can you imagine? Paddy’s day without any cabbage, what will we – wait. How much cabbage do you normally eat on March 17th? NIB would guess not much, eating is cheating after all and Paddy’s day is New Year’s Eve mark 2. It’s the weather anyway that’s to blame apparently, cabbages have been particularly hit by the cold snap, not to mention they’re floating through Cork at the moment. Continue reading

Irish Should Overcome Scotland In First Test

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International Hurling/Shinty First Test

Ireland V Scotland

Ireland overcame the Scottish in last years test, even though the Scottish were questioning the reasons behind awarding five points for a goal, when three would sound much better for both sides.  Ireland won the series last year quite comfortably  (aggregate 11–21 (76) to 6–12 (42) ) even though the scoreline didn’t really reflect how well Scotland played. Ireland should win their home game in Croke Park on Saturday evening. The Scottish will be hoping to get some goals and put in a good performance, to keep the margin tight rather than have one side completely dominating the series. This game is played annual with 14 players a side. Continue reading

Cork Prevail As Kilkenny Narrowly Survive Dublin Scare

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In windy conditions on Sunday afternoon Cork outmuscled and outfought Clare to advance to the Munster Final where they will pit their wits with Limerick. Playing against a stiff breeze in the first half Cork worked tirelessly to close down Clare and ensure they kept in touch going in at half time. Clare suffered an early setback with injury to star attacker John Conlon but that doesn’t excuse the fact that their forwards didn’t fire on the day. In the first half they had four goal chances and took none of them each time giving the Cork team added fuel to their tank. Credit to Cork they never let Clare settle and unsettled them with constant pressure. Cork went in at half time three points behind but knowing they had the breeze in the second and vitally came out and from the thrown-in they brought the intensity. Cork scored a few early accurate points to increase their confidence and put the wind behind their sails. Clare were now chasing the game and needed somebody or a few leaders to step forward. Alas nobody did with wasteful passing and inaccurate shooting now common in their game as Cork grew in stature. All of Cork’s forwards scored from play as did subs Coughlan and Cronin and together they worked well as a unit with debutant Seamus Harnedy very impressive at centre-forward. Continue reading

All-Ireland SHC: Dublin Advance As Galway Overcome Stubborn Laois

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Dublin 1-17 Wexford 0-12 

Dublin comfortably advanced to the Leinster semi-final at the expense of Wexford on Saturday evening at Parnell Park. Dublin dominated most of the game with man-of-the-match Paul Ryan helping himself to 1-09. Wexford’s case wasn’t helped by the dismissal of centre back Andrew Shore as early as the 7th minute and from this moment struggled to contain Dublin who were more efficient and productive than the week previous in Wexford Park. The Dublin forwards had a better understanding and balance this week and now advance to a semi-final with kingpins Kilkenny. Although showing improvement in this game Anthony Daly will need his troops to up their game considerably again to worry the cats. For Wexford its back to the drawing board and re-group ahead of their qualifier clash with Antrim. Manager Liam Dunne will be disappointed that his side couldn’t back up last weeks impressive showing in Wexford but will start favourites to get past Antrim and hope to get their challenge back on track. Continue reading