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Extra Time Needed If Replays Not Being Covered

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It’s a travesty to say that the G.A.A. have turned down the opportunity to show the Leinster semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Galway. The drawn game last Sunday was an advertisement for what is possible in sport. For Galway to recover from what seemed to be an unassailable Kilkenny lead just shows what this sport is all about. Fat ladies and all that may have been mentioned with ten minutes to the final whistle but no one in their right mind could imagine that she wouldn’t get to sing a note. It’s difficult to work out the reasons for not showing this game live. Do the G.A.A. seriously believe that players will be working the morning of a championship match? That’s one of the reasons John Horan, Chairman of the Leinster Council gave as not to play the game at 2.30, it would be unfair on the players to give up a full Saturday. The fact that Tullamore is a busy town on a Saturday was also taken into consideration for not having the early start. 12,000 plus people attending a match, a negative for a town? Seriously? This year’s Munster championship replay between Cork and Waterford was streamed live on RTE Player instead of television and the resulting coverage was far from ideal, it was a poor effort to say the least. In last years Leinster championship, the semi-final replay between Kilkenny and Dublin was also reduced to internet viewing. The message coming down from the top to grass roots level is to promote the game, promote the game, promote the game and yet when they get a chance themselves, they fail miserably. Continue reading

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GAA Launches Streaming Service For International Fans

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The GAA today launched its new subscription-based online streaming service which will offer live and on-demand GAA games to audiences worldwide, outside of the Island of Ireland.

GAAGO was launched by Noel Curran, Director General of RTÉ and Páraic Duffy, Director General of the GAA, launched GAAGO, the new subscription-based online streaming service, which will offer live and on-demand GAA games to audiences outside of Ireland starting with the 2014 GAA Championships. The event hosted in RTÉ’s Studios, was live streamed online to an international audience. Continue reading

GAA Announces Lucrative Sky Sports Deal

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The GAA have announced details of its TV and radio broadcast rights to cover the period 2014-2017, which includes a bumper deal with Sky Sports.

Speaking about the new deals, GAA President Liam O’Nèill said “Making our games more widely available to Irish people abroad was a critical factor in our approach to these negotiations. We felt an obligation to them not to neglect their legitimate appeals to be able to watch live TV coverage of our games.”

Within Ireland, a total of 45 provincial and All-Ireland championship matches will be broadcast live on television annually for the next three years: a total of 31 games will be shown by RTÉ (as per the last contract) and 14 by Sky Sports. Continue reading

Early Action Indicates Exciting Hurling Season Ahead

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Nowlan Park played host to the clash of Kilkenny and Tipperary last weekend. Unlike the international Six Nations game between Wales and France, the organisers in Kilkenny opted to play with the roof open. The storm hit frame of the old stand was all that was left and it’s skeletal remains proved to be an eerie backdrop to what turned out to be an enthralling battle between these closest of rivals. Ireland may have lost narrowly to the ‘auld enemy’ in London at the weekend and for much of this game, it looked like Kilkenny were going to follow suit.

An exhibition of goal taking from both sides kept the crowd involved until the very last minutes. If this were a sixty minute game, well then Tipperary would have just about done enough but it wasn’t and those last ten minutes proved more than fruitful for the home team. It looked from early on that Kilkenny would be put to the sword by a more accurate Tipperary. The storm that had done so much damage in Kilkenny the week previous was only playing second fiddle to the damage that Tipperary forward Seamus Callanan and his team mates were inflicting on the Kilkenny defence. After just fourteen minutes on the clock, Tipperary had amassed 3-3 on the scoreboard. It must be said that Tipperary were playing with a strong breeze behind their backs for the first half but their goals came from some very poor Kilkenny defending. Tipperary will be kicking themselves this morning that they managed to let a ten point lead disappear in front of their very eyes. The same two teams competed in the League Final in Nowlan Park last year, with the same winners emerging. They also played in the All Ireland qualifiers at the same venue in 2013 and so the Tipperary supporters and players will not want to return anytime soon. Continue reading

Hurling New Guns, Not So New

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The 2013 hurling championship has already been written as one of the best in years. The media pumped it up for all it was worth. Clare managed to claim the title after two attempts against Cork and all was well in the G.A.A. world. A sigh of relief from the organisation, Kilkenny not only didn’t win the All Ireland but they weren’t even involved at the semi-final stage. The interest from the rest of the country could return, the game was in danger of being monopolised by one county. I have read with interest, hurling articles, over the past few months. The ‘old guard’ were being replaced. The ‘old guard’ seemingly, according to most columnists are Kilkenny, Cork and Tipperary. Continue reading

Ireland Claim Hurling/Shinty International With Victory Over Scotland

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Hurling/Shinty International Second Test

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Ireland claimed victory in this year’s Hurling/Shinty international with a narrow win over Scotland in Inverness. An impressive second half display which included a goal from Patrick Maher and some well taken frees from Antrim’s Neil McManus, who contributed seven points overall in this game, ensured the Irish emerged victorious.

The game started well with both sides exchanging frees with Kevin Bartlett on fire from his frees giving the Scots an excellent start to this game. Several frees from Neil McManus kept Ireland within touching distance  of Scotland. Scotland at times looked threatening with a few opportunites on goal, forcing the Irish goalkeeper into several saves to keep them at bay. Scotland led by 10 points to 7 approaching half time. The referee added an extra few minutes to the half which reaped rewards for Ireland as they closed the gap to one point at the break, 0-11 to 0-10. Bartlett’s free taking was exceptional as he contribued ten points for Scotland. Continue reading

Hurling Star Cusack Reveals Battle With Depression

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Former Cork hurler Conor Cusack has opened up about his battle with depression on his personal online blog.

Cloyne forward Cusack, brother of heroic rebel county goalkeeper Dónal Óg, revealed his story to the world in the wake of Galway hurler Niall Donoghue’s death. Continue reading

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