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Three Charged With Offaly Murder

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Three men have been charged with the murder of 64-year-old Thomas Dooley in Co Offaly. earlier this year.

James Davy (23), of Thornhill Meadows, Celbridge, Co Kildare; Sean Davy (20), of Clonmullen Drive and Matthew Cummins (20), of Churchview Heights, both in Edenderry, Co Offaly appeared before Tullamore District Court this morning. Continue reading

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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

GAA Qualifiers: Backdoor Route Opens Up

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All Ireland Football Championship Qualifiers

Derry v Longford

Longford will be disappointed at the way they exited the Leinster Championship at the hands of Wexford, Derry on the other hand should be well rested as they had plenty time to recover from their defeat to Donegal earlier in the season. Derry have a very strong midfield presence and that coupled with some good forward play will prove decisive. Longford may depend too heavily on the exploits of Paul Barden for scores. Continue reading

GAA: Laois, Longford And Louth Advance

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Leinster Senior Football Championship

Westmeath 1-9 Louth 1-14

Louth were the visitors to the Westmeath this weekend with both sides having a rather poor league performance earlier in the year. Westmeath and Louth both started very slowly but it was Westmeath who got the opening scores of the game, establishing an early three point lead, it failed to last long however as Louth began to express their dominance. Louth soon went ahead and showed more interest despite both sides playing more defensively than being more attack minded about the game. Louth led by 0-8 to 0-5 at the break. Continue reading

GAA: The Road To Croker Starts Here

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Tyrone v Down

This will be the first hard fought battle of the championship as the 2010 All-ireland finalist’s look to upset the odds and overcome Tyrone who have had an up and down performance in their league campaign. Down will hope that the experience of playing in an All Ireland final a few years ago will stand to them this weekend as they face a very consistent Tyrone who have been strong contenders in the championship for the last decade. Down need to show that their players are not merely a flash in the pan, they have the ability to put Tyrone to the sword but have failed to impress since their exploits in 2010. Peter Harte will be the driving force for Tyrone, he is their real playmaker and is a thorn in the side for most teams. Tyrone have enough strength in depth to overcome Down this weekend, but never rule out the prospect of an upset. Continue reading

Violent Start To 2014 As Seven Murdered So Far

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Over the past few days we have been discovering the gruesome details of the murder of Thomas O’Gorman. The 39 year old researcher was killed after an argument involving a game of chess. According to reports one of his lungs was removed and has not been located. Saverio Bellante, the man charged with Mr O’Gorman’s murder, told Gardai at the scene that he had eaten the victim’s heart but it seems likely now that Bellante actually consumed the man’s lung.

This grotesque incident has been heralded as the worst witnessed by Gardaí and crime scene investigators in some time. While this case is particularly shocking and unveils the frightening extremes of suffering one person can inflict on another, it is actually just one of seven violent deaths that have taken place in Ireland since the New Year. 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

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