Hectic 2018 ahead in sport

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Let’s face it, for the most part 2017 was quite a flat year in terms of sport. There was some undoubted high points such as the two All-Ireland finals, Ireland’s win over Wales and the New England Patriots remarkable Superbowl comeback victory. But in a gap year for the major international football tournaments and the […]

“Never get too high when you win and never get too low when you lose,” says All-Star Conor

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NUI Galway student Conor Whelan achieved more than most last year. Not only did the Inter-county hurler help lead his team to victory in his second All-Ireland final, the 21-year-old from Kinvara was also awarded an All-Star, named Young Hurler of the Year, and appeared on Ireland AM to discuss mental health. If all of […]

NUI Galway deserve football league inclusion

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Connacht Provincial Council Secretary John Prenty believes the time has come to give colleges the boot from the Connacht senior football league and will bring forward a motion in their annual convention to dismiss NUI Galway, IT Sligo and GMIT from the competition. This is a motion that I am sure will infuriate NUI Galway […]

NUI Galway outclass Trinty in lopsided Sigerson opener

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Sigerson Cup Preliminary round: NUI Galway 4-12 Trinity College Dublin 1-07 Victory for NUI Galway never looked in doubt as they comfortably dispatched Trinity College Dublin by a margin of 14 points on a stereotypically cold and windy Wednesday afternoon in Dangan on 25 January. This victory now sets up a tricky first round away trip […]

In conversation with The Tipster: Fitzgibbon Cup predictions

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I’ve enlisted the help of a parish tipster to call each Fitzgibbon Cup tie which takes place from 24 January. An outright NUI Galway hurling man, seen often in deep thought by the Clubhouse wall or by the stand in his home parish jotting down notes about training. Mysterious to most, yet knows all about […]

Students master Mayo

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NUI Galway 1-21 Mayo 2-16 Darragh Berry @ Elverys MacHale Park, Castlebar It was a fantastic start to the new year for the NUI Galway lads as they were victorious against Mayo in the green and red’s home soil. NUI Galway were the only college team to win in the FBD League at the weekend. […]

Is the GAA preventing Ireland from being successful on the world sporting stage?

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Ireland is somewhat of a recluse in world sporting terms. Long have we punched above our weight in the culturally-charged pursuits of writing, theatre and acting, however, we drastically under-achieve on a consistent basis at most international sporting conventions. Take the Olympics for example, the most reliable barometer of international sporting proficiency. A team representing […]

All-Ireland Final,Take One: The Review

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Dublin and Mayo live to fight another day in scrappy classic By Graham Gillespie When sport is at its thrilling best it can drain its spectators in almost the same way it exhausts the participants. Sunday 18 September in Croke Park was one such day as 79 gripping minutes of Football could not separate Dublin […]

My Alternative Football Championship

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It has been common knowledge for some time now that the All-Ireland Senior Football Championship, in its present form, is a joke. Although there are some genuine All-Ireland contenders in each province, some have a much easier route to glory than others. Take Kerry for instance. Every year they play a Munster Championship with five […]

Is there too many demands on sports people and a lack of outlets for them when they retire?

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The life of an athlete is a tough one. Hours of training, multiple sacrifices and utmost dedication are needed to reach the top of your game.