By Tomás Keating Despite there being no World Cup, no European Championships, or Olympics, this summer promises to be an enjoyable one. Here are some of the big sporting events: All-Ireland Senior Football Championship: This year’s Football Championship is going to be intriguing. Dublin will start their quest to become the first team to ever complete a five in a row. … [Read more...] about Busy summer of sport ahead
By Gary Elbert The 2019 National Hurling League action kicked off this past weekend. Defending titlists Kilkenny threw down with Cork in an action-packed opening weekend that provided glimpses of how far down the road the big hurling teams are in terms of preparation. The tournament has traditionally been a real-world laboratory for managers, eager to experiment and measure … [Read more...] about 2019 National Hurling League promises to be a close affair
By Mark Lynch NUI Galway became the first team this season to take points off leaders UL in the Electric Ireland Senior Hurling League Division 1 Group A on Tuesday 6 November, after a thrilling 0–25 all draw in Dangan. While they’ll be glad to put their run of losses to bed, Jeff Lynskey’s men will be slightly disheartened that they couldn’t seal the win in the … [Read more...] about NUI Galway end Senior Hurling League campaign with captivating draw against UL
By Gary Elbert “A cross between hockey and murder” went one memorable tweet from a mesmerised British viewer when stumbling upon a Sky Sports hurling match. Considering recent video footage of episodes of violence at GAA club matches, the question becomes how do the GAA eradicate such scenes without neutralizing the very spirit of the games? In a new book, GAA … [Read more...] about Violence in the GAA: a necessary evil
By Martha Brennan As the inter - county GAA calendar drew to a close earlier this month, with the women’s Gaelic football final finishing off a spectacular summer of Irish sport, we were once again reminded of the stunning gap between men and women’s sporting coverage in Ireland. The ladies’ finals once again garnered only a fraction of the coverage of the men’s, … [Read more...] about The coverage question: should the ladies’ All-Ireland finals be played the same day as the men’s?