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17Nov
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RATHNEW VICTORY A TRIUMPH OF BELIEF

It’s not every day that 15/2 outsiders are victorious in a two horse race in the GAA. It’s not every day that a Dublin football side is beaten in a Leinster competition at ANY level, least of...

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17Nov
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

RATHNEW VICTORY A TRIUMPH OF BELIEF

It’s not every day that 15/2 outsiders are victorious in a two horse race in the GAA. It’s not every day that a Dublin football side...

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07Nov
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

WHY DIDN’T STEPHEN CLUXTON GET AN ALL-STAR?

Picking the football and hurling All-Star teams is a hazardous business. Sitting down to select the Sunday Game team of the year the likes of...

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06Nov
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

ARE INTER COUNTY PLAYERS BEING PUSHED TOO HARD?

  When Darach Honan was a young man he seemed to have the hurling world at his fingertips. Blessed with inordinate physical stature, as...

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02Nov
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

GAA BOOKS OF THE YEAR PREVIEW

As you may have noticed (and I made sure to wait until after Halloween ended to post this) Christmas is coming, and with that in mind, all of...

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30Oct
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

WHAT’S THE POINT OF THE INTERNATIONAL RULES SERIES?

By any stretch of the imagination the 11th of November is a big day in Irish sport. At 5.30 in the evening, in Rugby, the international side is...

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24Oct
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PASSION-Violence and indiscipline in the GAA

  The inter county season may have ended a few weeks ago, but the club season is rumbling on. And if we are to talk about the last weekend...

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16Oct
HurlingMark TownsendSportsUncategorized

NEW HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP STRUCTURE A WELCOME DEVELOPMENT

Like car clampers, tax collectors, and politicians, there are few professions that gather more opprobrium than that of GAA administrators. Those...

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THE GOOCH COOPER TESTIMONIAL DINNER
01Oct
FootballMark TownsendSports

GOOCH’S TESTIMONIAL DINNER THE SIGN OF THE TIMES AND THE LEAST HE DESERVES… Mark Townsend

  As you may have heard, unless you’ve been hiding your head under a rock for the last month, Colm Cooper is having a testimonial dinner...

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25Sep
FootballMark TownsendSports

The laughable Dean Rock Sunday Game Team of the Year snub… Mark Townsend

  When the great and the good of the Sunday Game football pundits sat down to name the team of the year last week the usual suspects were...

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18Sep
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

VAUGHAN’S MOMENT OF MADNESS COST MAYO ALL-IRELAND… Mark Townsend

    Post All-Ireland last year my brother had a chance encounter with a Mayo supporting friend of his. Sifting through the rubble of...

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15Sep
FootballMark TownsendTop Articles

THE TOP 10 INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES IN All-IRELAND FOOTBALL FINALS IN THE LAST 25 YEARS

  1.       MAURICE FITZGERALD (KERRY 0-13 MAYO 1-07) 1997 FINAL “What’s the difference between a taxi and Maurice Fitzgerald? A...

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14Sep
FootballHurlingMark TownsendTop Articles

THE 8 BIGGEST GER CANNING COMMENTARY CLICHES… Mark Townsend

    So there I was a few weeks ago during the replayed Mayo Kerry semi-final minding my own business when out of nowhere Cillian...

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12Sep
FootballMark TownsendSports

SAM MCGUIRE’S COMING HOME TO MAYO?

    So yeah, we know. We’ve been here before. 10 times in fact, in the last 30 years. We know what’s going to happen. The...

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04Sep
HurlingMark TownsendSports

HATS OFF TO MOST DESERVING CHAMPIONS

So there you have it. A most enjoyable final and most deserving champion at the end of it. As gut-wrenching as it was to see Waterford walk away...

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02Sep
HurlingMark TownsendSports

THE 10 BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCES IN ALL-IRELAND HURLING FINALS IN THE LAST 25 YEARS

     1.     SEAMUS CALLANAN (TIPPERARY) 2016 v KILKENNY  Maybe I can be accused of recency bias on this one, but in another...

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25Aug
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Mark Townsend: HARD TO SEE DUBS BEING OVERCOME!

  Strange as it is to say, even though Dublin are playing an All-Ireland semi-final on Sunday in front of a probable full house, this is...

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22Aug
FootballMark TownsendSports

TIME FOR MAYO TO STEP UP TO THE PLATE

  The more things change stay, the more they stay the same. The more Mayo and Kerry football teams try to avoid being involved in gripping...

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14Aug
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Mark Townsend: AUSTIN GLEESON SHOULD BE SUSPENDED FOR FINAL.

Well what did you think of that then? Needless to say, if the Sky Soccer Saturday crew had been commentating on hurling rather than Gaelic...

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12Aug
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Mark Townsend: REBEL YELL TO BE HEARD IN CROKE PARK AGAIN

Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you. Sometimes in the GAA predictions game, you write pieces that make you look like a...

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18Jul
Mark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Mark Townsend: THE BOOM TIMES ARE GETTING EVEN BOOMIER FOR THE GAA

Picture the scene. The year is 2006. The Celtic tiger is at its peak. Thousands of people across the country are desperately scrambling (and...

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06May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop ArticlesUncategorized

SHOULD THE WEAKER HURLING COUNTIES AMALGAMATE?

Well, that was quiet, wasn’t it? The May Bank Holiday weekend, the first official Sunday of the Summer and yet nobody was going to any...

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Limerick
04May
HurlingMark TownsendSports

WHAT’S TO BE DONE WITH LIMERICK HURLING AND DOES ANYONE EVEN CARE?

Picture the scene. August 10 2014. It’s pissing down rain in Croke Park, and while that’s happening, there’s a battle royale occurring on...

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01May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsUncategorized

PUNDIT WATCH-THE BEST AND THE WORST OF GAA PUNDITRY

Well, it’s that time of year. The championship bus is coming into town soon and with it, The Sunday game will  be restoring itself to our...

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24Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSports

WHY ISN’T THE LEAGUE THE CHAMPIONSHIP?

Well, to quote Paul Gascoigne, that wasn’t bad was it? The National Hurling league drew to a close on Sunday and unless you were a Tipperary...

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23Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSports

PITCH ENCROACHMENTS SHOULD BE STAMPED OUT

Well I guess it was inevitable. A National Hurling league semi-final. Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. A near full house. The defending All-Ireland...

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14Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSports

DID THE STRIKES KILL CORK HURLING?

Last Sunday Limerick beat Cork in the quarter-final of the National Hurling League. While the result won’t have caused many rebel...

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12Apr
Mark TownsendSports

TG4 IS TOO UNDERRATED

We don’t say it often enough. Like the downtrodden husband or wife, that never gets a valentine’s or birthday card, and just ploughs...

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GOOCH - THE BEST EVER?
07Apr
Mark TownsendSports

GOOCH – THE BEST EVER?

In the end, it finished, just like his contemporary Henry Shefflin’s career did, by winning an All-Ireland with his club, Dr Crokes, on St...

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Wexford
05Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSports

WEXFORD VICTORY MARKS THEM OUT AS REAL CONTENDERS

Well, they did it. We knew there was something stirring in the sunny south east this Spring. The fact that they got promoted from a fiercely...

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IS TJ BETTER THAN HENRY
22Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSports

IS TJ BETTER THAN HENRY?

   IS TJ BETTER THAN HENRY? For anyone who loves hurling, last Saturday’s game between Kilkenny and Tipperary was a reaffirming one. It can...

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Talking points from Tipperary Vs Kilkenny
13Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSports

5 Talking points from Tipperary Vs Kilkenny

  5 Talking points from Tipperary Kilkenny Wow. If you thought the National Hurling League was simmering along nicely for the last few...

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TOP 10 KILKENNY-TIPPERARY GAMES
10Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSports

TOP 10 KILKENNY-TIPPERARY GAMES OF THE LAST 20 YEARS

TOP 10 KILKENNY-TIPPERARY GAMES OF THE LAST 20 YEARS   On Saturday night Tipperary face off against Kilkenny in the 32nd meeting of the...

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PAT SPILLANE’S ARGUMENT
08Mar
Mark TownsendSports

PAT SPILLANE’S SEPTEMBER ARGUMENT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE

  SPILLANE’S SEPTEMBER ARGUMENT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE Well, as John Lydgate once said, you can please some of the people all of the time, and...

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St Vincents GAA Club History
28Feb
Mark TownsendSports

THE BEST CLUB SIDES OF THE LAST 25 YEARS

With All-Ireland club final day almost upon us, we take a look at the sides who have lit up the competition over the last few years.  ...

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Super 8 Proposal
27Feb
Mark TownsendSports

SUPER 8 DECISION ANOTHER 2 FINGERED SALUTE TO PLAYERS

Well, they did it. We warned them not to do it. We told them not to. We asked politely, then sternly, but they still went ahead and did it...

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25Feb
Mark TownsendSports

Is it time for Dublin to become 2 counties?

 Is it time for Dublin to become 2 counties? It was a tell tale sign. O Byrne Cup. In the middle of January. Having won the All-Ireland only a...

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best hurlers not to have won an All-Ireland
20Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSports

The best hurlers of the last 25 years not to have won an All-Ireland

The best hurlers of the last 25 years not to have won an All-Ireland What makes a hurler great? For some, it merely equates to how many...

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VICTORY VITAL FOR WATERFORD
14Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSports

OPENING LOSS NOT FATAL FOR KILKENNY, BUT VICTORY VITAL FOR WATERFORD

OPENING LOSS NOT FATAL FOR KILKENNY, BUT VICTORY VITAL FOR WATERFORD Well, it wasn’t the best game of hurling ever in Nowlan Park on Sunday....

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DUBLIN'S GER CUNNINGHAM
13Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSports

IS GER CUNNINGHAM’S TIME WITH DUBLIN COMING TO AN END?

There I was of a Saturday evening. While idling around the house, I decided to turn on twitter to take a look at the National Hurling league...

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Allianz FL Round 2 Previews
11Feb
Mark TownsendSports

Allianz FL Round 2 Previews (All 4 Divisions)

  Allianz FL Division 1 round 2 Dublin v Tyrone, Croke Park, 7pm – eir Sport (Saturday) The marquee game that the Croke Park authorities...

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CLUB FIXTURE AMENDMENTS LONG OVERDUE
28Jan
Mark TownsendSports

CLUB FIXTURE AMENDMENTS LONG OVERDUE

CLUB FIXTURE AMENDMENTS LONG OVERDUE The CPA (Club Players Association) was set up a few months ago with the expressed desire of improving the...

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AURA OF BRIAN CODY
19Jan
HurlingLatest NewsMark TownsendSports

RICE AND HERITY INTERVIEW FURTHER EMPHASIZES THE AURA OF CODY

RICE AND HERITY INTERVIEW FURTHER EMPHASIZES THE AURA OF CODY I don’t know if you heard it but Newstalk had a great interview with ex-Kilkenny...

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Toughest Trade Conundrum
15Jan
Mark TownsendSports

HOLMES, CONNELLY AND THE CONUNDRUM OF THE TOUGHEST TRADE

HOLMES, CONNELLY AND THE CONUNDRUM OF THE TOUGHEST TRADE When Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes came out in the Irish Independent pre-Christmas and...

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WHY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHOULD STAY
11Jan
Latest NewsMark TownsendSports

WHY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHOULD STAY

  WHY THE NATIONAL ANTHEM SHOULD STAY Recently the GAA president Aoghan O Fearghail made some comments on the possibility of the national...

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BRIAN CODY’S GREATEST 15
02Jan
HurlingLatest NewsMark TownsendSports

CODY’S GREATEST 15 – Do you agree or disagree with this team?

CODY’S GREATEST 15 This Sunday, Brian Cody initiates his 19th season in charge of the Kilkenny senior hurling team when his side begin their...

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25Dec
Mark TownsendSports

EIGHT OF THE BEST (AND FUNNIEST) GAA FIGHTS

A few weeks ago Manchester City played Chelsea in a top of the table Premier League fixture. While the match itself was entertaining, what...

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09Dec
Mark TownsendSoccerSportsUncategorized

Granny Rule: What Players May We See Switch Allegiances to the Republic of Ireland in the Future?

FIFA’s so-called ‘granny rule’ is often a contentious one in the world of football. Many feel that it is a positive rule and that players...

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BRIAN CODY’S GREATEST 15
02Dec
Guest ColumnistsLatest NewsMark TownsendSports

WHY CODY WAS RIGHT TO STAY ON

Never one to take the common view when the contrary one would do, Ger Loughnane had another barb at his old foe Brian Cody in his Irish daily...

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13Oct
HurlingMark TownsendSports

“Why Davy fits Wexford”

He’s back! It’s been such a short time, it would make you think he was never away (He wasn’t). But one thing’s for sure,...

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06Oct
Guest ColumnistsHurlingMark TownsendSports

Kilkenny and the myth of personality

Kilkenny and the myth of personality I guess it served me right. I suppose it was bound to happen. I was down with the brother in Cork the other...

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