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07Jul
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Leinster final replay preview: Cody’s Empire to strike back

Galway v Kilkenny, Sunday, 8th July, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm So many questions. That’s what we were left with after last week’s game. We thought it would have provided us with some...

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07Jul
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Leinster final replay preview: Cody’s Empire to strike back

Galway v Kilkenny, Sunday, 8th July, Semple Stadium, Thurles, 3pm So many questions. That’s what we were left with after last week’s...

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30Jun
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Leinster hurling final preview: Cats to come closer, Tribes to still edge it

Galway v Kilkenny, Croke Park, 4pm, Sunday, 1st July Well hello again. I don’t know about you, but after the deluge of action we had in...

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08Jun
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Leinster championship predictions round 4: Cats to book final place

Galway v Dublin, Pearse Stadium, Galway, 7pm, Saturday, 9th June Dead Rubbers. That was one of the arguments put forward, when the idea of...

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08Jun
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Munster Championship predictions Round 4: Banner to finally push Tipp off the cliff

Tipperary v Clare, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Sunday, 10th June, 2pm I think Tony Soprano said it best. He was trying to get hold of one of his...

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01Jun
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Munster Championship hurling predictions Round 3: Tipp to topple Deise

Cork v Limerick, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, 7pm, Saturday, June 2nd Unlike the despair derby between Tipperary and Waterford, everything’s...

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31May
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Leinster hurling championship predictions week 4: Tribes in line for Yellow Belly shock

Wexford v Galway, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford, Saturday 2nd June, 5pm When Irish rugby star and celebrated Wexford man Tadhg Furlong was...

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26May
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Leinster hurling championship predictions Round 3: Tribes to finally topple Cody

Offaly v Wexford, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, Saturday 26th May, 7pm It’s been a fantastic championship thus far. Wexford’s game...

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26May
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Munster hurling championship predictions round 2: Tipp to bounce back

Tipperary v Cork, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Sunday, May 27th, 2pm Sometimes, it’s hard, to be a Tipp fan. Giving all your love, to just one...

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19May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Leinster Hurling Championship predictions Round 2: Davy to leave Dubs on the Brink

Wexford V Dublin, Sunday 20th May, Innovate Wexford Park, 3pm It’s only one game in and I already adore the format of the new hurling...

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19May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Munster Senior Hurling Championship predictions Round 1: Treaty to topple Tipp

Cork v Clare, Sunday, May 20th, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Cork, 4pm I love the new hurling championship format. I may have said it before but it bears...

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12May
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

It’s time for the GAA to have their own television channel

Ok. It’s gone too far now. We know, we know. It was funny for a while. You were angry for a while. What with the Sky deal and Michael...

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12May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

All-Ireland hurling championship preview-Cody to pull off most unlikely Triumph

Tasty. Very tasty. I don’t know about you, but I’m quite looking forward to this one. It’s been a crazy old year so far, with...

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11May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Leinster senior hurling championship predictions: Week 1-Cats to dash Dub hopes

Offaly v Galway, O’Connor Park, Tullamore, May 12, 7pm If you were to look at this in absolute terms, you’d probably conclude it was...

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08May
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Football Championship Preview-Dubs to complete 4 in a row

Ok. I know. There you are, thinking you’re a great lad, writing an All-Ireland football championship preview. There you are, trying to be...

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04May
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Joe McDonagh Cup Preview-Carlow to rise once more

So just say, for example, you were an occasional fan of the GAA. Just suppose you were the kind of guy or gal who watched the All-Ireland...

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22Apr
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Why do the GAA hate the CPA so much?

“We know where this motion is coming from and we shouldn’t support it” Frank Murphy has never been known as being one of the...

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12Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

The team that time forgot-The story of Laois hurling in the 1990’s

In 2005 Denis Walsh of the Irish Times penned the seminal book “Hurling: The Revolution Years”. It was an excellent account of the...

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09Apr
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Is Cody about to work the oracle once more?

“Every week Kilkenny are shuffling their deck, particularly at the back. Any team needs to nail down three and six to be capable of...

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05Apr
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Cats to pull off “shock” victory

Kilkenny v Tipperary, Sunday 8th April, Nowlan Park, 3.30 pm Sometimes you just don’t know if you know anything. I mean, ok, you might...

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01Apr
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Could this be the best hurling championship in years?

Yeah, we know. There you’ve been extolling the virtues of the hurling league so far. There you’ve been, gazing at the game, dreaming...

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31Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

National Hurling League Predictions: Tipp set to face Wexford in final

Tipperary v Limerick, Division 1 semi-finals, Semple Stadium, 14:00 So Limerick have been the team of the league so far and showed unbelievable...

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24Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Na Piarsaigh to squeak home in another thriller

Usually at this stage of the week I do a prediction piece for the upcoming hurling games at the weekend. Well, the two inter-county games that...

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24Mar
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Carlow end 33 years of hurt

So here’s a question. Do you remember a time when Charlie Haughey was Taoiseach of Ireland? Some of you do, most probably don’t. Do...

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19Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Who’s the best hurler in the country right now?

Ok I know. The whole idea of a “best player” in hurling right now is a bit of a misnomer. What is right now anyway? Does it mean if...

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19Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Why can’t Waterford get a decent ground?

So just imagine the scenario. You’re Waterford GAA. You have one of the best hurling teams in the country, and have had for the last 20...

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17Mar
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Why didn’t the GAA refix the Club final times for the Grand Slam decider?

So what are you doing this afternoon then? Breaking your lenten promise of not eating sweets may be one thing. Or, for an older breed of person,...

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17Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

NHL Predictions: Treaty to keep run going

  LEAGUE QUARTER FINALS Offaly v Kilkenny, 13:00, Sunday, March 18th, O’Connor Park, Tullamore They just won’t die will they?...

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13Mar
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Are the new child vetting requirements keeping people away from the GAA?

The new Garda vetting and child protection requirements that have been brought in in the last few years have been met with a certain sense of...

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11Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Is this a new Limerick?

Ok, so picture the scene. You’re a Limerick hurling fan, making the long and lonely trip up from Kilmallock or Patrickswell, or wherever...

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10Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

NHL Predictions-Week 5: Time for the Treaty men to stand up

DIVISION 1A Kilkenny v Wexford, Sunday, 11th March, Nowlan Park, 14:30 It’s kind of crept up unnoticed, but in the last three meetings of...

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02Mar
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Let kids be kids: Why 15 is too early to specialize in one sport

Carlow GAA has never been known to upset the apple cart. Being one of the smallest and lowest profile counties in the country will do that to...

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01Mar
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Tipp still struggling to overcome Kilkenny hoodoo

“Once we got a run on Tipp we mowed them down. It was the same old Tipp again-shaping and hiding behind their bullshit. They hadn’t...

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24Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

NHL Predictions Week 4-Cats to continue resurgence

Kilkenny v Tipperary, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, 14.00, Sunday So who to believe eh? This time last week the Kilkenny hurling team was in crisis,...

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18Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

There’s life in the old cat yet

Like Mark Twain wrote many moons ago “rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated”. Like the Monty Python sketch where the pet...

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17Feb
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

NHL Predictions week 3-Waterford to compound Cats misery

Tipperary v Wexford, 7 o’clock, Semple Stadium, Saturday Just like last year, Wexford and Davy Fitzgerald have made an incredible start to...

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16Feb
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

What can be done about the late postponements in the GAA?

So picture the scene. You’re an Offaly football fan waking up on Sunday morning to make the long trek of 3 and a half hours to Derry for...

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13Feb
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Why Eir Sport and TG4 are the best channels to watch GAA on

So what did you do last Saturday then? Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re a GAA fan, so you may have been watching the...

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29Jan
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Time for Cody to take the Rolls Royce out of the garage

It was November of 1996. Ireland were taking on the then so called “minnow” of Iceland in a World Cup qualifier in the old...

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23Jan
FootballMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Cake to take over Roscommon reins

What a day for Roscommon! Sportstalk columnist and madcap former goalkeeper Shane Curran has taken over the reins as the manager of the under 20...

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03Jan
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Goodbye to the greatest midfielder of all time?-Michael Fennelly

RTE hurling analyst Michael Duignan isn’t usually a man given for hyperbole, but after the Offaly man had seen Kilkenny defeat Limerick in...

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08Dec
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

IT’S TIME TO TALK ABOUT DUBLIN

The last 7 years has been the most successful period in history for Dublin GAA. Since Stephen Cluxton’s iconic match winning kick in the...

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03Dec
FootballHurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Is the Kilkenny four in a row underappreciated?

Nothing so infuriates the pub drinkers and twitter users of the world more than the question of greatness in sport. If you want to start an...

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28Nov
HurlingMark TownsendSportsTop Articles

Ned Quinn: The most important man in Kilkenny hurling?

It may have escaped your attention but one of the most important men in Kilkenny hurling stepped down last week. No, not Brian Cody, you would...

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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
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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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