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Thursday 17 April 2014

Old Moore raises eyebrows with Down tip

OLD Moore has spoken, although not with his usual conviction, certainly when it comes to Gaelic football.

Unloading himself of predictions for 2013 in his almanac, he has formed the opinion that Sam Maguire will again head to Ulster but is undecided as to whether it will be to the east (Down) or west (Donegal) of the province.

As defending All-Ireland champions and favourites to retain the title, Donegal are an understandable choice, but Down is certainly an interesting call.

Based on this year's championship under James McCartan (right), Down have 11 points to make up on Donegal and 12 to bridge with Mayo. At 33/1 to win the All-Ireland for the first time since 1994, Down won't figure in most people's championship tips unless they show a dramatic improvement next spring.

Question is – has Old Moore spotted something not immediately apparent to everybody else?

As for hurling, he predicts that Liam MacCarthy will finally head west to Galway for the first time in 25 years. Kilkenny and Tipperary, in particular, won't be impressed by old Theophilus.

Nor will Irish rugby fans as he backs Wales to win the Six Nations and Clermont to rule Europe.

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