Monday 23 October 2017

Liam and Sam

There might be some copyright issues surrounding this Dubs flag spotted on Clonliffe Road last Sunday.

And if the performance against Kildare is anything to go on, it'll have plenty more days out this summer.


We were amused to hear Dublin pleading for a special admission price deal for the Leinster football and hurling finals on the basis that double participation was a heavy burden on supporters.

We were equally surprised to see that the Leinster Council indicated they would have gone with it, except for alleged problems with ticket issuing.

How do supporters from counties all over the country fund their devotion, which often involves lengthy journeys, motoring and food costs etc, whereas most Dublin supporters are no more than a bus ride from Croke Park?

Aside from that, we hear that the GAA's ticketing system was none too pleased to be held partially responsible for not being able to facilitate Dublin's request.

It has been pointed out that the ticketing system is extremely flexible and catered comfortably for a dual price for Cork supporters purchasing tickets for last year's All-Ireland football and hurling semi-finals.

More recently, it had no problem catering for Saturday's Kilkenny-Tipperary game, even though the pairing wasn't known until Saturday evening.

It was sold out by 2.0pm on Tuesday.


As eagle-eyed observers of the ever-expanding GAA book world, we came across a true labour of love, which underlines yet again the depth of passion which exists for hurling and football.

'GAA Giants in a Small County' is engagingly written by freelance sports writer Kieran Murphy, telling the story of three Carlow GAA men: James Hickey (Mount Leinster and county hurler); James Clarke (football goalkeeper with Carlow, St Patrick's, Tullow and Old Leighlin); and Ger Lennon (Carlow secretary and long-time administrator).

"Just because they come from a small county, it doesn't mean that they give any less commitment than the stars and administrators in the successful counties," writes Murphy.

His book proves that.


"Go London"

Mayor of London Boris Johnson sends his congratulations to Paul Coggins' footballers after their progression to the Connacht final.

A Twitter campaign to get Boris to Castlebar for the final is under way but the man himself has said he can't make it.

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