Monday 18 December 2017

7 Wonders for this Weekend

Had any of us such beautifully manicured follicles as Tiernan McCann, we too would react pretty strongly if a thicklimbed lad from Monaghan decided to tussle the 'do'
Had any of us such beautifully manicured follicles as Tiernan McCann, we too would react pretty strongly if a thicklimbed lad from Monaghan decided to tussle the 'do'
Joey Holden is in All Star territory and hardly anyone outside of Kilkenny would recognise him

Peter Sweeney

1 Picture of Hogan's blistered soles lead to string of copycat foot selfies

Richie Hogan's exceptional performance for Kilkenny in last weekend's  All-Ireland semi-final win over Waterford was to be expected - sure, the Hurler of the Year does it every time he goes out. What was interesting, was the picture he posted on Twitter of his blistered feet after the game. Serious ouchies! It prompted Mayo's Mickey Conroy, who didn't even feature in Saturday's quarter-final win over Donegal, to respond in kind with his own grim foot pic. Dublin's Diarmuid Connolly chipped in, telling Hogan to ditch his three-stripe boots and he'd sort him out with a more comfortable pair from another leading brand.

2 Our top hurlers could wander down Grafton Street and go unrecognised

Squillions of people have already viewed the viral video of soccer ace Cristiano Ronaldo going undercover on the streets of Madrid, posing as a busker using his football skills to earn cash. It's not until the end when he pulls off his fake beard that people finally recognise the most recognisable man in the game. Unfortunately, most top hurlers in the country could stroll down Grafton Street in full gear, pucking a ball and they would go unrecognised by the great Irish public. For example, Joey Holden is in All Star territory and hardly anyone outside of Kilkenny would recognise him. That is something that will continue to hold the game's popularity back and something the GAA needs to address.

3 Ken McGrath: he's well-dressed and a sound man too, wearing his own suit

All credit to Ken McGrath for ripping the proverbial out of The Sunday Game's clothes horses. Every Sunday night or Monday morning former players like Henry Shefflin, Dessie Dolan and Tomas Ó Sé are straight to social media to thank their local menswear shop for sorting them out with the latest in eye-catching threads to wear on the box (even though many of these fashion choices are highly questionable). Waterford hero McGrath posted a picture of himself in a suit with the words: "Thanks to me for the suit I got for myself last year, thanks Ken. Sound."

4 Amid controversy, let's not forget that McCann has the best hair in GAA

What has been forgotten in all of the recent furore about diving in Gaelic football is, quite simply, what fabulous hair young Tiernan McCann of Tyrone possesses. Had any of us such beautifully manicured follicles, we too would react pretty strongly if a thick-limbed lad from Monaghan decided to tussle the 'do'. It took Thomas Niblock of the BBC to offer some insight and perspective with his tweet: "To be fair to Tiernan McCann - the man has sensational hair. #DaxWax #Brylcreem #stylish". If an eight-week ban and potentially missing an All-Ireland final is the price to pay for serious hair, then so be it.

5 Joe Mac takes a dim view of Dark Arts jibes aimed at manager Mickey Harte

Speaking of Tyrone, Joe McMahon obviously foresaw this controversy with a hilarious and ironic tweet back in May, around the time of the Red Hand's controversial All-Ireland Under-21 final win over Tipperary. Big Joe Mc, as he goes by online, is one of the funniest GAA players on Twitter and used to share a bad joke a day. He posted: "Just finished a dark as session this morning lead by some well known faces. Few U21s transitioning nicely… #thedarkarts". It would suggest that the Tyrone stalwart doesn't agree with suggestions that manager Mickey Harte drills cynicism into his teams.

6 David Brady has words of advice for nervous Leaving Certificate students

Best GAA-themed Leaving Certificate social media post of the week goes to Mayo's David Brady. The All-Ireland club medal winner took to social media to encourage teenagers as they braced themselves for their results: "Good luck to everyone getting leaving results today..Remember well getting mine in 1992..and 93 …..and 94!!! #HeadUpChestOut". It's far from unusual for young footballers and hurlers to repeat their Leaving in the hope of picking up a schools' medal, either provincial or All-Ireland, in their extra year. We're not sure though was that the reason Brady had three cracks at the big exams!

7 John Mullane: he loves his county and people of Waterford still love him

The GAA website ran an in-depth interview with Waterford legend John Mullane during the week and it gave us the chance to revisit one of the finest post-match interviews in any sport - not just Gaelic games. Mullane, having been sent off during the 2004 Munster final win over Cork, spoke to RTE's Tony O'Donoghue. Clearly overwrought, he apologised to the people of Waterford for his actions. "I don't want to leave the people of Waterford down. They're my life - the people of Waterford are my life. I love me county." To which the enthusiastic crowd around him responded: "We love John Mullane!" You can view the interview as part of the interview.

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