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Déise will not contest Bennett ban for helmet tug

Waterford will not contest the one-match suspension handed to Stephen Bennett arising from an incident during last Sunday’s Munster hurling semi-final.

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Kate Kelly parting from her great love of camogie

Kate Kelly announced her retirement from senior intercounty camogie last week after a career that spanned 20 years.

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Continuing a proud family tradition for Dublin

Barney Rock is pretty sure that Dean, his son, was in the main stand in Navan the day Dublin beat Westmeath in the 1996 Championship.

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We’ll sorely miss mononymous legend Briege

Irish female sports stars have a nice line in first-name recognition. Sonia, of course, is the original and most iconic. Since then we’ve had other heroines: Katie, Derval, Stephanie, and Annalise. 

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Westmeath make three changes for Dublin clash

Westmeath have made three changes for tomorrow’s Leinster SFC semi-final against Dublin in Croke Park (4pm).

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Has a sleeping giant started to reawaken?

The 428-mile round trip from Newry to Ennis doesn’t begin to do justice to the journey the Down footballers have been on these last two years.

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Dublin’s dynasty striving to stand still

Any fan of American sports will be familiar with the term ‘dynasty’. A dynasty is a team that dominates their sport or league for an extended period.

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‘Starving’ Limerick chase precious victory in qualifiers

They’ve found themselves sat at the same table each summer for the past 16 years and yet if you take out their escapades during June and July of 2011, they’ve never managed to raise their voice loud enough for anyone to notice them.

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Terrific Treaty give Tipp a trimming

With Kilkenny not exactly lighting up Cusack Park on Wednesday evening, it was left to Limerick to fire the first warning signal in the race for All-Ireland U21 glory.

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Ryan: Tipp can’t wait to escape ‘purgatory’

Tipperary boss Michael Ryan says that his All-Ireland champions are itching to escape from hurling “purgatory.” 

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Fitzmaurice: Kingdom share Cork’s disappointment over Páirc delay

The disappointment on Leeside that Páirc Uí Chaoimh will not be ready for the Munster football final is shared in the Kingdom, Kerry football manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice said last night.

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Is it too easy to score now in inter-county hurling?

Hurling is a good game. A centre-back can catch a ball above his head in hurling and lump it over his shoulder. Imagine a centre-back in football catching it and kicking it as far as he could: he will be taken off.

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Limerick put faith in senior starlets

This Limerick U21 team carries shades of last year’s Waterford class.

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Westmeath won’t roll out Croker blanket

Westmeath’s Kieran Martin believes they are in a better position to seriously challenge Dublin this year and has indicated they won’t rely on a blanket defence strategy.

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Tipperary divided on hurling’s blueprint for change

Tipperary County Board secretary Tim Floyd has expressed concern that the new hurling proposals will significantly curtail club activity in April and May.

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Down out of dark woods and ready for Monaghan clash

Down have emerged from two rough seasons stronger and mentally tougher and they are quite relaxed about their modest billing ahead of Saturday’s Ulster semi-final with Monaghan .

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