Friday, 30 December 2011

Ash Clash Of The Year 2011

Munster Under 21 Hurling Final Limerick v Cork
Suggest just watch from 35.50 to 38.25 on the match time clock

By popular opinion it was the best hurling match of 2011 with Limerick finally taking the title after extra time.
In just about 2.5 minutes, from 35.50 on the match clock, we see a brace of 'cool' goals, a sublime point, a couple of saves / misses and a magic bit of individual skill at the 37.40 mark. You can't beat it !!!

Saturday, 10 December 2011

Niall Quinn Scores in 1983 Minor Hurling Final

All Ireland Minor Final 1983 - Dublin v Galway
.... and some skill in taking a great point ...

Did Niall win an All Ireland medal? No. Galway were the winners on the day.

Basketball Drama - Munich 1972

The event was the final of the mens basketball in the Munich Olympics of 1972 - USA v USSR. It was an era when the super-powers of East and West were enemies in every respect, including sport and this final was a sporting confrontation that had attracted plenty of interest before the game but that was nothing compared to the coverage it received afterwards.
It was a tight game all the way. Then the USA took a 1 point lead with just 1 second to go ... but scriptwriters couldn't dream up what happened in the closing second(s) ....

Friday, 9 December 2011

2011 Opel All Star Hurling from San Fran

The Match from an impressive Treasure Island ...and the Interviews

... Comradarie... Bit of coaching ...

Thursday, 1 December 2011

'Brick' Walsh v Maurice Shanahan

The Waterford 'Hardy Bucks' fundraiser - March 2011

'Brick' (in the blue) packs some punch !!

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Indy Hurling - That's Indianapolis USA

I suppose you could call it street hurling.

Just reminded of it from our All Star Hurlers heading to Treasure Island in San Francisco today.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Dublin v Tyrone 2011 - Performance of the Season

All Ireland Quarter Final 6 Aug 2011

Dublin had bowed to Tyrone so many times in recent years. But not in 2011 as they turned on the style and the swaggger. It was an outstanding team performance and Dublin and a terrific individual contribution, on the day, from Diarmuid Connolly.

Match available now on DVD

Mayo v Cork 2011 - Upset of the Season

All Ireland Quarter Final 31 July 2011

Cork are reigning champions and Mayo come into this game as complete underdogs and the tag seems justified as Cork get off to a flying start. But James Horan's team hadn't read the script and in a thrilling performance confounded the pundits. Witness the upset of the season.

Match available now on DVD

Donegal v Kildare 2011 - A Resilient Display

All Ireland Quarter Final 30 July 2011
A match that either team could have won.

This game started slow and the first half was a dreary defensive affair. But the second half came alive as the match swung one way and then the other, eventually needing extra time to decide a winner. What began as a forgettable affair ended up as one of the most memorable contests of the championship.

match available now on DVD

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Joe Connolly 1980 - That Famous Speech

Galway Hurling needs to get it's mojo back to days like this!

In 1980 Joe Connolly led Galway to it's first All Ireland Hurling title in 57 years (since 1923) and his speech afterwards is often cited as one of the great moments in GAA. It had passion and emotion - and still has! And it wasn't just the speech that tugged at the heartstrings but the finale as Joe McDonagh takes over to belt out "The West's Awake".

Paide O'Se - When Men Were Men !

This Video should could be classified not suitable for younger viewers!

Tough on the pitch and off was our Páide. Imagine being compared to a loaf of bread !

Saturday, 19 November 2011

1961 - Record Attendance of 90556 see Down Win

1961 - Down 3-06 : Offaly 2-08
From 50 years ago this year this final holds the record of the highest attendance in Croke Park - about 8,000 more than current capacity.

Down were reigning champions while Offaly were in their first ever final and it was a terrific match with the great Down stars of the era, Sean O'Neill and captain Paddy Doherty, making the difference.
Watch out for a terrific Offaly goal from Mick Casey and that 'penalty' they didn't get. Major bad decisions back then also !!
and finally, appreciate the quality colour in this video. It was originally black and white but amazing what film technology can do.

The Gooch Show from 2007 Kerry v Cork AIFinal

Colm Cooper puts on a scoring show on All Ireland Final day 2007.

Not much more to add. Class !!

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Dubs Can't Get Enough !

Of watching this .

Any why shouldn't they!
Kevin Mcmanamon scoring that terrific goal in 2011 All Ireland Final.
Full match will be released on DVD on 24 Nov and will have exclusive interviews from inside the Dublin camp.
And the St Judes clubman is not just a goalscorer but is known to break into song occassionaly !!!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ronan O'Gara Drop Goal Munster v Northampton

Dubbed with that hyper-ventilating radio commentary of Michael Corcoran

ON THE PITCH - After 41 phases in the last 6 minutes of play O'Gara was setup for a drop goal - the last kick of the game to win the game.
IN THE RADIO COMMENTARY BOX - Michael Corcoran nearly has a heart attack with excitement !

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Cavan v Kerry Polo Grounds NY 1947

1947 Cavan and Kerry All Irealnd Final from the Polo Grounds New York. Why was it played in New York - simply a motion to stage it in NY was put forward to Central Council by Clare delegates, it was discussed and passed.
"The teams spent the remainder of the week training. On the day of the Final, Sunday 14th September, the entire party attended High Mass at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. The two teams arrived at the Polo Grounds at 2pm. At 2.40pm the officials and teams took to the field to a tremendous reception. The teams marched into position and stood facing the flags of the two nations while the Police Band played ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ and both National Anthems. Mayor O’Dwyer started the game. In his final report Ó Caoimh called it a ‘game that will live forever in the memory of those privileged to witness it, a magnificent exhibition of Gaelic football at its best’. The final result was Cavan 2-11, Kerry 2-07"

Match higlights available on just released DVD GAA FOOTBALL GOLD

Now What County Man Is He ?

Guinness ad from couple of years back. Could be from quite a few counties. If it's hurling could be Waterford or Limerick or Galway or ...Is it your county ?
Did we ever find out?

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Darren O'Sullivan - That Cheeky Little Goal

2011 All Ireland Quarter Final. Kerry v Limerick and Darren O'Sullivan shows his skills with the type of 'flick' more associated with soccer than gaelic. Brilliant !

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Saturday, 5 November 2011

GAA on Treasure Island

This is not the fictional Treasure Island but a real place in San Francisco.
And that is where the GAA opened an impressive new ground in 2008. It's a 12 acre site on an island in San Francisco Bay and as the videos of the opening ceremony show .... well that's what Presidents do !!!
To view Videos of Opening and Club click on image above

Joe Sheridan 'Try' Goal Robs Louth In Leinster Final 2010

It was the dying moments of the Leinster Final 2010. In fact it was 3 and a 1/2 minutes into time added on and Louth are ahead on a score 1-10 to Meaths 0-12. Louth fans are ready to celebrate an historic win. And then this happens ....

Friday, 4 November 2011

Croke Park - Sky View on Match Day

This footage, from a remote controlled plane, was filmed on 21 Aug 2011 during the All Ireland Semi Final between Kerry and Mayo - so ignore the date code on the video.
Amazing for it's audacity as much as for the unique view.

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Cork v Tipp 1984 - A Classic Munster Final

1984 was centenary year for the GAA and to mark the event the GAA even played the All Ireland Hurling Final in Semple Stadium. Cork beat Offaly in the final but it was the Munster final of that year, between Cork and Tipp, that provided the classic game.
It was Munster Final hurling at its best - hard, passionate, commitment, skill and drama as these two great teams battled it out to the end - literally.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Hurling - Cracking Save by Galways Callinan

The action is so fast it's hard to see the 'sliotar' and makes you appreciate, even more, the super fast reflexes of Colm Callinan. The shot is hit from such short distance and from point blank range by Wexfords Rory Jacob and I bet he couldn't believe it didn't hit the back of the net.
Gotta watch the slow-mo replay to fully take in the quality of the save.

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Who needs Messi - Wonderful Goal from Pascal Kellaghen 2008

Opportunistic maybe!
Skillful definitely!
super goal from 2008 Leinster Club championship between Rhode and Portlaois. For those who don't know Kellaghen plays for Rhode (Offaly).

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Saturday, 22 October 2011

In 94 he was 17.

Padraic Joyce. Doing what he has done so many times since. This was in the All Ireland Minor Final of 1994. No medal that day though as Kerry won on a score Kerry 0-16 : Galway 1-07

Was This The Most Contoversial Point of 2011?

Dublin win a 'soft' free in the dying seconds of the Leinster Semi-Final and from it score the winning point. It was certainly controversial and maybe it was just as important in the destiny of the 2011 championship as Cluxtons point in the final itself.
Was it a free ? Was the referee wrong to award a 'gimme' in the circumstances ? One thing it was, without question, is harsh on Kildare.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Effin Eddie - The Old Ones Are The Best

Effin Eddie - Did I hear you saying who? Where have you been for the last 20 years?
This is a piece of footage from a recording that long pre-dates Youtube or the Internet - 1993 to be precise.
If Effin Eddie Moroney is new to you then suggest you first view the clip and then visit the website where you can even buy the full length version.
On the other hand, if Effin Eddie is not new to you then suggest you first view the clip and then visit the website where you can even buy the full length version.

There are quite a few clips online but this is the best and dare you not to laugh no matter how many times you watch it.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

The Sunday Game Poster Boy - Michael Lyster : Only a Boy !

The long time GAA presenter Michael Lyster in the early days - I think this is 1986 so this youthful lad presenting Sports Stadium was just 28 looking more like 18 !!!

Great rallying action as well.

The Bertie Fisher (RIP) incident he refers too was this one

Scary !

Brian O'Driscoll on GAA Players

Brian O'Driscoll on GAA and GAA players.

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Monday, 17 October 2011

Armagh - The Ultimate Comeback in 2002

We all know that Armagh beat Kerry in the 2002 All Ireland Football Final but it's worth remembering how they won it - dramatically turning a 4 point deficit into 1 point win and holding on for wild celebrations.
With about 16 minutes to go Kerry were 4 points ahead 0-14 to 0-10. Then Armagh upped a gear. Oisin McConville finished a great move with a neat near-post shot into the back of the net. Then Ronan Clarke added a superb point to draw the sides level and the reliable Steven McDonnell knocked over what turned out to be the winning point. So in the last 15 minutes Armagh kept Kerry scoreless while scoring 1-2 and win by a single point 1-12 to 0-14.

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Saturday, 15 October 2011

Man U v Man City - What A Save ! What A Commentary!

A diversion today from GAA for a smashing video clip of Man U v Man City last year. Can't decide what makes it great - is it watching Joe Hart or listening to the Arab commentator? Or both.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

Bartley Madden - Boxing in Croke Park 1923

Croke Park was the stage for quite a few boxing matches back in the 1920's and one man to feature there on 2 occasions was heavyweight pro Bartley Madden. He was born in Caltra in Galway in 1890 but lived mostly in Roscommon and the story goes that he was quite a good footballer and played for Roscommon in Connacht Championship winning teams back then - unable so far to confirm this but Roscommon did win Connacht titles in 1912 and 1914 at which time Bartley would have been 22-24 years old so just about tallies. And it appears he may also have played for Connacht at provincial level.
At some stage he moved to New York as a base for his boxing career, at heavy weight and fought some of the top fighters of the time including world champion Gene Tunney.
But in 1930 it was tragedy. First his wife died and a few weeks later on 5 March 1930 Madden himself, aged 39 but not retired from boxing, died after a fall down some steps in Washington.
His boxing record shows he had about 70 pro fights between 1912 and 1929 (his last fight was 23 Dec 1929, winning 39, losing 25 and 6 were drawn contests(?). Looks like he had 2 fights in Croke Park - this one in 1923 , which he won on a KO, and another in 1926 against Tom Heeney (New Zealand) which he lost on points.
Some Bio on Bartley Madden - any additional info that our readers can be provided will be appreciated.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Cluxton's Point from Another Angle

That famous point as seen from another angle - not much more to be added but take note Cluxton has actually turned and started to race back to goals before the ball goes over the bar.
Happy fans or what ?

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Friday, 7 October 2011

Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh - Legend

Micheál lit up many a Sunday and often it was that turn of phrase, a witty remark, a bit of trivia about a player (or maybe the players mothers cousin once removed). His passion for the GAA is legendry and this clip demonstrates just how passionate and animated he was when in flow flow ... retired but not forgotten.

Acknowledgment to Sideline Productions for permission to use from the "The Sound of Sunday" DVD

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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Waterfords Munster Breakthrough 2002

Waterford had waited a long time to make a major impact in Munster hurling - in fact their last Munster title pror to this stretched way back to 1963. So their win in 2002 against Tipperary was special and a joyous one for players and fans. On that day some players that have since become household names came to the big stage - one being John Mullane.

This clip is from Des Cahills DVD Favourite GAA Moments, courtesy of Sideline Productions.

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Croke Park Corporate Box Party Time - Not!

Dancing and Jumping Around in The Corporate Boxes in Croke Park - You Wish !!!

It's actually Wisconin college footie fans - would love to see this energy in Croke Park though!

James McCartan Superb Point for Down v Derry 1994

This clip is just one of the superb moments from a match that is regarded as one of the all time classics in gaelic football.

It’s the first round of the 1994 Ulster Championship. Derry are reigning Ulster and All-Ireland champions and with stars like Joe Brolly, Anthony Tohill and Henry Downey they are hotly tipped to retain both titles. But Down have other ideas and their own stars such as Mickey Linden, James McCartan, Greg Blaney and Ross Carr. The clash of the big two, with home advantage to Derry in CelticPark, this game turned out to be a classic with Down eventually emerging with the scalp of the All Ireland Champions and going on to win the '94 All Ireland title. James McCartan was just one of the hero's ....

Acknowledgment - this clip is taken from the DVD of this match in full, courtesy of

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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Hurling In The USA - Awesome !

There was  a recent story of the US Military forming a hurling team shows how hurling is attracting players with little or no direct Irish background. But it's not just the military in the USA are attracted to the game as this clip demonstrates. Note the reference to the California Collegiate Gaelic Athletic Association - quite a mouthful - this is their website . And in true American lingo it's predictable described as 'awesome' - which it is !

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Hurling Skill - the Perfect Sideline Cut?

Appreciate the techique of the sideline cut in slow motion

Players like Joe canning make it look easy but the brilliant camera work and close up slow motion shows just how much skill there is in perfecting the sideline cut. On a par (pardon the pun) if not more difficult than a golf swing .

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Monday, 3 October 2011

All Ireland Final Day 1978 - No Ticket ! A Ladder Will Do !

1978 - All Ireland Final Day - Mayo Minors Amazing Comeback. And No Ticket? No Problem!

The Kerry v Dublin senior final of 1978 ended up as in an easy 17 point Kerry win but the Minor final that year was a thriller. With 6 minutes to go Mayo trailed Dublin by 5 points and looked all over. But an amazing late burst of scoring saw Mayo hit the back of the Dublin net 3 times and and the game ended with Mayo winning by 4 points. An amazing comeback and turnaround and for Mayo fans the hero was tall supersub Tom Byrne who scored 2 (and missed another).
The clip is also worth watching to see ticketless fans scaling the Hill 16 wall with the aid of a handy ladder while the 'garda' inside look the other way (2 shots one near the start and a better one near the end).
Those were the days !!

A slightly longer version of this clip on

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Shamrock Rovers - A Cracker Like This Tonight Lads!

Not GAA but a big occasion for Shamrock Rovers tonight. Best of Luck to them and be nice if they could score another cracker like this on the big stage at White Hart Lane ..... and I'm a Spurs fan !!!

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Joe Canning - A Little Bit of Magic

This is a piece of action that has been mentioned to us quite a bit since we started requesting suggestions and feedback for the site. Glad to oblige as it merits an apprection.

It was Galway v Cork in Phase 3 of the 2011 hurling qualifiers on Saturday 9th July, in The Gaelic Grounds. This quick thinking and perfectly executed piece of indivual skill from Joe Canning stands out as one of the best moments in the 2011 championship.
Galway won 2-13 to 1-14 but that's as far as it went for Galway in the campaign as they lost out by 10 points to Waterford in the Quarter Final.

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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

On This Day 1964 - Triumph and Tragedy for Galway

On this date in 1964 (27 Sep) there was was both triumph and tragedy in Galway football. They won the first of their 3-in-a-row All Irelands with the legendry John Donnellan as captain, beating Kerry 0-15 to 0-10. However, the victory was tinged with sad news that day for the Donnellan family as John's father, Mick, (also an All Ireland winner in the 20,s and 30's) suffered a heart attack, in Croke Park, during the match and died. His son John didn't know this when he lifted the cup.
John's brother Pat also played that day and John's son Michael was also an All Ireland winner with Galway in 1998.

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Terrific Point On The Volley - Cavan v Donegal 1992

1992 - This outstanding piece of skill from Damian O'Reilly of Cavan deserves it's place on this site and a 'like' click from visitors surely! He hits a lobbed ball on the volley, from a difficult angle, and hooks it over the bar. Terrific!
It was the Ulster Championship Quarter Final of 1992. Though Donegal went on to win Ulster and the All Ireland that year it could have been different as they were pushed to the pin of their collar in this QF game against Cavan which ended in a hard fought draw at 1-15 each. In the replay Donegal had a decisive win.
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Monday, 26 September 2011

Dublin v ??? - The Farce of 1987

Dublin v Cork - 1987 National League Quarter Final.
The teams were all square at the end of normal time. Both teams retire to their dressing room but only Dublin re-appear for the extra time. Cork (some misunderstanding or strange decision) stay in the dressing room. The ref decides to restart with Dublin facing no opposition. Rumour has it that the Cork players were getting on the bus as Barney Rock scores the easiest goal of his life and Dublin win the match.
Cork subsequently lodged a protest but was rejected.
Dublin go on to win the League

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Ashley Young, Jermain Defoe, and Roman Pavlyuchenko playing GAA

25 Sep 2011

Alan Brogan testing the skills of top Premiership stars Ashley Young, Jermain Defoe, and Roman Pavlyuchenko at gaelic football. Don't see any of them making the cut and thrust of it!
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Gaelic Trick Shots - Cud Ya?

25 Sep 2011

Meath 2011 - Unbelievable Skills !!
Be amazed at the skills in these trick shots with a gaelic football. Performed by Meath lads Caolan and Fiachra Ward (brothers of Meath star Cian Ward) and filmed recently, taking about 3 weeks I gather.
It's so impressive you will probably want to watch it again just to see if it's clever camera work or the real thing. It's the real thing !

Friday, 23 September 2011

Brian Dooher - Some Player !

23 Sep 2011

BRIAN DOOHER from 2008
Today, one of the greatest and most whole-hearted players of recent years has announced his retirement from inter-county football - Tyrone's Brian Dooher.
He has toiled for his county for 16 years since 1995 and captained Tyrone in both 2005 and 2008 winning finals - one of very few players to have the honour of lifting Sam Maguire twice.
Highly respected throughout the entire GAA world but his abscence will, without doubt, be missed most in Tyrone.
This clip is just one great tribute moment to what he did best and a proud captain lifting Sam.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Kilkenny Beat Tipp in 1922

22 Sep 2011
KILKENNY Win in 1922 captained by one Wattie Dunphy
Clicking on the image takes you to the Pathe video clip

Thanks to the archive research skills of WilieJoe
a hidden treasure of old GAA video clips from the early 1920's have been unearthed online.
This, the 1922 hurling final is one of the oldest and featured the 2011 All Ireland hurling finalists, Kilkenny and Tipp. Kilkenny won 4-02 to 2-06.
Kilkenny were captained by the unusually named Wattie Dunphy, who in fact was the goalkeeper that day - and Wattie in case you haven't guessed is Walter ! Funny thing was that Kilkenny didn't beat Tipp again in the championship for the next 45 years!
Here are the 2 teams from that final
Walter Dunphy (capt.), Ed. Dunphy, M. McDonald (goal), John Holohan, Jas. Tobin, Thos. Carroll, Richard Grace, Wm. Kenny, Patk. Glendon, Pat Aylward, Martin Lawlor, John Roberts, Pat Donohoe, Matty Power, Richard Tobin.
J. Leahy, (capt.), J. Power, A. O'Donnell, P. Power, P. Browne, J. Cleary, M. Kennedy, S. Hackett, J. O'Meara, J. J. Hayes, P. Spillane, J. Fitzpatrick, T. Dwan, W. Dwan, J. Darcy.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

1924 - Must be The Oldest GAA Video Online. Is it ?

21 Sep 2011
Clicking on the image below will redirect to the video source on Pathe.

Great old silent clip in black and white ... and watch for the players caps and the goalkeeper is his stylish trilby hat !
Played on Sunday 28 Sep 1924 to be exact but it wasn't the 1924 final, it was in fact the end of the 1923 championship. The Civil War had an impact on completing fixtures back around those years, so a delay like that wasn't unusual.

The match itself, between Dublin and Kerry, was played in Croke Park in front of 18,500 - quite a few less than last Sundays 2011 epic but the result was similar as Dublin won on a score of 1-5 to 1-3.

Thanks to @WillieJoe for the heads up on this one

Cluxtons Point & Final Whistle - Seen From Hill16

21 Sep 2011

This is a brilliant clip. Anyone in Croke last Sunday witnessing live the drama of Dublin win over Kerry will know what a buzz there was, especially the final few moments. But not everyone got to experience those final moments from the hotbed of Hill16. This amateur clip catches it ... the first surge of excitment as Cluxton scores, followed quickly by a second surge as the final whistle goes and then the reality of having won takes over. It was loud ! It was happy ! And it was emotional !!!

Is This the Oldest Video Clip of GAA ?

Silent Movies from 1926 as Kerry play Kildare.

The 1926 Football Finalists were Kerry and Kildare. This match in the clip was played on 6th Sep (a Monday) and ended in a draw : Kerry 1-03 Kildare 0-06. A last minute point by Bill Gorman (Kerry) forced the draw. After the game, Kerry's centre back Jack Murphy put his clothes back on without taking off his playing gear, and died of pneumonia before the replay on 17th October (a Sunday) which Kerry won 1-04 to 0-04

Monday, 19 September 2011

Dublin 2011

19 Sep 2011

The Drama Of The Last 4 minutes
Well anyone that was lucky enough to be there in Croke Park yesterday to witness one of the most dramatic All Ireland Football Finals in years will still be on a high from the sheer tension and excitment at the end - and the celebrations by the 'blues'.
..... And even if you weren't there it was just as exciting as it gets.
.........And if you missed it altogether then here's a piece of it just to get a flavour!

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Dublin 1995 - Last Final and Last Title Win

17 Sep 2011

In 1995 who would have thought that it would take 16 years for Dublin reach their next final? In that time theyhave battled hard and failed but make it - sometimes unluckily and often on the narrowest of margins. But they're back in 2011.
In 1995 it all looked so promising as Dublin overcame Tyrone in the final. But theyhad to fight to the end and eventaully survived the Tyrone push to win by just a single point 1-10 to 0-12. Indeed Tyrone had a late equalling point disallowed. Scary stuff ut the Dubs held on by the proverbial 'skin of their teeth' and were the ones celebrating.

Kerry 2009 - Last Final and Last Title Win

17 Sep 2010

The Kerry record of appearing in finals is amazing - they have played in 26 of the last 50 Finals and won 17 of them. Their last win was just 2 years ago, in 2009, against arch rivals Cork.
Having lost to Cork in teh Munster Championship the Kerry team were out for revenge in the final and they got it with a final score of 0-16 to 1-09

Kerry and Dublin - Their Last Final in 1985

16 Sep 2011

Well they are just days away from their head to head in the 2011 All Ireland Football Final. Hard to believe that the last time they met in the final was 26 years ago in 1985 and on that day Kerry came out tops again having also beaten Dublin in the previous years final.
In the 1985 final Kerry were well in command with a 9 point advantage at one stage. But Dublin fought back hard in the second half and what seemed like another esay title for Kerry turned in to a real thriller and just a few minutes from the end Dublin were just 2 points down. But Kerry weathered the storm and it was they who scored the last 2 points.
The Final score in 1985 Kerry 2-12 : Dublin 2-08

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Pat Gilroy Playing His Part in 1995 Final

14 Sep 2011

On Sunday next Pat Gilroy will be the first Dublin manager to steer the county to a senior final since 1995. They won that year of course and Pat himself came on as a sub in that final. I'm sure he's hoping to achieve the player and manager double.
And watch for a young Jason Sherlock with a distintive hairstyle !!

Monday, 12 September 2011

All Ireland Football Semi-Final 1977, Dublin v Kerry

12 Sep 2011
Was this the best football match ever?

Many say that it was but it's always debatable. It certainly was the best match between the legendry Kerry and Dublin teams of the late 70's. They dominated football at the time and both teams were adorned with some of the most talented players galeic football has ever seen. And add to that the fact that the opposing teams also had managers who were, without question, the best we have seen. Kevin Heffernan brought Dublin football from the doldrums to a top class team, individually and collectively, while the managerial exploits of Kerryman Mick O'Dwyer need no embelishing in this blog.

There was great rivalry between these 2 great sides but also great respect and the 1977 semi-final, regardless of whether it is the debatable best game ever, will always be regarded as the best clash of two magnificent teams.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

The Skill of the Swerve Kick

8 Sep 2011

It's one of the hardest and therefore one of the most imprsssive skills in gaelic football - yes the swerve kick. A long pass or shot with the outside of the boot and watching the curved trajectory of the ball is something to behold. We have seen some great examples of it over the years but the players in this clip are, without doubt, masters in the 'swerve' class.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

2011 - Will It Be the Dubs Year?

6 Sep 2009

Dublin have had any number of heartbreaks over the past few years in the quest to get back to the All Ireland Final for the first time since 1995. Kerry, Cork, Mayo, Tyrone... they have all proved a step too far for recent Dublin teams but Pat Gilroy has steered the ship expertly in 2011 and they have got there.
Just one more step to go but can they do it against the All Ireland Final specialists - Kerry?

Monday, 5 September 2011

Dublin Win Sam in 1963

5 Sep 2011

Galway, famously, won 3 in-a-row in 1964, 1965 and 1966 and it might have been 4 if Dublin hadn't denied them in the 1963 Final.
This is a terrific clip (even if a bit 'amusing' in the commentary) of the 63 match. Something to get the Dubs 2011 pre-final hunger pangs going!

Kilkenny Champs 2011

5 Sep 2011
Tipperary must have wounded the Cats badly in 2010 because Kilkenny hit the big stage of Croke Park yesterday like men on a single mission. They led all the way from start to finish in this years Final and though credit to Tipp for never giving up til the final whistle the Kilkenny hunger to avenge 2010 was plain to see.
This clip of RTE News highlights has already hit YouTube.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Eddie Keher goal from 1972

4 Sep 2011
Appropriate for All Ireland Final day - a superb goal from the legendry Eddie Keher against Cork in the Final of 1972.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

New York Ladies Qualify for All Ireland Junior Final

Sat 3 Sep
Gaa chat today is dominated by Kilkenny and Tipperary on the eve of the All Ireland Hurling Final but a wee story and short new video clip to show that GAA isn't just about senior hurling or football, nor even a game for men only, nor is it confined to 32 counties.
New York Ladies today qualified for The Ladies All Ireland Junior Football Final. Well done. This is new clip of their preparation and dedication.
More Ladies GAA TV

Kilkenny 2009, Tipperary 2010. Who Will Celebrate 2011?

2011 is the first time the same two counties have met in the All Ireland Hurling Final for the third year in a row. In 2009 it was Kilkenny who celebrated at the final whistle (something they were making a habit of!). In 2010 it was Tipperary's turned the table and it was their turn to celebrate and lift Liam McCarthy ! So who will fill the chapter for 2011?

A brand new clip of the celebrations after the final whistle ....

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Hurling in Hollywood ?? Never !!! But yes ....

It's a reasonable gamble that most us don't know that hurling once upon a time featured in Hollywood. And before you say 'ah , that's trick it's probably a Hollywood in County Down" we are talking here about THE Hollywood. And it's a movie clip that's sometimes known as "Athletic Manslaughter" ,..... Google it!

A fantastic clip which the voice over describes hurling as an old Irish game where you "sock a ball with the pretty club or bat or shillelagh.."  - Sure, where would you get it but Hollywood ?

Courtesy of the Irish Film Archive.

This is RTE's news piece on the same archive


Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Sublime Eoin Mulligan Goal v Dublin 2005

Eoin Mulligan - Croke Park 2005.
One of the great goals of all time.
The clip starts with the earlier Dublin goal from the same match but not quite so spectacular.

Scene : The All Ireland Quarter Final 2005
Who : Dublin v Tyrone
The match ended in a draw. Tyrone won the replay and went on to win the All Ireland that year.
This is one of the most remembered goals ever scored on the big stage but this brand new clip is the first time it has appeared online in any decent quality.
Enjoy !

Tipps Michael Cleary Scores a 'Surprise' Goal in 1991 Final

Full match available on DVD here
It's 1991 and despite being regarded as regular rivals it's been 20 years since these counties have met in a final. And 20 years ago, in 1971, Tipperary took the honours on a score of 5-17 to 5-14. If that looks like a high score it was but remember the GAA were experimenting with 80 minute matches for a few years back then.

In 1991 Tipp are the more established team having won the All-Ireland just two years previously and this season have won an epic, replayed Munster final against All-Ireland champions Cork as well as blitzing old sparring partners Galway.

Kilkenny, managed by former goalkeeping great Ollie Walsh, have taken Leinster for the first time in four years by squeezing past a game Dublin side and are back in the big time against Babs Keating's talented team.

On the day Tipp, once again, emerged victorious 1-16 to 0-15 (a much lower score than 1971 !!)

This clip shows a few highlights but in particular watch out for the surprise goal from Nenagh Eire Og man Micheal Cleary - from a free catching Kilkenny unawares. The goal that probably won the match as it happens.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Tipperary v Kilkenny

The 2011 All Ireland Hurling Final is just 6 days away and old rivals Tipperary and Kilkenny are facing up to each other once again. In fact this years final will make it 3 years in a row that the two have met in the final with Kilkenny taking the 2009 title while Tipperary got revenge in 2010. So it's one apiece for these current teams and there is no little to seperate the sides in this years previews and form.

So which county can claim the upperhand and get 2 from 3 ? Will Kilkenny get revenge for last year or will Tipp do 2 in a row - something they haven't done since 1964/65?

There is great rivalry between them, for sure, but they have only met 15 times in the final and Tipp are ahead on those by 10 to 5.
In overall wins Kilkenny have the upperhand with 32 titles to Tipps 26

Here's the final taster from 2010 with clips from many past matches

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Welcome to VideoGaaGaa

Are you a fan of GAA? Of Gaelic Football and Hurling?

Have you heard of Gaelic Football or Hurling or Gaelic Games, don't know much about them but would like to learn more?

Never heard of Gaelic Football or Hurling but now that you're here curious about what you have just come across?
Well no matter which category you belong too this blog should satisfy and the way we aim to do that is by bringing together, on this site, the best video clips available on the internet - and there's lots. In doing that we hope this blog will grow to become the site of choice for the best of GAA online video. We will search for quality video clips that highlight the good, the bad and the even the unusual. The great games, the great players, awesome scores, incredible action, the celebrations, the disappointments, the rough and tumble and the topical. That kind of stuff ... you get the idea. And it's not going to be long winded text - it's all about viweing the piece of action on the video.

We will do our own searching but we also want your help to find the good or rare stuff. So if you have or know of some great GAA clips online that we could build a story on or might catch our blog readers interest let us know.

Blogs, of course, are perfect of interacrion and comments so don't be afraid to contribute. But keep it topical and constructive - no nasty or personal stuff will be tolerated.

So that's it for an intro. From here on the posts will be concentrating on the video and we are happy to let the action in the clip speak for itself so other than a brief background we will keep it light on the text.

Enjoy! Let's have your feedback and here's 2 clips that are perfect to get started - one on hurling and one on football and both will surely tell you more about the passion and skills in these games than words can ever do.