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GAA retirements, Munster return to Paris and a Minister's plans for MMA - It's Comments of The Week

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Munster players putting in the final preparations before their clash with Racing 92.
Munster players putting in the final preparations before their clash with Racing 92.
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

MUNSTER WILL MAKE the journey back to Paris this weekend to fulfill the Champions Cup fixture against Racing 92 that was postponed last year following Anthony Foley’s sudden death. Elsewhere, there was a huge reaction to the revelation that Irish sailor Saskia Tidey is transferring to Team Great Britain.

Minister for Sport Shane Ross sparked a debate following statements he made about how he plans to regulate MMA in Ireland. The GAA lost some big names this week, while others are becoming an emerging force in their respective counties.

Here’s what you had to say about it all.

Ultan Harney celebrates with supporters after the game Roscommon's Ultan Harney. Source: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Roscommon’s Ultan Harney has been picked as one footballer to watch out for in 2017. Here’s what Cormac had to say about the upcoming star.

Fair play to Ultan Harney for bringing the cones in. Not too big for his boots that fella…

Patrick Kelly Patrick Kelly in action for Cork. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Meanwhile, Cork lost one of their stalwart players this week, and one of the members of their 2010 All-Ireland winning team. Liam Dunne paid this tribute to Patrick Kelly.

Class act. Trevor Giles kinda player. Had Cork been better he would have been a great.

Andrea Brewster and Saskia Tidey's boat capsizes after their race Ireland's Saskia Tidey alongside Andrea Brewster at the Rio Games. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

This is how Jim Daly reacted to the news that Saskia Tidey will be linking up with Team GB in the hope of representing Britain at the 2020 Olympics.

That’s one way to make sure your family get Olympic tickets

Shane Ross Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Anthony Connery had this to say following Minister Shane’s Ross address about tackling MMA regulation in Ireland.

Why doesn’t he talk about other sports as well? How many jockeys have unfortunately lost their lives? How many guys in motorsports? Another dinosaur in Irish politics that doesn’t know what he’s talking about

Karol Mannion celebrates with Cathal McHugh Karol Mannion celebrates winning the 2013 All-Ireland club final along with Cathal McHugh. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Former Roscommon footballer Karol Mannion retired from football this week. Gerard Tiernan had this to say about the player who won an All-Ireland club title with St Brigid’s.

Serious all round good guy who gave everything to his club and will be missed.

Johnny Sexton kicks a conversion Johnny Sexton kicking a conversion against Zebre in the Guinness Pro12. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Johnny Sexton made his return to the Leinster team this week. Dave Murray is hopeful that Sexton has banished all of his injury woes.

Good to have Johnny back, hopefully the injury problems are gone now after that prolonged period of rest and rehab. Great bench there too and hopefully no injuries with Montpellier coming up tomorrow week.

Mick O'Connell and Jack O'Shea Two Kerry greats - Mick O'Connell and Jack O'Shea. Source: ©INPHO

Kerry footballing legend Mick O’Connell turned 80 years of age this week. Martello Mulligan wrote this about O’Connell’s modest character.

Great man no doubt. Love to say he was a legend but he’d hate that. And he looks younger than Jacko in that photo!

Munster fans gather to pay tribute to Anthony Foley the Munster head coach who passed away during the night Munster fans gather to pay tribute to Anthony Foley. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Munster are returning to Paris this weekend for the rescheduled Champions Cup fixture which had to be cancelled following the sudden death of Munster coach Anthony Foley. Collitov had this to say about the upcoming game against Racing 92.

Racing are a professional outfit who are going to pay Munster full respect by fronting up. It is a difficult assignment but Munster have shown they can cope well with though challenges this season. It has the potential to be a cracker. Best of luck lads & Mumhan Abu

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