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4-year-old GAA analysts and Limerick donkey derbies: It's Comments of the Week
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MUCH HAS BEEN made about the rapidly-decreasing standard of Gaelic football.

There’s been plenty written about it, plenty spoken about it.

But the most astute, intelligent and observant piece of analysis didn’t come from The Sunday Game or the litany of ex-player columns.

Oh, no.

It came from Paul O’Sullivan’s daughter.

I was watching the match yesterday when my 4 year old niece walked into the room and asked why are all the players just walking around in circles.”

One topic that came in for much discussion this week was what the International Olympic Committee should do with Russia.

Yes, that old chestnut.

The World Anti-Doping Agency has called for the country to be banned from all international competition.

“Don’t hold your breath”, said Liam Byrne.

Particularly if you’re competing in Olympic Holding Your Breath competition, and are up against a Russian.”

A solid zinger from the man known as Eyepopper – perhaps a doping insider with a name like that.

Podge Collins Cathal Noonan / INPHO Cathal Noonan / INPHO / INPHO

News filtered through on Tuesday that Clare’s dual-star Podge Collins will face into two championship games in 27 hours this weekend.

He’s part of the football team that takes on Roscommon at 3pm in Galway today while he’ll be involved in the All-Ireland quarter-final clash against the Tribesmen in Semple Stadium tomorrow afternoon.

The story naturally led to a passionate conversation about how much of a hassle it really is.

After all, it’s hardly cross-continent.

Mark Coote dismissed the notion of a four-and-a-half-hour trek.

4 and half hours between Thurles and Galway City of a drive me arse….. Maybe in a horse and cart”

But mathghamhain took it a little further. It’s all about the finer details, of course.

If I were him I wouldn’t go that way at all. Turn left a mile after Gort and head for Killanena. Then left at Pepper’s pub Feakle and head to Killaloe via Scarriff. On to the Dublin road and turn right for the Silvermines. Ask anybody you meet there and they will direct you on to Semple. Door to door in less than 2 hours.”

After all that drama, some light relief thankfully came on Friday in the form of a viral video showing a GAA player falling over during a 800m sprint at a Limerick racecourse.

But ktsiwot was having none of it.

It’s nothing compared to the 1994 Castletown Donkey Derby in Limerick.”

Thankfully, there was a link included too.

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“What’s he like to ride, Jennifer?”


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