I don't want to be biased, but what was the referee
at there? Sean Walsh, Galway Bay FM
A Kerry footballer with an inferiority complex is one who thinks
he's just as good as everybody else. John B. Keane
The stopwatch has stopped. It's up to God and the referee now.
The referee is Pat Horan. God is God. Micheal O Muircheartaigh
He can take the ball from one end of the field to the other
with just the player's occupations. Jack O'Shea On Michael O Muircheartaigh's unique commentary
The men of Ireland were hurling when the gods of Greece were
young. PJ Devlin (c.1924)
There won't be a cow milked in Clare tonight. Marty Morrissey After Clare's 1992 Munster Championship
There won't be a cow milked in Finglas tonight. Keith Barr After Erin's Isle 1998 All-Ireland Club
There are quite a few black and white pictures up there (in
the clubhouse), it wll be nice to move them down the wall now. Mossie Quinn The St Vincent's captain after their first
All Ireland Club title in 32 years.
If Offaly win the National League again this year it will be
the greatest accident since the Titanic. Paul O'Kelly of Offaly
Meath make football a colourful game - you get all black and
blue. Cork fan 1988
I find it hard to see how my northern cousins could get so worked
up about counties created by British imperialists. Colm O'Rourke Speaking on Ulster TV.
"Did you have to explain to the English what hurling was
"No, but I have to explain it to the people of Wicklow."
Des Cahill and Dara Briain Briain was former Wicklow hurler.
Any word of the (Clogherhead) Dreadnoughts Sean? Will they ever
take on the Man-O-War? Sean Og O Ceallachain Quoting reactions to his radio club result
The difference between winning a club and a county All-Ireland
is when you get a slap on the back after the match, you actually
know the person when you turn around. Thomas Meehan of Caltra
A fan is someone who, if you have made an idiot of yourself
on the pitch, doesn't think you've done a permanent job. Jack Lynch
The International Rules series was a bit like the Vietnam War.
Nobody at home cared about it, but everyone involved sure did. Leigh Matthews The Australian coach.
Paidi O'Se is buttoned up like the most devout girl in the Amish
community when it came to the pre-final interview. Tom Humphries
There is a level of politics in hurling. I don't think Henry
Kissinger would have lasted a week on the Munster council. Ger Loughnane
In the dust of defeat as well as in the laurel of victory, there
is glory to be found. JJ Meagher
The miracle of the GAA is that it works so well despite itself.
Paranoia, self-doubt, trenchant conservatism, fear of outside
sports and veneration of the past are all key parts of the GAA
psyche. In order to love the GAA, you have to swallow these
Keith Duggan The Irish Times (2002)
The first time I brought the boys to a match they were chocked
at the abuse being heaped on Sean. I kept trying to tell them
it was the referee they were shouting at but they said, "Mammy,
the referee isn't bald". Wife of Meath manager Sean Boylan
I'm always suspicious of games where you're the only ones that
play it. Jack Charlton Asked about hurling.
There is something pigheaded about Wexford this season, something
pigheaded and perverse and oddly beautiful. In certain lights
they are starting to look heroic. Tom Humphries The Irish Times.
If Wexford Hurling Ltd was a company and we had produced the
results that we have over the last 25 years or so, we would
have been declared bankrupt long ago. Phil Murphy Wexford People.
Dublin in rare new times. The Irish Times Headline after Dublin hurlers record a
There's sunsets and there's the gummy smiles of newborn babies.
There's puppy dogs with wagging tails and there's Scarlett Johannsson...
But honestly, there is no sight that gladdens the heart quite
as much as that which greets you when pull into a GAA club on
a Saturday morning. The mini-leagues! Little kids in hurling
helmets covering every blade of grass like a happy and un-cordinated
army of ants. It's great to see. Tom Humphries The Irish Times.
Bogball and Stickfighting. George Byrne His view of the Ireland's national games,
We should wave goodbye and good riddance to the ill-bred hybrid
that is the International Rules series... the reality is that
Australians are deeply unpleasant when they lose and unbearable
when they win. The truth is that, through ignorance and blatant
disregard for sportsmanship, they destroy the very sports in
which they bend every rule to excel. The truth is that they
call 'ultra competitiveness' is in fact a national mindset which
elevates thuggery to an art form. Aussies just don't give a
XXXX about fair play. All of Ireland's key footballers and those
who performed admirably in the first fixture victory were taken
out by foul means in the first few minutes. The truth is that
if Australia needs to win that much, if they are prepared to
besmirch sport and abandon civilised behaviour, they can have
it. Jerome O'Reilly Sunday Independent" (Nov '06).
The only acceptable recipients of money from the GAA are administrators,
coaches, security, bar and catering staff, hawkers, programme
sellers, pirates, general scavengers, some managers... but no
players. Stalin or Fidel Castro would love the way the GAA has
and is being run. Even if something is wrong nobody questions
it. Colm O'Rourke In Sunday Independent.
The GAA is currently in the middle of that disreputable phase
that athletics and rugby union went through in the dying days
of their amateur eras. They called it shamateurism then and
it's shamateurism now. Tommy Conlon Sunday Independent.