No more moral victories for Dublin hurling
The cauldron of Parnell Park was the place to be at the weekend as the Dublin hurlers finally got the big victory that counted and put Galway out of the Championship who must be feeling punch-drunk after results went against them.Brendan Cummins joined Colm Keys, Conor McKeon, Will Slattery and Michael Verney to look back on all the weekend hurling action that also saw Wexford and Kilkenny draw, while in Munster, Tipperary's momentum shows no sign of slowing down."The Tipperary machine is really purring and their confidence is on a high," says Cummins.Meanwhile, in football, Roscommon captured a second Connacht title over Galway in three years, but what about manager Anthony Cunningham and his incredible record in both codes at county and club level?Former Kilkenny All-Star, Elaine Aylward, also looks back on the opening games of the Camogie Championship while Will and Michael give their verdicts on the Rising Stars from the weekend.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
17 Jun 2019
Dominant Dubs, resurgent Kilkenny and why football provincial structure is dead
On this week's episode of The Throw-In in association with Allianz, Will Slattery is joined by Ciaran Whelan, John Mullane, Colm Keys and Martin Breheny to discuss the weekend's league action.The panel starts off by reviewing Sunday's Division 1 league final between Dublin and Galway - were Galway too defensive after Dublin were reduced to 14 men?Whelan praises how Jim Gavin's side managed the game's final 20 minutes, while adding that Galway are a coming force.Keys and Breheny assess how Kevin Walsh's side are set ahead of their blockbuster Connacht first round clash with Mayo in May, while discussing the comparatively easy start Dublin have to the championship.The panel conclude that the football provincial structure is no longer fit for purpose.On hurling, John Mullane says you write Kilkenny off at your peril, and fancies Brian Cody's men to spring a surprise in the league final against Tipperary next weekend. Limerick's continued rise sets up a mouthwatering Munster championship, with John Kiely's side set for a rematch with the Premier County on the first weekend of the new format.
3 Apr 2018
'Jim Gavin has achieved what Mick O'Dwyer and Brian Cody couldn't do'
The Dubs did it. History was made and Jim Gavin achieved what the games' greats, Mick O'Dwyer and Brian Cody, couldn't do. The promised land of the 5-in-a-row was reached.For the final Throw-In of the season, Will Slattery and Michael Verney were joined by the Irish Independent's Donnachadh Boyle as well as Tomás Ó'Sé to reflect on the game and the Dubs' wider place in history. Plus, Cork legend, Bríd Stack, was also on the show to look back on the ladies final decider."People talk about All Irelands will come for this Kerry team," says Ó'Sé. "But by who and how? The players have to make it happen, it won't just come."Eoin Murchan gets the Throw-In's final Rising Star award for the Championship with his incredible goal and stand-out performance and just shows how Gavin has been able to consistently renew and change the Dublin team across their five-in-a-row."I retired in 2013 and thought this feeling wouldn't be back, but it is," Tomás Ó'Sé tells the panel. "It's just a feeling of being flat and depressed, it's hard to describe."It was also a double for Dublin GAA with the Ladies team winning their own three-in-a-row with victory over Galway. Despite a record crowd of 55,000+, it wasn't a spectacle to be enjoyed. Bríd Stack joined the lads with her analysis and believes that the narrow, direct running game on show didn't showcase the best of what Galway and Dublin are about. Does the end justify the means? Three-in-a-row will probably say it does.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
16 Sep 2019
From 1955 heartbreak to 2019's five in-a-row - Inside the Decades of the Dubs
On a special episode of The Throw-In podcast, Will Slattery is joined by Joe Davitt and Sean Potts to discuss The Herald's Decades of the Dubs annual.The book is a collection of The Herald's six-part series on the history of Dublin GAA from the 1950s to Jim Gavin's side completing a historic five in-a-row in 2019.Joe helped produce the annual while Sean was a contributor and both have a wealth of knowledge of Dublin GAA.The annual features in-depth interviews with Dublin legends like Mickey Whelan and Jimmy Keaveney, as well as player diaries from the likes of Alan Brogan and Ciaran Whelan.As well as that, there is an extensive collection of sensational photographs included, some from all the way back in the 1950s.
25 Nov 2019
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Footballing perfection, Kerry's what-ifs and is Mickey Harte the best person to still lead Tyrone?
For ten minutes it was 'footballing perfection' as the Dubs blitzed Mayo to leave them in the dust. Was it as good as Dublin have played under Jim Gavin and what chance does Kerry have of stopping them in the final? Tomás Ó'Sé joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney, Conor McKeon and Donnchadh Boyle to look back on the weekend semi-finals and Ó'Sé reckons there's too many what-ifs for the Kingdom to win. "Do Kerry press forward? You have to target Stephen Cluxton, but do you trust the Kerry defence? There’s so many fires for Kerry to put out all over the pitch," he says. The panel also discusses the future of Mickey Harte and whether he is still the best person to lead Tyrone football, plus they give their picks for their Rising Stars. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy. Get FREE tickets to The Throw-In Live in Croke Park in association with Bord Gáis Energy on Saturday, 17 August Following on from the success of the recent Throw-In Live in Gorey in association with Bord Gáis Energy, we’re coming to Croke Park on Saturday, August 17. Join Joe Canning, John Mullane, Eddie Brennan, Brendan Cummins, Will Slattery and Michael Verney as they look ahead to the clash of the heavyweights, Tipperary v Kilkenny, and Sheedy v Cody III. It promises to be a great night of hurling chat, craic and stories from some of the game's legends. We will also be giving away All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final tickets plus signed Kilkenny and Tipperary jerseys on the night. Tickets are free but places are limited so to be in with a chance of joining us on Saturday, August 17 in Croke Park, just register here: https://competitions.independent.ie/get-free-tickets-to-the-throw-in-live-in-croke-park-in-association-with-bord-gais-energy-on-saturday-17-august.html Doors open at 6pm and the live show is 7-8pm. If you can't make it on the night, the event will also be recorded and broadcast live on Independent.ie's Facebook channel so be sure to tune in.
12 Aug 2019
D-Day looms in Castlebar, Jim Gavin’s plan for Diarmuid Connolly and the future of the Super 8s
It wouldn’t be a Championship without a Mayo drama and the showdown looms in two weeks’ time for the clash between Mayo and Donegal for a place in the All Ireland semi-final. Donegal however, are coming good and despite missing players, have to be pleased with themselves and their performance in the draw against Kerry. On this week’s Throw-In, Ciaran Whelan joins Will Slattery and Donnchadh Boyle to assess the potential of the rivals to Dublin’s crown, though Kerry, Donegal and Mayo have some way to go before being considered as serious contenders. As for Diarmuid Connolly’s return, Whelan says he’s there for a reason, though not for the starting XV, “Jim Gavin brought him back because of his X factor and Dublin will need a significant impact for the last 15-20mins off the bench. There’s no one better than Connolly. He’s been brought back for that purpose.” Also on the show, the panel discuss the future of the Super 8s and why it needs to expand to ten teams, while the Rising Stars this week are Donegal’s Oisin Gallen and a special mention for the under-rated but still rising, Stephen O’Brien from Kerry. For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at: www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/ The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy. Get free tickets to The Throw-In Live in Wexford in association with Bord Gáis Energy We’re bringing the Throw-In Live to the Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey on July 25th and we’re giving you a chance to be there on the night. Tickets are free but you’ll need to register your details below to be in with a chance, with 50 pairs of tickets going on a first-come first-serve basis. Click here to register: https://competitions.independent.ie/preview/get-free-tickets-to-the-throw-in-live-in-wexford-in-association-with-bord-gais-energy.html Hear from John Mullane and his thoughts on the 'Wexicans', Brendan Cummins and why Tipp will win, Ursula Jacob and Billy Byrne for the Wexford view, and Colm Keys and Michael Verney from INM who will be assessing Davy Fitzgerald and Wexford's chances. Plus, we’ll have great prizes to give away on the night, including tickets to the semi-finals and signed Limerick, Kilkenny, Wexford and Tipperary jerseys. Doors open at 6pm with the show taking place between 7pm and 8pm. Please note that this event will also be recorded and broadcast live on Independent.ie's Facebook channel.
22 Jul 2019
Question marks over Dublin's depth, but did Kerry miss their chance?
It was one of the best football finals of the decade and Dublin and Kerry get to do it all again, but did Kerry leave it behind them?Ciaran Whelan joined Michael Verney, Frank Roche and Conor McKeon to look back on the 2019 All Ireland final and he reckons both teams have room to improve for the replay on September 14th."These Kerry forwards are a special talent and operating at a different level to what Dublin have been used to," says Whelan. "Dublin will improve. They won’t be happy with that level of performance. But Kerry will also get better. Is this the start of something special from them?"All the panellists tip Dublin to win the replay but Kerry's belief will be real going into the game and it's all set up for another tension-filled, dramatic finale. History is still on the line.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
2 Sep 2019
Selection dilemma for Dublin and All-Ireland ladies football final preview
On the latest episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery and Michael Verney are joined by Donnchadh Boyle of the Irish Independent and Cork legend Brid Stack to look ahead to the All-Ireland football final replay and the ladies football final.Jim Gavin has some big selection calls to make, chiefly whether to change up his defence after it struggled to contain Kerry's vaunted attack. Youngster Eoin Murchan is one name tipped to come into the side, which could see James McCarthy shift to midfield and Michael Darragh Macauley drop to the bench.One of the key questions is whether Jonny Cooper marks David Clifford again after picking up two yellow cards in the drawn game.Donnchadh thinks Cooper will definitely be handed the man-marking job once again, with Gavin showing faith with his defensive general.In the ladies final, Dublin are huge favourites to beat Galway and complete three in-a-row, and Stack thinks they will be hard beaten.However, she also says that if Galway play at 100%, a shock could be on the card.The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gais Energy.
12 Sep 2019
Why Kerry won't win the All Ireland
Tomás Ó'Sé doesn't rate Kerry for this year's All Ireland - and says he's not trying to underplay his county's chances either. He joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Donnchadh Boyle on this week's Throw-In to discuss Kerry's weaknesses and why Donegal are now the main team standing in the way of Dublin's drive-for-five.The Dubs' facile win over Meath showed up how farcical the Leinster Championship has become and the panel also discussed whether Dublin's superior funding has as much to do with their domination.Plus, there's a look at at Donegal's strengths for the Championship, a look ahead to round 3 of the qualifiers, and our weekly look at the Rising Stars.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
24 Jun 2019
All Ireland Football Final Preview with Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó’Sé and Alan Brogan
On the eve of the 2019 All Ireland Football Final, the Throw-In previewed the potential history-making clash between Dublin and Kerry live from Croke Park.Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó’Sé, Alan Brogan and Martin Breheny joined Will Slattery and Michael Verney to give their verdicts on Dublin’s 5-in-a-row chances and how Kerry can hope to live with the Dublin machine.Plus, the panel answered audience questions on the greatest players never to have won an All Ireland, how this Dublin team compares to Mick O’Dwyer’s Kerry greats, and even how Joe Brolly introduced Tomás Ó’Sé to TV punditry!For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
31 Aug 2019
The problem with refs and umpires, Galway the sleeping giant and is Bugler the new Connolly?
Referees, umpires, cards and time-keeping all came under the microscope after this weekend’s Allianz Football League games and on this week’s Throw-In, Ciaran Whelan joined Will Slattery and Donnchadh Boyle to go through all the big talking points.Whelan slammed the Clifford sending off believing it was an easy cop-out to dish out two yellows."Let's look at the context of the incident and see would it be the defender instigating this and if it is the defender, let's start punishing the defender and instead of the cop-out of just saying it's handy here to give two yellow cards,” he told Will and Donnchadh.“It was one of those classic GAA solutions to a classic GAA problem,” said Donnchadh Boyle. “I suppose at club level you kind of expect to see that sort of stuff and it's probably accepted really at that level but you do expect the county game, for everyone involved, referees, umpires, linesmen to be more sophisticated, to have seen all these tricks before and to call it for what it was.”The recurring failings of the Kerry defence also came to the fore, while in the Dublin-Monaghan game, timekeeping was a sore point for many from the Ulster side.For Dessie Farrell, it was a chance to blood young talent and Sean Bugler caught the eye of Whelan whom he likens to a Diarmuid Connolly.Meanwhile, Galway’s win over Donegal has people asking if Joyce’s Tribesmen are the sleeping giant of 2020? While looking to Division Two, with just two points separating top from bottom it could go right down to the wire in a dogfight in the final weekend.For more from the Throw-In podcast go to:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
10 Feb 2020
All Ireland Hurling Final Preview: Tipp's firepower to edge it?
All Ireland hurling finals are something very special and this year promises to be no different. It’s the return of the heavyweights: Tipperary v Kilkenny, Liam Sheedy v Brian Cody III.No manager has beaten Brian Cody in two finals so will this be the year that it happens?Previewing the 2019 All Ireland Hurling Final with Will Slattery and Michael Verney on this week’s Throw-In are Donnchadh Boyle, Conor McKeon and John Mullane.While the panel believes it’s ‘as 50-50 as you can get’, they are edging towards Tipp’s greater firepower to get them over the line.All will be revealed come Sunday….For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
14 Aug 2019
Dessie Farrell’s Dublin League debut, scrap the advanced mark and Limerick’s psychological boost
The Allianz Leagues began with a bang over the weekend and while it’s a new era for Dublin under Dessie Farrell, the rivalry with Kerry is still the one to watch in 2020.Tomás Ó’Sé joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and Conor McKeon to look back on the drawn game in Croker as well as all the other football action, including Padraic Joyce’s opening win as Galway manager and Mayo’s draw with Donegal.However, it was the advanced mark that was generating most of the talking points with Ó’Sé calling for it to be scrapped.“Why is it being brought in now? Defensive football is not the blight it was,” he tells the panel.In hurling, John Mullane joined Will, Michael and Conor, and he believes Tipp’s surrender of a ten point lead against Limerick will prove to be a big psychological boost for John Kiely’s men if they meet again in the Championship.Plus, he sees good things happening for Waterford under Liam Cahill,“You’re going to see Waterford back challenging and will be able to put it up to anyone on their day,” he says.For more from the Throw-In podcast go to:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
27 Jan 2020
Kerry's lifeline, Kevin McStay in hot water and potential rule changes
On this week's episode of The Throw-In, Michael Verney is joined by Irish Independent GAA correspondent Colm Keys and former Dublin star Alan Brogan to go over all the weekend's action.The lads concentrate on football as the Super 8s came to life over the weekend. Kerry vs Monaghan produced a sensational finish with 19-year-old David Clifford and the panel discuss where to next for the Kingdom ahead of their do-or-die fixture with Kildare in a fortnight's time. Dublin maintained their superiority over Tyrone in the 'Battle of Omagh' with Brogan lauding the game management of Jim Gavin's reigning All-Ireland champions.The three-time All-Ireland winner feels that some rule changes would make the game more exciting, however, with Keys suggesting that the top brass within the GAA will have some sleepless nights over the winter.In hurling, Keys looks ahead to this weekend's All-Ireland SHC semi-finals between Clare-Galway and Cork-Limerick as all attention switches to the small ball with the Super 8s takign a week off.Subscribe to The Throw-In, Independent.ie's weekly GAA podcast in association with Allianz, for the best in GAA discussion and analysis every week, with some of the biggest names in football and hurling from Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó'Sé and John Mullane.
23 Jul 2018
The Dublin v Kerry preview, will history be made on Sunday?
This is the big one. Dublin v Kerry. All Ireland football final. Dublin going for history for 5-in-a-row. The Kingdom standing in their way.Are Dublin the greatest football team ever? Will Micko's Kerry greats finally be outshone? Joining Will Slattery and Michael Verney on the Throw-In as they look ahead to the football final was Martin Breheny, the Irish Independent's GAA Editor, who will be attending his 100th All Ireland final.Martin looks back on some of the highlights from the previous 99, his favourite moments and best teams.He remembers when journalists could go into the team dressing-rooms after the final, could ring up players or managers any time for an interview, and even when he got to eat, stay, travel and go to mass with the Galway hurlers in 1987.Plus, he compares this Dublin team to the Kerry 5-in-a-row chasing team in 1982. He backed Kerry in May for the All Ireland but won't reveal whether he's sticking with that prediction - you'll have to read it in Saturday's Indo he says!For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
28 Aug 2019
Mayo's failings on the scoreboard, Galway’s new lease of life, and stop trying to fix hurling
Playing with fourteen men, the clash in Castlebar between Mayo and Dublin became a foregone conclusion, but for David Brady, who joined Will Slattery, Michael Verney and John Brennan on this week’s Throw-In, the failings on the scoreboard over long periods of time is still a major cause of concern for his county.Also looking back on the football action, the panel discussed Kerry’s victory over Galway in Tralee with Padraig Joyce’s Galway a team re-invigorated and Kerry’s backline still looking porous. Plus there was a big win for Monaghan over Tyrone in the all-Ulster derby.In hurling, John Mullane was on the show with the sin-bin top of the agenda and all agreeing that ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’.Plus there was also a discussion of the League revamp which has meant the edge and pressure has been taken away from many of the games. For more from the Throw-In podcast go to:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In podcast is in association with Allianz.ie.
3 Feb 2020
Limerick's hype problem, Cork's bench issue and why Clare are better in Croke Park
On this week's episode of The Throw-In, Will Slattery is joined by Colm Keys, Dermot Crowe and John Mullane to discuss the All-Ireland hurling semi-finals.Croke Park hosted two blockbuster extra time clashes as Limerick progressed to the All-Ireland final after beating Cork while Galway and Clare must do battle again after playing out a thrilling draw.Colm Keys points to Limerick's bench as the difference against the Rebels while Mullane thinks that everything is set up perfectly for the Treaty county heading into the All-Ireland final.The panel also talk about Limerick manager John Kiely's post-match press conference as he urged journalists not to contact any Limerick players before the final, and the lads also give their predictions ahead of the semi-final replay between Clare and Galway.
30 Jul 2018
Tipp throw off the shackles while Kilkenny’s soul-searching begins
The hurling decade started with Tipperary and has now ended with Tipp as All Ireland champions once again.Brendan Cummins joined Will Slattery, Colm Keys, Frank Roche and Donnchadh Boyle on this week's show to assess Tipp's dominance over the Cats in recent years.After all, this has been the most successful period for Tipp since the 1960s and have the shackles of the past been finally thrown off and is this Tipperary team the benchmark for future generations?"The experience of the players along with the younger firepower has upped their game management," believes Cummins."All-Ireland medals are won by the teams and players that keep their composure the most. Who can keep their head when the pressure is on? That’s why Liam MacCarthy is heading back to Thurles this year."The panel also gave their nominations for Hurler of the Year - Seamus Callanan was the overall pick, with no surprises there - and gave special mention to their Rising Stars with Tipp's youngsters and Galway's minors deserving special mention.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
19 Aug 2019
Tipp's hurling double, why their future is bright, and Dublin ladies go for 3-in-a-row
Tipperary is basking in the glow of an incredible 2019 season for them with the U20s picking up their own All Ireland title just a week after the seniors success and this week’s Throw-In with Will Slattery and Michael Verney looks back on the weekend action.And the future is bright for Tipperary hurling judging by the U20s devastation of Cork in the final with an amazing four goals in the opening ten minutes.Jerome Cahill was one of a trio, including Jake Morris and Paddy Cadell, who claimed senior medals in Croke Park and they will be looking to make their mark on Liam Sheedy’s team in the next few years.Meanwhile, for Cork, with no underage All Ireland hurling since 2001, they need to start winning again to quell any doubts about themselves moving forwards.Will and Michael also review the Ladies football semi-finals with 10,000 in attendance for the first Ladies semi-finals to be held in Croke Park between Dublin v Cork and Galway v Mayo with Dublin and Galway winning out.Like the men’s team, Dublin Ladies are building their own footballing dynasty seeking a three-in-a-row while their opponents, Galway are in their first final since 2005.For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.**Join the Throw-In Live in association with Bord Gáis Energy on Saturday, August 31, from Croke Park for the best All Ireland football final preview, analysis and stories from the dressing-room. It’s the perfect way to get in the mood for the final and to hear some of the biggest names in the game give their predictions on the night.You can be there with Joe Brolly, Tomás Ó Sé, Alan Brogan, Martin Breheny, Michael Verney and Will Slattery as the show looks ahead to the big game. Plus, there will be some great prizes up for grabs on the night, including two pairs of tickets to the All-Ireland Final. Tickets are free but limited so you’ll need to apply before August 28 to avoid missing out.If you can’t make it on the night, the show will also be recorded and broadcast live on the Independent.ie’s Facebook channel so be sure to tune in.You can register for your free tickets at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/**
26 Aug 2019
Why you can’t buy momentum and have Mayo got a Plan-D, a plan for Dublin?
Mayo’s victory over Donegal at the weekend was one of those great days and was the stand-out occasion of the Football Championship so far, but they’re now facing just a six-day turn-around to play a more rested Dublin team in Croke Park.“It’s not working and it’s not fair,” says Mayo’s David Brady on this week’s Throw-In podcast. “However, you can’t buy momentum, regardless of injuries being carried into next Saturday. Dublin haven’t been tested properly this year but Mayo are the team to do it.”John Brennan and Frank Roche also joined Brady, Will Slattery and Michael Verney on the show as they looked back on the Super 8s and previewed the Dublin v Mayo and Kerry v Tyrone semi-finals next weekend.Brady excepted, most of the panel feel Dublin will have too much for Mayo, while Kerry v Tyrone is going to be fine margins as well. Mickey Harte’s team will probably feel they can get at Kerry, though the class of Clifford will be key if he makes it.Plus, the panel gives their verdict on the Super 8s three year tenure, what we learned from Diarmuid Connolly’s return, and special mentions for the Rising Stars of Cork’s U20 All Ireland football champions overturning a nine point deficit to beat Dublin by eight points.But once again we’re talking about, and looking forward to, another mouth-watering instalment of Dublin v Mayo in the Championship.“Have Mayo got a Plan-D, a plan for Dublin?” asks Brady. “The higher you raise the bar for this Mayo team the more they relish it. This team confounds everybody. I don’t know what height they can reach but Mayo on their day can beat anybody, including themselves.”For more from the Throw-In, visit the show page at:www.independent.ie/podcasts/the-throw-in/The Throw-In is in association with Bord Gáis Energy.
5 Aug 2019