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Dec 10, 2018

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

This week, we talk the former Munster Number 8 James Coughlan who is making his way in coaching, in charge of the Pau academy in France. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Dec 3, 2018

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

This week, we talk to a man who has left Irish rugby, and will be going to the World Cup representing Canada. Former Connacht out-half Shane O'Leary will be facing New Zealand and South Africa in Japan next year. 

We also have a look at the form of the Irish provinces' opponents for next week's Champions Cup games and take a look at some Irish coaches plying their trade who might have a role in a future Irish regime.

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Nov 26, 2018

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

Joe Schmidt is leaving and we're all very sad. Before he goes though, we have a Six Nations and a World Cup to look forward to. This week, we have a look at how the Six Nations are looking through the prism of the November Internationals. 

We take a close look at Wales with Ben James of Walesonline, following their phenomenal autumn, winning four from four, meaning it's 9 wins in a row for Warren Gatland's team. 

We also present to you our final team Of The November Internationals. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Nov 19, 2018

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

Are Ireland the best team in the world? After our historic win against the All Blacks, the New Zealand media certainly seems to think so. We catch up with Tony Johnson of Sky TV New Zealand for his perspective. 

We also present to you our Rolling Team Of The November Internationals and a little more besides. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

 

Nov 12, 2018

Our brand new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby. 

This week we talk to Gregor Paul of the New Zealand Herald and Sean Maloney of Fox Sports Australia to talk about the November Internationals, Cheika under pressure, the All Blacks' fallibility and countdown to 1 vs. 2 in the world next Saturday night in Dublin. 

We also present to you our Rolling Team Of The November Internationals and have a small little rant about a correct offside call!

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

 

 

Oct 25, 2018

Ross Whittaker, director of KATIE, the new documentary following the life of Katie Taylor which hits cinemas on Friday, sat down with Balls.ie's Maurice Brosnan to talk about his hopes for the film, the experiences making it and where he thinks Katie will go from here. 

Aug 28, 2018

It's All-Ireland Football Final week and we're joined in studio by Rob Carroll (15.22) of Gaelic Stats to talk about being a Gaelic games statistician and what the stats can tell us about Sunday's game. 

We also react to the surprise news of a Mayo managerial vacancy, look forward in detail to how Tyrone can topple the Dubs, and enjoy a surprisingly one sided All-Ireland quiz. 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter and Instagram @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie

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Aug 19, 2018

Limerick are All-Ireland Champions for the first time since 1973. A one point win over defending champions Galway in the end. We had All-Ireland winners Daithi Regan and Brendan Bugler in studio, straight from Croke Park, to look back on a mad final and an epic year. 

With thanks to Centra, official sponsors of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. #WeAreHurling

Jul 18, 2018

Mick, Mark, and Maurice discuss an underwhelming GAA weekend with poor crowds, and generally, poor games. What one rule would they implement to make football more appealing to the masses? 

Maurice defends his unbeaten run in Guess The Spread and we read an email from a fed-up club player, who at his wit's end with the current fixture situation in his county. 

Contact the show on Twitter and Instagram @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 29, 2018

In the third episode of the Champions Podcast, three time All-Ireland winner with Cork Tomás Mulcahy takes us through the great days of the 80s and 90s. 

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru, and Denis & Mary Ryan Ardrostig Bishopstown Co.Cork, authorised Subaru dealer. 

Jun 19, 2018

Mick and Mark go through the 14 (!) inter-county games taking place this weekend by predicting the handicap line for each game. 

Ahead of the Nicky Rackard Cup final, we also hear from Donegal captain Danny Cullen (25.06) on their incredible 2018. 

 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 11, 2018

A bumper So-Called Weaker Podcast this week. 

After Waterford's first championship win in seven years against Wexford, we talk to their manager Tom McGlinchey (7.38) and we get the other side of the coin with London manager Ciaran Deeley (44.54), whose side will be idle for the summer after last just two games in this year's championship. 

We also look back on Carlow's defeat to Laois in detail, and discuss the free wheeling Laois goalkeeper who's set to shock a few Dub fans in the Leinster Final. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 5, 2018

Westmeath had yet another come from behind win in the Joe McDonagh Cup last week, overcoming Antrim and qualifying for the first final in the competition's history. We talk to their manager Michael Ryan (20.09) about the media coverage for the Joe McDonagh, the situation with Offaly's relegation, hurling in Westmeath, and much more. 

We also reflect on Fermanagh's big Ulster semi final win and look ahead to a big week for Carlow and Laois. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 23, 2018

Another packed show this week as Mick and Gavin take you around the So-Called Weaker Counties. 

We talk to Westmeath cornerback Boidu Sayeh (19.40) ahead of Westmeath V Laois in the Leinster Football Quarter Final this weekend. Boidu arrived in Ireland from Liberia at 8 years old. 

We also talk to the Longford captain Donal McElligott (37.39) ahead of their eagerly anticipated (by us for 15 weeks!) Leinster Quarter Final clash with Meath. 

We review and preview an incredibly busy couple of weekend in the GAA Championships and vow to finally get off the mark in our Accumulator of the Week (50.45).

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 22, 2018

In the second episode of the Champions Podcast, we look back on Galway's hurling dynasty of the 1980s with their legendary manager Cyril Farrell. 

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru and Cunningham Autopoint, Oranmore, Galway, authorised Subaru dealer. 

 

 

May 11, 2018

The Championship is under way and summer is here. 

We look back on a dramatic first weekend with New York coming so, so close. 

We also talk to Meath's Mickey Burke (26.03) about their upcoming football campaign and also about the hurlers' and their chances in the Joe McDonagh Cup ahead of their massive clash with Westmeath this weekend. 

 

There are three first round games in the Leinster Football Championship this weekend (48.56), and we'll from three people involved - Laois manager John Sugrue, Offaly selector Brendan Kealy, and Louth captain Andy McDonnell.

Lots more too including a very important potato update.  

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 4, 2018

The Championship is here. Week 1 is all about the Exiles as New York host Leitrim and London host Sligo in the Connacht Football Championship. 

We catch up with London captain, and London native, Liam Gavaghan (27.20) to discuss his team's preparation, his GAA routes, and combining working nights on the London Underground with playing intercounty Gaelic football. 

And ahead of the Leinster Football Championship kicking off next week, we catch up with Louth manager Pete McGrath (40.23) who's looking ahead after a disastrous league campaign and talks about his outright opposition to a two tier championship structure. 

Mark's trip around the So-Called Weaker Counties also takes in a bizarre, but important, conversation about the best type of potatoes. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Apr 30, 2018

In episode 1 of the Champions podcast with Subaru Ireland, Dublin footballers Paddy Andrews and Michael Fitzsimons discuss the makings of the Dublin dynasty this decade.

Apr 19, 2018

 

Packed show this week. 

Gavin was in Croke Park with the GAA's new DG Tom Ryan to talk about tiered championships and the possibility of county amalgamations. (23.35)

Mark and Mick also chat to sports scientist and London performance analyist Shane Mangan to talk about the deveopment and future of performance and data analysis in the GAA. (42.07)

As well as that, we go Around The So-Called Club Month to discuss some of the stories happening around the country in the absence of intercounty games in April (7.40), including another triumph for the evergreen Ollie Murphy (19.07). 

We also run you through the AIB Club Hurling Team of the Year, and compare it with our own team (66.28).

 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Apr 13, 2018

We're well into the So-Called Club Month now in the GAA world, and Mark brings us some of the stories from around the conuties.

The lads also react for the Club Football Team of the Year and after picking the football equivalent last week, they select their So-Called Weaker Counties Team of the League. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Mar 22, 2018

It's Episode 7 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we hear once again from Carlow stars Sean Gannon and Paul Broderick, who are celebrating Carlow's first promotion to Division 3 in 33 years.

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Mar 14, 2018

It's Episode 6 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we speak to Longford manager Denis Connerton (18.22) about his team's promotion push in the brilliantly balanced League Division 3, and about the struggles of managing a county with the natural disadvantages of Longford. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. We have a nice report from Ruislip this week after London stayed up in Division 2A. 

There's a fair bit of ranting on this week's episode as well - about the timing of the Division 2B hurling final (12.02), about the suspension of Clare player Gordon Kelly (22.20) and about Roscommon in general (37.02). 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Mar 8, 2018

It's Episode 5 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we get a special pod exclusive match report from Carlow's Sean Gannon and Paul Broderick (8.34) after their win over Waterford in Division 4, and we talk to Kerry hurling legend John "Tweek" Griffin (17.56) about hurling in a football county, the progress of recent years, the unfairness of the new Championship structure, and about their massive game against Westmeath this weekend as they look to secure promotion back to Division 1. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. 

We also try to get off the mark with our, as yet, unsuccessful accumulator of the week, and discuss, with some disgust, the treatment of Division 4 on RTE's League Sunday

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Feb 21, 2018

It's Episode 4 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we are joined in studio by for Leitrim footballer and playright, actor and poet Seamus O'Rourke (14.47) who brings us his incredible insights into the GAA world. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. 

We also try to get off the mark with our, as yet, unsuccessful accumulator of the week. 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Feb 14, 2018

It's Episode 3 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties. If your team is going to win the All-Ireland, this isn't the show for you! We focus on the team, matches, and storylines that don't get the national attention they deserve. 

In this episode, we speak London football manager Ciaran Deely, after his side's dramatic draw with Limerick last week. Ciaran has been vocal about the lack of coverage for Division 3 and 4 teams at this time of year.  

We also find out why Antrim GAA is in such a weak state given the size of Belfast's population. Declan Bogue gives us an education on all things Antrim and Ulster hurling. 

We also look back on Week 3 of the Allianz Football Leagues and give you our accumulator for this weekend's hurling. 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

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