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Nov 29, 2018

Forget Serial and West Cork… our documentary on the Ballybrack FC saga is the most must-listen to podcast series of 2018.

Nov 21, 2018

Audio from our special live social on who should be the next Ireland manager, following the departure of Martin O'Neill.

Plenty of names were mentioned by Balls readers and we discussed the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous.

Sep 4, 2018

We wrap up the season by hearing from some of Dublin's biggest begrudgers. Why can't we just enjoy these great champions? 

Elsewhere, our rolling All-Stars come to a halt and we hand out our end-of-season awards. 

We also hear a special edition from the quiz sweeping the nation: GAA Star or Porn Star? 

Aug 21, 2018

On this week's show, Gavin, Mick and Maurice look back on the All-Ireland hurling final and ask where Limerick went right, where Galway went wrong, and how the hell it ended up weaponised as a bit of Shane Ross eejitry. 

 

Elsewhere, we speak to rugby ref and hurling fan Nigel Owens, Maurice guides us through the most influential games of the last 16 years, and we pick our favourite moments of the 2018 Championship. 

Aug 14, 2018

On this week's show: Gavin, Maurice and Mark review the All-Ireland football semi-finals and analyse where Galway and Monaghan went wrong, and ask if the Dubs are actually just very dull to watch. 

Elsewhere, Mark declares his crazy, undying man love for John Meyler and Guess the Spreads is reconstituted as Guess The Spread. 

Aug 10, 2018

Here's a half-hour chat with Gary Neville on the differences between Mourinho and Ferguson, why United are perceived differently by the media, the importance of taking part in the Liam Miller Tribute game and the "nonsense" of how the GAA handled it, why Roy Keane would be great on Monday Night Football, the times he felt he went too far as a pundit, his Premier League predictions and what has to happen for Liverpool to challenge. 

Aug 10, 2018

As part of our Champions podcast series, with thanks to Subaru Ireland, we chat to Bernard Brogan Sr about his three All-Ireland wins in the 1970s, Dublin's transformation and the joy he has gotten from the success of his sons, Alan and Bernard Jr.

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru, and Nearys Lusk, authorised Subaru dealer. 

Aug 9, 2018

On this week's podcast, Gavin, Mark and Mick discuss James McGrath's sensational reaction to not being included at a match official in the All-Ireland final. For our Sure stats of the week we look at the All-Ireland semi-finalists record in Croke Park, their success rate on opposition kick-outs and we present undeniable proof that sideline cut attempts on goal are a waste of time.

Gavin also chats to GAA's National Hurling Development manager, Martin Fogarty and how to grow hurling around the country, while our guess the spreads game has its most dramatic week yet.

Aug 1, 2018

It was a showcase weekend for hurling like no other, with two epic semi-finals followed by a gorgeous documentary on RTE. But why is the sport only thriving in pockets of the country? We've delved into the archive to find out some of the issues afflicting the game around the country.

 

Elsewhere, Maurice Brosnan tells the ignorant unwashed (the host) about the tactical trends witnessed across the weekend, and we guess the weekend's spreads. 

 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie or thegaffer@balls.ie

Jul 27, 2018

On this week's show we catch up with Carlow hurling captain Paul Coady. 

Elsewhere we debate as to whether we overrate free-takers and remember Eamon Dunphy's finest GAA moment. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie

Jul 10, 2018

Right, here we are then. The latter stages of the championships, with only the elite remaining. Your humble pod is therefore in a pit of existential despair, so to overcome it, we are indulging in a bit of fantasy wherein we draft a player from the so-called weaker counties to improve each of the sides in the Super 8s. 

Elsewhere, we ask if football is actually getting batter, and bicker about spreads and grammar. 

Jul 3, 2018

On this week's show we speak to Kildare hurling captain Brian Byrne on his side's joint statement with Antrim criticising the promotion/relegation playoff in the Joe McDonagh Cup final. Listen on for details on why this story is far from dead yet. 

Elsewhere, we review the respective hurling finals and the football qualifiers, featuring Carlow's success, John Meyler love, Cavan criticism and a sad induction of Mayo as a so-called weaker county. 

Jun 26, 2018

Gavin Cooney presents alongside Maurice Brosnan and Mark Farrelly this week as Mick McCarthy has chained himself to a Newbridge railing in solidarity with the Kildare cause. 

We speak to Leitrim's Emlyn Mulligan about a shock victory against Louth, dealing with online abuse and being seen as the giants quashing plucky New York. 

Sean Gannon reports live from the frontline with Paul Broderick and Steven Poacher. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie or thegaffer@balls.ie

May 30, 2018

It was a banner week for the So-Called Weaker Counties in the Leinster Football Championship with huge, shock (to some!) wins for Carlow and Longford over Kildare and Meath. 

This week, we catch up with regular So-Called Weaker Podcast reporter, and Carlow superstar Sean Gannon (5.45) who reflects on his county's famous win. 

Mark also presents his guide to being the perfect local radio GAA commentator. (42.55), and on the back of a winner at last, we present our accumulator of the week. (55.18)

 

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

May 18, 2018

Welcome to a special podcast where Gavin Cooney chats to Simon Hart, the author of a new book WORLD IN MOTION - The Inside Story Of Italia '90. 

Simon's thesis is that the tournament changed football forever, and here we tease that out. 

How responsible was it for the Premier League and the Champions League? 

Did the UAE's participation directly lead to Abu Dhabi's investment in Man City, and the Qatar World Cup? 

Here that and more, including Simon's amazing meeting with Sepp Blatter, who pretended to be Diego Maradona by mimicking his snorting cocaine. 

The book is published by DeCoubertin Books and is out now. 

Get in touch with Gavin if you want - @gcooney93 or gavinc@balls.ie.

May 16, 2018

 

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

We talk to Louth hurling manager Philip O'Brien (32.04). Two of Louth's star players, Niall and Gerry Arthur from Clare are not currently playing in their Nicky Rackard Cup campaign after an anonymous objection to their eligibility. We discuss and the state of hurling in the weaker counties and how the GAA can do so, so much more to help the situation. 

We also look back on an incredible first full weekend of games in the football and hurling championships, and give you a possible accumulator for this week's games. 

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

Apr 4, 2018

After a week in which the Pope said that hell did not exist, Cavan still couldn't beat Roscommon. 

Gavin, Mark and Maurice review the league football finals, and then lean on your suggestions to stitch together a Team of the So-Called Weaker Counties from the football leagues. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie. 

Mar 28, 2018

On episode 8, we hear from Roscommon's Conor Devaney ahead of the league finals this weekend. 

Also, the people of Roscommon (well, one of them) rebel against Mark Farrelly, and we discuss how League Sunday managed to strip the drama from the final-day drama. 

Nov 9, 2017

The lads talk fantasy and look ahead to week 10

Oct 26, 2017

The lads discuss a disappointing Week 7 and look ahead to Week 8. 

Oct 6, 2017

Will the four in a row Kerry minor team be able to challenge Dublin at senior level? Can Galway's minor team help them retain Liam McCarthy? Ahead of the Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards on Saturday 7 October, we're ranking the most successful All-Ireland minor winning teams based on their subsequent success at senior level.

Oct 3, 2017

Going into the 2010 All-Ireland Final, Kilkenny were the team to beat. Going into the game they were gunning for a historic 5th title in as many years and all that stood in their way was a Tipperary team that had battled their way to the final after an up and down season. That day, no one could have thought they were about to see one of the greatest team performances in All-Ireland history. 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Sep 19, 2017

In 1998 the area of Castleknock was a growing area with a population of around 60,000 people and was looking double in size in the near future, but was missing one major component of any Irish community, a GAA football and hurling club. With no pitch, no players and no money, a select few, with just an idea and the drive to push that idea,  were able to create something spectacular in just a 19 year period.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Sep 5, 2017

The 1990s was a golden era of hurling, but the season of 1995 stands out for many people as the most compelling year in the decade. This is because a Clare team that wasn't particularly fancied as a favourite ended up winning taking the Liam McCarthy cup home for the first time in 81 years. Balls spoke to Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin, a key member of that side about their journey. This includes tales from their legendary training sessions, the characters in the changing room that made it unforgettable and how they managed to get over the line.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Aug 22, 2017

Maurice Fitzgerald is a Kerry footballing legend. In a county that routinely produces wonderful stylish players, he is often held up as one of the greatest of all. He was known for exuding class at almost every touch of the ball but none more so than in his iconic sideline point against Dublin in the 2001 All-Ireland quarter final. As well as being one of the best points in GAA history, it was of huge significance as it levelled the scoreline late in what was a do-or-die setting between traditional rivals and the first quarter final in GAA history. Balls spoke to his former teammate Dara Ó Cinnéide about what it was that made him stand out.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

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