Topic: GAA

UL Senior Hurlers Lift Fitzgibbon Cup For The Fourth Time

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On a crisp March evening in Pairc Ui Rinn, University of Limerick defeated Waterford IT by seven points to lift the Independent.ie Fitzgibbon Cup for the 4th time in their history.  Both teams started off nervously and WIT went into a two point lead with scores from Gavin O Brien and Pauric Mahoney. In the third minute WIT were then dealt a blow when inter county star Austin Gleeson was sidelined as a result of the hamstring injury he picked up on duty with the Deise last weekend.  He was replaced by Kilmacow’s Johnny Hayes.  John McGrath got UL off the mark with a point from close in...

Abu Dhabi World Games – What’s All the Fuss?

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  We have lived through the hurling finals in the gale force wind, experienced playing in our local grounds while sleet overcame us and cheered on the side line as the sun set and the midges began to bite. GAA is part of who we are as a nation, so what happens when a generation of Irish graduates emigrate due to economic crisis? Does our culture deteriorate for the following generation? No, somehow it has grown, to something more than we ever could have imagined thirty years ago. It has grown so far and so wide that the first ever GAA World Games was held in Abu Dhabi during ...

UL: A home away from home

Our university is known for its international relations. We send students abroad and we warmly welcome other students from all over the world. Not surprisingly, the University of Limerick has been chosen as the best university for international students, by international students. They seem to be captivated by our Irish charm and our ability to have the craic all the time. But for Irish students, is UL the best place for us native Irish? This writer could be slightly biased but I am going to say yes. UL has so much to offer all their students and I don’t think I could have picked a ...

Figures don’t lie – why total Hurling makes Kilkenny the best

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I recently found myself with a lot of spare time on my hands during the Easter weekend. Isolated from society in my little cocoon of study tucked away with my many, many impending assignment deadlines, I began the search for procrastination activities. Online TV was out of question due to our impossibly slow discount internet connection, and the actual TV wasn’t doing much better – with Friends repeats and “Americas Biggest Loser” galore. Alas upon watching Sky Sports News I was bombarded with an array of high tech statistics. Histograms, pie charts and percentages flew across the scre...