Pa Ranahan

Limerick Footballers look to continue in the right direction as the League returns

By Pa Ranahan / October 14, 2020 /

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change” This quote from Charles Darwin has never been more appropriate than to the times we all find ourselves in at the moment. Every day we are being challenged in…

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Abbeyfeale’s Munster Football success can inspire any team

By Pa Ranahan / March 11, 2020 /

AS I made my way out to the Woodlands in Adare to get my rehab programme done last week, the energy levels were low. I wasn’t really feeling it. I decided to give Tom Cahill – someone who I had soldiered with during my early years with Limerick – a call to congratulate him on…

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Pa Ranahan: Recent success gives long term hope for Limerick football

By Pa Ranahan / February 26, 2020 /

Gaelic Football in Limerick certainly had a decent week and Mick Neville Park in Rathkeale hosted its fair share of it. Big wins for the U-20s and the seniors has continued the positive press that Gaelic Football has received both inside and outside the county. And almost unnoticed, the county grounds also provided the backdrop…

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Progress is key as winning becomes a happy habit

By Pa Ranahan / February 11, 2020 /

“IF THEY didn’t change, my Fitbit was going to hop off my hand with the heart rate!” Billy Lee’s quick witted post-match response to a question about Limericks first half showing last weekend. I’ve no doubt he gained a few Fitbit Badges from all the pacing the touchline he did watching his charges leave Netwatch Cullen…

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Promising start for promotion chasing footballers

By Pa Ranahan / January 29, 2020 /

IT FEELS like the Limerick Footballers of recent years have been here before. Encouraging pre-season form (albeit a welcome trophy delivered on this occasion) and positive results to begin a league. Groundhog Day? Bill Murray’s character in the famous film initially found himself frustrated having to go through the same sequence time after time without…

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County Football Final Day the Pinnacle of a Well Run Championship

By Pa Ranahan / October 23, 2019 /

Football. Check. Boots. Check. Toffypop Biscuits. Check! As a youngster in Ballysteen I remember running out the road to watch the junior team – who were preparing for a final – train in a local farmers field. The session involved runs up a huge hill and a game. I revelled in being in amongst these…

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Tactics, Big Calls & Drama As Kerry Take Second Shot At Dubs

By Pa Ranahan / September 12, 2019 /

It was an absolute pleasure to be in attendance at last weeks All Ireland Football Final. Even though I had no real skin in the game – although I would love to see our old coach Donie Buckley finally lifting Sam – the tension was incredible. Supporters all around us could barely watch as the…

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Pa Ranahan: “I just can’t see the Dublin juggernaut being stopped”

By Pa Ranahan / August 30, 2019 /

I was lucky enough to have a front row seat (albeit in the Upper Cusack!) as the 2011 All Ireland Football Final between Kerry and Dublin played out its memorable conclusion. I must admit leaving Croke Park that day I was happy for the “underdog”. Who would have guessed that 8 years on the Dublin…

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Need for glass half full punditry not half empty

By Pa Ranahan / August 20, 2019 /

With the leaving cert results out last week, I couldn’t help feeling nostalgic about my own efforts at it. It’s fair to say it took a back seat to any sport that was being played at the time but it went okay in the end. A subject I was particularly worried about was Irish, but…

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Super 8s whittled down to final four

By Pa Ranahan / August 8, 2019 /

The super 8s, or Average 8s as a friend from home has labelled them, finished up with a very unsatisfactory spectacle last Sunday. The “Coma in Omagh” was always likely to unfold given the teams involved had already secured their place in the All-Ireland semis and with that in mind gave panel members a run…

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