Pa Ranahan

Pa Ranahan: Small margins the difference between Limerick and Cork

By Pa Ranahan / July 14, 2021 /

As I made my way up the Ennis Road towards the LIT Gaelic Grounds on Saturday, it felt a bit like old times. The sun shining. The sight of supporters with jerseys and flags. The sound of the stadium announcer echoing around. It had a real Championship feel to it. And the anticipation of what…

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Pa Ranahan: Appearances can be deceiving but Limerick have the ability to hurt Cork

By Pa Ranahan / July 9, 2021 /

“It doesn’t matter what I believe. It only matters what I can prove.” Tom Cruise (A Few Good Men) Limerick welcome Cork to the LIT Gaelic Grounds this coming Saturday for a Munster Senior Football Championship Semi Final. As it stands, the capacity of those attending the Ennis Road venue is to be capped at…

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Pa Ranahan: Limerick Football’s progression should not be taken for granted

By Pa Ranahan / June 30, 2021 /

I’m sure a lot of people are watching the European Championships that are taking place right now. You might all have a favourite that you want to see win it – or maybe a team you don’t want to see win it! And as good as it has been – and there have been some…

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Pa Ranahan: We are now living in a time of attacking, high scoring football

By Pa Ranahan / June 25, 2021 /

What’s trending has a huge influence these days. In social media circles, it could be a tweet that goes viral or a TikTok dance that catches fire. In fashion, it goes from skinny to torn jeans, from ankle socks to no socks at all. And the majority of people will follow the lead of the…

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Underdogs With A Free Swing, Limerick Have Nothing To Lose

By Pa Ranahan / June 9, 2021 /

Spring 2007. Mika’s “Grace Kelly” spent seven weeks at the top of the Irish music charts. Ireland had a famous win over Pakistan at the Cricket Word Cup. “The Departed” won Best Picture at the Oscars. Prince was the half time act at Superbowl XLI where Peyton Manning led the Colts to the Lombardi Trophy.…

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Pa Ranahan: Onwards and Upwards for the Limerick footballers in 2021

By Pa Ranahan / June 4, 2021 /

Occasionally before we played a school’s game with Coláiste Mhuire Askeaton, our principal/manager John Egan would go through what sort of score he expected the team to put up. “If every forward could contribute two scores from play, if our free taker can nail five or six frees, maybe a point from midfield and a…

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Pa Ranahan: Pressure is a privilege and Billy Lee’s footballers can embrace that privilege this weekend

By Pa Ranahan / May 26, 2021 /

Setting goals in any walk of life is hugely important. They need to be far enough out of reach to challenge us, but not so far as to demoralise. It sets out where we want to get to, but maybe not how we are going to get there. Small wins help with this. Setting short…

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Pa Ranahan: Limerick head to Tullamore full of confidence after Tipp triumph

By Pa Ranahan / May 21, 2021 /

In the aftermath of Limerick’s agonising defeat to Kieran McGeeney’s Kildare in the 2012 All Ireland Championship, the Armagh legend spoke to our deflated dressing room. Normally the words uttered in these instances would ring hollow with me, still trying to come terms with the reality of defeat. But this time I lifted my head…

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Pa Ranahan: As kids return to the pitch, the impact of the GAA on their development cannot be underestimated

By Pa Ranahan / April 23, 2021 /

At the 2018 Coaching and Games Conference, Shane O’Sullivan delivered a short presentation on a project his club Ballygunner had undertaken. The former Déise hurler described how two tragedies in their locality had led the club on the outskirts of Waterford city to put in place structures to ensure that club members – especially younger…

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Pa Ranahan: GAA needs to be careful with constant jigging and rejigging of rules

By Pa Ranahan / March 17, 2021 /

Something that hasn’t stopped in recent years is the annual jigging and rejigging of the GAA playing rules

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