Pa Ranahan

Plenty of positives to take from 2019 for Limerick footballers

By Pa Ranahan / June 27, 2019 /

I was in the sky for the 1st half of the game last Saturday and had to do with regular updates on Twitter and WhatsApp for the 2nd half. Family holidays away in June are one of the few perks of no longer playing inter county. But my mind was definitely in Cusack Park for…

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Footballers have chance for redemption in Mullingar

By Pa Ranahan / June 20, 2019 /

Last weekend we headed west for the wedding of my cousin Ellen and her husband Peter in The Armada Hotel at Spanish Point. It was a brilliant two day celebration, and with a few hours downtime on the Saturday I went for a wander around the hotel. Dotted about the venue were pictures of JFKs…

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Pa Ranahan “Limerick Footballers Long Way Home”

By Pa Ranahan / June 5, 2019 /

Niamh and myself joined my brother Conor and his wife Brenda along with thousands of other revellers at The Coronas performance in the Limerick Docklands on Sunday evening. It was the perfect antidote for the disappointment of the previous nights Munster Football Semi Final.  Their tour – The Long Way Home – was a good…

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There is no limit to success if the work is put in

By Pa Ranahan / May 30, 2019 /

On Saturday evening a team in red will take to the field and be expected to come away with a comfortable victory. Many will feel that their opposition, who have beaten the odds and surprised all the experts to date, will be happy just to have made it this far in the competition. The manager…

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You can’t start a fire without a spark

By Pa Ranahan / May 16, 2019 /

Looking out onto the pitch after the final whistle Saturday evening you got the feeling that maybe, just maybe, the touch paper had been lit. As I was making my way down the steps of the Ardan O’Riain a wave of Limerick Academy U-15 footballers ran across the immaculate Semple Stadium surface heading in the…

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Passion and precision vital if Limerick are to beat Tipperary

By Pa Ranahan / May 9, 2019 /

3.45pm. May 24th 2009. Semple Stadium, Thurles. Beads of sweat rolling down my face. Trying to catch my breath and seeking refuge from the burning sun in the shade of the Ardan O Riain stand. I wasn’t alone. I’d been joined by Mark O’Riordan, with the ball at the other end of the field. A…

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Limerick’s “Player First” football academy laying solid foundations

By Pa Ranahan / May 2, 2019 /

A book that I find myself picking up again and again is “Players First” by John Calipari. I’d never heard of Calipari before reading this, but he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of American college basketball. As the title of the book indicates, his whole philosophy is built around putting…

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Pa Ranahan “2nd Tier Competition inevitable but structure must be right”

By Pa Ranahan / April 24, 2019 /

“Do you hear that Mr Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability” A memorable line uttered by Agent Smith in “The Matrix”. Aimed at Keanu Reeves, but he could have been talking about the implementation of a two tier intercounty football championship, with discussions picking up pace in the last week. Where before there would…

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Enjoying the game will always be the important thing for every player

By Pa Ranahan / April 18, 2019 /

This is Major! The tag line for the Electric Ireland advertising campaign showcasing the GAA Minor Championships, which began last week. The montages brilliantly capture the various ‘rites of passage’ that a teenager experiences. From being picked last on school teams, to the pressure of exams, to an expanding social life etc. It also illustrates…

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Pa Ranahan: It’s better to be looking at them than looking for them

By Pa Ranahan / April 4, 2019 /

Niamh and myself went travelling in 2008. One of the best experiences was a trip to Fraser Island, a fairly remote spot off the east coast of Australia. Basically you head off in a 4×4 jeep with a group of strangers for three days taking in the sights, setting up camp where you can each…

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