Pa Ranahan

Inter county is all about sinking or swimming

By Pa Ranahan / March 7, 2019 /

Our two smallies had their first swimming lesson last weekend and they loved it. The instructor was brilliant and chatting afterwards, he explained why he spent only a short amount of time in the shallow kiddies pool – giving them a few basics – before bringing them into the normal pool that the strongest of…

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Pa Ranahan: “If you want to do something you’ll always find a way”

By Pa Ranahan / February 28, 2019 /

You don’t expect to see pictures of Tom Brady (New England Patriots), Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors) or Nicolas Otamendi (Man City) appear in front of you at a GAA Coaching Conference. But that was exactly what greeted those of us who were in attendance at the presentation given by Derry Senior Football Coach Philip…

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Everybody has a plan and Limerick are no different

By Pa Ranahan / February 21, 2019 /

Before Mike Tyson gained notoriety for his ear bite of Evander Holyfield, or came to the attention of a newer audience in his cameos in The Hangover films, he was celebrated as the youngest heavyweight boxing champion ever. Iron Mike was a ferocious fighter and one of the hardest hitters ever to enter the ring. This…

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Pa Ranahan: “the bricks continue to be laid” in Limerick football

By Pa Ranahan / February 7, 2019 /

Our eldest, Lucy, started primary school recently in a Gaelcholáiste. I’m far from being fluent in our native language but am trying to pick up a few bits as I go. A phrase that I came across recently and one that applies to the Limerick Footballers over the last 2 weeks is “An rud is…

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Pa Ranahan: “Level Playing Field More Beneficial Than Tiered Championships”

By Pa Ranahan / January 31, 2019 /

We’ve all heard that famous “Inches” speech from Tony D’Amato to his Miami Sharks team. Every play, every ball, every moment you put your body on the line would affect the result. As it should be. It should be about the Inches. The fine margins. That’s what makes sport the captivating drama that it is.…

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Pa Ranahan: Limerick’s London Calling “Worth More Than Just 2 Points”

By Pa Ranahan / January 24, 2019 /

So it’s London away for Limerick Footballers in their opening salvo of the National Football League. The one game where the only thing more important than packing your boots is packing your passport. It’s a crucial game for this group and one they would have targeted as soon as the fixture list was released. Trips…

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2019 offers chance to lay positive foundations for Limerick Football

By Pa Ranahan / January 17, 2019 /

January brings with it a renewed hope for the year ahead. The slate is wiped clean and plans for the year ahead made. It also heralds the beginning of 2 events that are worlds apart – the start of the National Football League and Oscars season! While the Limerick Footballers may not be a box…

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Tinkering needed rather than overhaul of rules

By Pa Ranahan / October 11, 2018 /

There is a scene in Fr Ted where Ted is trying to fix a dent in a car. He “almost had it” at times but end result was the car was changed beyond all recognition. And not in a good way! The almost annual review of Gaelic Football rules has thrown up five proposed rule…

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