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The Balls.ie podcast network brings you the best and funniest podcast content from the world of Irish sport and beyond.

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Three Man Weave - Niall Murphy, Return Of Diarmuid Connolly & Favourite Commentary Moments
01:05:15

We're well into club month, and we discuss some of the highlights, such as the return of Diarmuid Connolly, a Corofin defeat, and some very confused refereeing. 

Maurice, Mark, and Mick also present their favourite TV GAA commentary moments. If you have any we've missed, please get in touch and let us know. 

We also talk to Sligo's Niall Murphy about his county's League, Championship hopes, and the April club month. 

The lads also read some listener suggestions on our list of football's most underappreciated players. 

Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie and remember to direct any abuse Mark's way! 

Apr 17, 2019
World in Union - Nathan Hines, RFU's Great Idea, Champions Cup Preview
00:48:21

It's a huge weekend of rugby and the lads are certainly excited! 

On this week's podcast, Maurice and Mick look ahead to two huge Champions Cup Semi-Finals and talk about Leinster's form as well as what a win would mean for Munster as a club.

We also caught up with former Leinster and Clermont man Nathan Hines to chat about coaching and his predictions for this weekend's game. 

Finally, Maurice hails a brilliant new RFU initiative and proposes it for Irish rugby while Mick reminisces on one of his favourite ever games. 

Keep an eye on Balls.ie this week for loads of pre-match coverage. You can get in touch via thegaffer@balls.ie or on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. 

Apr 16, 2019
Three Man Weave - Declan Hannon, Underappreciated Players, Davy Fitzgerald's Sideline Antics
00:44:41

Gaelic football is a broad sport with many stand-out performers, but who are the performers who operate at an extremely high-level yet receive little attention or praise for it? On this week's show, we discuss the game's underappreciated players, and ask what exactly is an underappreciated player? 

The lads also hear from Wexford Rory O'Connor on what Davy Fitzgerald brings to the sideline and discuss his passion during games. Limerick captain Declan Hannon opens up on John Kiely, his management team and what it's like to be an All-Ireland winner. 

Plus Maurice and Mark fight over stick/sticksmen. PJ rages at the Graham Brody critics and we reflect on the importance of a unique championship haircut. 

Get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie and remember to direct any abuse Mark's way! 

Apr 09, 2019
Three Man Weave - Jason Doherty, Fisted Points Controversy, Greatest Sticksmen In Hurling
00:51:33

Three league finals may be completed but the real action is only getting started: The fisted points controversy! The Mayo myth! Wristy hurlers versus great sticksmen! 

It's an absolutely packed show this week. In Mick's absence, the lads debate whether it is ever okay to fist the ball over the bar. We look at Mayo's attack and Kerry's defence and discuss the greatest sticksmen in hurling history. 

Maurice caught up with Mayo's Jason Doherty to discuss relief, James Horan's new-look squad and what must happen next.

Do us a favour and please rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it. You can get in touch via @ballsdotie on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or email at thegaffer@balls.ie.  

Apr 03, 2019
World In Union - Jake Heenan, Diving In Rugby, Ireland's Best Number 8
00:40:02

What a sensational weekend of rugby! On this week's show, the lads discuss a glorious three days of entertainment. We discuss those Jamie Heaslip comments and who really is the best number 8 in Ireland. We also reflect on that Tadhg Beirne incident. Maurice also goes on an almighty rant about some of the reaction to Toulouse's red card! 

We caught up with former Connacht fan favourite Jake Heenan on life in Bristol, working with Pat Lam and John Muldoon and why coaching isn't for him. 

Finally, the lads discuss the New Zealand player exodus and ask who could be the next Ireland backs coach? 

Do rate and review the podcast if you enjoy it and get in touch on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie!  

Apr 01, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 9: Chris Barrett, Paul Murphy, Stephen McMenamin
00:52:02

On this week's show, we bring you the best of the League Finals launch with Mayo's Christ Barrett, Kerry's Paul Murphy, and Donegal's Stephen McMenamin talks about the impact of Stephen Rochford. 

The lads also discuss a fairer tiering of the football league with a helpful suggestion of Sligo's Niall Murphy, the return of defensive hurling and even the dreaded end of Daylight Savings Time and its impact on the GAA calendar. 

Subscribe to the podcast via Balls.ie and get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @ballsdotie. 

Mar 27, 2019
World In Union - Steven McMahon On Leaving Munster, World Cup Bolters, Champions Cup Preview
00:50:59

Mick is back! On this week's show, the lads look at the new World Rugby rule trials (04:34)  and discuss whether they are really necessary. We also caught up with former Munster academy man Steven McMahon who is currently in his second year with Carcassonne (15:33). He was fascinating on Munster rugby, problems in France and developing players. 

Finally, the boys picked two potential bolters for the Ireland World Cup squad (35:11) and chatted Champions Cup quarter-finals (42:40). 

Please rate and review the podcast, subscribe via 'Balls.ie' on all good platforms and get in touch via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram @ballsdotie. 

Mar 25, 2019
Three Man Weave - Mickey Graham, Sarah Rowe, Kick-Out Creativity
00:46:28

Episode 8 is here! On this week's show, we caught up with Mayo star Sarah Rowe after her recent season playing AFL. We also spoke to Cavan coach Mickey Graham and captain Raymond Galligan. 

The lads also discussed the new kick-out approach of several inter-county teams and a bold new league structure! 

Subscribe to the podcast via Balls.ie and get in touch via Facebook, Instagram or Twitter at @ballsdotie. 

Mar 22, 2019
World in Union - Ep 16 Brett Wilkinson, Picking The Ireland World Cup Squad
00:34:16

Former Connacht prop and now coach with Hong Kong rugby union Brett Wilkinson joined us to discuss his move to Asia, the transition from playing to coaching, Dan McFarland and Ireland's Six Nations campaign! 

Also, the lads picked the World Cup squad we expect to see next September and debated the Simon Zebo question. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Mar 20, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 7: Westmeath's Tommy Doyle, Wicklow's Warren Kavanagh
01:01:43

What a weekend! Westmeath FINALLY got promoted and we caught up with Tommy Doyle who told us how relieved he was after that.

The lads had a strong debate about Sunday Game coverage and discuss the plight of the Offaly hurlers. We also caught up with Wicklow captain Warren Kavanagh after an epic win over Derry. There was also a full preview of the weekend's games. 

Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Mar 13, 2019
World In Union - Ep 15: What do have to fear from Wales?
01:01:14

Josh Gardner from the Blood and Mud podcast rejoins us to talk about what awaits Ireland in Cardiff on Saturday. They are one game away from the Grand Slam despite not having scored a bonus point in the competition so far. So, how good are they? And how affected have they been by the political mess going in Welsh rugby right now? 

Ireland got things back on track against France. Maurice analyses some of the best Irish play and we look at what team we'd like to see line out in Cardiff. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Mar 12, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 6: Meath's Shane McEntee
00:56:51

Meath are back! After their one point win over Kildare at the weekend, Meath sit top of Division 2 of the Allianz Football League after five rounds of games. We speak to their midfielder Shane McEntee about how things are going for the Royals. 

We go Around the So-Called Weaker Counties after a big weekend for the Wicklow hurlers and the Leitrim footballers, look back on some of the greatest local commentary moments in GAA history, and we guess the spreads for the weekend's hurling. 

Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Mar 06, 2019
World In Union - Ep 14: Nobody Wants The World League
00:52:48

As the plans of World Rugby for a new World League are leaked to much outrage across the rugby world, New Zealand based rugby writer Paul Baines (@drivingmaul) joins us to discuss the real reasons this is being considered and to tell us that the numbers really don't add up. 

We also pick the Ireland team we'd like to see start vs. France on Sunday and discuss another massive weekend for Connacht. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Mar 05, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 5: Football - Down's Donal O'Hare
00:45:21

Our second show of the day. 

We discuss the worst GAA hot-takes of all time. Where does Colm O'Rourke's Keith Higgins opinion rank? 

We talk to Down's Donal O'Hare on the back of his hat-trick against Longford last weekend. 

We also guess the spreads for this weekend's Allianz Football League fixtures. 

Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Mar 01, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 4: Hurling - Shane Conway
00:49:20

On this week's hurling show, Maurice talks to Kerry and Lixnaw's Shane Conway on the back of winning the Fitzgibbon Cup with UCC. 

We give a much needed So-Called Weaker County League update and once again, guess the spread. 

Football show to follow later today. 

Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Mar 01, 2019
World In Union - Ep 13: What Has Gone Wrong For Ireland & Alan Kingsley
00:48:59

Ireland's trip to Rome yielded 5 points but not the performance we wanted. What is wrong with Ireland? We also look back on a classic between Wales and England. 

We catch up with former AIL Out-Half Alan Kingsley, now making a career in coaching. Alan is the kicking and skills coach for the Dragons. We talk to him about coaching trends, the kicking game that has dominated the Six Nations and about his own career. 

We also bring you our latest rolling team of the Six Nations with four changes this week. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Feb 26, 2019
Luke McManus - Jump Girls, Irish Sport Documentaries and Horse Racing
00:29:05

'Jump Girls' is a brand new observational feature documentary which provides unique access to the women making their living at the top of racing: trainer Jessica Harrington and her daughters Kate and Emma, and top jockeys Rachael Blackmore, Katie Walsh, Lisa O’Neill, and Katie O’Farrell. 

Writer/Director Luke McManus spoke to us about making it, the star figures at the heart of the documentary and the true power of the sport. 

Episode one of 'Jump Girls', made by Touchline Media, will be broadcast on TG4 next Thursday at 9.30pm, with episode two on Thursday, February 28. 

 

Feb 20, 2019
World In Union - Ep 12: Paddy Butler & Picking Ireland Team V Italy
00:49:35

The Six Nations is back this weekend with Ireland in Rome. Maurice is advocating an experimental lineup for the game on Sunday with an eye to the World Cup, though we're not sure Joe will agree. 

We catch up with former Munster No. 8 Paddy Butler who's making his way in the mini Irish revolution at Pau, tearing it up in Top 14 rugby. He talks to us about the opportunities for Irish players abroad and about the current state of French international rugby. 

We also discuss the impressive form of Connacht and Ma'a Nonu's return to Super Rugby. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Feb 19, 2019
Three Man Weave - Ep 3: Peter Duggan
00:48:33

Controversially, we've found a new name. Let us know if you hate it. We're open to capitulation. 

On this week's show, we talk to Clare's All-Star Peter Duggan about Clare's consistency, winning his club's first All-Star and sneaking hurleys into Cusack Park! 

We also take a look at this weekend's game and guess the spreads. 

Get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Feb 15, 2019
World In Union (Bonus): Ian Costello
00:37:33

EXTRA SHOW ALERT! 

For our second show this week, we talk to former Munster and current Wasps assistant coach Ian Costello in a wide ranging discussion about coaching and the current trends in rugby tactics. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Feb 14, 2019
World In Union - Ep 11: Max McFarland
01:01:27

It was a case of job done for Ireland in Murrayfield at the weekend, even if it wasn't the most spectacular of performances again. We chat about what Ireland need to change between now and the rest of the Six Nations. 

We also continue our series with Irish rugby players abroad. Max McFarland is a former Clongowes Senior Cup and Leinster academy player who is now a fully fledged Sevens international... for Scotland. We talk about how it all came about and about the fascinating and ever growing World Sevens Series. 

Maurice also has a couple of changes in his rolling team of the Six Nations and we talk about why France are such a mess. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Feb 12, 2019
Balls.ie GAA Podcast - Ep 2: Pundit Wars, Carlow Rising With Richard Coady
00:50:50

We still have no name! Some great suggestions but we're going to put it out there for another week. The best suggestion wins a GAA hamper. 

After Carlow's famous draw against Galway in Division 1B of the Hurling League, we talk to their player Richard Coady about their rise, its sustainability and the team's relationship with the also high flying footballers. 

As well as that, we have guess the spreads, and we delve into our punditry of the pundits, and the Old Vs New in hurling punditry. 

To win our GAA hamper, get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Feb 07, 2019
Six Nations Takeaway With Brent Pope - Ep 2
00:32:26

Brent Pope joins Mick to talk about what went wrong for Ireland against England and we go through Joe Schmidt's changes for Murrayfield. 

Get in touch with the show at @ballsdotie

In association with Carryout Off Licence. 

Feb 07, 2019
World In Union - Ep 10: Mugging Off Austin Healey and Picking Ireland Team For Murrayfield
01:06:34

Ireland Six Nations didn't get off to the start we expected. We review a brilliant England display at the Aviva and ask what went wrong for Ireland. 

Moving on, what do Ireland need to do to make sure this was a one off? We look at the team Joe will pick for Scotland, and the one he should pick! 

In a week when he got involved in a Twitter spat with Austin Healey, Josh Gardner of the Blood and Mud Podcast and RugbyShirtWatch.com talks to us about why pundits need to take illegal physicality in rugby more seriously, looks ahead to the massive Wales England clash in a few weeks, and analyses this year's Six Nations jerseys. 

Also, we take a look back on the Ireland Under 20s' massive win in Cork and the return of Maurice's Rolling Team of the Six Natons. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Feb 06, 2019
Balls.ie GAA Podcast (Ep.1) - Dublin vs 15 Of The Rest, Terry Hyland, Guess The Spread
00:39:54

We're back! The GAA season is well underway and it's time for the return of the Balls.ie GAA podcast. On this week's episode, Maurice was joined by Mark and debutant Aaron to pick a 15 from the rest of the country to rival Dublin. We also caught up with Leitrim boss Terry Hyland to discuss training in Dublin, the importance of the league and the developing counties. We then played 'Guess the Spread.' 

To win our GAA hamper, get in touch on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie. Please rate, review and share the podcast if you enjoy it! 

Feb 01, 2019
World In Union - Ep 9: Charlie Morgan on England
00:39:05

The Six Nations is almost here. On Saturday, Ireland start their Grand Slam defence was the old enemy come to Dublin. What of England though? Has Eddie Jones turned things around? Is there a sting in their tail this season? We talk to Charlie Morgan of the Telegraph to get all the latest on how the English team are faring before their visit to the Aviva Stadium. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Jan 29, 2019
World In Union - Ep 8: Picking The Irish XV vs. England
00:47:39

It was 4/4 for the Irish provinces in Europe again last weekend. We chat about the Champions Cup quarter finals and start our look ahead to the Six Nations, picking the Ireland team we think Joe Schmidt will go with for the visit of England to the Aviva Stadium. 

We also discuss the lack of success for Premiership teams in Europe and what that might mean for the tournament, and a Simon Zebo interview about the racist abuse he endured in Belfast. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Jan 24, 2019
World In Union - Ep 7 Ben Cisneros rugbyandthelaw.com
00:45:34

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

This week, we talk to Ben Cisneros, editor or rugbyandthelaw.com, to discuss the issues around the ruck and how world rugby can address it. 

We also looked at what the Irish provinces need to do to qualify for the Rugby Champions Cup quarter-finals, the underdog story of Edinburgh and some interesting Ronan O'Gara developments... 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @ballsdotie. 

Jan 15, 2019
World In Union - Ep 6: Doddie Weir
00:44:47

After the Christmas interpros, it's back to Europe for the Irish provinces this week, and we have a look at how their opponents have done in England and France over the Festive period. 

We also discuss the potential Premiership break away and how the international media views Ireland's World Cup chances heading into 2019. 

And Maurice catches up with former Scotland lock Doddie Weir whose charity the "My Name'5 Doddie Foundation", funding research for MND, will be the chosen charity of the Ireland Vs England legends match in the RDS on February 1st. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Jan 07, 2019
World In Union - Ep 5: James Coughlan
00:41:22

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

This week, we talk the former Munster Number 8 James Coughlan who is making his way in coaching, in charge of the Pau academy in France. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Dec 10, 2018
World In Union - Episode 4: Shane O'Leary
00:54:03

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

This week, we talk to a man who has left Irish rugby, and will be going to the World Cup representing Canada. Former Connacht out-half Shane O'Leary will be facing New Zealand and South Africa in Japan next year. 

We also have a look at the form of the Irish provinces' opponents for next week's Champions Cup games and take a look at some Irish coaches plying their trade who might have a role in a future Irish regime.

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Dec 03, 2018
Dead Man Walking: The Fernando LaFuente Saiz Story
00:01:50

Forget Serial and West Cork… our documentary on the Ballybrack FC saga is the most must-listen to podcast series of 2018.

Nov 29, 2018
World In Union - Episode 3
00:59:42

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

Joe Schmidt is leaving and we're all very sad. Before he goes though, we have a Six Nations and a World Cup to look forward to. This week, we have a look at how the Six Nations are looking through the prism of the November Internationals. 

We take a close look at Wales with Ben James of Walesonline, following their phenomenal autumn, winning four from four, meaning it's 9 wins in a row for Warren Gatland's team. 

We also present to you our final team Of The November Internationals. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

Nov 26, 2018
Who Should Be The Next Ireland Manager?
00:24:51

Audio from our special live social on who should be the next Ireland manager, following the departure of Martin O'Neill.

Plenty of names were mentioned by Balls readers and we discussed the good, the bad and the downright ridiculous.

Nov 21, 2018
World In Union - Episode 2
00:46:48

Our new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby and the game in general. 

Are Ireland the best team in the world? After our historic win against the All Blacks, the New Zealand media certainly seems to think so. We catch up with Tony Johnson of Sky TV New Zealand for his perspective. 

We also present to you our Rolling Team Of The November Internationals and a little more besides. 

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

 

Nov 19, 2018
World In Union - Episode 1
00:46:30

Our brand new rugby show gets an outside perspective on Irish rugby. 

This week we talk to Gregor Paul of the New Zealand Herald and Sean Maloney of Fox Sports Australia to talk about the November Internationals, Cheika under pressure, the All Blacks' fallibility and countdown to 1 vs. 2 in the world next Saturday night in Dublin. 

We also present to you our Rolling Team Of The November Internationals and have a small little rant about a correct offside call!

If you enjoy the show, please rate and leave a comment. Get in touch with us on Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @ballsdotie. 

 

 

Nov 12, 2018
KATIE Director Ross Whittaker
00:18:07

Ross Whittaker, director of KATIE, the new documentary following the life of Katie Taylor which hits cinemas on Friday, sat down with Balls.ie's Maurice Brosnan to talk about his hopes for the film, the experiences making it and where he thinks Katie will go from here. 

Oct 25, 2018
So-Called Weaker Podcast -(Ep 30) - All the Dubs' Begrudgers, Rolling All-Stars, The So-Called Awards, GAA Star or Porn Star?
00:58:57

We wrap up the season by hearing from some of Dublin's biggest begrudgers. Why can't we just enjoy these great champions? 

Elsewhere, our rolling All-Stars come to a halt and we hand out our end-of-season awards. 

We also hear a special edition from the quiz sweeping the nation: GAA Star or Porn Star? 

Sep 04, 2018
So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 29) - All-Ireland Stats With Rob Carroll
01:08:44

It's All-Ireland Football Final week and we're joined in studio by Rob Carroll (15.22) of Gaelic Stats to talk about being a Gaelic games statistician and what the stats can tell us about Sunday's game. 

We also react to the surprise news of a Mayo managerial vacancy, look forward in detail to how Tyrone can topple the Dubs, and enjoy a surprisingly one sided All-Ireland quiz. 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter and Instagram @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie

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Aug 28, 2018
So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 28) - Nigel Owens On Hurling Final, Best Moments of the Year, Most Influential Games Ever
00:57:54

On this week's show, Gavin, Mick and Maurice look back on the All-Ireland hurling final and ask where Limerick went right, where Galway went wrong, and how the hell it ended up weaponised as a bit of Shane Ross eejitry. 

 

Elsewhere, we speak to rugby ref and hurling fan Nigel Owens, Maurice guides us through the most influential games of the last 16 years, and we pick our favourite moments of the 2018 Championship. 

Aug 21, 2018
All-Ireland Reaction With Daithi Regan & Brendan Bugler
00:35:22

Limerick are All-Ireland Champions for the first time since 1973. A one point win over defending champions Galway in the end. We had All-Ireland winners Daithi Regan and Brendan Bugler in studio, straight from Croke Park, to look back on a mad final and an epic year. 

With thanks to Centra, official sponsors of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. #WeAreHurling

Aug 19, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 27) -Are Dublin Dull?, John Meyler Fashion Icon, Dubs' Second String XV
00:48:11

On this week's show: Gavin, Maurice and Mark review the All-Ireland football semi-finals and analyse where Galway and Monaghan went wrong, and ask if the Dubs are actually just very dull to watch. 

Elsewhere, Mark declares his crazy, undying man love for John Meyler and Guess the Spreads is reconstituted as Guess The Spread. 

Aug 14, 2018
Bonus - Gary Neville Interview
00:33:21

Here's a half-hour chat with Gary Neville on the differences between Mourinho and Ferguson, why United are perceived differently by the media, the importance of taking part in the Liam Miller Tribute game and the "nonsense" of how the GAA handled it, why Roy Keane would be great on Monday Night Football, the times he felt he went too far as a pundit, his Premier League predictions and what has to happen for Liverpool to challenge. 

Aug 10, 2018
Champions Episode 4: Bernard Brogan Sr
00:24:26

As part of our Champions podcast series, with thanks to Subaru Ireland, we chat to Bernard Brogan Sr about his three All-Ireland wins in the 1970s, Dublin's transformation and the joy he has gotten from the success of his sons, Alan and Bernard Jr.

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru, and Nearys Lusk, authorised Subaru dealer. 

Aug 10, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 24) - Hurling Development And The Most Dramatic Guess The Spreads Yet
01:02:34

On this week's podcast, Gavin, Mark and Mick discuss James McGrath's sensational reaction to not being included at a match official in the All-Ireland final. For our Sure stats of the week we look at the All-Ireland semi-finalists record in Croke Park, their success rate on opposition kick-outs and we present undeniable proof that sideline cut attempts on goal are a waste of time.

Gavin also chats to GAA's National Hurling Development manager, Martin Fogarty and how to grow hurling around the country, while our guess the spreads game has its most dramatic week yet.

Aug 09, 2018
Episode 25 - Why is hurling on its knees across half of the country?
01:04:13

It was a showcase weekend for hurling like no other, with two epic semi-finals followed by a gorgeous documentary on RTE. But why is the sport only thriving in pockets of the country? We've delved into the archive to find out some of the issues afflicting the game around the country.

 

Elsewhere, Maurice Brosnan tells the ignorant unwashed (the host) about the tactical trends witnessed across the weekend, and we guess the weekend's spreads. 

 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie or thegaffer@balls.ie

Aug 01, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 24) - Carlow's Paul Coady; Are Free Takers Overrated; Dunphy the Gael
01:01:09

On this week's show we catch up with Carlow hurling captain Paul Coady. 

Elsewhere we debate as to whether we overrate free-takers and remember Eamon Dunphy's finest GAA moment. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie

Jul 27, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 23) - The Familiar Plight Of The Club Player And "Fixing" Gaelic Football
01:08:05

Mick, Mark, and Maurice discuss an underwhelming GAA weekend with poor crowds, and generally, poor games. What one rule would they implement to make football more appealing to the masses? 

Maurice defends his unbeaten run in Guess The Spread and we read an email from a fed-up club player, who at his wit's end with the current fixture situation in his county. 

Contact the show on Twitter and Instagram @ballsdotie or email thegaffer@balls.ie

Jul 18, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 22) - A So-Called Fantasy Draft; Is Football Actually Better Than Ever?
01:02:22

Right, here we are then. The latter stages of the championships, with only the elite remaining. Your humble pod is therefore in a pit of existential despair, so to overcome it, we are indulging in a bit of fantasy wherein we draft a player from the so-called weaker counties to improve each of the sides in the Super 8s. 

Elsewhere, we ask if football is actually getting batter, and bicker about spreads and grammar. 

Jul 10, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 21) - Kildare and Antrim V The GAA; Carlow Rising Even Higher
01:18:37

On this week's show we speak to Kildare hurling captain Brian Byrne on his side's joint statement with Antrim criticising the promotion/relegation playoff in the Joe McDonagh Cup final. Listen on for details on why this story is far from dead yet. 

Elsewhere, we review the respective hurling finals and the football qualifiers, featuring Carlow's success, John Meyler love, Cavan criticism and a sad induction of Mayo as a so-called weaker county. 

Jul 03, 2018
Champions Episode 3: Tomás Mulcahy
00:46:05

In the third episode of the Champions Podcast, three time All-Ireland winner with Cork Tomás Mulcahy takes us through the great days of the 80s and 90s. 

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru, and Denis & Mary Ryan Ardrostig Bishopstown Co.Cork, authorised Subaru dealer. 

Jun 29, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 20) - Emlyn Mulligan; Sean Gannon With Broderick and Poacher
01:11:53

Gavin Cooney presents alongside Maurice Brosnan and Mark Farrelly this week as Mick McCarthy has chained himself to a Newbridge railing in solidarity with the Kildare cause. 

We speak to Leitrim's Emlyn Mulligan about a shock victory against Louth, dealing with online abuse and being seen as the giants quashing plucky New York. 

Sean Gannon reports live from the frontline with Paul Broderick and Steven Poacher. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie or thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 26, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 19) - Guessing The Handicaps!
00:56:41

Mick and Mark go through the 14 (!) inter-county games taking place this weekend by predicting the handicap line for each game. 

Ahead of the Nicky Rackard Cup final, we also hear from Donegal captain Danny Cullen (25.06) on their incredible 2018. 

 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 19, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 18) - Waterford Manager Tom McGlinchey And London Manager Ciaran Deeley
01:30:01

A bumper So-Called Weaker Podcast this week. 

After Waterford's first championship win in seven years against Wexford, we talk to their manager Tom McGlinchey (7.38) and we get the other side of the coin with London manager Ciaran Deeley (44.54), whose side will be idle for the summer after last just two games in this year's championship. 

We also look back on Carlow's defeat to Laois in detail, and discuss the free wheeling Laois goalkeeper who's set to shock a few Dub fans in the Leinster Final. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 11, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 17) - Westmeath Manager Michael Ryan
01:09:25

Westmeath had yet another come from behind win in the Joe McDonagh Cup last week, overcoming Antrim and qualifying for the first final in the competition's history. We talk to their manager Michael Ryan (20.09) about the media coverage for the Joe McDonagh, the situation with Offaly's relegation, hurling in Westmeath, and much more. 

We also reflect on Fermanagh's big Ulster semi final win and look ahead to a big week for Carlow and Laois. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Jun 05, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 16) - Sean Gannon
01:02:39

It was a banner week for the So-Called Weaker Counties in the Leinster Football Championship with huge, shock (to some!) wins for Carlow and Longford over Kildare and Meath. 

This week, we catch up with regular So-Called Weaker Podcast reporter, and Carlow superstar Sean Gannon (5.45) who reflects on his county's famous win. 

Mark also presents his guide to being the perfect local radio GAA commentator. (42.55), and on the back of a winner at last, we present our accumulator of the week. (55.18)

 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 30, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 15) - Boidu Sayeh & Donal McElligott
01:00:10

Another packed show this week as Mick and Gavin take you around the So-Called Weaker Counties. 

We talk to Westmeath cornerback Boidu Sayeh (19.40) ahead of Westmeath V Laois in the Leinster Football Quarter Final this weekend. Boidu arrived in Ireland from Liberia at 8 years old. 

We also talk to the Longford captain Donal McElligott (37.39) ahead of their eagerly anticipated (by us for 15 weeks!) Leinster Quarter Final clash with Meath. 

We review and preview an incredibly busy couple of weekend in the GAA Championships and vow to finally get off the mark in our Accumulator of the Week (50.45).

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 23, 2018
Champions Episode 2: Cyril Farrell
00:33:08

In the second episode of the Champions Podcast, we look back on Galway's hurling dynasty of the 1980s with their legendary manager Cyril Farrell. 

The Champions Podcast is brought to you by Subaru and Cunningham Autopoint, Oranmore, Galway, authorised Subaru dealer. 

 

 

May 22, 2018
How Italia '90 Changed The Face Of Football
00:25:17

Welcome to a special podcast where Gavin Cooney chats to Simon Hart, the author of a new book WORLD IN MOTION - The Inside Story Of Italia '90. 

Simon's thesis is that the tournament changed football forever, and here we tease that out. 

How responsible was it for the Premier League and the Champions League? 

Did the UAE's participation directly lead to Abu Dhabi's investment in Man City, and the Qatar World Cup? 

Here that and more, including Simon's amazing meeting with Sepp Blatter, who pretended to be Diego Maradona by mimicking his snorting cocaine. 

The book is published by DeCoubertin Books and is out now. 

Get in touch with Gavin if you want - @gcooney93 or gavinc@balls.ie.

May 18, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 14) - The Arthur Crisis
01:08:29

 

Another packed show this week as Mick, Mark and Gavin take you around the So-Called Weaker Counties. 

We talk to Louth hurling manager Philip O'Brien (32.04). Two of Louth's star players, Niall and Gerry Arthur from Clare are not currently playing in their Nicky Rackard Cup campaign after an anonymous objection to their eligibility. We discuss and the state of hurling in the weaker counties and how the GAA can do so, so much more to help the situation. 

We also look back on an incredible first full weekend of games in the football and hurling championships, and give you a possible accumulator for this week's games. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 16, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 13) - Mickey Burke And Leinster Football Preview
01:09:30

The Championship is under way and summer is here. 

We look back on a dramatic first weekend with New York coming so, so close. 

We also talk to Meath's Mickey Burke (26.03) about their upcoming football campaign and also about the hurlers' and their chances in the Joe McDonagh Cup ahead of their massive clash with Westmeath this weekend. 

 

There are three first round games in the Leinster Football Championship this weekend (48.56), and we'll from three people involved - Laois manager John Sugrue, Offaly selector Brendan Kealy, and Louth captain Andy McDonnell.

Lots more too including a very important potato update.  

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 11, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 12) - London captain Liam Gavaghan and Louth manager Peter McGrath
01:00:25

The Championship is here. Week 1 is all about the Exiles as New York host Leitrim and London host Sligo in the Connacht Football Championship. 

We catch up with London captain, and London native, Liam Gavaghan (27.20) to discuss his team's preparation, his GAA routes, and combining working nights on the London Underground with playing intercounty Gaelic football. 

And ahead of the Leinster Football Championship kicking off next week, we catch up with Louth manager Pete McGrath (40.23) who's looking ahead after a disastrous league campaign and talks about his outright opposition to a two tier championship structure. 

Mark's trip around the So-Called Weaker Counties also takes in a bizarre, but important, conversation about the best type of potatoes. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

May 04, 2018
Champions Episode 1: Paddy Andrews and Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin
00:29:46

In episode 1 of the Champions podcast with Subaru Ireland, Dublin footballers Paddy Andrews and Michael Fitzsimons discuss the makings of the Dublin dynasty this decade.

Apr 30, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 11) - GAA DG Tom Ryan And Shane Mangan
01:11:42

 

Packed show this week. 

Gavin was in Croke Park with the GAA's new DG Tom Ryan to talk about tiered championships and the possibility of county amalgamations. (23.35)

Mark and Mick also chat to sports scientist and London performance analyist Shane Mangan to talk about the deveopment and future of performance and data analysis in the GAA. (42.07)

As well as that, we go Around The So-Called Club Month to discuss some of the stories happening around the country in the absence of intercounty games in April (7.40), including another triumph for the evergreen Ollie Murphy (19.07). 

We also run you through the AIB Club Hurling Team of the Year, and compare it with our own team (66.28).

 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Apr 19, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 10) - The So-Called Weaker Hurling Team Of The League
00:41:39

We're well into the So-Called Club Month now in the GAA world, and Mark brings us some of the stories from around the conuties.

The lads also react for the Club Football Team of the Year and after picking the football equivalent last week, they select their So-Called Weaker Counties Team of the League. 

Get in touch with the show - @ballsdotie on Twitter and Instagram, or email us thegaffer@balls.ie

Apr 13, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 9) - Picking The So-Called Weaker Counties Team Of The League
00:30:36

After a week in which the Pope said that hell did not exist, Cavan still couldn't beat Roscommon.  Gavin, Mark and Maurice review the league football finals, and then lean on your suggestions to stitch together a Team of the So-Called Weaker Counties from the football leagues. 

Get in touch - @ballsdotie. 

Apr 04, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 8) - Roscommon's Conor Devaney
01:11:29

On episode 8, we hear from Roscommon's Conor Devaney ahead of the league finals this weekend. 

Also, the people of Roscommon (well, one of them) rebel against Mark Farrelly, and we discuss how League Sunday managed to strip the drama from the final-day drama. 

Mar 28, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 7) - Carlow Are Promoted!
00:46:59

It's Episode 7 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we hear once again from Carlow stars Sean Gannon and Paul Broderick, who are celebrating Carlow's first promotion to Division 3 in 33 years.

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Mar 22, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 6) - Denis Connerton
01:03:41

It's Episode 6 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we speak to Longford manager Denis Connerton (18.22) about his team's promotion push in the brilliantly balanced League Division 3, and about the struggles of managing a county with the natural disadvantages of Longford. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. We have a nice report from Ruislip this week after London stayed up in Division 2A. 

There's a fair bit of ranting on this week's episode as well - about the timing of the Division 2B hurling final (12.02), about the suspension of Clare player Gordon Kelly (22.20) and about Roscommon in general (37.02). 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Mar 14, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 5) - John "Tweek" Griffin
01:03:23

It's Episode 5 of our GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we get a special pod exclusive match report from Carlow's Sean Gannon and Paul Broderick (8.34) after their win over Waterford in Division 4, and we talk to Kerry hurling legend John "Tweek" Griffin (17.56) about hurling in a football county, the progress of recent years, the unfairness of the new Championship structure, and about their massive game against Westmeath this weekend as they look to secure promotion back to Division 1. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. 

We also try to get off the mark with our, as yet, unsuccessful accumulator of the week, and discuss, with some disgust, the treatment of Division 4 on RTE's League Sunday

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Mar 08, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 4) - Seamus O'Rourke
01:09:20

It's Episode 4 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties.

In this episode, we are joined in studio by for Leitrim footballer and playright, actor and poet Seamus O'Rourke (14.47) who brings us his incredible insights into the GAA world. 

Mark also brings us Around The Weaker Counties, responding to your insights from games across the Allianz Leagues. 

We also try to get off the mark with our, as yet, unsuccessful accumulator of the week. 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Feb 21, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 3) - Ciaran Deely & Declan Bogue
01:25:44

It's Episode 3 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties. If your team is going to win the All-Ireland, this isn't the show for you! We focus on the team, matches, and storylines that don't get the national attention they deserve. 

In this episode, we speak London football manager Ciaran Deely, after his side's dramatic draw with Limerick last week. Ciaran has been vocal about the lack of coverage for Division 3 and 4 teams at this time of year.  

We also find out why Antrim GAA is in such a weak state given the size of Belfast's population. Declan Bogue gives us an education on all things Antrim and Ulster hurling. 

We also look back on Week 3 of the Allianz Football Leagues and give you our accumulator for this weekend's hurling. 

 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Feb 14, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 2) - Cillian O'Sullivan
00:59:22

It's Episode 2 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties. If your team is going to win the All-Ireland, this isn't the show for you! We focus on the team, matches, and storylines that don't get the national attention they deserve. 

In this episode, we speak to maverick Meath forward Cillian O'Sullivan (13.30) to talk about their big win in Division 2 last weekend and Meath's possible return to the top table of the game. 

We also review all of the lower division action in football and hurling and look at a accumulator from Divisions 2, 3 and 4 of the Allianz Football Leagues as we enter Week 3.

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Feb 07, 2018
The So-Called Weaker Podcast (Ep 1) - Daniel St Ledger & Daithi Regan
01:05:43

It's Episode 1 of our new GAA podcast, focusing on the so-called weaker counties. If your team is going to win the All-Ireland, this isn't the show for you! We focus on the team, matches, and storylines that don't get the national attention they deserve. 

In this episode, we speak to the brilliant Daniel St Ledger (8.20) of Carlow about his team's win in London at the weekend, hopes of promotions and how the GAA's lack of respect for their game in Ruislip has left a bitter taste in the mouth. 

We also catch up with Offaly legend Daithi Regan (35.15) after his county's incredible return to form in Croke Park on Saturday night. Is there a revolution in Offaly hurling? 

Get in touch with the show on Twitter @ballsdotie

Jan 30, 2018
Balls.ie NFL Show: Week 11 preview
00:41:30

Mick and Donny are back a day late but with lots to talk about. Who wanted to lose more, the Jags or the Chargers? NFL celebrations have reached a new level this year. And Mick reckons he could do as good as a job as Roger Goodell for a 10th of the money. 

Nov 16, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show 2017: Week 10 preview
00:40:20

The lads talk fantasy and look ahead to week 10

Nov 09, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show 2017: Week 8-9
00:40:59

Mick and Donny discuss a bumper trade deadline that Mick predicted would not happen, discuss the brilliance of Russell Wilson and the future for Deshaun Watson. Also, Papa John's! 

Nov 01, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show 2017: Week 7-8
00:40:11

The lads discuss a disappointing Week 7 and look ahead to Week 8. 

Oct 26, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show: Week 6
00:32:30

Mick and Donny discuss Aaron Rodgers' season ending injury and how there's just no good teams this year! They also talk about teams who always beat the spread and discuss their memories of the late Kevin Cadle. 

Oct 19, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Pod 2017: Week 5
00:56:20

The lads look back on a hectic Week 5 and Mikey Traynor, Balls.ie's resident Jaguars fan, sits in to discuss Jacksonville's Super Bowl chances. 

Oct 12, 2017
Ranking The Minor Teams Who've Produced The Most Senior All-Ireland Winners
00:22:25

Will the four in a row Kerry minor team be able to challenge Dublin at senior level? Can Galway's minor team help them retain Liam McCarthy? Ahead of the Electric Ireland Minor Star Awards on Saturday 7 October, we're ranking the most successful All-Ireland minor winning teams based on their subsequent success at senior level.

Oct 06, 2017
The Cult Of Tipp Ending the Drive for Five
00:30:17

Going into the 2010 All-Ireland Final, Kilkenny were the team to beat. Going into the game they were gunning for a historic 5th title in as many years and all that stood in their way was a Tipperary team that had battled their way to the final after an up and down season. That day, no one could have thought they were about to see one of the greatest team performances in All-Ireland history. 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Oct 03, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Pod 2017 Week 3: The NFL vs. Donald Trump
00:50:02

Mick and Donny reflect on an historic week in the NFL. Donald Trump's big mouth caused mass protest, and coincidentally (or not?), we got the best Red Zone Sunday ever.

Sep 27, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Pod 2017 Week 2
00:40:14

The lads look back on Week 2 and look ahead to another weekend of NFL action.

Sep 21, 2017
The Cult Of... Castleknock
00:52:17

In 1998 the area of Castleknock was a growing area with a population of around 60,000 people and was looking double in size in the near future, but was missing one major component of any Irish community, a GAA football and hurling club. With no pitch, no players and no money, a select few, with just an idea and the drive to push that idea,  were able to create something spectacular in just a 19 year period.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Sep 19, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show 2017 Week 1
00:34:50

The boys are back by popular demand to discuss everything going on in the NFL

Sep 13, 2017
Jackie Tyrrell: A Warrior's Code
00:31:53

Kilkenny hurling legend Jackie Tyrrell joins us in studio to talk about his autobiography, A Warrior's Code. Jackie won 9 All-Ireland titles in his time with Kilkenny, but his story wasn't always one of glory. He talks about his incredible story here. 

Sep 08, 2017
The Cult Of...Clare in 1995
00:41:38

The 1990s was a golden era of hurling, but the season of 1995 stands out for many people as the most compelling year in the decade. This is because a Clare team that wasn't particularly fancied as a favourite ended up winning taking the Liam McCarthy cup home for the first time in 81 years. Balls spoke to Ger 'Sparrow' O'Loughlin, a key member of that side about their journey. This includes tales from their legendary training sessions, the characters in the changing room that made it unforgettable and how they managed to get over the line.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Sep 05, 2017
The Cult of Maurice Fitzgerald's point in 2001
00:35:06

Maurice Fitzgerald is a Kerry footballing legend. In a county that routinely produces wonderful stylish players, he is often held up as one of the greatest of all. He was known for exuding class at almost every touch of the ball but none more so than in his iconic sideline point against Dublin in the 2001 All-Ireland quarter final. As well as being one of the best points in GAA history, it was of huge significance as it levelled the scoreline late in what was a do-or-die setting between traditional rivals and the first quarter final in GAA history. Balls spoke to his former teammate Dara Ó Cinnéide about what it was that made him stand out.

 

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Aug 22, 2017
King Crisps King Of The Hill Podcast Ep3: Bernard Brogan And Brian Mullins Explain The Enduring Power Of Hill 16
00:37:00

For the third episode in our King Crisps King of the Hill podcast, we talk to two Dublin GAA legends in Brian Mullins and Bernard Brogan Jr. to find out just what it is about Hill 16 that has helped Dublin teams perform at their very best over various decades.

 

This episode is being brought to you by King as part of the #KingoftheHill campaign. Stay tuned to King social media pages for the rest of the summer for more #KingoftheHill videos and competitions.

Aug 09, 2017
The Cult Of...The Die-Hard GAA Fan With Paddy Joe Burke
00:32:30

Paddy Joe Burke is synonymous with Roscommon GAA. Having coined the nickname 'the Rossies' way back in 1982, the Roscommon super-fan is well known for his loyalty and passion for his beloved county team. Balls spoke to Paddy Joe to get a sense of what it is that sparked this passion as well as how it has managed to stay so fervent down through the years.

You can follow 'The Cult Of...' series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish. Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

Aug 08, 2017
The Cult Of...Denis Irwin
00:45:07

One of Ireland's greatest defenders, one of Manchester United's shrewest transfers, one of Cork's most heralded sports stars.

Denis Irwin did it all.

In the latest podcast from Bulmers, Mikey Traynor delves into the cult of Denis Irwin with Trevor Welch and Stuart Mathieson.

You can follow The Cult Of... series as we delve into some of the most fascinating cult sporting moments. Whether it's Maurice Fitzgerald's majestic sideline point or the Clare team that came from nowhere in 1995, it's always 100% Irish.

Please drink Bulmers responsibly.

 

Jul 25, 2017
King Crisps King Of The Hill Special Event: A Night With Bernard Brogan, Tomas O Se and Paul Galvin
00:59:30

King Crisps present an amazing night of GAA talk with three GAA legends -  Bernard Brogan, Tomas O Se and Paul Galvin at the Sugar Club. Expect lots of Kerry-Dublin nostalgia and discussion of the 2017 Championship.

This event is being brought to you by King as part of the #KingoftheHill campaign. Stay tuned to King social media pages for the rest of the summer for more #KingoftheHill videos and competitions.

Jul 19, 2017
King Crisps King Of The Hill Podcast Ep1: The Dublin Meath Rivalry Of The 1990s
00:38:47

For the first in our new series of King Crisps King Of The Hill Podcasts, we look back on the incredible Dublin Meath rivalry of the 1990s with two All-Ireland winnings captains, John O'Leary of Dublin and Graham Geraghty of Meath. 

The two teams met 11 times in the Championship over the course of the decade, and between them played in 7 All-Ireland finals and won 3. 

Jun 21, 2017
The Irish Boxing Show, Episode 6: Luke Keeler going all in, Paddy Barnes fighting his way to China, Burnett/Europeans previews
00:48:19

Dublin's Luke Keeler pops over from The Celtic Warrior Gym to discuss his Irish middleweight title scrap with Darren Cruise on June 24th, Facebook beef and purse bets, and crashing at his Ma's for a bit of peace and quiet.

 

Paddy Barnes joins Gavan and Joe on the line from Marbella ahead of his WBO European title scrap on June 17th.

 

The lads preview Ryan Burnett's world title tilt on June 10th, and Joe looks ahead to the European Championships.

Jun 07, 2017
Balls.ie FA Cup Show Episode 5: Andy Townsend
00:16:35

Andy Townsend shares his memories of the FA Cup.

May 15, 2017
The Irish Boxing Show, episode 5: Jason Quigley on exchanging words with Teddy Atlas at Canelo-Chavez, Leonard Gunning aka Boxing Ireland on May 27th's 'Celtic Clash 2'
00:55:32

Donegal's undefeated middleweight sensation Jason 'El Animal' Quigley joins Gavan Casey and Joe O'Neill to discuss the criticism he received on ESPN following a dogged victory over Glen Tapia, and reveals plans to fight in Ireland.

Leonard Gunning - aka 'Boxing Ireland' - joins the lads to look ahead to a stacked card at the National Stadium on May 27th.

May 11, 2017
The Irish Boxing Show, episode 4: Michael Conlan on NYC, McGregor and what's next
01:02:45

Michael Conlan joins Gavan Casey and Joe O'Neill to reflect on his professional debut at Madison Square Garden, and reveals plans for his next two fights.

Apr 18, 2017
The Hard Shoulder Episode 30: Alan Brogan
00:33:06

Dublin legend Alan Brogan sits down for a special episode of the Hard Shoulder

Mar 15, 2017
Balls.ie NFL Show Episode 21: Super Bowl LI Review
00:56:55

Mick, Donny and Cian Fahey look back on one of the maddest Super Bowls ever. 

Feb 08, 2017