44 episodes

The GAA Social brings to life stories from Gaelic Games. It features pundit discussions and wide-ranging interviews with the sport’s players, managers and officials.

The GAA Social BBC Radio Ulster

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    • 4.9 • 42 Ratings

The GAA Social brings to life stories from Gaelic Games. It features pundit discussions and wide-ranging interviews with the sport’s players, managers and officials.

    Austin Gleeson, temper, different breed, Waterford for All-Ireland in 2023, mental frailties, Belfast beers

    Austin Gleeson, temper, different breed, Waterford for All-Ireland in 2023, mental frailties, Belfast beers

    From child prodigy to 'Hurling player of the year' Austin Gleeson is one of the sports biggest names and he’s on the GAA Social. In an open and frank podcast, the 2016 Player-of-the-year talks openly about mental frailties in Waterford, his doubts, what went wrong in 2022, Davy Fitzgerald as the new boss and his firm belief that he will win the All-Ireland- and it could happen in 2023.

    He speaks openly about losing Liam Cahill to Tipperary and his relationship with the former Waterford manager (Not brilliant on the Tuesday after going on the beer in Belfast)

    Oisin talks Wicklow and his role as their new manager (Starting on November 24th, and not a day before apparently) the training ban is firmly in place

    Gleeson also confronts (Actually, in the very first question) the reputation of his ‘Nasty streak’

    He was sent off this year against Wexford and Cork.

    It’s a rare insight into one of the games greats. The moment when Austin fought back against claims he wasn’t fit enough, his before & after pictures are incredible. The kid who made his Mount Sion debut after eating a Snackbox- to the man who was the best hurler in Ireland- with more to come. An insightful podcast and a beautiful final compliment from the Tipperary manager on the brilliance of Austin Gleeson

    • 56 min
    Rian O'Neill. That Free, Armagh for Sam- Oisin for Wicklow (Not Mayo) What is 'The main man' Not feeling pressure. Breakthrough

    Rian O'Neill. That Free, Armagh for Sam- Oisin for Wicklow (Not Mayo) What is 'The main man' Not feeling pressure. Breakthrough

    Allstar nominee Rian O'Neill joins Thomas Niblock and Oisin Mcconville. Rian talks winning an All-Ireland, reputation for being bad, what is a main man and delaing with pressure. Rian brings us into the moment for the summer defining free-kick against Galway- was it better that Sean O'Shea's?

    Rian also brings us into the mind of a modern day top level gaelic footballer- the aspiration and winning with Crossmaglen.

    It's been a busy few weeks for Oisin who is now the Wicklow manager- but didn't get the May job along with Ray Dempsey. Did Mayo get it right? Oisin is very clear.

    It's also the first GAA social since the podcast won sports podcast of the year at the Irish Podcast awards. Thank you, our listeners on BBC Sounds for your support. Words couldn't reflect how grateful the team is for all your support.

    We're back!!

    • 53 min
    Rory beggan V Niall Morgan- Rivals, goalkeepers- future for the position. Insight on a different scale- will win Sam Maguire

    Rory beggan V Niall Morgan- Rivals, goalkeepers- future for the position. Insight on a different scale- will win Sam Maguire

    Niall Morgan & Rory Beggan are two of the best goalkeepers in Gaelic football. Rivals, fiercely competitive and for the first time the GAA Social brings them both on a podcast to talk goalkeeping. Whats changed- where it’s going and why Niall Morgan believes teams will soon start playing without a goalkeeper.

    It’s a fascinating listen about the most talked about position in Gaelic football- and a must listen to coaches and aspiring number 1’s! Both men also chat through the season, where it went wrong and both believe they can still win Sam Maguire.

    The video session where Niall Morgan was told by management “That’s why you’ll never be as good as Rory Beggan” is quite the story. Brilliantly honest and an insight into making it at the top- and staying there.

    Refereeing comes under the spotlight, what’s actually said to match officials and those ongoing conversations with umpires.

    There’s also a look ahead to this weekends All-Ireland semi-finals. Kerry against Dublin and Derry’s battle with Galway. Both Rory & Niall agree on who will make this years All-Ireland final

    Jim Gavin the next Monaghan manager? Why not

    • 58 min
    Michael Duignan, living with cancer, Tomas O'Se as manager, Shane Lowry's role with Offaly- not sleeping for 3 years.

    Michael Duignan, living with cancer, Tomas O'Se as manager, Shane Lowry's role with Offaly- not sleeping for 3 years.

    In a deeply personal and revelaing podcast, former Offaly All-Ireland winner Michael Duignan explains the loss of his wife Edel to cancer. The decade that preceeded it and letters written by Edel, to be read after her death. The "guilt" of moving on and faith of Edel, in Michael, and his ability to raise their two sons alone. It's moving, powerful and brutually honest. The podcast also examines the challenges when a high profile former player moves into administration, Tomas O'Se has potentially the next Offaly manager and a brilliant story on Derry captain Chrissy McKaigue. Duignan confirms a six-figure sum donated by Shane Lowry and the role of the former Open champion with his native county. There's also a look ahead to this weekends All-Ireland hurling semi-finals, that hand-shake between Henry Shefflin and Brian Cody, and Duignan backs Galway for Sam Maguire. Oisin reflects on a frantic weekend for Armagh, that row and the Tiernan Kelly incident. It's funny, it's moving, it's packed- another brilliant episode of the GAA Social

    • 59 min
    BONUS EPISODE:Benny Tierney- uncensored! Armagh days, 2002 hilarious from the start & a focus on this weekends quarter-finals

    BONUS EPISODE:Benny Tierney- uncensored! Armagh days, 2002 hilarious from the start & a focus on this weekends quarter-finals

    It's non-stop laughter!! When Oisin McConville is questioned is he the father of his daughter? (Yes you read that correctly) you know this podcast is going to be a bit different. Benny Tierney, a unique man with a brilliant football story. Is there room in the game for craic and fun? As we approach the 20th anniversary of the only time Armagh won Sam Maguire- we bring the band back together for the lagacy of that win and look ahead to a landmark day for Armagh against Galway. Oisin has his doubts over Kerry (and Dublin) and there's hope for Mayo. The call has been made though- Armagh will play Derry for a place in the years All-Ireland final! PS Oisin can confirm he is the happy father to three amazing children. Benny however is Ronaldo?

    • 56 min
    Andy McEntee- night of long knives, surviving, managing Meath, online abuse, Shane's death, provincial system is broken

    Andy McEntee- night of long knives, surviving, managing Meath, online abuse, Shane's death, provincial system is broken

    In one of the most powerful, honest and explosive episodes of the GAA Social yet- Former Meath manager Andy McEntee explains what it’s really like being an inter-county manager. There was an attempt to oust he former All-Ireland winning club coach in October 2021- but Andy survived and was backed ferociously by the clubs in Meath.

    This is his account of what happened, the trust that was lost, the abusive messages and letters received by him and his family and the hurt inflicted. It’s not all bad- in the words of McEntee there were more good days and that’s reflected in the letters that dropped through his front door, the relationships with the players and a gradual improvement of the team against a backdrop of the greatest team of all-time, Dublin.

    For the first time in an interview, Andy explains the impact of loss following the death of his brother Shane, Minister for Agriculture, who died by suicide in 2012. It’s an emotional powerful story and shines a light on online abuse and the pressures of inter-county management.

    There are some brilliant moments of laughter and the positivity of Andy McEntee shines through. Brutally honest, funny and emotional and a focus on the All-Ireland football quarter-finals this weekend. Bad news for Armagh supporters, Oisin McConville believes they're going to win (so they'll lose) or will they? A brilliant podcast & massive respect to Andy McEntee for being so honest, especially talking about his brother Shane. A gent

    • 1 hr 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
42 Ratings

42 Ratings

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Great podcast

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Essential listening for any GAA fan

Fabulous interviews, great analysis Thomas asks the right questions that listeners want the answers to and guests are always engaging and thorough. Great insight to top level GAA

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