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•A novel scrappage scheme for hurling helmets, supported by Galway star Joe Canning, is due to start nationwide in the near future. The scheme, which will run until February 21, will enable players to scrap any make or model of helmet, with or without a faceguard, and receive a discount on a new MARC IS355 certified helmet. In addition, MARC Sports’ chosen children’s charity, Make-A-Wish®, Ireland; will receive a donation for every helmet that is scrapped.Speaking about the first scrappage scheme run for hurling helmets, director general of the GAA, Paraic Duffy commented “MARC Sports is to be commended for launching this innovative scheme, which will ultimately increase the safety of our playing members. The IS355 approved hurling helmet is an important standard for the use of helmets and we wish MARC Sports every success with this campaign.”

Ballina look to roll back the old cup magic

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If you have an interest in basketball in Ireland, then Kieran Shannon’s magnificent opus on the history of the game Hanging from the Rafters would have been on your Christmas wish list. The award winning journalist’s trawl back through the glory days of Irish basketball is a must read for any sports fan, not only those who are fans of basketball. In the book Shannon dedicates a chapter to the boys from Ballina and their triumphs and tragedies, concentrating on the glory days around the early 1990s.


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