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The 2017 GAA championship is almost upon us, and we have Kildare manager Cian O’Neill in studio to help us set the scene for summer.

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O’Neill has been involved in All-Ireland successes in hurling and football in the last 7 years – first in 2010 when he was physical trainer to the Tipperary hurlers, and then with Kerry in 2014, when he was coach under Eamon Fitzmaurice.

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In between he served with Mayo, having previously worked with the Limerick footballers, so when he finally took the plunge and became manager of his native Kildare in October 2015 he was both massively experienced, and in for a shock.

The difference between coaching and managing, the impact on family life, the benefits of dog ownership, working smart, and planning for the Dubs – Cian O’Neill talks about it all.

Plus we even get a chance to mention the 2002 penalty shootout against Spain, David Albelda’s twisted testicle, and in spite of all the haters out there Murph keeps his GAA cup half full.

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