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Is downside of Conor McGregor's win the fact that some will think violence is ok?

Conor McGregor's 13 second demolition of Jose Aldo took Ireland by storm. As part of her work experience with the Irish Examiner, Transition Year student Isobel McCabe looks back on the night and asks, amidst all the hype, is the growth of UFC/MMA simply fuelling the 'Fighting Irish' sterotype and glorifying violence for some?

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VIDEO: The greatest moments in Irish soccer history

So, it’s done. We’re heading to France and what a rollercoaster ride it was. From relief in Georgia, to joy in Gelsenkirchen and misery in Glasgow. Euphoria in the Aviva to panic in Poland before Bosnia were dispatched after some fun in the fog.

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Cristiano Ronaldo had a cheeky response to his 501st goal

Last night, Cristiano Ronaldo bagged himself a brace against Champions League opponents Malmo.

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Chelsea fans voted ugliest in the Premier League

A rough week for Chelsea fans has taken another turn for the worse.

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VIDEO: Dundalk show what LOI means to their fans in mini-doc series

After a series of serious setbacks Dundalk Football Club was on the brink of extinction in 2012. With the community in a crisis, “The Town” video series tells the story of how the people of Dundalk pulled together to save their beloved club, and the rousing redemption story behind their unprecedented League winning campaign of 2014.

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TWEETS AND VIDEO: Alex O'Shea attempts to run the length of Ireland for charity

Meet marathon man Alex O’ Shea from Ballineen, Cork. Alex is not your normal long-distance runner.

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20 years ago today: The 'Banner Roar' takes over Croke Park

As we look forward to the All-Ireland final on Sunday, we reminisce about some great ones gone by. Here we take a look at how Clare found Liam McCarthy after 81 years.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Money in professional sport - Men vs Women

Every time we hear news of a sports person signing a new contract or sponsorship deal, we marvel at the amount of money they command.

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VIDEO: Top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram

Instagram is loved by celebrities and superstars across the world with people like the Kardashians and Taylor Swift are regular users.

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The bright side of sport: Ireland can be number one at Rugby World Cup

Ireland’s win against Wales last weekend proved something very important. The golden generation was not a once off, writes Steve Neville.

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VIDEO: All the Premier League talking points ahead of the big kick off

The Premier League gets under way tomorrow and our panel discuss the big issues for the top teams in a new weekly show entitled #ExaminerFC.

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The bright side of sport: Kildare deserve more praise after beating Cork

Three games were played at Thurles last weekend, two of those set the talking points for the week and one county led the discussion, writes Steve Neville.

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The bright side of sport: The transfer quiz

Saga after saga, rumour after rumour – the never ending transfer drama (or lack of) will continue to rumble on until September.

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The bright side of sport: The transfer window has burst open

Yesterday saw the opening of the transfer window so Steve Neville looks at the transfers already gone through that will make a difference next season and the potential ones that could prove vital.

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The bright side of sport: Time for a Championship change

Steve Neville believes it is time for a change to the GAA Championship structure.

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The bright side of sport: 5 fixtures to shape the Premier League 2015/16

The Premier League fixtures were announced yesterday and it offered a brief taste of what is to come for the season ahead. Steve Neville took out his crystal ball to predict which games will be vital in the upcoming season.

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The bright side of sport: Ireland are able - time to deliver

On the back of the scandal with FIFA and a string of disappointing results, it’s time for Ireland to deliver, writes Steve Neville.

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Pirlo and Xavi show the game can still be beautiful

Xavi’s brief consoling of Pirlo at the end of the Champions League final was a much-needed reminder, in the wake of the FIFA scandal, that the game can still be beautiful, writes Ciarán O’Connor. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The bright side of sport: One line Premier League predictions

With the Premier League right around the corner, Steve Neville gives one line predictions on how each team will do this season.

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The bright side of sport: Time for FIFA to ring the changes

With FIFA having a large vacancy to fill, Steve Neville looks at the changes a new president could introduce.

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The bright side of sport: Looking back at the Premier League 2014/15

As the Premier League goes on holiday, Steve Neville recaps the season and looks at the players and managers who deserved praise but were left empty handy when the awards were handed out.

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The bright side of sport: Sporting changes for better or worse?

Steve Neville wonders what would happen if there was a sporting referendum where fans were given the chance to change or introduce a new rule into the worlds of soccer, rugby and the GAA.

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The bright side of sport: Quality League of Ireland deserves more coverage

The League of Ireland is improving year on year and Steve Neville thinks it deserves to be seen by more people.

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The bright side of sport: Tim Sherwood can cut it as a great manager

Steve Neville says Tim Sherwood deserves more credit for the job he has done at Aston Villa and thinks his seemingly simple management is the key to his success.

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The bright side of sport: Bournemouth put the beauty back in the beautiful game

Every week, Steve Neville will be looking at the positives in the world in sport. This week he looks at AFC Bournemouth and how they went from near financial ruin to a chance of playing in the Premier League.

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Thierry Henry can still pull off the old fake-shoot-pass trick

Thierry tried out one of his favourite old tricks in the Steven Gerrard charity match today. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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The sporting mismatch photo of the weekend

Probably best leave it, Tyler. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Keys and Gray wouldn’t have given this lineswoman any lip

Brazilian assistant referee Tatiane Sacilotti runs her line with fear. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Hangovers, distractions, defensive jitters and atmosphere worries: it’s the Chelsea v Liverpool build-up

Chelsea play Liverpool at Stamford Bridge tomorrow night in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final. We look at some of the talking points.

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Out with the old - what about the new?

Personal reflections from Irish Examiner sports writers, with some 2015 wishes and predictions to boot.

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