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McIlroy giving back to the sport that made him

There has been a lot written about Rory McIlroy in the days since he won the Open Championship.

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Week 16: Missing DoubleDown chicken burgers and mud festivals for the Seoul Gaels

It’s been four months since our GAA season began here in Seoul, Korea and we have reached the midway point in our season.

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Titbits and tidings from Hoylake

There was some early Irish success to celebrate in this neck of the woods yesterday when The Island’s Kevin LeBlanc won the R&A’s prestigious Junior Open Championship at West Lancashire Golf Club.

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Week 15: On days like this you wouldn’t know the difference between Harney’s of Dunhill and the Wolfhound Irish Pub in Itaewon

As the clock approached 1am on Sunday morning celebrations were well under way back at "the local". Players, friends and well-wishers had packed the place out to the extent that one could not move without bumping into someone as they did.

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Week 14: Preparing for the first hurling game in South Korea since 2011

On Saturday we had our final training session in the run up to the North Asia Games. As has been common, this year, we trained on the US military base in central Seoul, this time the ladies going first for two hours followed by a two hour session for the men.

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Week 13: Organising the North Asian Games starts with finding a pitch

Preparations for the North Asian Games have been picking up pace recently. We have just one training session left before the competition and less than ten days left to iron out the finer details of the event.

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Week 12: Leaving a man behind in Seoul, a broken jaw and a bit of samgyeopsal

As usual, Seoul Station was the meeting point early Saturday morning as we prepared to make the two and a half hour train trip to Ulsan for the second round of the Korean league.

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Nursing injuries in Seoul

Week 11 (June 11th, 2014)

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Michael Conlan

Conlan aims to right the Delhi wrongs

With his confidence boosted by a series of accolades from a glittering junior career, Michael Conlan arrived at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four years ago convinced he was ready to claim senior gold.

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A weekend away playing football in China

Week 10 (June 4th, 2014) On Saturday morning at about 9.40am local time the China Eastern Airlines Boeing Jet from Seoul to Shanghai had just touched down at Pudong International Airport.

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World Cup - Friendly Fire

World Cup 2014 kicks off in nine days so Ger McCarthy looks at how some of the contenders and outsiders are shaping up ahead of their final friendlies before boarding the plane to Brazil.

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Don’t go writing the Roy Bhoy headlines just yet

Martin O’Neill, the FAI and the Irish players are awaiting clarity on Roy Keane’s next move. Not to mention an Irish public whose fascination with the Cork man showing little sign of dimming.

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Golf stars could do with a rule check

Professional golfers quite rightly dedicate plenty of time to practice in the lead up to majors but as the US Open approaches they would be advised to have a quick refresh of the local rules.

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4,000km treks across Asia a world away from short spin to Dunhill GAA club

Week 9 (May 28th, 2014) When I started playing GAA at under nines and under tens game day, for me, meant a thirty minute trip in the back of my parents’ Honda Civic into Waterford City, a short spin to one of the nearby parishes or a stroll over to the local field at Dunhill GAA Club.

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25 years ago Gaybo gave my auntie ten grand and Arsenal completed the greatest story ever told

Tony Leen was at Anfield 25 years ago tonight for the most remarkable league triumph in football history.

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In Formula One, it doesn’t get bigger than Monte Carlo

The jewel in the crown of the Formula One season, the playground of the rich and famous. The Monaco Grand Prix is unlike any other sporting event in the world. Just over 3km of tarmac makes up one of the most enigmatic, mythical and prestigious 2 hours of sporting highlights you’re ever likely to see.

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Kieran McKeever on the toxic and nasty rivalry between Donegal and Derry

For 16 years now, Kieran McKeever has carried a mantle that he doesn’t want any more.

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Rory’s ’bouncebackability’ in the face of adversity

Rory McIlroy’s break-up with fiancee Caroline Wozniacki is just the latest incident in a long line to threaten the Irishman’s golf game.

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Olazabal: Garcia needs to feel love

Usually in golf, the numbers 64 and 62 represent a brilliant day on the course and a score to be cherished. But when those figures are the number of major championships you have played without a victory, that is not the case.

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Season kicks off and Seoul gaels turn to US Military for training

Week 8 (May 21th, 2014): After getting our league campaign off to the best possible start it was back to the U.S Military Base for training and some coaching with the kids this week. In Korea, it is not often that the kids get to meet members of the senior teams as we train in different places.

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Sergio Martinez works out. Picture: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Martinez feeling fighting fit

Sergio Martinez is eager to shrug off his injury nightmare and re-establish his dominance of the world middleweight division when he returns from a 14-month absence to face Miguel Cotto at Madison Square Garden in New York on June 7. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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Beach, barbeques and a few beers as Seoul Gaels’ championship kicks off

We gathered outside McDonalds, in Seoul Station, many of us bleary-eyed from the morning’s early rise. It was 6.50am and rather predictably some of our finely tuned athletes were already delving into McMuffin breakfasts to set them up for the long day ahead.

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Meet the Premier League Unsung XI

Ger McCarthy offers up an alternative Premier League XI comprising of unsung heroes who have impressed for their individual clubs this season.

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Five questions on Giro d’Italia you’re too afraid to ask…

The Giro d’Italia’s Big Start is in Ireland this year – but what is the Giro, and why is everything pink?

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