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Monaghan manager Malachy O Rourke

PADDY HEANEY: New position needed on line-ups

Gaelic football has moved on, but the media and GAA officialdom are clinging to a past that has long since ceased to exist. 

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JOHN MCHENRY: Patience will be greatest virtue

The buzz around the media centre yesterday left you in no doubt as to the status of the Irish Open, with a who’s who of golf gracing the interview room in quick succession.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Bad start takes its Martin Toal on Conor McGuigan

Martin Toal had an unexpectedly easy win over Conor McGuigan in the quarter-final of the Ulster senior championship at Port Mór-Blackwatertown.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Minnows manage to defy the odds

The map of European football is changing and it’s time to celebrate the rise of the outsiders.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Memorial day and a trip to the ball game

If you ever want your Americana laid on extra thick, try to catch a baseball game on America’s annual Memorial Day, the last Monday in May and the starting gun of summer.

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TONY CONSIDINE: Why Davy must take a step back

Hurling coaches are choking the game to death. What materialised inside the whitewash at Thurles on Sunday reaffirmed my concerns for the game. 

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JOHN FOGARTY: Crying foul won’t help Clare cause

"They are decisions in the last year. If you look at it, we’re not getting them."

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KIERAN SHANNON: No person in Irish society could escape reach of Bill O’Herlihy

Last year, when I met Bill O’Herlihy for the first and only time just days before his last broadcast anchoring the RTÉ football panel, he made one of those characteristic self-depreciating comments as we were finishing up.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Added baggage to hosting global games

You’re backing the bid for the Rugby World Cup? 

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ANTHONY DALY: Does anyone really think Clare’s number is up?

I was in the RTÉ radio booth in the cockpit of the Kinnane Stand yesterday, when the fourth official signalled there would be just one minute of injury-time.

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DONAL O'GRADY: Quality was mixed but Munster first round contests are all about winning

The first half at Semple Stadium didn’t provide a great deal of entertainment, although the second was a distinct improvement.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Glasgow Warriors stand in the way of fitting farewell to the ultimate warrior

How appropriate the two sides finishing first and second in the regular season contest the Guinness Pro 12 final in Belfast next Saturday. Like the league, both semi-finals went to the wire with a single score separating the teams after two great clashes over the weekend.

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PAT KEANE: Robbie McNamara’s courage an inspiration to us all

There was some terrific Irish racing on ATR last Sunday, from Navan and Limerick, but for many of us the real highlight came at the end of the programme when Gary O’Brien interviewed Robbie McNamara.

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LARRY RYAN: Finding meaning on Premier League Survival Sunday

We have missed the pageantry badly this last three years. The classic imagery: a small boy’s little face creasing in a flood of tears; an obese, topless man convulsing in triumph.

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LIAM MACKEY: Season to leave you singing the Blues

After last year’s feast, the famine…

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ANTHONY DALY: This will come down to granules of composure

The day of a big championship game, a fair few of the Clare lads used to think I was on another planet, that I didn’t know what nerves were, that I was so relaxed I was nearly horizontal.

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RONAN O'GARA: Don’t drop all the blame at Matt’s door

While it had initially looked like Matt O’Connor would see out the final year of his contract with Leinster, yesterday’s news of his departure wasn’t all that surprising.

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PADDY HEANEY: Officials escape spotlight in RTÉ’s new era of coverage

When the GAA signed a broadcasting deal with Sky Sports, it was argued that the competition would force RTÉ to improve the standard of their coverage.

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KIERAN SHANNON: 'I'll miss the lads': Bill O' Herlihy leaves it there in one of his last interviews

In one of his last interviews as RTÉ's soccer anchor, Bill O' Herlihy spoke to Kieran Shannon about Charlton, Dunphy, Giles and retirement. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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