SPORTS COLUMNISTS

James O'Donoghue

BRENDAN OBRIEN: Mayo must find an antidote to Kerry viper O’Donoghue

Just over three weeks ago, James Horan sat in Hotel Ballina’s Ox Room and dished out quotes ahead of last Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final against Kerry with all the usual boxes being ticked before journalists, players and coaches went their separate ways into the still balmy night.

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UEFA President Michel Platini attends the UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco yesterday.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)

LIAM MACKEY: Europe is where the real premier class shows

Remember the World Cup? A big football thingy in Brazil just a couple of months ago?

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PADDY HEANEY: Respecting those who seek glory and risk humiliation

Fifteen years ago, I found myself faced with a difficult decision. Back then, I worked in the real world. But I had a notion of becoming a journalist. In order to make the leap, I had to quit a job, take a loan from the bank, and return to full-time education.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Sport keeps head in the sand on traumatic brain injury issue

I don’t know if you caught that little online scuffle between yet-to-retire boxer Floyd Mayweather and his former stacks-of-cash ally, rapper 50 Cent.

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SEAMUS OTUAMA: Daly gives outstanding display to take senior men’s title

With an Ireland-Netherlands two-day test at Skibbereen, the final of the John Cronin Cup and two Mick Barry Cup ties this was one of the busiest weekends of the year.

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Patrick 'Bonner' Maher

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘Bonner’ gets green light for showdown

Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher has recovered from the rib injury he picked up in the semi-final win over Cork and will be available for next month’s All-Ireland SHC final against Kilkenny.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Standing room only on outrage bus

The outrage bus doesn’t discriminate. It takes all comers.

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Match of the Day

KIERAN SHANNON: Retro TV and Pearce have us dreaming dreams

No matter what else the television sports year offers up, we think we saw its most delightful touch last Saturday night.

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Stephanie Meadow

COLUMNISTS: Future looks mixed for golf at Olympics

Imagine Rory McIlroy and Stephanie Meadow teeing it up together for Ireland at the 2016 Olympics in Rio?

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Galway's Heather Cooney battles with Kilkenny's Shelly Farrell in the All-Ireland camogie championship semi-final in Limerick. Stories on women's sport are generally outnumbered by about 20 to one.

DERVAL OROURKE: Increased coverage key to promoting women’s sports

There has been a lot said and written about women’s sport in Ireland in the past few weeks. 

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ENDA MCEVOY: No racing certainties — even with a multi-trick pony

All-Ireland football semi-final day. Home in front of the telly.

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TONY MCENTEE: Employing sweeper very nearly a calamity for Mayo

An opinion columnist this week described professional negligence as a newspaper column discussing a topic which it can neither explain nor understand. Tony McEntee tries to buck that trend.

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DARA OCINNEIDE: Heroic Mayo deserve another crack

Where to start with that great big beast of a game? Best to start at the finish, and in the frantic moments that preceded it.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Victorious 1989 Cork team set to reunite

During the week Larry Tompkins seemed to annoy a few people in Mayo with some observations about the western footballers and their quest for an All-Ireland.

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Paul Murphy, Kerry, in action against Michael Conroy, Mayo. Picture: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

DARA OCINNEIDE: Moment of destiny for Mayo’s bid to continue pilgrimage

The fact it’s Kerry providing the opposition in Croke Park is a huge motivating factor for Mayo to show their maturity andreadiness for battle

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Packed stands at last week's Tramore festival.

PAT KEANE: Tramore more than holding its own

Tramore isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, how could it be, but you have to say it certainly has its place in the scheme of things.

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Kerry's Paul Murphy gets to grips with Mayo's Enda Varley in the league clash in Castlebar. Picture: Pat Murphy

TONY LEEN: The size of the dog and the fight

From a county that bred mythical footballing giants, Kerry’s 2014 crop of defenders are more tight and tidy than terrifying.

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane: Record of one win in seven friendly games is 'frankly dismal'

LIAM MACKEY: The shock of the familiar

So it’s business as usual, as in business unusual, across the Irish Sea, the fledgling new Premier League season having already sent the back pages into overdrive with LVG’s nightmare start at Old Trafford, Liverpool prepared to swap frying pan for fire as Balotelli replaces Suarez and, simply stinking the whole place out, the Malky Mackay scandal.

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Mayo's Colm Boyle feels the strain as Kerry's Marc Ó Sé challenges during the league clash at MacHale Park, Castlebar. Picture: Pat Murphy

TONY MCENTEE: Making right calls with defences could be decisive factor

Sometimes you can’t do right for doing wrong. Management is one area this idiom is applicable.

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ENDA MCEVOY: Breaking bread with the devil

Good job Paul Grimley wasn’t in Langton’s the other night. He’d have been in grave danger of choking on his fillet steak.

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Ireland boss Martin O'Neill: Facing a very real task to qualify for Euro 2016

BRENDAN OBRIEN: It’s time for new heroes to stand up for Boys in Green

Last June one year, a Scottish team replete with journeymen pros without a win in any of the six competitive games they had played up until then in their World Cup qualifying campaign, travelled to Zagreb and came away with a 1-0 win against the world’s then fourth-highest ranked side.

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Tipperary's Brendan Maher and Seamus Harnedy of Cork during last Sunday's All Ireland  Semi-Final in Croke Park.Picture: INPHO/James Crombie

DONAL OG CUSACK: Cork in need of a culture shock

Busy week at the front! Before the questions, some answers.

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