SPORTS COLUMNISTS

RUBY WALSH: Un de Sceaux should make no mistake this time

Today at Fairyhouse, at least as far as I’m concerned, is all about Un de Sceaux in the two-mile beginners chase.

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PAT KEANE: Crazy to have so few National Hunt meetings in run up to Christmas

I have been asked several times of late, by a number of punters, as to why there is such a lack of racing for much of December, on the lead-in to Christmas.

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LIAM MACKEY: The late, late Roy show

In the inky trade, ‘man bites dog’ might be the gold standard for what qualifies as a legitimate news story but, in the case of Roy Keane, ‘man rings doorbell’ appears to be more than enough to merit the full shock ’n awe treatment.

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LARRY RYAN: Katie Taylor rules world of her own making

"What a load of tripe."

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BRENDAN OBRIEN: Glitz and glamour but Bernie Ecclestone’s winning formula still hard to love

All sport is, inherently, ludicrous.

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RONAN OGARA: Racing Metro have eyes set on €1.6m man Dan Carter

MY boss has a dream and all available evidence thus far indicates he is going to make it happen, writes Ronan O'Gara. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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PADDY HEANEY: Compromise key to solving Casement Park conundrum

Unlike The Honourable Mr Justice Horner, a lot of people made a rushed judgment about Casement Park on Monday morning, writes Paddy Heaney.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Tries hold key to Munster’s rugby destiny

The difference in the perceived challenges facing Munster and Leinster over the weekend is reflected in the fact that Leinster find themselves roundly criticised despite their win over Harlequins, while Munster have received a very positive response for their achievement in rescuing a bonus point in defeat from a game that could have run away from them at one stage, writes Donal Lenihan.

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COLUMNISTS: Road Bowling: Mullins powers to Shannonvale win

Christy Mullins had a decisive win over James O’Donovan at Shannonvale.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Mick McCarthy working wonders with cut price Tractor Boys

Even now in this country that he used to captain and manage with such pride, we still don’t or can’t give Mick McCarthy due credit.

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JOHN FOGARTY: GAA players forced to make too many sacrifices

GAA players are professional in everything but name and professional everywhere but pocket, suggests John Fogarty.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Monumental Munster effort secures Euro rugby lifeline

Munster have built a reputation on delivering big performances when they’re least expected, and to survive the type of examination they were to get yesterday at the Stade Marcel Michelin, nothing less than a season’s best would suffice, writes Donal Lenihan.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Putting sexism within the GAA into the spotlight

The news that Roisin Jordan of Tyrone has become chair of Tyrone GAA was greeted warmly this week as a step forward for the Association, and that appointment wasn’t the only development of its kind in the last few days.

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LIAM MACKEY: Stevie G’s year of woe

If it can ever be possible to feel something approaching pity for a mega-rich Premier League footballer who has won the Champions League, captained his country and been justly feted as one of the best players of his generation, then look no further than Steven Gerrard.

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RUBY WALSH: Drop in trip key to unlocking Monterg’s potential

I have five rides at Navan tomorrow but just a couple this afternoon at Tramore.

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LARRY RYAN: All faith lost as football about profits, not prophets

Earn A Million During Breakfast Every Day.

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