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LARRY RYAN: Time for Ireland to recalculate percentages?

Are our hearts truly in these inquests any more, asks Larry Ryan.

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LIAM MACKEY: Don’t write off Martin O’Neill after one freak occurrence

I can only bow down to the prophetic powers of those who say they saw Tuesday night’s Aviva apocalypse coming, writes Liam Mackey.

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PAT KEANE: Gordon Elliott still value in title battle with Willie Mullins

The battle between Colin Keane and Pat Smullen, for the flat jockeys’ championship, didn’t half-light up that campaign but, you suspect, it will be nothing compared to what’s in store over the coming months, as Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott again go head-to-head for the National Hunt trainers’ title, writes Pat Keane.

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RUBY WALSH: Faugheen showing speed and enthusiasm on gallops

After a week off I’m really looking forward to getting back racing, and the return of Faugheen is a great motivation, writes Ruby Walsh.

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RONAN O'GARA: Breaking dressing room bond leaves sour aftertaste

It’s not good when people who are investing trust in you feel they are out of the loop, writes Ronan O’Gara.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Ireland fail to prepare, prepare to fail

Martin O’Neill is far from a one-trick pony but his team is, writes Brendan O’Brien.

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PAUL ROUSE: From wife-carrying to faction-fighting: Sporting success comes in many shapes and sizes

What are the limits of the sporting world? Where does sport begin and end? The difficulties in answering those questions are manifest whenever you move beyond the mainstream that dominates the sporting media in the western world, writes Paul Rouse.

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LIAM BRADY: The first thing John Delaney must rebuild is a bridge with Brian Kerr

Liam Brady believes the lack of emerging talent is linked to Kerr’s absence from an active role in Irish football and that he should be brought back into the fold.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Susan Greene departure leaves road bowling at crossroads

Susan Greene has announced she will not to seek re-election as chairperson of Ból-Chumann na hÉireann, an organisation she has led with distinction since 2001.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Springboks’ demise a sign of World Rugby’s deeper malaise

If last Saturday proved a pretty humbling experience for South African rugby, it wasn’t a great week for the game’s governing body, World Rugby, either.

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KIERAN SHANNON: We embraced all shades of green before Billy Bingham’s bile

Then a goal, for Northern Ireland, and the place erupts.

‘You’re not going to the USA, doo-da, doo-da!’ My God, this isn’t a football match. This isn’t about who wins. This is about who doesn’t win...

And then a goal — for the Republic. And there’s a deathly silence. And even the players aren’t sure that they’ve scored because nobody is cheering. And the Irish supporters stand in silence hoping to Christ that they’ve got no signs of pleasure on their faces. And the Billy Boys are silenced, just for a moment, as their cold eyes scan the ground looking for the one Irish supporter who can’t control his feelings.’

— Marie Jones, A Night in November.

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LARRY RYAN: Must the ball come into our thinking?

On Monday, Martin O’Neill suggested Ireland would attempt to “deal with the ball a wee bit better” in the second leg of their World Cup play-off.

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JOHN FOGARTY: What is the International Rules end game for Australia?

What is the Rules end game for Aussies?

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LIAM BRADY: Loosen the straitjacket and Ireland can escape to victory against Denmark

Average golfers have a saying: ‘It’s not how, it’s how many’.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Searching for inspiration in November depths

Here we go. That time of the year again.

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