SPORTS COLUMNISTS

Paul Galvin: Shock return to training with the Kerry squad last night.

TONY LEEN: Unfinished business lures Paul Galvin back

The sense of unfinished business has lured four-time All-Ireland winner Paul Galvin into the unlikeliest of sporting u-turns — a return to the Kerry fold last night in Tralee, with a stated aim of winning a fifth Celtic Cross medal next September.

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JOHN RIORDAN: Catching hope and footballs in the rye

It was panic stations on Friday and Aiden O’Sullivan was an oasis of calm, says John Riordan.

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Joe Schmidt

DONAL LENIHAN: Joe Schmidt shows brain can defy brawn

Sunday’s magnificent win over England ensures Ireland will now have two bites at retaining their Six Nations championship title won in dramatic circumstances in Paris last year. 

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DAVID SHONFIELD: Iberian allies fight TPO axe

Fifa is facing a serious revolt within the ranks against its ban on third party ownership (TPO) of players which was imposed in December, writes David Shonfield.

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KIERAN SHANNON: This Ireland team have a commitment to being world class in everything

It’s attention to detail that makes Ireland a bit special, writes Kieran Shannon.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Is GPA now the voice of managers?

When pushed on it afterwards, Aogán Ó Fearghail insisted he was referring to himself more than anybody else, writes John Fogarty.

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Ireland's Jared Payne gets to grips with England's Alex Goode during the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium. Picture: Stephen McCarthy

DONAL LENIHAN: Time to pause for breath. And then the hard part.

In the context of where Irish rugby is heading over the next nine months, this Six Nations triumph was a hugely significant result, writes Donal Linehan.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘A la carte’ GAA counties neglect duty of care

Earlier this week, in these pages, Paddy Heaney wrote about the Kerry football conveyor belt of talent — the headline, ‘Kingdom’s unique structure keeps them well ahead’, conveys the general spirit of the piece.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Efficiency key to Ireland’s rugby evolution

"Non," said Philippe Saint-Andre two weeks ago.

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GAA President Aogán Ó Feargháil with his wife Frances, his daughters Niamh, left, and Clíona and sons Aogán Óg, left, and Conall after his address to the GAA Annual Congress at Slieve Russell Hotel, Cavan. Picture: Ray McManus

JOHN FOGARTY: Munster GAA opposition could delay calendar season plan, Páraic Duffy admits

Munster counties’ acute dual club situation could force the GAA to delay plans to implement a calendar season, director general Páraic Duffy has admitted.

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LIAM MACKEY: Misadventures in the Euro zone

The business end of the Champions League has been less sweet 16 and more a knockout for England’s elite this week, another chastening trial for the self-styled ‘greatest league in the world’. 

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RUBY WALSH: Felix Yonger to deliver if jumping holds up

Ruby’s Best Bets
Nap: Five O’Clock Tea, Leopardstown, 4:25pm
Double: Five O’Clock Tea, Leopardstown, 4:25pm
Felix Yonger, Leopardstown, 2:05pm

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DONAL LENIHAN: Ronan O’Gara: ‘JJ Hanrahan? I think he has the capability to be really special’

THE DONAL LENIHAN INTERVIEW
Ronan O’Gara chats about Dan Carter, George Ford and JJ Hanrahan with Donal Lenihan at yesterday’s Irish Examiner Rog and Ruby Breakfast in Cork city.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Gene O’Driscoll proud of his three Rebels

Aliance Football League Division 1
Donegal v Cork
Tomorrow: Ballyshannon 2pm
Referee: J McQuilan, Cavan
Bet: Donegal 8/11, Cork 6/4, Draw 15/2

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KEY ROLE: The loss of Mike Brown, who is an  outstanding in the air, is a massive blow.

DONAL LENIHAN: England’s hungry pack presents massive threat to Ireland tomorrow

England won’t lack for confidence when they arrive in the Aviva Stadium tomorrow, says Donal Lenihan.

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Brendan Rodgers

LARRY RYAN: The art of revelling in the self

In a week when the Premier League more or less disgraced itself on the fields of Europe, we saw further impressive efforts in the one area where its managers continue to set high standards: goal celebrations.

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PAT KEANE: Small fields in valuable contestsbeggar belief

The next time you hear anyone moaning about the lack of prize money in racing then just refer them to February, 2015.

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Tommy Griffin

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Tommy Griffin: ‘They’re 18-19, you’ve to keep them interested — and keep them employed too’

The great revival is well underway in West Kerry schools football. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Do we want to win or watch attractive rugby?

Ireland have stuttered over the line against the Azzurri but more intriguing is people are grumbling after a win over France

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RONAN O'GARA: Amid pride and passion, it’s time for clear heads at Ireland

My memory of a lot of things from my career wouldn’t be perfect, but Ireland v England at Croke Park in 2007 is as clear as it gets.

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PADDY HEANEY: Kingdom’s unique structure keeps them well ahead of all pretenders

When outfoxed by superior coaching methods or tactics, Kerry have been swift to absorb lessons and make the necessary changes, writes Paddy Heaney.

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SEAMUS O'TUAMA: Gavin Twohig closes out brilliantly to edge out David Hubbard at Rosscarbery

Gavin Twohig closed with 10 brilliant bowls to beat David Hubbard in the last shot of the Rosscarbery final. 

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JOHN RIORDAN: New York preparations on ice as Abu Dhabi temperatures soar

New York has an uneasy relationship with the Middle East. I know there are some thoughts reverberating around some players’ heads, especially those whose childhoods were disrupted by the events of 9/11.

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