SPORTS COLUMNISTS

LARRY RYAN: Future-proofing GAA club morale

Black Mirror, the lost county championship episode...

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PAT KEANE: Unsung Mark Walsh makes his mark

Mark Walsh is rapidly developing into one of the unsung heroes of Irish National Hunt racing.

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LIAM MACKEY: Plot thickens as Spurs visit Pep Guardiola’s La La Land

As my long-suffering comrades in the press box know only too well, your aging correspondent doesn’t need much encouragement to regale all and, yes, even sundry with what I like to imagine are fascinating stories from my life in — yikes! — going on 40 years in the inky trade.

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RONAN O'GARA: Treatment of Murray was atrociously dangerous

Ronan O'Gara says Conor Murray is right to be peeved. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Plenty of questions but few answers at committee

Brendan O’Brien talks about the "challenges, strategies, and governance of sport in Ireland" and what the men in charge plan to do about them.

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PAUL ROUSE: Wrestling with the early rules of Gaelic football

Paul Rouse takes a look at the evolution of Gaelic football.

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DONAL LENIHAN: Rassie Erasmus must reiterate Munster are no Racing cert

“The quarter-final is set for the first weekend in April, with the semi-final three weeks later.” It’s been a while since I came across such bullish confidence from a bunch of Munster supporters, but that was the thrust of the conversation I overheard between a few diehards last Friday morning at Shannon Airport in advance of boarding the plane for Munster’s pool- defining trip to Glasgow.

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DAVID SHONFIELD: New proposals mean no rest for players

“There is too much football,” said Brian Clough — and that was almost 40 years ago.

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JOHN FOGARTY: Hurling told to fall in line

“Hurling people feel everything happening with Croke Park is football-orientated.”

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KIERAN SHANNON: Paddy Kelly did Cork some service by venting his frustrations

There are a couple of ways of looking at the fact the Cork footballers are in a makeshift gym in a warehouse in Fermoy close to the football field where they’ve trained this winter.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Donald Trump’s sporting dalliance

At the end of this week Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States.

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RUBY WALSH: Make it Mome to crack rivals at Punchestown

Following another quiet week, national hunt racing returns today at Punchestown and my best chance looks to be on Crack Mome, who I’m hoping is good enough to take the feature race, the Grade 2 Moscow Flyer Hurdle.

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PAT KEANE: Is this any way to run the racing business?

National Hunt racing is on a high in Ireland and recent evidence suggests the public cannot get enough of the game.

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LARRY RYAN: Tiger Woods unmasked by his friends

Rory McIlroy couldn’t live the life Tiger Woods leads, we heard this week.

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LIAM MACKEY: Mourinho rediscovers Midas touch as Klopp suffers a blip

The Marouane Fellaini header which gave Manchester United a 2-0 victory over Hull in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final on Tuesday is unlikely to feature in any end of season highlights reel, even if the looping effort was well executed and has helped his club move closer to a Wembley appearance and the prospect of Jose Mourinho bringing his first meaningful piece of silverware to Old Trafford.

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