THE BRIEF from the top at ERC was straightforward: “your mission, should you choose to accept, is to select the best European side of the last 15 years comprised of players who played in either the Heineken or Challenge Cup competitions”.Ah yes, in addition you might also nominate your best player and best coach from the same period in addition to a fair play award to a player that in your estimation deserves that distinction for whatever reason you deem appropriate.
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THE black eye was just the visible manifestation of the pain Northampton forward Tom Wood was feeling after his side's humiliation by Leinster.
Rob Penney has offered a slightly different take on weekend reports centre Casey Laulala would be departing the province at the season's end and joining up with Grenoble in France's Top 14.
Another potentially thrilling clash between Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal and Tottenham is in the pipeline after the north London rivals were drawn against each other in the FA Cup third round.
Cristiano Ronaldo, suspended for Real Madrid's Copa del Rey last 32 first leg 0-0 at Olimpic de Xativa on Saturday, took advantage of the break to return home to Madeira and check on the progress of his soon to open personal museum.
Given the trauma of the past week and the likelihood the Heineken Cup will not feature the best clubs the European game has to offer going forward, there is a premium on winning the tournament this season.
A brutal brawl between opposing supporters has erupted during a football match in Brazil just days after the World Cup draw took place for next year's tournament in the same country.
Ballysaggart 3-12 Feenagh/Kilmeedy 0-15 Ballysaggart is one of the smallest units in the entire GAA, a tiny secluded village in a parish with a population of less than 250 in the hills beyond Lismore.
Ron Atkinson has warned David Moyes there is no such thing as a transitional period at Manchester United.
Blackburn forward DJ Campbell is one of the six people arrested in connection with a football spot-fixing investigation, his club have confirmed.
The portrait of a former lord mayor of Cork, the convicted sex offender John Murray, was removed from City Hall last night after a powerful personal plea from his victim.
Traditional visitor haven Kerry is faced with a major challenge to reach the top of the tourism ratings.
IF you're not a big fan of fantasy and despair at all the wizards and dragons on TV, on film and in books, then you should blame John Ronald Reuel Tolkien. Or, go back 1,000 years and blame the unknown author of Beowulf, with its monsters and kings. Or, go back another two millennia and blame Homer's epic tales of gods and heroes.
Singer Tulisa Contostavlos has been charged with allegedly being involved with supplying Class A drugs.
Boosted by the shooting of the third series of Chris O'Dowd's Moone Boy, Ardmore Studios has enjoyed a turnaround in its fortunes this year after two years of successive losses.
The Bank of England may be forced to pay greater attention to the UK economy outside of London when setting interest rates.
GAA president Liam O'Neill has challenged the Association to back the Football Review Committee's (FRC) Championship proposal or produce a better alternative.
IRFU chiefs fear any boycott of the Heineken Cup or a similar European competition by English and/or French clubs could result in a €12m hit and place the union and the four provinces in a perilous financial position.
THEATRICAL stalwart Catherine Mahon-Buckley has surely earned the title of Mammy of Cork pantomime season now that she is directing her 20th seasonal show for the Everyman. Mahon-Buckley is directing Jack and the Beanstalk for the theatre, and says that every five years, a new generation emerges.
SCIENCE and art don't always make the easiest bedfellows. However, when photographer Mick Mackey travelled to the sub-Antarctic island of Bird Island for a 30-month stint as a field biologist he was able to utilise his eye for detail to capture images that are not only technically proficient, but also vibrant, occasionally quirky and highly evocative.
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A consortium that owns some of Cork's best-known pubs has initiated proceedings aimed at preventing Irish Bank Resolution Corporation selling its loans to Nama.