Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.

Gary Keegan

KIERAN SHANNON: Red tape still divides Ireland’s high performance leaders

Gary Keegan may have been talking about Irish Olympic sport in these pages a few days ago but what he said could apply to all of Irish sport.


KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: Putting sport in a good place

A former boxing coach out in the Institute of Sport may be among the most invisible players in Irish sport, but he’s one of its most influential too, writes Kieran Shannon.

Benny Coulter

KIERAN SHANNON: We must make football fun for Coulters of tomorrow

There goes another one, a forward that used to light it up but has now conceded that the game itself more than father time has dulled and worn him down.

Jack Kyle at his home in Bryansfort, near Newcastle, Co Down. Picture: INPHO/Andrew Paton

KIERAN SHANNON: Farewell to a proper Irish legend

The great Jack Kyle passed yesterday, aged 88, but what a full life he lived and he knew it.


KIERAN SHANNON: Book brings to life savage events of Bloody Sunday

IT would have been yesterday, a Monday in November, 94 years ago, that Luke O’Toole, the general secretary of the GAA, walked through the early-morning mist and the blood-stained, bullet-ridden grass of Croke Park, shadowed by a journalist.

LeBron James

KIERAN SHANNON: Is there another twist in Kobe Bryant’s LA story?

It’s hard to think of as bad a team that’s been as compelling to follow as the current Los Angeles Lakers.


KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: Anthony Daly will always be a winner

One of the most engaging conversations you’ll have in life is a sit down with Anthony Daly.

Kieran Donaghy

KIERAN SHANNON: Donaghy earns reward for retaining the spirt of innocence

Last week, just before he would inspire Austin Stacks to their first county title in 20 years and win the right to captain Kerry in 2015, Kieran Donaghy ran a five-day basketball camp for 150 kids in his hometown of Tralee.

Dr Michael Gervais

KIERAN SHANNON: Coaching the coach

If you hear an Irish rugby player in the coming year using the term ’Always Compete’ or ’Fail Fast’ or admitting to spelling words backwards when they’ve felt over-anxious, you can probably put it down to a recent conversation between Joe Schmidt and a psychologist Dr Michael Gervais.

Anthony Daly

KIERAN SHANNON: Dalo’s life even more tormenting without torment of management

Throughout his life and his new book Anthony Daly has found himself staring at the ceiling or out at the sea or over his wife’s head trying to fathom what just happened to his team, what did he do wrong, what does he and they do next?


KIERAN SHANNON: The weekend interview: McGrath’s numbers game

Clare might have made an underwhelming fist of defending their All-Ireland title but 2014 has still been a very special year for Conor McGrath, confirming the 23-year-old’s status as one of the country’s leading hurlers.

Liam O'Neill

KIERAN SHANNON: Club players need to be offered more championship action

At this time of year, we’re supposed to be entering rugby country for the next while, but really, can a month that hosts so many county finals be more GAA than October?


KIERAN SHANNON: Maturing Keane learns from mistakes

The first thing about Roy Keane’s latest book is that it’s brilliant. Or since it was Roddy Doyle who ghosted it, and not our old mentor Cormac MacConnell, it’s f**king brilliant, deadly altogether, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: Shane Curran: Tea and a slice of cake

They say you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper, and Shane ‘Cake’ Curran is proof enough of that. Over the course of his career, with Roscommon and St Brigid’s, Curran has proved one of the most colourful characters in the GAA — and the organisation is so much better for it.


KIERAN SHANNON: Jimmy, like Ger, had the vision and drive to transform game

It was almost 20 years ago today that Ger Loughnane taught his band of men to play — and win.


KIERAN SHANNON: ‘Mistakes? I’ve made a few’

He’s had what Munster veterans like to call the odd ‘brain fart’, but Conor Murray has gone from a wet-behind-the-ears wannabe to Lions scrum-half in no time.

Henry Shefflin

KIERAN SHANNON: Players — even Henry — may come and go but Kilkenny will never break

This tent, it seems, is pitched here forever.


KIERAN SHANNON: Kerry win because their managers are humble enough to learn

They’re not just cute. As Paul Curran of Dublin fame put it so well in conversation after this year’s Munster football final, "They’re annoyingly cute."