Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Farewell James, but your Mayo marvels will finish the job

I could have bluffed it this week.

Picture: Clive Wasson

KIERAN SHANNON: Cassidy an open book

This weekend three years ago Kevin Cassidy played in the infamous/immortal Donegal-Dublin All-Ireland semi-final. He did not know at the time it would be his last game for the county. But since his fallout with Jim McGuinness life went on, and he moved on.

Match of the Day

KIERAN SHANNON: Retro TV and Pearce have us dreaming dreams

No matter what else the television sports year offers up, we think we saw its most delightful touch last Saturday night.

Eamon O'Shea

KIERAN SHANNON: Staggering setback for team on upward curve

Over time it all tells. It might take time, or in hurling it might take games, as Eamon O’Shea pointed out in these pages last Saturday. 

Patrick Duffy's pioneering work — for that's what it was — was never about him

KIERAN SHANNON: Visionary Pat Duffy is gone but Hope lives on

For all the big crowds and big names that will descend upon his home place in the coming days, you may not have heard about Pat Duffy’s premature passing last weekend.


KIERAN SHANNON: There’s a reason why the football is better in March than June

So, it finally ignited.

Rosie Foley goes for a dip in the sea at Killaloe, Co Clare. Picture: Valerie O'Sullivan

KIERAN SHANNON: Waves of optimism

ust like her brother Anthony, Rosie Foley has always been a leader, captaining Munster and playing for her country. She even swam the English Channel last week ahead of the women’s rugby World Cup.

Anthony Daly

KIERAN SHANNON: A seventh year for Daly wouldn’t be right for him or Dublin

It’s all about time. Anthony Daly knows it.


KIERAN SHANNON: Writing is on the wall for Ireland legend McIlroy

Maybe now he’ll make it onto the Good Wall.


KIERAN SHANNON: New Model welcome, but old order will be restored

Sometimes like in boxing there are matchups that the hurling public craves but doesn’t get.


KIERAN SHANNON: We’ll leave it there so

For the past few weeks on Planet World Cup, Bill O’Herlihy found his head spinning as sure as any planet’s axis.

For some reason he’d been sleeping poorly.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh

KIERAN SHANNON: Love it or hate it, the Páirc gave us days we’ll never forget

It’s hard not to get nostalgic as a Cork person in a week such as this, but it doesn’t necessarily mean getting all romantic either.

Picture: Eamonn Keogh

KIERAN SHANNON: Mickey Ned O’Sullivan: Still making a difference

Mickey Ned O’Sullivan was the first footballer to score a goal in Páirc Uí Chaoimh and all going well was meant to be coaching the Kerry minors on the last day the old ground hosted a Munster football final as well.


KIERAN SHANNON: Nothing that happens in Brazil occurs in isolation

For fans over a certain age following a World Cup, you’re never really watching just that World Cup.


KIERAN SHANNON: Peters has become a victim of his own fine work

Turns out he can’t get everything right.


KIERAN SHANNON: Banner football’s Special K

At 27, Paudie Kissane still hadn’t played Championship football for Cork. But he retired with one All-Ireland title, two Munster crowns, three National Leagues and an All Star award. And now he’s plotting Kerry’s downfall.

Cork manager Jimmy-Barry Murphy on the sidelines during the Munster SHC semi-final clash against Clare on Sunday. Picture: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

KIERAN SHANNON: Barry-Murphy’s second coming recaptures hearts and minds

The same day the Cork hurlers played their last game under Denis Walsh, the Limerick footballers met Offaly in the curtain-raiser in the Gaelic Grounds.

Clare legend and current GAA pundit with Sky Sports, Jamesie O'Connor, at his home outside Ennis, Co Clare this week. Picture: Eamon Ward

KIERAN SHANNON: Jamesie O’Connor: Taking Sky to another level

Well before last Saturday Jamesie O’Connor was a Sky Sports man.


KIERAN SHANNON: GAA not playing it fair with Westmeath and Kildare

You could hardly call the face-off between Westmeath and Kildare the £100 million game like they tend to call the English Championship play-off final in Wembley, but it’s actually hurling’s equivalent.

Picture: Kieran Clancy

KIERAN SHANNON: Clare and Cratloe to the core

He’s the father of Podge Collins, one of the brightest young players in the GAA, but Colm Collins is his own man too. He’s the manager of the county’s senior footballers who are aiming to shake their tag as bridesmaids in Munster, starting tonight