Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: Guardiola’s display reveals sport’s common humanity

Twenty years ago this month, one of the first films to cover the burgeoning commercialisation of sport was playing in cinemas all around the country.

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KIERAN SHANNON: How Patriots coach Bill Belichick the found perfect soldier in Tom Brady

Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick have a special understanding, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Roger Federer’s love for tennis reminds us of the true essence of sport

Federer’s longevity is rooted in how emotionally unaffected he was by setbacks.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The GAA needs 2020 vision

It was impossible not to have some empathy and even sympathy for Páraic Duffy yesterday morning.

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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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KIERAN SHANNON: There’s more to training than sweat and tears

All over the country teams are back training, aspiring and vowing to “work hard” every night.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Remember the sporting heroes lost in 2016

They shook stadiums. Some of them even shook up the world. All of them heroes, and not just for one day.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Even Santa stops to watch holiday hoops

These people who draw up the season schedule: Do they know it’s Christmas time at all?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Never standing still, Tyrone are preparing to kick on again

They’re not happy being stuck on three All-Irelands. In Tyrone, they crave more and, going by what we observed last Saturday, the county looks geared towards achieving that.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Open book Cathal McCarron gives us new insight into Tyrone

It says a lot about just how explosive a book Cathal McCarron has written that there’s been barely mention of just how explosive some of its football passages are.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Like it or not, Conor McGregor is up there with the elite athletes

Even here in his homeland a lot of us have little idea how respected he is.

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