Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

Jim McGuinness

KIERAN SHANNON: Jimmy did powerful job rebooting ailing charges

To justly appreciate the phenomenon that has been Jim McGuinness’s tenure with Donegal it would be an idea to ponder this question: in which of his four years in charge do you think he’s done the best coaching job?

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KIERAN SHANNON: A dual jewel

Briege Corkery, along with her Cork colleague Rena Buckley, is on the verge of claiming the highest All-Ireland medal count in GAA history, not that she thinks about such things. There might be life left in the dual star so – and there’s certainly plenty of life in this one.


KIERAN SHANNON: That’s how winning is done

Let me tell you somethin’, the world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows.


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

A member of Mayo's backroom team, Kieran Shannon, recalls the emotional moment when James Horan announced he was stepping down as Mayo manager.

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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.

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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.