Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

KIERAN SHANNON: No person in Irish society could escape reach of Bill O’Herlihy

Last year, when I met Bill O’Herlihy for the first and only time just days before his last broadcast anchoring the RTÉ football panel, he made one of those characteristic self-depreciating comments as we were finishing up.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Two brave sons of Cloyne showed us the way

You leave in the morning

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KIERAN SHANNON: The day that changed football

Kieran Shannon looks back at three epic encounters on Sunday, June 26, 2011 that proved to be momentous moments in shaping the destinies of three provincial championships.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Big-game players spreading the word

There’s little in sport as distasteful, as sly and scurrilous sledging, yet little as smile-inducing as a bit of witty in-game trash-talking either.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Derek McGrath the man to bring Waterford dream to fruition

And just like that, Waterford are again everyone’s second favourite team.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Exciting U21 grade should be cherished, not destroyed

In football there always seems to be someone giving out about football, writes Kieran Shannon

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KIERAN SHANNON: Ultimate pro Shay Given proves cup magic alive and well

The hip thing to do in recent times at any mention of the romance of the FA Cup is to scoff, but is anyone else uplifted that for all the talk about a fitting Wembley send-off for Stevie G, the termination of that possibility has simultaneously opened up the prospect of a fairytale story for a Shay G?

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KIERAN SHANNON: Rise above negativity and you’ll see semi-final positives

For a weekend that has served up some lovely football in recent years, there’s been little love for the football league semi- finals in some quarters.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The making of a master: Making legends at Augusta

You might have won a major before but following it up with a green jacket elevates your status to another level.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Football isn’t dead but it’s poorly

It was hard to know which prompted the greater sense of outrage last Saturday night: the way Dublin and especially Derry went about the joyless business of trying to get a result in Croker or Jarlath Burns declaring via Twitter that the game signalled ‘The death of Gaelic football’, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Might Ireland be stronger for Brian O’Driscoll’s absence?

For all we now hear that sportspeople have no obligation to be role models, our rugby players and coaches are.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Interview: Rob and Marian Heffernan are totally in sync

She won’t be there today. While her husband Rob powers it out this morning around the southern Slovakian spa town of Dudince in a time that should qualify him for next year’s Rio Olympics, Marian Heffernan will be at home in Douglas with the kids and expecting another one.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Legislators need to take action as Gaelic football being stifled to death

A few weeks ago I got talking to a manager of a county football team. His team had made good progress playing a fine attacking style of football but in recent games had come unstuck against extreme massed defences, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: This Ireland team have a commitment to being world class in everything

It’s attention to detail that makes Ireland a bit special, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: 'I'll miss the lads': Bill O' Herlihy leaves it there in one of his last interviews

In one of his last interviews as RTÉ's soccer anchor, Bill O' Herlihy spoke to Kieran Shannon about Charlton, Dunphy, Giles and retirement. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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