Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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KIERAN SHANNON: Learning sport’s real life lessons

Listening to Allison Wagner last week speak about the torment she suffered for many years after finishing second to Michelle Smith, we couldn’t help but think how there was more than one swimmer in that Atlanta pool 20 years ago who sadly lost perspective on what sport is supposed to be all about.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Winter fire guaranteed with Munster club hurling

For all the drama and entertainment sport provides, there are very few sporting events which can virtually guarantee both.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Rob Heffernan never stands still

He has finally collected his Olympic medal but Rob Heffernan remains as committed to improvement as ever as he vows to ‘go to war’ one last time. He just wishes people wouldn’t take it so personally when he pushes to raise standards for all Irish athletes.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Ireland didn’t just pull off a great and historic win — they won a great game

For all the superlatives rightly thrown in the direction of Joe Schmidt’s team the past couple of days, one aspect of Soldier Field has probably still not been fully appreciated.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The Kieran Shannon Interview: Donal Lenihan reflects on the rise of rugby professionalism

From the amateur model he thrived in, the world of professional rugby is a different game to Donal Lenihan. Vastly improved, of course, but not better in every way. Nowadays, head coaches are conjuring up ways to achieve what a few pints in once managed, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Savouring the wondrous, uplifting experience of a club title

Kieran Shannon reflects on Ballyea’s finest hour...

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KIERAN SHANNON: Always remember, Wayne Rooney lived the dream

One of the ironies of the Premier League being so hyped through the years is that criticisms and critics of the same league can be guilty of gross exaggeration as well.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Anthony Foley: A son of Munster we can all be proud of

When Cusack Park stood for a minute’s silence at the Clare county final last Sunday, a man in front of me didn’t bow his head. Instead he shook it, while scrolling down his phone, scanning tweet after tweet making reference to the passing of one of the county’s finest ever sons.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Dublin's success cultivated by the team Pillar Caffrey built

He may not have won an All-Ireland with Dublin but Caffrey’s role in their current golden era shouldn’t be forgotten, writes Kieran Shannon.

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KIERAN SHANNON: The hard questions Mayo must ask to reach the summit

They continue to go so, so far. And yet they infuriatingly continue to go only so far.

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KIERAN SHANNON: Stephen Rochford and Mayo have time as a friend for replay

Since the final whistle of last Sunday’s chaotic and compelling All-Ireland final, there’s been a consensus that Jim Gavin’s Dublin will automatically be better in the replay. 

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