Kieran Shannon - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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.


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.

Jim McGuinness

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.


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.


KIERAN SHANNON: Balance needed as penalties for some fouls outweigh the crime in GAA

With the great and wise of the GAA congregating next Saturday in Cavan, a recent conversation among a gathering of other minds down here in Clare is worth sharing, writes Kieran Shannon. This story is enriched with multi-media content


KIERAN SHANNON: Patient Ger Cunningham looks ready to look after No. 1 in Dublin

The problem if you make any conclusions after just one round of the league is you can make yourself a hostage to fortune, not just later in the summer but later the same week.

TIME OUT: Eoin Kelly, the former  Tipperary All Star hurler and scoring  machine.  He now nearly wonders how he fitted in hurling at all. Picture: Jim Coughlan

KIERAN SHANNON: The Kieran Shannon Interview: Eoin Kelly, former Tipperary All Star hurler

Two All-Ireland titles and multiple All Star awards have secured Eoin Kelly’s place in Tipperary hurling folklore. Now he is slowly growing accustomed to life as a former inter-county hurler, but the memories of the glory days in blue and gold are as fresh as ever.


KIERAN SHANNON: The league isn’t something just to get through

In case you’re understandably excited about the dawn of another hurling season to the point of relishing its league, apologies to temporarily provide a bit of a dampener, or a bit of context, or at least someone else’s perspective, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: Lionhearted Legend - Interview with Peter Stringer

Only three Irish players have ever had more experience of days and games like this but by now, Peter Stringer has become reluctantly accustomed to looking in from the outside on them.

Kieran Shannon

KIERAN SHANNON: Lampard’s respectful return tells a lot about the man

To cheer or to jeer, that is the question, writes Kieran Shannon.

FIRED UP: Aaron Kernan believes modern players must learn how to properly prepare, play, win — and lose.

KIERAN SHANNON: The Kieran Shannon Interview: Aaron Kernan, former Armagh footballer

Aaron Kernan’s retirement at 30 years of age disappointed many, including Joe Brolly. But it wasn’t because the Armagh great was some kind of indentured slave. It was just time to re-prioritise his life.

SLAM DUNK: Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard O'Byrne presents Saint Mary's College, Galway captain Sean Kelly with the trophy after they won the U-19 B Boys All-Ireland final in Dublin. Picture: Inpho/Donall Farmer

KIERAN SHANNON: O’Byrne lays out his Hoop dreams

Another January afternoon out in Tallaght and the National Basketball Arena is throbbing, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: Indomitable Leesiders are truly a class apart

Wherever she goes, it seems he has to follow, writes Kieran Shannon.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Niall and Colin O'Reilly will play crucial roles for C & S UCC Demons in tonight's National Cup final.

KIERAN SHANNON: The Big Interview: UCC Demons' Niall and Colin O’Reilly

The straight-talking, record-breaking O’Reilly brothers are on the verge of another Cup final win for UCC Blue Demons tonight in the National Basketball Arena. They discuss how little coaching there was back in the day and how there’s plenty of it going on in the Mardyke these nights.

The two Dwyer sisters from Cork.

KIERAN SHANNON: Top 25: Ireland’s greatest ever female basketball players

Back for more punishment, all so that we can all have even more fun and rows, writes Kieran Shannon.

Shane Coughlan: The best never to play full senior international.

KIERAN SHANNON: Top 25: Ireland’s greatest ever male basketball players

The eve of another cup final weekend and with it a sense of history about it for those of us steeped in Irish hoops, writes Kieran Shannon.


KIERAN SHANNON: GAA must still take brave leap to change structures

It’s some progress, we suppose, writes Kieran Shannon.

The Kieran Shannon Big Interview with former Limerick footballer John Galvin who is farming near Banogue.

KIERAN SHANNON: The Kieran Shannon Interview: John Galvin, former Limerick footballer

Limerick stalwart John Galvin is thankful for a career that was short of glory but full of honour. He has made peace with the disappointments and is ready to revisit them, writes Kieran Shannon.

Eugene Young

KIERAN SHANNON: Coaches must realise success will follow if player comes first

It is less a matter of what’s professional practice as what’s good practice. The best managers and management teams understand this, writes <b>Kieran Shannon</b>.

TIME OUT: The Dwyer sisters Gráinne (left) and Niamh of Team Montenotte Hotel Glanmire. The pair are now even on the club committee, Niamh serving as treasurer and Gráinne the head of the fundraising section.  Picture: Denis Minihane.

KIERAN SHANNON: Dwyers got game: The Kieran Shannon Interview

Few are feeling the absence of a full national senior women’s team more than the Dwyer sisters, but they remain standard bearers for Irish basketball. And tonight they aim to lead by example as their Team Montenotte Hotel Glanmire face DCU in the National Cup semi-final, writes Kieran Shannon


KIERAN SHANNON: As good as it gets for basketball lifer Conor Meany

In a week when the plight of the inter-county GAA player has been prominently described as "depressing", any conversation with an Irish Premier League basketball player is worth starting with asking what that experience is like, writes Kieran Shannon.

BACK IN THE DAY: Donncha O'Connor turns to celebrate after finding the net from a penalty in Cork's victory over Dublin in the 2010 All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. The football landscape has changed dramatically since that game.

KIERAN SHANNON: Why football will continue to fascinate and infuriate

When reflecting the other day on the fact that we’ve just passed the halfway point of the football decade, the mind soon turned to the journey home from the heart-stopping, Croker-packed 2010 All-Ireland semi-final between Cork and Dublin.


KIERAN SHANNON: It’s time to write a new chapter in Irish sportswriting

After all the months hearing about them, reading about them and buying them, finally, over the last few days, we’re guessing you got round to actually reading some sports books.