Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Standing up for the big No.9

It should be another special day in Lyon tomorrow. A proud occasion for my people, one we didn’t think would dawn again. A prospect that seemed outlandish four years ago, when we looked entirely out of place on the big stage.

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LARRY RYAN: Gilesy’s way has its merits

The great sadness of Euro 2016, from an Irish perspective, is already evident.

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LARRY RYAN: When the banter bites on the behind

Here we are, back again to those regular bedfellows, the bantz and the ‘controvassy’.

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LARRY RYAN: Cork-Tipperary legend won’t survive many days like this

The day hadn’t decided yet. In Cork, optimism leaked through the curtains early. On Twitter, Jerry Buttimer used new Senate powers to annoint Tipp-Cork the start of summer.

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LARRY RYAN: Beware a Cork display of modesty

I can trace, to the hour, when it became evident that the current Cork crisis would cut very deep. But we’ll come back to that.

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LARRY RYAN: The need to strip football of bantz

“He has something really big going on now,” Quinny warned us, as Big Sam gyrated provocatively across the Stadium of Light pitch, yanking off his jacket and threatening, for a terrifying moment, a celebratory full monty.

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LARRY RYAN: Only Hollywood can do this Leicester story justice

Maybe we’ll have to wait for the movie.

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LARRY RYAN: GPA making an example of the GAA

As the celebrities of the world stampede one way in cowardly dereliction of responsibility, the county men march heroically against them, their hands up for duty.

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LARRY RYAN: Trampling on the grassroots - How far should elite sport encroach on clubs?

A trip round the primary school circuit lately, to see would anyone take the twins, pulled my handbrake on a Dunphian u-turn.

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LARRY RYAN: Poetry in motion - the Patsy Dorgan Interview

Legendary Cork Hibernians centre-half Patsy Dorgan was recently inducted into the All-Ireland Hall Of Fame at a reunion event in Cork attended by many of his former Hibs teammates. Now 80 and living in Trinidad, from where he has published three books of poetry, one of Cork’s most beloved sporting sons shared memories of a graceful life, on and off the field.

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LARRY RYAN: Anything is possible for football’s true believers

Patsy Dorgan, the most elegant of League of Ireland centre-halves, explained, for an upcoming feature, how The Dream came true for him.

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LARRY RYAN: Doping not a big big deal

Leicester got another lucky break during the week.

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LARRY RYAN: GAA needs room for manoeuvre

Not all of the GAA’s proudest traditions have proved robust. 

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