Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Gilesy applies spirit level to United

Many people were agitated on Wednesday evening, but to many others there was great comfort on offer on RTE 2.

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LARRY RYAN: Can Coe get a sport back on track?

Coe v Ovett. Unless you were hung up on some British class divide thing, or had a bit of a Brideshead Revisited phobia, you had to be a Coe man, didn’t you?

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LARRY RYAN: Standing up for sport’s fall guys

The search for answers in the wake of last Saturday’s high drama has been exhaustive. Yet one likely cause has been overlooked.

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LARRY RYAN: Putting a foot through dreams

“The first weekend. Everyone’s back with big hopes. Big expectations. You go again. So dream big.”

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LARRY RYAN: Don’t ever give up on Corkness

Listening to the Cork lads as the great inquest drags on, more melancholic by the day, you can’t help but feel a small bit sorry for them.

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LARRY RYAN: Saddled with a history of deceit

To gauge where cycling is at now, to establish how deep it is in the mire, it may be necessary to hold a stage of the Tour de France in front of a Late Late Show studio audience. 

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LARRY RYAN: Total control: The cult of Louis van Gaal

There was a time when the great philosophers wrestled with less crucial posers. Stuff like whether the world exists at all outside the mind.

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LARRY RYAN: Women put back in the corner

This week, I chatted briefly with the aunt of an Irish soccer international. As usual, the arm was the opener. “What did you do to the arm?”

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LARRY RYAN: Talking tennis a BBC smash

Another week when we could only be inspired by the breadth of vision shown by sporting luminaries in the constant quest for improvement.

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LARRY RYAN: Dreams shouldn’t be make believe

It’s a dream come true.

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LARRY RYAN: Shocking scenes in Kerry

We are used, now, to dealing with complex matters of identity. We are not easily shocked.

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LARRY RYAN: O’Neill needs to sell us a dream to cling to

Messi gave up processed food this season, we heard this week from nutritionist Giuliano Poser, seemingly the true driving force behind Barcelona’s surge out of pre-Christmas lethargy to intestinal purity and treble glory.

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