Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Donald Trump’s sporting dalliance

At the end of this week Donald Trump will officially become President of the United States.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Soccer is about to score in China, bigtime

I see that Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent recently claimed that his client was offered a hefty €100 million per year contract to play soccer in China, a sign of the financial muscle being exerted by the Far East.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Truth getting hazy in the dawn of 2017

Welcome to 2017. Already it’s better than last year simply because it’s not 2016, even if some of you are probably still a little fragile this morning.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A Yorkshire Tragedy offers a warning from history

When I read a review of Anthony Clavane’s new book last weekend, the sketchy outline convinced me immediately it had to be read.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Find out what lay behind the birth of the 'blood and bandage'

Tonight there’s a documentary on TG4 which I heartily recommend, and not for the viewer-retardant fact that I appear in it.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Literary journal shows it has pulling power

Winter Papers, the literary journal edited by Kevin Barry and Olivia Smith, was launched, or re-launched, on Saturday in Cork.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Engaging in a different kind of sports debate

I stumbled across a very interesting chat the other day between Malcolm Gladwell and Bill Simmons on the future of American football - and whether it has a future.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Science at hand to fix GAA schedules

It took me a while but I caught up last week with Michael MacCambridge’s America’s Game: The Epic Story of How Pro Football Captured a Nation.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: When media coverage means seeing is believing

Since the Rubberbandits introduced the nation to the thoughts of Jean Baudrillard the other night the level of debate has surely risen a few notches, particularly when it comes to our awareness of what is and isn’t real. Or maybe we’ve just been conditioned to think that way (see what I mean?). For instance, forget whether anyone can hear a tree falling in an empty forest: if an Irish team doesn’t win on Irish television has it really claimed victory?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Skin in the game at Lisbon Web Summit

I almost called this column ‘lessons learned at the Web Summit’, but that would clearly be the wrong term: learnings or takeaways are far more appropriate terms.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Liverpool owner Henry a genius, says baseball stats guru James

Bill James, doyen of baseball statistical analysis, paid tribute to Liverpool FC owner John Henry at the Web Summit, identifying Henry’s statistical acumen as being key to his success, writes Michae Moynihan

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Fan theories from Croke Park to Westworld

The latest thing, I note, is not Westworld, the TV show capturing people’s attention, but rather the fan theories centred thereon.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Today’s youth set to rewire sporting rules

As previously advised, I contacted Chuck Klosterman last week — author of What If We’re Wrong: Thinking about the Present as if it were the Past. In this new book, Klosterman conducts some interesting thought-experiments about art and culture and society — and sport, and one side-effect of reading it is to be brought up short about the relatively recent development of sport.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Squeaky bum time for those governing sports

Was it Albert Reynolds who said it’s never the big things that catch you? If he did, he was correct. The notion that the small, unexpected obstacles end up being fatal impediments isn’t confined to politics, either.

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