Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Why true great Sonia O'Sullivan deserves to get her dues

You probably heard about the Chinese women last week — the runners who beat Sonia O’Sullivan out of gold medals in the World Championships held back in 1993, the ones who supposedly subsisted on turtle blood to set astonishing records in distance running.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Candidates play delicate game mixing sport and politics

And they’re off: even the terminology has a sporting tinge to it.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Chris Gayle storm raises big issues for women in sport

A couple of weeks ago, I met up with Aoife Lane of the Women’s Gaelic Players Association for a chat in her office in Waterford IT. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Points scored in Munster training base debate

It’s always reassuring when the reaction you expect comes along right on cue, isn’t it?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Munster Rugby drop ball on Limerick ‘base’

Oh dear. As if the defeats and general gloom surrounding Munster Rugby in recent weeks wasn’t bad enough, I see the dreaded call for ‘root and branch’ reform and review has now been issued, to general nodding of heads.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Sport and art no simple mix and match as TV rights deals skyrocket

had occasion to rock up to the Irish Book Awards before Christmas, a good evening in what used to be known as the Burlington, even if it ended long before the usual evening finish, or even morning finish, you’d traditionally associate with the old Burlington.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Poetry and sport: Well versed in a game of inches and meters

A few years ago, someone suggested to me that sportswriters would be better advised to read poetry, specifically lyric poetry, rather than some of those vast, mannered chunks of American sportswriting that get cheered from the rafters (with relief, maybe, when the reader gets to the end).

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Even ducks drowning as climate change hits sport

I think it was the forlorn tweet from Garryspillane GAA that put it into my head.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Taking pity on the Munster bandwagon boo-boys

It is now some years since I stood at the back of a large social gathering, glass in hand, listening to a character from the higher reaches of the FAI talk about a very special time in the life of a young boy.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: It's all just a question of sports (reporting)

As this is the time of year, when everybody feels justified in settling back to cast a lazy eye back over the last 12 months, I thought I’d do the same, and give readers a chance to walk in my Chelsea boots by offering them a selection from the questions I faced in the last year.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Why sorry remains the hardest word

IN THE depths of a mid- career slump, the great baseball player Babe Ruth was taken to task in public. Jimmy Walker, a New York politician, pointed some cutting remarks at Ruth when both attended a social function in Manhattan.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: An Olympics of lies and deceit

Next year the Olympics is taking place in Rio, as you are no doubt aware. Are you looking forward to the event? Should you be?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Galway hurlers cannot escape the blame game

This column has come across a few intercounty managers in the course of work, and many of them are very impressive individuals.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Cooperation and programmes key to tackling burnout, says Damien Young

Cooperation and common programmes are the key to avoiding burnout and fatigue in the GAA, says a leading figure in strength and conditioning.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: TV3 winning the rights ball game

Last week RTÉ screened a documentary about this year’s All-Ireland football final, a peek behind the scenes in the run-up to Dublin-Kerry clash as well as a look at the main stage, when players ‘engaged’ with referee David Coldrick about his handling of the game.

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