Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Marking my card on the black peril

They say the new black card system in football has shaved away a good deal of the cynicism. I decided to have a look yesterday at the game I was covering, Derry-Mayo in Croke Park, to see if the evidence bore out the presumption.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Mayo must break free of shackles

The temptation is always to look for the deeper meaning, of course. The extra layer.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The science behind sporting success

Having heard fellow columnist Derval O’Rourke sing the praises of David Epstein’s The Sports Gene, nothing would do me but to track the man down for a chat, and we made contact last week.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Still asking the little questions in my head

There are questions I asked, and questions I wish I’d asked. Over the years in sporting situations, some queries have materialised in the frontal lobes before being pushed to the back of the cranium, where they hang remain, spiky and unfulfilled.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Crunching the numbers still a judgment call

Last Monday, Nate Silver re-launched his website, fivethirtyeight.com, writing a lengthy manifesto to accompany the new-look site, which features an equally lengthy list of new writers.

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Brian O'Driscoll: Man of the moment after Saturday's win.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: BOD times it perfectly

Make all the noises you want about the team, and the match, and the result, rather it being Brian O’Driscoll’s final international — O’Driscoll himself certainly did so all last week — but there’s no point in being reasonable.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: My fleeting meetings with man in No. 13

Given that everyone is sharing their Brian O’Driscoll stories, I thought I’d give the benefit of my long history of encounters with the great man.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: After years unspoken, will we see action?

Identities are still protected under the statute of limitations, but the story bears retelling.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: More red tape, more gnashing of teeth ahead

I won’t bore you too long with this one, but unfortunately it raises its ugly head once more and must be reintroduced to Madame Guillotine, if I can squeeze another drop of juice from that metaphor.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Nolan plays his part in theatre of dreams

Lately in the pages of this newspaper, you may have seen a lengthy interview with Jim Nolan, the Waterford playwright.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Mon was in a league of its own

What could best be described as a wave of molten outrage flowed down out of the northside of Cork last week with the news that the North Monastery primary school is to close.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Lions snub may have gifted us more of BOD

Interesting to catch up with Owen Sheers during the week — Sheers is the poet who was artist in residence with the Welsh Rugby Union for a year, and wrote a book about his experiences sharing protein shakes with the Welsh back row, and kicking the ball back to Leigh Halfpenny after training.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: To doubt is to be wrong for bainisteoirs

If you read the Eamonn Fitzmaurice interview in these pages last week, you enjoyed a terrific insight into what it means to stand on a sideline with a day-glo BAINISTEOIR bib on your back.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Questioning advantage

This reporter spent the last three weekends in Mallow, watching the drama of the McGrath Cup unfold and then... refold, as Cork won the competition last Sunday.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Would Roddy get Roy’s early days?

The technical term in the newspaper industry for the Roddy Doyle-writing-Roy-Keane’s-new-biography alliance is a “gusher”: as in one of those derrick-blasting oil fields which we used to see when Dallas ruled the airwaves, an apparently untappable source of columns, features and quirky pieces.

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