Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Acute case of a hack’s diagnosis

I met a member of the medical profession for a coffee the other day, and as we chatted I felt I had to correct her on some of the clinical terminology on offer, to tidy up the doctor-speak, if you like.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Balancing rugby’s need with Páirc life

A couple of weeks ago, yours truly touched on the Páirc Uí Chaoimh funding issue with reference to the wider context, namely the Irish bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, and the other, well-equipped challengers for that honour, like Italy and South Africa.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Opening up the big questions

John Sawatsky has made a career of asking the right questions.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Time for a new word game in Gaelic football

The time comes in every columnist’s life when he is forced to offer a glossary, and for me that time is now.

Special One: Jose Mourinho - obsessive attention to detail.

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Sports’ big winners and the secrets behind their success

Alastair Campbell opens with a compliment about an old mate. Kind of. 


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Wading into the endless Gaelic debate

On it goes, with no indication of ever coming to an end. Gaelic football is over, gone, done and dusted, and the apocalypse is upon us, writes Michael Moynihan.

RED ARMY: Colourful Cork supporters pictured at the Allianz Football League, Division 1, Round 6 clash against Mayo at Páirc Uí Rinn. Picture: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Talk about asking the right question


Because you hang on every word that appears in this corner of the paper you’ll no doubt recall that last week I referred to an online feature about the worst question that can be asked by a sports journalist.

Christopher Joyce

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Christopher Joyce: I’m a positive person

The game in Croke Park hadn’t been on 10 minutes when Christopher Joyce tumbled 20 metres from his own goal, challenging for a ball with Dublin’s Liam Rushe.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Managers have duty of care to their players

You could probably assemble your own Davy Fitzgerald/Clare discipline piece at this stage. If you need help, just root around in this bag — letter, players, statement, Banner, humiliation, breach, policy — and put the words together in no particular order.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Looking past the game face

Last week, in these pages, it was interesting to read the thoughts of Donegal footballer Eamon McGee on the upcoming marriage referendum.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Jockeys face a clear and present danger - every day

In 2007 John Carter published a book about horse racing, following a group of people involved in the sport around one major course.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Farewell to Tony Reddin - a true sporting legend

I was delighted to see Pádraig Harrington pick up a title during the week, as the golfer still comfortably tops my list of interviewees index-linked according to accomplishment and manners, writes Michael Moynihan.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: ‘A la carte’ GAA counties neglect duty of care

Earlier this week, in these pages, Paddy Heaney wrote about the Kerry football conveyor belt of talent — the headline, ‘Kingdom’s unique structure keeps them well ahead’, conveys the general spirit of the piece.

Tommy Griffin

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Tommy Griffin: ‘They’re 18-19, you’ve to keep them interested — and keep them employed too’

The great revival is well underway in West Kerry schools football. 


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: How to tune up for throw-in

One of the most important meetings of my year took place earlier this week in the front seat of the car, writes Michael Moynihan.

Michael Moynihan

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: US ‘commissioner’ model a worthy idea

I noted last week that there was a position vacant on the Kilkenny hurling team — that of full-back, given the departure of JJ Delaney into retirement. I think there might be even more significant vacancies in Irish sport, however.

Kilkenny players, from left, Jackie Tyrell, Eoin Larkin, captain Joey Holden, Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly at the Glanbia Agri/Gain sponsorship launch at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture: Matt Browne

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Brian Cody hails departing stars as JJ Delaney was simply ‘the best’

Brian Cody paid a glowing tribute to his retired players yesterday, saying JJ Delaney was the “best defender I have ever seen”. 


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Finding a balance in hurling key to developing the game

For an overview before the hurling season started, Michael Moynihan spoke to GAA coach/tutor Damien Young, who lectures in strength and conditioning at Limerick IT and Setanta College as well as working as a performance analyst for the Tipperary senior hurlers


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Learning a lesson from US dilemma

Among the many newsletters I subscribe to — The New Taxidermy, The Modern Man’s Guide to Panache — is The New Yorker’s daily offering, which never fails to uplift, educate, and spell out the pressing concerns of the Manhattan middle class, writes Michael Moynihan.


MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The importance of eating right in modern sport

I still chuckle at the story of the (All-Ireland-winning) inter-county team management who decided to spring surprise car inspections on players rolling into training, writes Michael Moynihan.

Páirc Uí Chaoimh

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Cork County Board may sell Páirc Uí Chaoimh naming rights

The Cork County Board estimates that it will face a debt of just over €5 million when Páirc Uí Chaoimh is redeveloped, while officials will consider naming rights as a revenue stream for the stadium as well as a premium ticketing scheme.