Michael Moynihan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Mayo shake, then move, towards the final September hurdle

Michael Moynihan reflects on the first of the football semi-finals which saw Mayo limp over the line against Tipperary. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Why do we still bother with paper tickets?

On the basis that citing a certain name here will probably send you into the arms of the business section, or the TV listings, I’ll spare everyone the trauma.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A penny for our athletes’ thoughts after Pat Hickey soap...

Perhaps something along the lines of the Pat Hickey soap story was inevitable in Brazil, where the telenovela is a TV staple.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Games need equal reporting. Here you go...

There’s been a sharp reaction to some of the commentary on the Olympic Games in Rio, and I don’t mean the astonishment that people from Skibbereen speak like people... from Skibbereen.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Hurling thunder and lightning: And a storm’s on the way

Forked and playful as the lightning, crested as the serpent. Hazlitt wasn’t talking about the weekend’s All-Ireland semi-finals, though he might as well have been. 

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: When all else fails — blame the media

It all goes back to Flann O’Brien, of course, as most column-related innovations do.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: OBITUARY: Limerick GAA stalwart and former West Board chairman, Gerry Molyneaux

The secretary always gets the tough jobs. Just ask Mike O’Riordan in Limerick.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: It’s time for cliches to adjust to the new realities

Every year, it happens. You hear comments spewed out without correction or clarification, and pretty soon they calcify into cliche.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: They’ll recall this one as the Austin Gleeson final

Call it the Gleeson final, because last night’s Munster U21 final in Walsh Park will be linked always to one name.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Elite sport costs money - a lot of money

This is the height of the GAA season, with the proof visible all over. All-Ireland semi-final slots are filling up, heroic comebacks and stunning defeats are heralded on the back pages, the sun’s out, costs are rising...

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: The little things that make Big Sam a master

It’s funny, all those references that slip past you as white noise.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: What did you do for your sport today?

The great Gloria Steinem was in these pages recently, and she had this to say about action and activism, or maybe their opposites.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Cork people no longer animated by hurlers’ defeats

“ . . . one vast impacted havoc which the years accrete And slowly heave up, fused and wrecked . . .” Maybe we should get Stephen Edgar to write about Cork hurling, though the first thing to realise about Cork hurling is that the whole problem can’t be taken in at one glance.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: A reminder of the true values of the Olympics

At times you’d wonder how much more this Olympic ideal can actually take.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Lyon leaves us questioning the nature of time

So, that Christy Ring Cup final replay... Just kidding. Only one story this morning, let’s be honest.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Could be out of jail for Italy game, mam!

Hi Mam, How is everybody at home? Just a quick note to make sure you got my Conor McGregor duvet cover washed, like I asked. And to ask you to get in touch with the Department of Foreign Affairs for us when you get the time.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Success all about getting back to basics, says Limerick’s Gavin O’Mahony

The system. What was almost a dirty term in hurling circles is now part of the build-up to championship games. Gavin O’Mahony of Limerick accepts that: he’s around long enough to remember the early tactical innovations, writes Michael Moynihan

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: An evening at one of sport’s great theatres - Yankee Stadium

Michael Moynihan took his place in the press tribune at Yankee Stadium in New York and in between gorging on the smorgasbord of free food, indulged in one of America’s great sporting pastimes: Baseball at Yankee Stadium.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: Cork’s defeat means no Munster football final when Páirc Uí Chaoimh re-opens

No doubt the calls will be sounded again soon. Root and branch reform. Sweeping change. Not good enough.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: In US sport, Head Office calls all the shots

I’ll finish talking about my trip to America sometime soon, but I refer to one interesting conversation before the moratorium kicks in.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: It was Muhammad Ali’s humanity that people responded to

One of the contributors to Thomas Hauser’s biography of Muhammad Ali told a story that sums up one — just one — aspect of the boxer.

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: GAA should help to redevelop Gaelic Park

How far away are you really, no matter the distance you’ve travelled?

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MICHAEL MOYNIHAN: This Bronx tale takes you from Gaelic Park to Yankee Stadium

In the yellow taxi - literally - from JFK when the text comes through.

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