Paul Rouse - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAUL ROUSE: There’s an insufferable quality to the sporting snob

A Connemara bar on an Easter Sunday afternoon — pints and fish-and- chips and plenty of fun. There are locals and blow-ins, tourists, day-trippers and weekenders. By 5pm, the place is full. 

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PAUL ROUSE: Privilege of witnessing greatness trumps quibbles over medals

The number of medals pinned to Colm Cooper’s chest does not determine who he is and what he has done, writes Paul Rouse

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PAUL ROUSE: There's a pecking order to honouring sporting greats

To have an airport called after you demands a wider international celebrity most Irish sportspeople simply do not have, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: What if Michael Cusack had stuck with rugby?

Paul Rouse wonders what if Michael Cusack had stuck with his first love, rugby.

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PAUL ROUSE: Don’t begrudge soccer stars for earning while they can

Paul Rouse tackles the wage packets of some of your beloved, and less so, soccer stars and whether or not they deserve the kind of money they make.

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PAUL ROUSE: Kerry clinging to Dublin’s coat-tails

It is precisely because they understand this is a brilliant Dublin team Kerry people are so exercised, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Video gaming competitions blur the lines between sport and play

The boundaries between ’real’ sport and video games have shifted and will shift again, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Eight questions facing the GAA in testing times

The dust has settled on another GAA Annual Congress. As with so many things involving the GAA, there were more questions than answers. Here are just a few that Paul Rouse has on his mind.

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PAUL ROUSE: Loss of Harold's Cross extends far beyond sport

There is something quite moving about the loss of a sports ground, writes Paul Rouse

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PAUL ROUSE: Páraic Duffy proposals show Croke Park has no real plan for its club players

Nothing is included which sorts out the ludicrous fixture congestion where — for example — university-based players are flogged and flogged again, dragged between college and county, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Breaking down the island's walls instead of building them

Why is there a United Ireland rugby team? 

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PAUL ROUSE: Coursing — the debate that divides

This week Paul Rouse tackles a subject dividing people for a number of reasons - hare coursing.

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