Paul Rouse - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

US middle distance runner Ashley Higginson running with kids on Global Running Day last year.

PAUL ROUSE: This is your chance to take a step in the right direction

Ireland’s incidence of heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and colonic cancer (to name just three) is way above the European and global average, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Any player ready to stick his head above the parapet?

Gaelic games has never enjoyed such cross-spectrum appeal, but the absence of diversity in the summer narrative is a source of concern — not least with other sports ready and willing to step up to the mic, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Grants an unspoken joke in the Greatest Amateur Association in the World

The final essential part of the farce is to claim the cash is justified because it is being used to support players playing “at the highest level”, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: A Bronx tale: How GAA took hold in New York

There is nothing quite like this day of days for the GAA in New York, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Camogie's struggle to establish itself has never truly been won

Paul Rouse has more than a few issues with the place of women’s sports in the heart of Irish society.

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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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