Paul Rouse - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAUL ROUSE: From wife-carrying to faction-fighting: Sporting success comes in many shapes and sizes

What are the limits of the sporting world? Where does sport begin and end? The difficulties in answering those questions are manifest whenever you move beyond the mainstream that dominates the sporting media in the western world, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: When sporting events become political protests

The use of sport as a place of political protest is not new. For as long as modern organised sport has existed in Ireland, people have sought to use sporting events to make political protests.

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PAUL ROUSE: Super 11s Boston junket in tune with the age of spin

The assault on the importance of language and facts continues apace. Propagandists are not new to our world, but their capacity to spread their message is now much greater than before. 

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PAUL ROUSE: What type of men win an All-Ireland in time of war?

In considering these men, it is impossible to ignore the political climate of 1917, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Rewriting the history of the origins of Irish soccer

This weekend brings the anniversary the first playing of soccer in Ireland — or so the story goes, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: No finer tribute from one brother to another

There are things that a book can do for you that defy adequate explanation. It is a something deeply personal, a connection made with the words that lingers long after the book is closed and laid down. 

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PAUL ROUSE: The long battle towards equality for ladies' football

Women’s Gaelic football has made huge strides but even more must be made before there is equality, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: A journey, and a day, that lives long in Martin O’Neill’s memory

In 2008, Martin O’Neill, the Irish soccer manager, was invited to Áras an Uachtarán by Mary McAleese to give a lecture on the meaning of being Irish.

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PAUL ROUSE: The search for Ireland’s greatest tennis player

Mabel Cahill could not be found.

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PAUL ROUSE: Summer lives on as Mayo and Kerry promise another epic

The fun starts early. The motorways up from the west are busy — so busy that by the time the toll-booths near Enfield are hit, the cars are queuing back five and six deep even though it’s not even close to noon.

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