Paul Rouse - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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PAUL ROUSE: Sport played out in perfect setting

It’s Sunday afternoon and the currach races at the Inishbofin Maritime Festival are in full flow. There’s a slow breeze blowing in around the ruin of the old Cromwellian barracks and across the harbour.

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PAUL ROUSE: Jack Doyle was notorious long before Conor McGregor

Every sports star fits the age in which they flourish. Nowhere was this point more obviously made than when Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather embarked on their four-city press conference tour to sell their forthcoming ‘fight’.

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PAUL ROUSE: Rise of Irish women’s rugby has been an heroic struggle

The best thing to happen in Irish sport in 2017 is the staging of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: A hurling enclave that has stood the test of time

125 years later, Ballyduff’s All-Ireland victory sits as the backdrop to everything that now happens on their beautiful hurling fields, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a stadium more than just bricks and mortar

Having a place to play sits at the heart of the very existence of every sporting organisation. Without such a place, no sport can exist. writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Hurling, like quidditch, owes much to literature

The world of sport, with its seemingly endless capacity to invent and reinvent itself, has demonstrated time and again that there is nothing permanent, nothing resistant to transition.

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PAUL ROUSE: Is Brexit set to scupper Irish World Cup bid?

There are genuine reasons for concern over Brexit’s impact on Ireland’s bid for the 2023 Rugby World Cup, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Technology in danger of colonising our sporting lives

It is commonplace now to note the ubiquity of the smartphone in everyday life, says Paul Rouse

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PAUL ROUSE: The wrong turn that shaped a life in sport for Rita Parsons

Across the generations, the fundamental strength of every single sports club is defined by its ability to command the devotion of people who commit their time, energy and talents to its service.

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