John Horan’s two-tier proposals have room to improve

About the kindest way to describe how John Horan is going about fixing the fixtures is that it’s as if after commissioning the Brennan brothers to assess and ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: ‘I had the opportunity to challenge fellas and I didn’t do it enough’

Until he stepped out of a Cork dressing room for the last time, at 37, Donncha O’Connor was a symbol of Rebel defiance.

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Tipp on cusp of greatest year

Some years some titles should be valued that bit more than usual, having been that bit harder earned.

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Banner did not win the war, but they won the last battle

For several generations now it has been common for Clare teams to head across the road to the Sherwood Inn in the Ennis Shopping Centre after training or a game ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: The wonder of Jamie Wall

As a coach, he likes to have music around the dressing room. Doesn’t have to be Oasis, just whatever helps the lads gel and feel at ease. These are the sounds ...

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Sport has cruel way of reminding greats they too are mere mortals

Just as the screams of history and legacy can make the greats try to play on one leg, nature has a cruel and sudden way of reminding them that even they are mortals. ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview with Bob McKillop:‘The biggest challenge facing our youth is anxiety’

Legendary American basketball coach Bob McKillop may be 69 next month, but he’s already signed a new five-year contract as head coach at Atlantic 10 over-achievers ...

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Curry doesn’t have to be a finals MVP to prove he’s invaluable

While football has rarely before had a decade like this one where two players have been streets out on their own, basketball during the same period hasn’t ...

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Big interview: Golden generation nursed from the grassroots

Belgium are currently the number one ranked side in world football, overtaking superpowers like Brazil who they eliminated from last year’s World Cup. Simply ...

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More makes our championships all the merrier for all

The year before Oliver Stone blinded us – and one linebacker in particular – with Any Given Sunday, Pat Comer hit us with A Year ’Til Sunday, one ...

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Last year has no currency in Munster

Precisely a year ago at this venue it was Tipperary who sleepwalked into an ambush and a ravenous Limerick who pounced upon them.

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The man who prepared the Limerick rocket for moon landing

THE KIERAN SHANNON INTERVIEW: An hour after Declan Hannon lifted the Liam MacCarthy Cup last August, Éamonn Cregan phoned another Adare man whose leadership ...

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The Midweek Game would give lesser lights chance to shine

When RTÉ began a GAA highlights programme 40 years ago, the title for it was as obvious as its choice of theme tune was inspired

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The Darby factor: The power of the bench

Finisher. That’s the term managers prefer to use these days when selling and telling a player that they’re not starting the next day but should see action ...

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Is the Munster hurling final worth winning or even reaching?

It’s coming home, it’s coming home, hurling’s finally coming home. Or at least it’s giving Waterford a game where they can call home.

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How strategic thinking could solve provincial Rubik’s Cube

So, club month is over. Welcome to hurling month, just as June will be as well.

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Fortnite is not sport’s enemy — outdated coaching is

The world-leading coach educator Wayne Goldsmith has worked with everyone from the All Blacks to the US Olympic swimming team of Phelps and Lochte and the top sides ...

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Culture and character should supersede talent

If it’s any consolation to Manchester United supporters these days, the biggest and most gloried franchise in the world’s other leading team sport is ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Calling it as he sees it

For 20 years Michael Corcoran has been working in RTÉ, covering and commentating on the Irish provinces’ exploits in Europe, writes Kieran Shannon.

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A better, brighter era awaits with beginning of the end of old FAI

They can’t escape now. Not even him.

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With ‘the noise’ muted, Rory McIlroy can enjoy rub of the green

Given he has still yet to don the green jacket that seemed as tailor-made for him as the Augusta course itself, the eve of another US Masters invariably prompts ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: They have the potential to be the biggest change agents

The plight of club players was front and centre once more this week when Cork delegates debated radical new championship structures.

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Mayo challenging stereotype and making history

Ahead of last Sunday’s league final on the always-entertaining GAA Hour podcast, Steven McDonnell and Colm Parkinson came from contrasting schools of thought ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Fifty years a talking with Sean Ban Breathnach

Five decades after sitting into a radio studio for the first time, Seán Bán Breathnach remains as enthusiastic and animated as ever on the national ...

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Warriors here to stay as Jungle fever takes hold

In a town like Tralee and a county like Kerry, mention or sight of a football is never far away.

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Tralee Warriors take title spoils

Three years ago the Tralee Warriors did not exist, though the idea of an amalgam of the various clubs in the town was beginning to ferment in the mind of a fella ...

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Has Irish sport had enough indispensable men?

When the FAI — or rather John Delaney, since they remain one and the same thing, at least for now — declared on Saturday night that they were creating ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: ‘Football is something you do, not something you are’

This is a story of a Cork schoolboy, though not the one we’ll begin with.

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The tiniest of cracks are appearing in Blue machine

Although Paul Mannion’s injury-time point in Croke Park last Saturday night maintained the remarkable trend that any Dublin defeat these past five seasons ...

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The big interview with Darran O’Sullivan: Joining the legends

Things didn’t finish up for Darran O’Sullivan as he would have liked, either with Kerry or when he last played against their opponents tonight, Mayo.

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Instead of a closed shop, World Rugby needs an open mind

As key stakeholders in rugby convene in Dublin tomorrow about a ‘world’ league that seems more concerned with concentrating and increasing the wealth ...

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The Big Interview: Killeen, the poster boy who has seen it all

Tonight Tralee hosts a top-of-the-table sellout as Garvey’s Warriors take on Superleague rivals Templeogue. But as someone who went up against Carmelo Anthony ...

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Did LeBron take his eye off the ‘main thing’?

Although he would be lambasted after The Decision, with people in his hometown of Cleveland so scorned they’d burn his Cavaliers jersey, history has proven ...

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No separating Limerick and Clare in chilly Ennis gripper

Donal Moloney has seen a lot of hurling in his time, but yesterday in Cusack Park represented something of a first for him.

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Breezy boss Kiely diplomatically defuses sideline tension

After exchanging a few heated words with the Clare sideline in the closing minutes, John Kiely was a model of diplomacy and even bonhomie upon Paud O’Dwyer’s ...

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Is it time a stand’s name stood for something?

So, not even two years after triumphantly opening its gates and receiving the bishop’s blessing, it turns out the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh is already ...

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Return to ‘Corkness’ more about attitude than tactics

Although it irked supporters and observers of Clare football that the commentary surrounding the team’s recent nine-point win over Cork was less about their ...

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John Morrison: The genial genius who was great for making them feel great

It's been a few years since the two of us last spoke and 20 years now since we first met but the wit, wisdom and warmth of John Morrison continued to pop up in conversation ...

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Clare push Cork further down the football rankings

When Cork football rolled out its 2024 vision document last month, it was generally applauded how pragmatic its proponents like Graham Canty were by acknowledging ...

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Stuttering start but 2019 can still be golden year for Ireland

It would be fair to say that as anti-climatic and disappointing as last Saturday in the Aviva was, it hardly constituted the sort of crisis and crossroads Irish ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Denis Leamy - 'The emotional stuff has petered out because we don’t need it anymore’

Denis Leamy has history with England. A first international try in the Triple Crown-winning match in Twickenham in 2006, his 50th cap when Ireland foiled their 2011 ...

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GAA has programme the wrong way around

We don’t know if you took in any of the 11 National Football League games decided by a single score last weekend — or any of the 14 that were decided ...

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Colm Collins regret as Clare miss out on another big scalp

As much as Clare have progressed and consolidated under the masterful watch of Colm Collins, they’ve developed a regrettable tendency to foil glorious chances ...

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New year but calendar crisis remains the burning question

Now that the furore over the handpass limit in football is over, it’s back to that perennial old January reliable: Fixture overload, player welfare, and possible ...

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O’Neill must not repeat Clough’s intransigence

Considering how he loved throwing in an old Cloughie anecdote in his last gig, and he now occupies Old Big ’Ead’s old chair at the City Ground, we’ll ...

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The big interview: O'Sullivan cousins explain how Tralee's becoming a Warrior town

Tralee is buzzing for hoops. The Complex is gripped by Saturday night fever. Even football people are backing the basketball team in their droves and they’re ...

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Pádraig Harrington isn’t just one of our greatest ever sportspeople — he represents the best of us

For something widely described as the worst-kept secret in golf, Pádraig Harrington’s eventual unveiling as Europe’s next Ryder Cup captain surprised ...

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The big interview with Liam Harbison: Breakfast, boccia, and boosting performance

Outside the National Sports Campus, people like Liam Harbison don’t register, a bit like the powerbrokers pulling the strings in the West Wing. Dubliner Harbison ...

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Coach who coined The Process always looking for next nut to crack

It may have taken more than 30 years after his last championship for the wisdom of John Wooden to cross over from his own sport and permeate the language and thinking ...

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: Gillian Pinder - ‘We’d flipped the mentality of hockey in the country’

The Irish women’s hockey team captured the imagination of the public with their run to the World Cup final in London. Gillian Pinder, the penalty hero in their ...

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