Kieran Shannon

Sports Correspondent

Kieran Shannon: Ger Loughnane's Clare and the eternal flames of 1995

Kieran Shannon: Ger Loughnane's Clare and the eternal flames of 1995

It’s 25 years ago tomorrow, their day of days during the time of their lives.

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Kieran Shannon: With a bit of cop on, club and county can get along

Kieran Shannon: With a bit of cop on, club and county can get along

Recent events prompted us to remember Rodney King’s famous 'Can’t We All Just Get Along?' plea but little did we think it would be the increasingly heated ...

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Kieran Shannon: From Christy Ring to Dean Rock, geniuses are not born great. It’s work-rate that makes them special

Kieran Shannon: From Christy Ring to Dean Rock, geniuses are not born great. It’s work-rate that makes them special

A giant in sport fell just there, though you probably didn’t hear any tremor. But you’ve seen the ripples from his work, from Augusta to Croke Park.

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Kieran Shannon: Gains made by women's sports can't be allowed to slip away

Kieran Shannon: Gains made by women's sports can't be allowed to slip away

It seemed the most perfectly timed as well as inspired of campaigns: 20x20, by and for 2020, a year in which more young girls – along with the rest of us – ...

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Kieran Shannon: If Croke Park lies largely silent, will Dublin’s ‘marginal gain’ be significantly diluted?

Kieran Shannon: If Croke Park lies largely silent, will Dublin’s ‘marginal gain’ be significantly diluted?

He’s almost back, all eyes on him again, even if no one will be there.

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Kieran Shannon: Hypocrisy and racism -  the black American athlete is on a merrygoround that stops in the same place

Kieran Shannon: Hypocrisy and racism - the black American athlete is on a merrygoround that stops in the same place

In 2006 a New York Times African-American sportswriter called William C Rhoden wrote a book on the experience and dilemma of the US black athlete with the eye-catching ...

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Kieran Shannon: We know the GAA has more pressing worries, but...

Kieran Shannon: We know the GAA has more pressing worries, but...

As much as we’d come to associate this time of year with glorious hurling weekends magnified by the sport’s highly satisfying new format, we may have ...

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Kieran Shannon: There will never be better than Michael Jordan - 23 takeaways from The Last Dance

Kieran Shannon: There will never be better than Michael Jordan - 23 takeaways from The Last Dance

Just like the season it captured for posterity, The Last Dance was a marathon that still left you wanting more - but gave so much. Here are 23 takeaways from revisiting ...

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Kieran Shannon: Every player could use a leader like Michael Jordan, but that doesn't always mean a badass

Kieran Shannon: Every player could use a leader like Michael Jordan, but that doesn't always mean a badass

Even if live sport does return at some point this year, 2020 may already have had its televisual goosebumps moment of the year.

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Kieran Shannon: Time to give serious thought to writing off the season

Kieran Shannon: Time to give serious thought to writing off the season

On the eve of the GAA’s decision to cancel a series of national league games back in mid-March, this column immediately speculated how the coronavirus would ...

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Kieran Shannon: 'The Last Dance' missing a significant step or twoThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Kieran Shannon: 'The Last Dance' missing a significant step or two

For something that people wondered and worried if it could stretch out to a full 10 hours, The Last Dance is leaving quite a bit out.

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Kieran Shannon: How there still will be Munster finals and All-Ireland finals this summer

Kieran Shannon: How there still will be Munster finals and All-Ireland finals this summer

We really are playing the long game now, writes Kieran Shannon

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Kieran Shannon: One basketball journey ends, another begins for proud Price

Kieran Shannon: One basketball journey ends, another begins for proud Price

It's not just that when a door closes, another one tends to open; sometimes it means you’ve to close another too.

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Kieran Shannon: The hurlers who talked the talk as well as they walked the walk

Kieran Shannon: The hurlers who talked the talk as well as they walked the walk

THE simple pleasures we took for granted. Like hopping into a car and travelling more than 2km and meeting up with some athlete or coach, past or present, in some ...

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Kieran Shannon: Michael Jordan steps up again for The Last DanceThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Kieran Shannon: Michael Jordan steps up again for The Last Dance

Where have you gone, Michael Jordan? A nation and the world turns its lonely eyes to you, writes Kieran Shannon.

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Kieran Shannon: Sometimes we need an escape from escapism

Kieran Shannon: Sometimes we need an escape from escapism

At a time like this a columnist, or at least one who covers sport, has two choices. To write about It or not to write about It, that is the question.

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Kieran Shannon: Trailblazer Moran showed us all that the mind does matter

Kieran Shannon: Trailblazer Moran showed us all that the mind does matter

He won’t get the kind of send-off we’re used to or that he deserves, writes Kieran Shannon.

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Kieran Shannon: Could the entire 2020 championship be wiped?

Kieran Shannon: Could the entire 2020 championship be wiped?

The first time I ever heard about the Foot and Mouth All-Ireland would have been in Hayes Hotel 100 years after Michael Cusack had called a meeting for there to ...

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Kieran Shannon: Bitter row over Berry eligibility sours Tralee's title chase

Kieran Shannon: Bitter row over Berry eligibility sours Tralee's title chase

IT’S March now, which in recent years has invariably meant a dramatic conclusion to Irish basketball’s men’s SuperLeague, just as April always ...

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Kieran Shannon: Sport doesn’t just involve stats and facts but flesh and blood

Kieran Shannon: Sport doesn’t just involve stats and facts but flesh and blood

The other day, during a guest lecture to students on the new masters in sports journalism course in UL, I tried, without maybe succeeding, to make the point that, ...

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Kieran Shannon: Sacking Solskjaer might seem cruel but Poch is United’s future

Kieran Shannon: Sacking Solskjaer might seem cruel but Poch is United’s future

In so much of the conversation and speculation about the current and future management of Manchester United, the debate tends to be framed in absolutes.

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Kieran Shannon: State failing another golden generation

Kieran Shannon: State failing another golden generation

All through last summer, while the indefatigable Mark Tighe kept breaking stories highlighting the scale of the incompetence and mismanagement of the FAI, there ...

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Kieran Shannon: It’s time Irish basketball’s unsung heroes get funding they deserve

Kieran Shannon: It’s time Irish basketball’s unsung heroes get funding they deserve

Because of what was happening out in Tallaght over the weekend, this piece was always likely to be about basketball, and then a certain event in California last ...

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Kieran Shannon: The serious business of the league will be taking place off-Broadway

Kieran Shannon: The serious business of the league will be taking place off-Broadway

There's a few words that should crop up quite frequently during the upcoming Allianz Leagues — development, competitive, even fun — but one go-to term ...

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Kieran Shannon: 'The best teams make changes before change is needed'

Kieran Shannon: 'The best teams make changes before change is needed'

Last Saturday week,before he’d oversee Leinster steamroll Connacht in the RDS, Stuart Lancaster popped over to DCU on the other side of town to speak to coaches ...

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Kieran Shannon: GAA must grasp the nettle to save its hurling hinterlands

Kieran Shannon: GAA must grasp the nettle to save its hurling hinterlands

Last weekend, Slaughtneil and Tooreen, those oases in the hurling wastelands of Derry and Mayo, emerged from the shadows and into the limelight

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Kieran Shannon: Who will follow LeBron and Messi to be Twenties’ titans of sport?

Kieran Shannon: Who will follow LeBron and Messi to be Twenties’ titans of sport?

While on this island we were debating whether Rory, Katie or maybe Paul O’Donovan was our outstanding sportsperson of the decade, the Associated Press gave ...

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Kieran Shannon: The world golfer of the decade is the Irish sportsperson of the decade

Kieran Shannon: The world golfer of the decade is the Irish sportsperson of the decade

Rory McIlroy is by a distance the Irish sportsperson of the decade, writes Kieran Shannon.

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Kieran Shannon: Hurling must rethink the crossbar challenge

Kieran Shannon: Hurling must rethink the crossbar challenge

Now that it’ll be yellow from next summer on, the sliotar should be a lot easier to track — but even with the advent of such a smart ball, there’s ...

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Kieran Shannon: Dublin philosophy— as much as their football— was Jim Gavin’s greatest gift

Kieran Shannon: Dublin philosophy— as much as their football— was Jim Gavin’s greatest gift

When the Dublin footballers continuously speak about the ‘culture’ that Pat Gilroy changed and established and that Jim Gavin then perfected, they rarely ...

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Kieran Shannon: How parents can nurture child’s football dream closer to home

Kieran Shannon: How parents can nurture child’s football dream closer to home

When trying to explain to parents how they can protect their kid in this crazy football world, Stephen Finn sometimes uses the analogy of a mechanic.

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One for all and all for one: How 1-1 draw become Ireland’s default

One for all and all for one: How 1-1 draw become Ireland’s default

Well, what else did you expect the score to be?

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Has any other county produced such a seamless transfer of talent as Kerry?

Has any other county produced such a seamless transfer of talent as Kerry?

It almost isn’t fair.Reading Tony Leen’s spread on these pages last Saturday brought home just how ridiculously spoiled they’ve been in Kerry in ...

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Graham Boylan building a life around the cage

Graham Boylan building a life around the cage

Cage Warrior Graham Boylan left Cork at 18 with no Leaving Cert and no money, just an attitude. Now he is the CEO to Europe’s biggest MMA organisation and ...

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It's a time for honest self-reflection by Irish rugby but not self-flagellation

It's a time for honest self-reflection by Irish rugby but not self-flagellation

While it’s a time for some humility in Irish rugby, it is not a time for catastrophising. Honest self-reflection is required but not self-flagellation, suggests ...

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Time to quickly turn tears to cheers at Donnybrook

Time to quickly turn tears to cheers at Donnybrook

Already we’ve all moved on.

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Ireland need to become more comfortable in chaos

Ireland need to become more comfortable in chaos

While monitoring the fortunes of the Irish rugby team over the past month — indeed, the past year and a half — my mind has often thought back to something ...

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Challenging times for Clare in hurling’s bold new era

Challenging times for Clare in hurling’s bold new era

When Ger Loughnane brought out his book 18 years ago, he had the whole pick of Ireland to launch it for him.

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Sadlier’s honesty can help others on road to recovery

Sadlier’s honesty can help others on road to recovery

Sometimes when someone comes out with a Big Reveal or a Hot Issue in a Big Interview promoting their New Book like Richie Sadlier did on The Late Late Show last ...

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Japan misstep stung, but Ireland may yet take down a big gun

Japan misstep stung, but Ireland may yet take down a big gun

Just like about everything else he did with the Lions in 2005, Clive Woodward may have overthought and overdone it when trying to acknowledge and respect the locals’ ...

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Irate county footballers can learn plenty from Thunberg defiance

Irate county footballers can learn plenty from Thunberg defiance

Some Friday protests are more powerful than others.

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It’s time for football’s slumbering giants to awaken and help themselves

It’s time for football’s slumbering giants to awaken and help themselves

We might have mentioned this one before somewhere, but after a decade of inter-county football concluded last Saturday with Croke Park housing both the crowning ...

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Saturday won’t define ‘the greatest’ — there’s plenty of room for all of GAA’s finest

Saturday won’t define ‘the greatest’ — there’s plenty of room for all of GAA’s finest

Beyond the mere fact that no (male) GAA team has ever pulled it off before, would Dublin completing the five in a row carry a greater significance?

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Dublin will need to call in the cavalry to ride Kerry storm

Dublin will need to call in the cavalry to ride Kerry storm

It was natural that of all the previous All-Ireland finals that last Sunday’s conjured comparisons with, 1982 was the easiest from the archive to reach for, ...

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The GAA’s loss has been Tipp’s glorious gain

The GAA’s loss has been Tipp’s glorious gain

Not for the first and hopefully not for the last time, Seamus ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett once again flew in the face of the mainstream.

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: A hurling bond that goes beyond borders

The Kieran Shannon Interview: A hurling bond that goes beyond borders

When Paddy Stapleton’s family were confronted with a crisis last autumn, he found he could call on old teammates — and some old adversaries — for ...

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There will be no monopoly in football’s War of the Worlds

There will be no monopoly in football’s War of the Worlds

It takes a special team to make a team like Mayo look so old, spent, lost.

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The Kieran Shannon Interview: The real jackanory behind Dublin’s perfect storm

The Kieran Shannon Interview: The real jackanory behind Dublin’s perfect storm

You won’t find them on the Hill today. They don’t chant You Boys in Blue – though some of their children will.

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Old master Brian Cody still bringing fire and functionality in hurling’s brave new world

Old master Brian Cody still bringing fire and functionality in hurling’s brave new world

Given last Sunday night’s peculiar but surely forgivable digression by Derek McGrath and Dónal Óg Cusack had half the nation yearning for the ...

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A fortnight where we all fell back in love with football

A fortnight where we all fell back in love with football

Last year when Kerry played a Super 8s match in Croke Park, it didn’t exactly fare well in the TV channel-hopping stakes.

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