Larry Ryan: Demise of the toy snooker table underlines the fragility of all we hold sacred

Larry Ryan: Demise of the toy snooker table underlines the fragility of all we hold sacred

There are no snooker tables in Smyths Toys.

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Larry Ryan: The great fear haunting everyone is that Liverpool will hang around for another reign of terror

Larry Ryan: The great fear haunting everyone is that Liverpool will hang around for another reign of terror

How is it going for you so far, more than 24 hours into so many changed lives? Are you holding up okay? Is it as transformative as you hoped or as unbearable as ...

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Larry Ryan: Business as usual as Arsenal serve up the Premier League's secret sauce

Larry Ryan: Business as usual as Arsenal serve up the Premier League's secret sauce

It is incalculable, at this stage, how much we are all indebted to the Arsenal.

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Larry Ryan: Do we like the sound of football’s fake future?

Larry Ryan: Do we like the sound of football’s fake future?

Since lockdown quieted football, it’s never been as obvious that crowd reaction, as much as the commentary, shapes how we see a match.

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Larry Ryan: It might be a better world,  a Premier League stripped of some of the hysteria

Larry Ryan: It might be a better world, a Premier League stripped of some of the hysteria

If GAA lads turned to Normal People in lockdown, the soccer crowd were better off with Pure Mule.

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Larry Ryan: Another tribute to Con Houlihan, who would have been the laureate of lockdown

Larry Ryan: Another tribute to Con Houlihan, who would have been the laureate of lockdown

Whichever way you look, isn’t sportswriting thriving without sport?

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Has Normal People kicked off the rehabilitation of the TV jock?

Has Normal People kicked off the rehabilitation of the TV jock?

Is GAA star Connell a departure from the grand traditions of the 'jerk jock'?

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Larry Ryan: The Cork centre-half who’s a symbol of Detroit defiance

Larry Ryan: The Cork centre-half who’s a symbol of Detroit defiance

The city of Detroit had three slivers of good press this week, respite from the unrelenting gloom of deaths and unrest and unemployment

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Larry Ryan: George Hamilton still giving words a life of their own

Larry Ryan: George Hamilton still giving words a life of their own

You need an excuse to pester George Hamilton, there’s usually an anniversary due. We’re approaching high season, writes Larry Ryan

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Larry Ryan: In a new world, it won’t be too strange if Ireland keep the ball

Larry Ryan: In a new world, it won’t be too strange if Ireland keep the ball

HOW good is Stephen Kenny’s timing?

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Larry Ryan: Footballers caught on back foot by cynics

Larry Ryan: Footballers caught on back foot by cynics

This week’s viral sensation was Caio, a kid playing football barefoot on a Sao Paulo street who pulled off an audacious flick.

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Larry Ryan: Real life stepping up and going down to fill the sporting gapsThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Larry Ryan: Real life stepping up and going down to fill the sporting gaps

When we come out the other side of this thing, at least one eternal truth will have been established: Nothing, nothing can suppress debate about GAA ‘structures’. ...

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Larry Ryan: Can sport ever again conquer all that space in our lives?

Larry Ryan: Can sport ever again conquer all that space in our lives?

Anyone else bouncing and crashing in these strange days like Skippy on rollerskates? Tell me that’s normal.

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Larry Ryan: Ole Ole Ole - We'll need that Italia '90 spirit now

Larry Ryan: Ole Ole Ole - We'll need that Italia '90 spirit now

Ole, Ole, Ole: You’ll never beat the Irish

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Larry Ryan: No matter where you are, Klopp’s your guiding star

Larry Ryan: No matter where you are, Klopp’s your guiding star

We take for granted, at this stage, the wisdom available to us five days a week on Home and Away. But we will not go far wrong taking our life lessons from Summer ...

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Larry Ryan: Hard to keep it real in football’s version of reality

Larry Ryan: Hard to keep it real in football’s version of reality

A tantalising glimpse, this week, of what we must now call in this trade potentially ‘premium content’.

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Larry Ryan: A United front adjusting to life after hope

There was an important landmark in a developing horror on Thursday.

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Larry Ryan: Room to improve but sin bins are for naive cynics

Larry Ryan: Room to improve but sin bins are for naive cynics

It’s a known addiction. Dreams of bigger windows, terrazzo floors, cupboards with no handles so visitors won’t know they are cupboards at all.

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Larry Ryan: Freeing Cork from clutches of the spare hand

Larry Ryan: Freeing Cork from clutches of the spare hand

THE ban on talking sport in the office can’t reach Cork soon enough.

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Larry Ryan: Is more time any use to Ole?

Larry Ryan: Is more time any use to Ole?

“We are time’s subjects and time bids be gone,” wrote Shakespeare — the other one, not Craig at the King Power Stadium.

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Next year don't come but today has

Next year don't come but today has

Did we really think he was snookered? Turns out Joe Brolly didn’t even have to play this one off two cushions.

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A royal solution to the flight of the GAA players

A royal solution to the flight of the GAA players

This week has been all about those keen to step away from the limelight in favour of seeking out an independent life of their own.

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Larry Ryan: Are you ready to renew your vows with sport?

Larry Ryan: Are you ready to renew your vows with sport?

Not long ago, I watched er indoors walk just ahead, along a path in the park, and reveal herself utterly.

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Quick wins for Arteta inside Arsenal’s heads and hearts

Quick wins for Arteta inside Arsenal’s heads and hearts

Carlo Ancelotti and Mikel Arteta will not face each other on the touchline today when Everton meet Arsenal at Goodison. The incoming gaffers will wait in the wings, ...

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Larry Ryan: Successful transplant sets The Panel free

Larry Ryan: Successful transplant sets The Panel free

Early in Wednesday night’s Premier Sports broadcast, Eamon Dunphy settled on a key fact to underline the crisis facing a proud club. He’d repeat it several ...

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Larry Ryan: Digging up the past to reanimate ArsenalThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Larry Ryan: Digging up the past to reanimate Arsenal

Nostalgia is bigger than it used to be. A great fear of what’s coming down the tracks has turned the world towards the good old days.

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Kenny the man for a peace keeping mission

Kenny the man for a peace keeping mission

Shots fired. A fresh round in an ancient war: big-time pro from across the water versus small-time Chicken Leaguer.

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What’s become of the noble art of defending the indefensible?

What’s become of the noble art of defending the indefensible?

In the clamour for football ‘content’ we are now flies on every wall, forever ‘behind the scenes’.

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We were all wrong about VAR but it’ll be grand

We were all wrong about VAR but it’ll be grand

A window into the bright new future we want to give our children and our children’s children. A world free of confusion, controversy and injustice. A world ...

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When life’s a bench in Crouchy’s sub-culture

When life’s a bench in Crouchy’s sub-culture

This week, a topic very close to my heart. It is an issue that has affected most people at some stage, that has touched many lives.

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Ireland’s culture of fear, Manchester United’s lost culture

Ireland’s culture of fear, Manchester United’s lost culture

Kevin Kilbane seems a nice guy.

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Connolly’s quantum leap to upset Ireland’s time travel plans?

Connolly’s quantum leap to upset Ireland’s time travel plans?

Students of time travel will know this is precarious. In John Delaney’s grandiose vision, Ireland’s future has been mapped out and somehow it’s ...

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Who's been laughing at Rugby Country?

Who's been laughing at Rugby Country?

It has been a week of uncomfortable introspection in Rugby Country.

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Dreaming of football’s alternative reality

Dreaming of football’s alternative reality

Two new football books. Written by two dreamers. Coming from very different angles.

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At war for the survival of Rugby Country

At war for the survival of Rugby Country

If an average Six Nations fixture takes place on the day of the apocalypse, a Rugby World Cup is a declaration of war.

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Has the Punditry Age reached peak Brolly?

Has the Punditry Age reached peak Brolly?

Ah, the innocence of those early September days, when the worry was out there that Sunday’s ladies football final might be overshadowed by the men’s ...

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Where have all the six-a-side players gone?

Where have all the six-a-side players gone?

Fergie wouldn’t have stood for what the Astro.ie fixture computer has thrown at us.

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Poch and Emery must spice up the script

Poch and Emery must spice up the script

Offering an idea for sale to the week’s sport In the North London derby tomorrow afternoon, Unai Emery and Mauricio Pochettino will enjoy a welcome break from ...

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Never go back? Liam Sheedy and all of Tipp wouldn’t agree today

Never go back? Liam Sheedy and all of Tipp wouldn’t agree today

There is a cracking Sportsfile picture of Liam Sheedy after the Munster Championship win over Clare.

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Tippsy from an addiction to goals

Tippsy from an addiction to goals

After more than eight years of this column, the arse long torn out of it, maybe it’s time to start taking requests.

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Has the Premier League lost its grip on Irish culture?

Has the Premier League lost its grip on Irish culture?

In an unprecedented development, it has been widely accepted the Premier League has returned at roughly the correct time.

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Something fundamental about the shemozzle

Something fundamental about the shemozzle

It felt like a missed opportunity on Thursday when 30 unique practices of Irish cultural heritage were recognised by the state — and there was no place for ...

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Another box ticked en route to Cork double

Another box ticked en route to Cork double

So John Horan will hardly countenance splitting Dublin, but he is happy to divide Cork.

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