Michael Moynihan

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Michael Moynihan: Pedestrians' poor habits drive bad behaviour of motorists and cyclists

Michael Moynihan: Pedestrians' poor habits drive bad behaviour of motorists and cyclists

In the city I find the traffic lights/pedestrian crossing is often the flashpoint for conflict, writes Michael Moynihan

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Michael Moynihan: 30 reasons why 1990 is the nostalgia default

Michael Moynihan: 30 reasons why 1990 is the nostalgia default

As everything opens up again, little by little, a question: what happens to our lockdown obsessions?

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Michael Moynihan: Our new Taoiseach's sporting attempt to unlock the box

Michael Moynihan: Our new Taoiseach's sporting attempt to unlock the box

“Our situation is the following. We are standing in front of a closed box which we cannot open, and we try hard to discover what is and is not in it.”

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Michael Moynihan: The many challenges club fixtures pose for Cork GAA

Michael Moynihan: The many challenges club fixtures pose for Cork GAA

Over the weekend there were suggestions the GAA would release its inter-county schedule very soon indeed.

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Michael Moynihan: Old friends from Ballinskelligs find a common goal in New York

Michael Moynihan: Old friends from Ballinskelligs find a common goal in New York

Your columnist’s GAA adventures in the States never took in New York.

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Michael Moynihan: Examining the tale of Christy Ring

Michael Moynihan: Examining the tale of Christy Ring

Not sure if you picked up on this, but last week was the centenary of Michael O’Hehir’s birth. The sports commentator didn’t dominate Irish life ...

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Michael Moynihan: Sporting mistakes aren't confined to the pitch

Michael Moynihan: Sporting mistakes aren't confined to the pitch

This may come as something of a shock to all of you this morning, struggling to get the scrambled eggs in past the face mask, but it’s true.

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Michael Moynihan: Daily arts reports? Careful what you wish for

Michael Moynihan: Daily arts reports? Careful what you wish for

This just in from the Department of Things Could Hardly Get Much Worse (Or Could They?).

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Michael Moynihan: What makes a classic GAA match?

Michael Moynihan: What makes a classic GAA match?

Roaming the TV listings recently there seem to be only a couple of fixtures which fit comfortably under this heading, and when I say couple I mean that number precisely. ...

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Michael Moynihan: Opportunities now abound for Paul in not-so-normal times

Michael Moynihan: Opportunities now abound for Paul in not-so-normal times

The reviews are in and Normal People is a success. I hear that the burghers of your native land are up in arms and complaining about the sex scenes. Believe me, ...

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Michael Moynihan: How can contact sport resume in the absence of a viable vaccine?

Michael Moynihan: How can contact sport resume in the absence of a viable vaccine?

The current crisis has little enough to recommend it. No matter how many unintended consequences you come across, few of them seem beneficial or positive.

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Michael Moynihan: True character emerges in time of crisis

Michael Moynihan: True character emerges in time of crisis

Is the pandemic less about existentialism than it is a matter of essentialism?

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Michael Moynihan: Letter on an anniversary

Michael Moynihan: Letter on an anniversary

Well boss, sorry I didn’t make it up last Wednesday, anniversary or not.

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Michael Moynihan: Diary of sports fan in time of corona

Michael Moynihan: Diary of sports fan in time of corona

Monday: Awake to silence and darkness, mysterious, all-pervading. Then remove pillowcase from head. Rush to check results, coverage, analysis, reaction even — ...

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Michael Moynihan: There will be no bowing down

Michael Moynihan: There will be no bowing down

Last week I wrote here about Camus and La Peste — The Plague — in an effort to stiffen up the sinews, etc, writes Michael Moynihan

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Michael Moynihan: The rights and wrongs of the big call to cancel events

Michael Moynihan: The rights and wrongs of the big call to cancel events

The news that Uefa has decided to postpone this year’s European championships for a year feels like the right call — maybe the only call — but ...

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Michael Moynihan: There must be no bowing down

Michael Moynihan: There must be no bowing down

NOBODY ever wrote better about the situation we now face than a man who died over half a century ago.

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Michael Moynihan: Close the beaches, or why the right decision has now been madeThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Michael Moynihan: Close the beaches, or why the right decision has now been made

Larry Vaughn, you should be living at this hour.

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Michael Moynihan: It was 30 years ago (if you can believe it)

Michael Moynihan: It was 30 years ago (if you can believe it)

Every sportswriter is a trader in nostalgia. It comes with the territory: Instant memories. Even if you file a match report on the whistle it’s already fading ...

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Michael Moynihan: Irving Berlin and the ideas factory

Michael Moynihan: Irving Berlin and the ideas factory

Many thanks to the reader who told me during the week that he ‘admired my anecdotes’.

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Michael Moynihan: Someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing

Michael Moynihan: Someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing

You can probably quote Oscar Wilde on cynicism, or what a cynic is, to be more precise: Someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.

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Michael Moynihan: Garrett Fitzgerald was a gentleman to his fingertips

Michael Moynihan: Garrett Fitzgerald was a gentleman to his fingertips

You can read in Eddie O’Sullivan’s autobiography an interesting snapshot of life before the bandwagon: in his last season coaching Connacht, O’Sullivan’s ...

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Michael Moynihan: In praise of old sports shops

Michael Moynihan: In praise of old sports shops

You probably saw in last Saturday’s newspaper that I met Moss Finn for a chat. He was great company, but there was a shadow over our discussions.

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Michael Moynihan: Soundbytes from the (GAA) campaign trail

Michael Moynihan: Soundbytes from the (GAA) campaign trail

The groans can still be heard, from coast to coast, in hamlet and city alike, the plain people of Ireland asking for it to stop.

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Michael Moynihan: Lessons learned from the League frontline

Michael Moynihan: Lessons learned from the League frontline

Fifty* random observations about the Allianz Leagues.

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Michael Moynihan: Time to go all guns blazing on the war cliche

Michael Moynihan: Time to go all guns blazing on the war cliche

Stop, stop, stop. Halt the election campaign in its tracks. Climate change action: cease and desist. We have a far more pressing issue to hand, one which requires ...

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Michael Moynihan: Limerick’s past shows way for hurling’s future

Michael Moynihan: Limerick’s past shows way for hurling’s future

It’s not quite true to say that the hurling season is upon us again, because the hurling season has never truly left us, not even for a weekend or a few days ...

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Michael Moynihan: The power of one can be a force for good

Michael Moynihan: The power of one can be a force for good

I see that last week former NBA Commissioner David Stern died suddenly.

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Breaking News

Michael Moynihan: Strap yourself in for another gruelling year

If you’re a little fragile this morning, though, join me in thanking the man who sent me a link to a terrific ESPN article, one of those items where the headline ...

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Michael Moynihan: Christmas and year lack cheer for Cork GAA

Michael Moynihan: Christmas and year lack cheer for Cork GAA

Your columnist’s phone was pretty busy last week after this paper published the story of Cork GAA’s fluctuating deficit.

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Michael Moynihan: 2020 vision the shape of things to come

Michael Moynihan: 2020 vision the shape of things to come

By the time you read this column, I will already be in 2020.

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Michael Moynihan: GAA has always walked fine line on amateur question

Michael Moynihan: GAA has always walked fine line on amateur question

Many thanks to the man who tipped me off about a new book coming down the tracks — Gaelic Games in Society: Civilising Processes, Players, Administrators, ...

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Michael Moynihan: A shame to lose this vivid impression of sporting lifeThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Michael Moynihan: A shame to lose this vivid impression of sporting life

Your columnist is no art expert, though he likes recycling his favourite line of criticism occasionally. (When the King of France viewed Géricault’s ...

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A weather warning we should all heed

A weather warning we should all heed

You’ve seen it and worried about it and there’s no point in pretending otherwise.

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McMahon doesn’t need a football pitch to shine

McMahon doesn’t need a football pitch to shine

Doubts your columnist entertains.

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Proof (if required) that goalkeepers are different breed

Proof (if required) that goalkeepers are different breed

The gallant art has always been surrounded with a halo of singular glamour, Nabokov once said, adding: “Aloof, solitary, impassive, the crack goalie is followed ...

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Chopping and changing in the seats of power

Chopping and changing in the seats of power

When we learned during the week that voting in Dáil Éireann had become a matter of ... is it musical chairs when you never actually sit in the chair?

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Time of year for reflection as well as prediction

Time of year for reflection as well as prediction

It may be time for some heresy. This column feels Kavanagh got it wrong.

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Sport’s showpieces are strictly business

Sport’s showpieces are strictly business

Since when was the scheduling of games at Junior B level the accepted metric for organisational incompetence? Whence comes this desire to compare such noble contests ...

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An insight into my definition of hell on earth

An insight into my definition of hell on earth

Much obliged to the pal who boosted my spirits during the week.

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Sports analysis needs some new tactics

Sports analysis needs some new tactics

Is it all over for sports analysis at long, long last? Have we finally gone over the brow of the mountain, beyond the peak and down the incline on the far side?

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Dublin’s greatest general hails GAA’s history makers

Dublin’s greatest general hails GAA’s history makers

Five in a row or not, Jim Gavin was in character facing the press after the final whistle.

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I’m immune to this Kerry v Dublin fever

I’m immune to this Kerry v Dublin fever

Touchy, aren’t we? A few people took offence at my quip last week that I was taking the Henry Kissinger line on the Iran-Iraq war regarding the Dublin-Kerry.

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What else would I do with my time without football?

What else would I do with my time without football?

Colm Collins has now been a senior intercounty football manager for longer than any other manager — apart from two others.

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Who would be an inter-county bainisteoir?

Who would be an inter-county bainisteoir?

Yesterday’s All-Ireland senior football final marks the end of the inter-county season — this is a watershed for many, though anyone with an eye on the ...

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A frenetic final weekend ahead for voice of Croker

A frenetic final weekend ahead for voice of Croker

The voice that ends the season is unmistakable, even ordering a pot of tea.

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Eventually climate change will keep all fans at home

Eventually climate change will keep all fans at home

Nightmare of the week? The revelation I stumbled across recently that Motorola is seeking a patent for a lie-detecting throat tattoo.

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Things disqualifying me from final duty

Things disqualifying me from final duty

You know there was a bit of a fuss last week about the appointment of the All-Ireland football final referee. (I am speaking here in the blandest possible terms ...

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