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Tommy Martin: Jack was a quasi-religious figure at the height of it ... reshaping the national destiny to his will

Tommy Martin: Jack was a quasi-religious figure at the height of it ... reshaping the national destiny to his will

When I think of the Jack Charlton years, I think of things happening that weren’t supposed to happen.

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Tommy Martin: Liverpool's owners hitting it out of the ballpark

Tommy Martin: Liverpool's owners hitting it out of the ballpark

Nobody could possibly say that players and coaches don’t win championships; equally, Liverpool’s owners are proof that organisations certainly do, writes ...

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Tommy Martin: Some are built for speed, others for distance. I was built for the couch

Tommy Martin: Some are built for speed, others for distance. I was built for the couch

Tommy Martin: "I'm training for the Cork City Marathon. That is, I was training Cork City Marathon until this week when it, like almost everything else, was called ...

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Tommy Martin: From the coronavirus to Tottenham, the line between smart and dumb is rarely that clear

Tommy Martin: From the coronavirus to Tottenham, the line between smart and dumb is rarely that clear

Most of the divisions that characterise our fractured modern society — racial, gender-based, political leanings, tolerance for Ed Sheeran or putting chicken ...

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Tommy Martin: The Vinnies who captured the imagination of the city

Tommy Martin: The Vinnies who captured the imagination of the city

REGULAR readers may know that I have recently been coaching kids at St. Vincent’s GAA club in Dublin.

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Tommy Martin: Genial Greavsie a cross between Ronaldo and Chris Kamara

Tommy Martin: Genial Greavsie a cross between Ronaldo and Chris Kamara

The Great Library of Alexandria was one of the wonders of the ancient world, thought to contain most of the knowledge accumulated by mankind.

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Tommy Martin: City’s past now as much at stake as their future

Tommy Martin: City’s past now as much at stake as their future

One thing that came as news to me out of this whole Manchester City affair was that the Premier League had its own Financial Fair Play regulations.

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Tommy Martin: Time is sadly running out for magical Messi

Tommy Martin: Time is sadly running out for magical Messi

If Catholics visit Lourdes and Muslims make pilgrimage to Mecca, then football fans must go see Messi, writes Tommy Martin.

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Tommy Martin: Can we still say we’re truly rugby country?

Tommy Martin: Can we still say we’re truly rugby country?

One of the strengths that Niall Quinn brings to his new role as FAI Interim Deputy Thingummyjig is that he reminds many people of one of the happiest moments of ...

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Tommy Martin: Does talking sport reinforce office patriarchy?

Tommy Martin: Does talking sport reinforce office patriarchy?

What do we talk about when we talk about sport? Why, the preservation of the patriarchy, of course!

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Tommy Martin on the league: At least it gets us out of the house

Tommy Martin on the league: At least it gets us out of the house

Hurray for the return of the GAA national leagues, which mark the proper start of the inter-county season. Along with the Six Nations, they usher in the sporting ...

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Tommy Martin: Is McGregor still McGregor without the zeitgeisty hoopla?

Tommy Martin: Is McGregor still McGregor without the zeitgeisty hoopla?

IT will come as news to some that Conor McGregor, the well-known whiskey impresario and threat to public order, is fighting this weekend.

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The GAA  are rearing caged birds that they cannot sell

The GAA are rearing caged birds that they cannot sell

Mickey Harte learned last week that it is impossible to change the mind of a young Irish person who has decided to leave Ireland.

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Tommy Martin’s predictions: Breakfast TV and putting ‘em under pressure in Finglas

Tommy Martin’s predictions: Breakfast TV and putting ‘em under pressure in Finglas

Let’s face it, decades ain’t what they used to be. There was a time was when you knew where you stood with a decade. The sixties? Flower power and beards. ...

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Tommy Martin: Irish soccer like George Bailey on the bridge in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

Tommy Martin: Irish soccer like George Bailey on the bridge in ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’

The term annus horribilis was used by Queen Elizabeth to describe the year 1992, in which three of her children’s marriages split up and one of her castles ...

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Tommy Martin: Revenue trumps ethics in sporting landscape

Tommy Martin: Revenue trumps ethics in sporting landscape

The Celtic fans having a pop at Rod Stewart last weekend were at least getting into the Christmas spirit nice and early.

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Tommy Martin: Dousing the flames of an administrative inferno

Tommy Martin: Dousing the flames of an administrative inferno

You’d almost feel sorry for Donal Conway.

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Tommy Martin: As soon as Jim averts his gaze, Dublin’s gone to the Bleedin’ Rapids

Tommy Martin: As soon as Jim averts his gaze, Dublin’s gone to the Bleedin’ Rapids

Jim Gavin is only gone a couple of days and already things have started to slide.

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Tommy Martin: Driven by an internal flame, Sonia got it all out of herself

Tommy Martin: Driven by an internal flame, Sonia got it all out of herself

Sonia at 50, then.With the times we live in there’s the urge to reassess Sonia as she passes this significant lap marker, to place the scale of her achievements ...

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Spurs swap romance for a quick but costly rebound

Spurs swap romance for a quick but costly rebound

So long to the childhood sweetheart, hello to the rebound trainwreck.

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Southgate may pay for making ‘Saipan-lite’ public

Southgate may pay for making ‘Saipan-lite’ public

History repeats itself and all that, so Irish football fans watched the fallout from the Raheem Sterling-Joe Gomez spat this week with special interest.

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Everyone’s doing it so why is there still a taboo about diving?This story is enriched with multi-media content

Everyone’s doing it so why is there still a taboo about diving?

‘I’m probably the wrong man to ask, I like a little dive myself.”

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The noisy search for answers when good teams go bad

The noisy search for answers when good teams go bad

No one knows why good teams go bad, but they do. The Irish rugby team, for example, who, within the space of a year went from being very good to being really not ...

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Football’s fines, bans, and hashtags are powerless in face of racism scourge

Football’s fines, bans, and hashtags are powerless in face of racism scourge

Working on the Irish TV coverage of Bulgaria v England on Monday night acted as another reminder of how silly a job it can be at times.

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It’s only a boy wonder that truly lights up the imagination

It’s only a boy wonder that truly lights up the imagination

Wow, this Aaron Connolly kid looks pretty good, are we sure he’s not English? Like, really sure?

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It’s time to call a truce on Rugby Country’s culture war

It’s time to call a truce on Rugby Country’s culture war

It’s time to call a truce on Rugby Country’s culture war

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Things are going just nicely at Old Trafford, apart from the football

Things are going just nicely at Old Trafford, apart from the football

In a parallel universe Manchester United released their first financial figures of the post-David Moyes era this week, concluding six glorious years in which the ...

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Pool's San Paolo penance perfect to purge sins of complacency

Pool's San Paolo penance perfect to purge sins of complacency

Every serious team should really go to Napoli once a season. Consider it a boot camp for title challengers, or a penitential Lough Derg to purge the celebrations ...

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Off they go, to a mix of giddy optimism and grim foreboding

Off they go, to a mix of giddy optimism and grim foreboding

I do like a World Cup airport farewell.

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Life goes on as we chase eternal dream of another 1-1 draw

Life goes on as we chase eternal dream of another 1-1 draw

In spite of the tumultuous events of our time, be sure life will go on regardless.

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McCaffrey human face of Dublin’s austere dominance

McCaffrey human face of Dublin’s austere dominance

Paddy Durcan’s marking job on Jack McCaffrey in Mayo’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Dublin didn’t matter much in the end, but it was no less ...

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Don’t let hurling destroy itself in pursuit of justice

Don’t let hurling destroy itself in pursuit of justice

This is not a column about VAR. I promise. Well, not really. It’s about hurling, and how it appears to be intent on destroying itself. By bringing in VAR. ...

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This is Kilkenny: Hold off on the plucky scrapper talk

This is Kilkenny: Hold off on the plucky scrapper talk

Brian Cody and Winston Churchill might not seem to have that much in common, apart from a shared disdain for appeasement.

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Bring it on, but please don’t mention VAR or Fantasy Football

Bring it on, but please don’t mention VAR or Fantasy Football

The return of the Premier League always provokes mixed feelings. On the down side, it heralds the onset of long winter nights with nothing to do but watch football; ...

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This is an Open we can all feel a part of

This is an Open we can all feel a part of

About two years ago the R&A got in touch with some Dublin-based PR and advertising companies. They had a concern about the 2019 Open Championship that they wanted ...

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