Paul Rouse is an accidental academic, but a fascination with history deepened into a passion when it merged with his love of sport. His new book, ‘The Hurlers’, charts the birth of the modern game in that first All-Ireland final 131 years ago. He marvels at what a few visionary hurling men gave the country, but can’t help think that hurling has since failed at least half that country
She calls it the beauty of ageing (or not caring what anyone else thinks) – midway through her 40s,finally feels at ease with herself and her style, so much so she’s just signed a modelling contract. Welcome to the new ‘middle age’.
The Rolling Stones might have to wait a while to see if they get any satisfaction over their proposed May 17 concert at Croke Park, with residents of nearby residential areas signalling they will likely lodge an objection.
In a crass attempt to reinforce a Boycott, Diversify and Sanction (BDS) campaign against Israel, Yousef Munayyer, executive director of the US campaign to end Israeli occupation made an outrageous anology with apartheid South Africa in order to dissuade actors attending the Oscars not to accept a gift bag containing trips to Israel (Irish Examiner, February 26).