Mon, 13 Apr, 2020
NATIONALISM allows people to wrap murder in a flag and present it as war in a just cause. And it allows the ideologues of that cause to take history, scrub away the bits that do not fit the new fairytale, and write a version more fitted to their aims.
Fri, 14 Feb, 2020
It’s summer and Sunday evenings in local pubs are dominated by hurling talk. Common themes everywhere I would expect; the player that isn’t up to that level and they’ve ‘always known it’, the new player who proved them right, ‘they have IT’, the mad decisions on the line, and always, the awe at the moments of brilliance in all hurling games.
Fri, 17 May, 2019
Last week in this paper, Paul Rouse analysed the GAA’s ticket price increase with his customary skill. Offering a wider context to those price increases was his trump card, because it deployed one of the GAA’s strongest core beliefs against itself: that it is a game, or games, of the people, writes
Mon, 28 Jan, 2019
Watching some of the scenes from recent GAA matches makes you wonder whether those who take part in such events ever consider that what they are doing is probably criminal in nature and that they might also be found personally liable in compensation to any victim, writes
Thu, 18 Oct, 2018
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
Sat, 13 Oct, 2018
Turlough O’Brien may have been a tad hyperbolic when he claimed the proposed rule changes to football are reflective of a 1940s mindset yearning for the days when players donned flat caps, but certainly the suggested place for such experimentation smacks of a mentality that’s anachronistic.
Wed, 10 Oct, 2018
In a parallel universe yesterday’s All-Ireland U21 hurling final topped off an unforgettable season with a dazzling flourish, with Tipperary and Cork swapping sixty-odd scores on a baking summer’s day, maybe, as happened a couple of times in this year’s senior championship.
Mon, 27 Aug, 2018