BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Can League of Ireland finally square the old vicious circle?

The full house signs on the approaches to Dalymount Park for tonight’s derby meeting of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers sit comfortably with a domestic game that is once again allowing itself to embrace a guarded sense of optimism. 

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Be careful what you wish for in lamenting French demise

Christy Ring doesn’t often spring to mind on Six Nations weekends, but the great one’s remark about the GAA being half-dressed without a strong Tipperary could be easily tweaked for France, such is its importance to rugby as another championship dawns and Ireland make the trip to Paris unburdened by the terror of old.

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BRENDAN O'BRIEN: Football for all must be the goal

Chris McElligott probably didn’t need any reminders as to football’s extraordinary ability to inspire but he got it anyway last October when Turkey claimed the inaugural European Amputee Football Championship at a heaving Vodafone Park in Istanbul with a 2-1 defeat of England.

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