Eddie Jones was the one Australian everyone wanted to hear from after Ireland dispensed with his England side so seamlessly at Twickenham last week, but it would have been interesting to mine the thoughts of his compatriot Michael Cheika, who was among the 82,062 souls looking on from the stands, writes Brendan O’Brien.MORE
If there is a more compelling sportsperson out there right now than Ruby Walsh, then they’ve yet to go mainstream, writes Brendan O’BrienMORE
Pat Kelly has pulled off some jaw-dropping tricks at Cheltenham this last three years, but the man’s ability to slip into the shadows in the winner’s enclosure while thousands toasted his genius has to be right up there.MORE
Look back 100 years this summer, and Wexford were approaching the football championship with a mind to claim their fifth straight All-Ireland title.
Joe Schmidt was straight up. Bonus points? Not for him.MORE
The @SSEAirtricityLg account didn’t even run a list of full-time scores during Cork City’s game against St Patrick’s Athletic on Saturday, writes Brendan O’BrienMORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
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.MORE
Shuffle forward a week from now and the drawbridge will close on applications for the role of the GAA’s next director general. Interesting times lie ahead, but the process of appointing Pauric Duffy’s successor has already shone a revealing light on an association at war with itself.
Hard to believe but it’s over six years since Dublin GAA’s provocative ‘Blue Wave’ strategic plan was met with a tsunami of snipes.MORE
Most of us would be thrilled to be granted the one wish — and even a genie only offers three — but Irish sport is a vast tent that covers many tribes so here are 10 stories we hope to see written in the 12 months to come.MORE