Turlough O’Brien wants to transform more than just the fortunes of the Carlow footballers — he wants to change the mindset of an entire county and how it views itself. And thanks to their onfield success, he is already making progress.MORE
While witnessing new rugby heroes lift and warm the hearts of the nation this chilly spring, we couldn’t but think of past ones and how this was their achievement too, writes Kieran Shannon.MORE
In almost any other sport or competition, it would be anathema to a type of observer, especially Real Championship Man: The wretched dead rubber.MORE
It should go down as the Game That Never Was. As if no one ever paid or made their way through the turnstiles to watch it; as if no one ever played that Saturday evening; as if, for that moment in time, it didn’t seem to make the rest of the world fade into irrelevance, rather than the world soon after reducing that game to an irrelevance, writes Kieran Shannon.MORE
In Tralee last Saturday night, all of the clichés that make up much of basketball’s great lure and lore applied. They were hanging from the rafters. The players could smell the popcorn. The place was hoppin’.
While most of the talk around the new-look hurling championship has been how it will severely test the depth and durability of each panel, Walsh Park’s hosting of Kilkenny at the weekend brought to light how it’ll test the suitability of certain provincial grounds as well.MORE
The GAA needs to acknowledge that, along with its much-heralded community and amateur status, there is a pervasive cynicism that is ‘unique to our games’, writes Kieran ShannonMORE
There is no other team sport that is more reliant on one position consistently throughout a contest as a gridiron team is on its quarterback writes Kieran Shannon.MORE
In hurling, there is no longer a Kilkenny that bestrides the narrow world like a colossus but in football there is.MORE
Why has it been another winter of discontent? asks Kieran ShannonMORE
There’s hardly a dressing room or workplace or TED talk you’ll come across these days that does not go on about ‘culture’ and ‘values’.
At this time of year when you’d nearly get the impression that every county player would rather he was anything else, it’s worth bearing in mind that there have been some players that we haven’t heard complain about their plight.MORE
Maybe Keane’s time at both Ipswich and Sunderland hasn’t been so much tainted as forgotten, writes Kieran Shannon.MORE
Can LeBron James lift a fourth NBA title and be compared to Michael Jordan as the sport’s GOAT, or will he lose in the finals for the sixth time? asks Kieran ShannonMORE
Kieran Shannon reflects on the ever growing importance of the Relative Age Effect in underage sport.MORE