PAUL ROUSE: Discovering the truth in the GAA’s war effort

Acknowledging that many of its members fought in the British army does not diminish the GAA’s contribution to Irish society or the fact that many others of its members fought in 1916 and in the War of Independence, writes Paul Rouse


PAUL ROUSE: Sport is whatever you want it to be

When you turn right off the Howth Road, coming out from Dublin city and you cross the wooden bridge onto the North Bull Wall, the sheer diversity of the world of sport announces itself.


PAUL ROUSE: Keating portrait truly a picture that paints a thousand words

You can find hurling in the most unexpected places, says Paul Rouse.


PAUL ROUSE: Like Hegarty, Collins was never afraid to speak truth as he saw it

As a GAA journalist, PS O’Hegarty had a gift for being willing to say the hard thing, writes Paul Rouse.

On Sunday, March 15, 1908 he took the train out to a park in Finchley, on the high ground the far side of Charing Cross train station in the northwest of London, to report on a match between the Geraldines Gaelic Athletic Club and the Raparees.


PAUL ROUSE: How Moss Keane was at the epicentre of a changing Ireland

The presence of players in the squad who grew up playing both GAA and rugby is a reminder of the changes in Irish society over recent decades, writes Paul Rouse.


PAUL ROUSE: Finding line between a little ‘chin music’ and cannonball to the skull

So how much money would you be willing to give up for the pleasure of hitting somebody?

Would you stretch to half a million dollars?


PAUL ROUSE: Ryder captaincy just a spin on the wheel of fortune

The things you find in university libraries are diverse and wonderful, writes Paul Rouse. There are now so many academic journals that it is as good as impossible not to find an article relating to any given subject.


PAUL ROUSE: If time is the issue for players, why has GPA done nothing about it?

There are things so obvious they should not need to be said, writes Paul Rouse

But sometimes the most obvious words are made startling by the context in which they are written.


PAUL ROUSE: A fitting tribute to Willie Hough - a legend of Limerick hurling

For two hours last Sunday, the brilliant Limerick full-forward Seamus Flanagan stood in tribute to Willie Hough in the West Limerick village of Monagea, writes Paul Rouse


PAUL ROUSE: Six observations about the All-Ireland football final and all that flows from it

The Cluxton kickout

The penalty didn’t change the game. Stephen Cluxton changed the game. With 17 minutes gone, he had a kickout and had a quick and easy option to go short and wide.


PAUL ROUSE: Is much of the football played now actually worth watching?

And so it came to pass that in the week before an All-Ireland football final, the most intriguing stories come out of Mayo, writes Paul Rouse 


PAUL ROUSE: Limerick come out on top in a passion play like no other

tSé mo laoch mo ghile mear
Sé mo Shéasar, gile mear
Suan gan séan ní
bhfuair mé
Ó chuaigh i gcéin mo
ghile mear

It has pushed past 11pm and the beautiful, haunting words of ‘Sé mo laoch’ are echoing out across the North Circular Road from the stools set up outside Gills’ Pub as the Landers sisters from Galbally sing on into the night, writes Paul Rouse.