Paul Rouse - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

PAUL ROUSE: No finer tribute from one brother to another

There are things that a book can do for you that defy adequate explanation. It is a something deeply personal, a connection made with the words that lingers long after the book is closed and laid down. 

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PAUL ROUSE: The long battle towards equality for ladies' football

Women’s Gaelic football has made huge strides but even more must be made before there is equality, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: A journey, and a day, that lives long in Martin O’Neill’s memory

In 2008, Martin O’Neill, the Irish soccer manager, was invited to Áras an Uachtarán by Mary McAleese to give a lecture on the meaning of being Irish.

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PAUL ROUSE: The search for Ireland’s greatest tennis player

Mabel Cahill could not be found.

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PAUL ROUSE: Summer lives on as Mayo and Kerry promise another epic

The fun starts early. The motorways up from the west are busy — so busy that by the time the toll-booths near Enfield are hit, the cars are queuing back five and six deep even though it’s not even close to noon.

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PAUL ROUSE: Sport played out in perfect setting

It’s Sunday afternoon and the currach races at the Inishbofin Maritime Festival are in full flow. There’s a slow breeze blowing in around the ruin of the old Cromwellian barracks and across the harbour.

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PAUL ROUSE: Jack Doyle was notorious long before Conor McGregor

Every sports star fits the age in which they flourish. Nowhere was this point more obviously made than when Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather embarked on their four-city press conference tour to sell their forthcoming ‘fight’.

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PAUL ROUSE: Rise of Irish women’s rugby has been an heroic struggle

The best thing to happen in Irish sport in 2017 is the staging of the Women’s Rugby World Cup, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: A hurling enclave that has stood the test of time

125 years later, Ballyduff’s All-Ireland victory sits as the backdrop to everything that now happens on their beautiful hurling fields, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a stadium more than just bricks and mortar

Having a place to play sits at the heart of the very existence of every sporting organisation. Without such a place, no sport can exist. writes Paul Rouse.

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