PAUL ROUSE: Hurling needs investment to win new hearts and minds

So here’s a thing: There are three counties left in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship and three counties from the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship are still in contention to win the All-Ireland.

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PAUL ROUSE: Celebrating the pure joy of schools’ matches

It all begins with a child and a stick and a ball.

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PAUL ROUSE: Love him or loathe him but there’s no ignoring King James

To watch LeBron James play basketball is to witness the qualities that distinguish the truly great player in every sport.

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PAUL ROUSE: Kerry’s hurlers being treated as the GAA’s second-class citizens

The basic inequity of the promotion and relegation system applied to the new structure of the All-Ireland hurling championship is so obvious that it is impossible to ignore.

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PAUL ROUSE: ‘It’s not cricket!’ When hurling found a home in England

The playing of a test match in Dublin last weekend between Ireland and Pakistan is a reminder that there is nothing inevitable in sport.

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PAUL ROUSE: The struggles of singing an anthem from the same hymn sheet

The story of the anthems offers a sharp insight into how a United Ireland has been imagined by too many of those who profess to desire it as something that is united only in geography but not in much else, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: Irish football’s not-so-hard border

The motion tabled in the House of Commons, in London, by Jim Shannon, a DUP MP, is a straightforward one, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: One man’s idea of ‘sport’ is another’s idea of outrage

The word ‘sport’ is an interesting one. It is commonplace, part of the everyday conversation in the great majority of households on this island — and yet it is hard to define, writes Paul Rouse.

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PAUL ROUSE: How pervasive is this culture of contempt?

The case cast light on a culture of contempt and entitlement in sport, but rugby in particular, and it would be fascinating to examine where the sympathies of Jackson’s and Olding’s team-mates lay, writes Paul Rouse

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