Call for gumshields to be made compulsory

THE Irish Dental Association last night called for gumshields to be made compulsory in the GAA.

Figures from the IDA indicate one third of all adult dental injuries are sports-related, with Ireland having one of the highest rates of sports-related oral injuries in the EU.

Endodontist, Dr Pat Cleary, said that the wearing of gumshields is normal practice in many sports and believes a similar mindset must be adopted by Croke Park chiefs.

He said: “Hundreds of thousands of young people will be watching Cork and Down do battle on Sunday and if all the players were wearing gumshields it would send out a powerful message.”


Kate Tempest’s Vicar Street show began with the mother of all selfie moments. The 33 year-old poet and rapper disapproves of mid-concert photography and instructed the audience to get their snap-happy impulses out of the way at the outset. What was to follow would, she promised, be intense. We should give ourselves to the here and now and leave our phones in our pockets.Kate Tempest dives deep and dark in Dublin gig

Des O'Sullivan examines the lots up for auction in Bray.A Week in Antiques: Dirty tricks and past political campaigns

Following South Africa’s deserved Rugby World Cup victory I felt it was about time that I featured some of their wines.Wine with Leslie Williams

All your food news.The Menu: Food news with Joe McNamee

More From The Irish Examiner