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MacKenna On Monday: Manchester City Continue To Smugly Act Above The Law

There are stories. And then there are STORIES. For The Athletic, a publication with wonderful disruptive qualities, this was big. It wasn’t solely because their exclusive last week about Manchester City likely avoiding being thrown out of European competition had so much upside, but because of huge potential downside. After all, it’s not that long since leaked emails showed the …

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“I Was Just Looking For An Escape In Life…To Sleep Even”

Paddy McAllister

“It was a rough time in my life,” Paddy McAllister says with absolutely no hesitation, like a man who has had a long time to reflect on the often difficult journey which has brought him to the west coast of Ireland in the green colours of Connacht Rugby.  The 30-year-old prop signed for the western province ahead of the 2019/20 …

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Corry’s Corner: Penalty Shootout? Why The Hell Not!

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Please, please, please. Keep them coming! There seems to be a debate raging over the validity of having a penalty shootout decide the winner of a championship game and I for one cannot get my head around it. The trend began with Mayo defeating Leitrim back in January after a round of spot-kicks in their FBD League clash. However, the …

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The Experimental Ireland XI McCarthy Should Play Against New Zealand

Ireland take on New Zealand next Thursday at the Aviva Stadium as they prepare for their crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Denmark. Mick McCarthy selected a 28-man squad ahead of the Dublin doubleheader, with the game against the All Whites an opportunity for the Irish boss to give some fringe players and new faces a chance. After Ireland’s disappointing displays …

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Forget The Bombs And The Bullets, Naomh Éanna Are Rewriting History

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They say that lightning never strikes twice, but try telling that to Naomh Éanna, Glengormley, Ireland’s most attacked sports club. The thriving dual club located on the outskirts of Belfast made headlines around Ireland last year when their senior footballers embarked on a journey that saw them claim a maiden Ulster title followed by a trip to Croke Park for …

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Ciara Mageean On Family Grounding And Vomiting After Races

Ciara Mageean

Despite becoming the first Irish athlete in over two decades to qualify for a world 1500m final Ciara Mageean hasn’t yet reflected on what was one of the fastest races in the event’s history. Just don’t tell her coach Steve Vernon that! “I haven’t and don’t tell Steve I haven’t yet, that’s on my plan of things to do,” jokes …

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Corry’s Corner: I Came To Dublin To Escape The Flag Protest

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Once obtaining a solid grounding for myself in journalism working with the BBC, like so many other young Irish people, I fled for pastures new. After two years of living and working in Thailand, I returned to Ireland equipped with a ballsy Dublin blade (nordie for girlfriend), ready to take on the world. A few days spent in the capital …

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“He Won’t Be A Person That Will Go, ‘Right, We Have To Do It This Way'”

Mike Catt

The fallout from Ireland’s disappointing 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign will continue between now and the 2020 Six Nations as IRFU Performance Director David Nucifora conducts a thorough review of the campaign by interviewing players and coaching staff.  There are multiple theories being submitted to explain Ireland’s decline in 2019; a stagnant gameplan, an over-the-top, all-encompassing focus on breaking the …

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More Than A Manager: How Brian Cody Helped Eoin Larkin Through His Darkest Times

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Certain words come to mind when you think of Brian Cody; success, ruthlessness, a boundless drive. In short, he’s a winner.  It’s a reputation he has developed and earned in his 21 years in charge of the Kilkenny senior hurling team. During that time, the 65-year-old has overseen 11 All-Ireland victories, 15 Leinster championship title victories and has won nine …

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