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Plenty Of Draws & Dramatics As 20 County Finals Take Centre Stage

Draws and dramatic late winners. Just another weekend of county final action.  Twenty different county championships were up for grabs this weekend across both codes. The Derry football final saw a 41-year drought come to an end while one Dublin footballer got in on the act, yet again, in the hurling championship. In Cork, one of the GAA’s great clubs …

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Darren Cave: This Was Supposed To Be Our Year

We’ve beaten the All Blacks on two of the last three occasions, but this Irish team are going to need to return to the form of 2018 if we’re to have any chance of making it three from four, writes Darren Cave. A subject I’ve been outspoken about in the past is the importance of Johnny Sexton to Ireland, and …

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The Experimental Starting XI McCarthy Could Choose For Danish Decider

Following Tuesday night’s defeat to Switzerland, the task for Ireland is clear. Beat Denmark in Dublin next month and qualify for next summer’s European Championships. That may be easier said than done however given Ireland’s disappointing recent displays against Georgia and Switzerland which saw them miss the opportunity of gaining a real foothold in the group. It’s evident after the …

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Five Definitive Conclusions As Ten Man Ireland Fall To Switzerland

Ireland suffered defeat for the first time of Mick McCarthy’s second tenure in charge as they fell to a 2-0 loss to Switzerland in Geneva. The Boys in Green conceded in the first half thanks to an excellent strike from Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic as McCarthy’s side struggled throughout the opening 45. In the second half Ireland improved, but with 15 …

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Ireland Team & McCarthy Raging Against The Dying Of The Light

The Irish national team has been held back by conservatism. But time has caught up. On Thursday night at Tallaght Stadium, before Stephen Kenny spoke to reporters in his post-match press conference, there was a sense that he would be pleased with the result. The Republic of Ireland Under-21s had played out a hard-fought goalless draw with Italy Under-21s. The …

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MacKenna On Monday: World Rugby’s Lack Of Contingency Plan Reeked Of Amateurism

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Last September, with a year to go until tournament kick-off, World Rugby were busy ticking boxes. To mark the final countdown to their premier competition, they rolled out the usual stats from numbers of visitors to economic benefits. Chairman of the governing body Bill Beaumont added that he believed “in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and …

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MacKenna On Monday: In This Ireland, Sport Is Merely For Some

Poor, old Eddie O’Sullivan. If he thinks he got it bad around the 2007 World Cup – despite three Triple Crowns in the handful of years that preceded it, and a winning record that only Joe Schmidt has ever bettered in the role of Ireland manager – then little did he know what was to follow in recent days. The country has moved …

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How McGregor’s Genius Resulted In His Detachment From Ireland

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It started with a cult following before descending into global superstardom. Love him or loathe him, it’s hard to ignore him.  Conor McGregor transcended a sport that was already growing at warp speed and he did it like no other before him. His crossing into the mainstream of popular culture was so meteoric that it has become hard to identify …

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