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Darragh O’Connor: From Playing Next To Sheep To Becoming A Fox

—- Originally published October 5th—– _____ Picture the scene; It’s the beginning of March at St Colman’s Park in Cobh, Co Cork. In the 50th minute of the game, Wexford concede their fourth goal via a cruel deflection as a third league defeat on the spin is all but confirmed. At the same time, 20-year-old Wexford-born defender Darragh O’Connor comes …

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Corry’s Corner: ESRI Report A Damning Indictment Of Gaelic Games

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The ESRI report into life as an inter-county player is superb, supportive, surefooted and in the end, could be instrumental to the games’ survival. The one thing it’s not… surprising. The research paper, undertaken by Elish Kelly, Conor Keegan and Brendan Walsh, used data from a survey of 2016 players to examine how the demands of playing inter-county affect players’ …

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Corry’s Corner: Lowry Or Taylor For The Win But Cluxton Is King

There are only two in the final 10-person shortlist for the RTÉ Sportsperson of the Year award who look like winning.  Shane Lowry is the overwhelming favourite following his historic Open win on Irish soil. Katie Taylor is close behind having unified the lightweight division before becoming a two-weight world champion. One of these two will win, not many will …

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Ruan Pienaar: It Would Have Been Nice To Finish My Career At Ulster

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Both Ruan Pienaar and the whole of Ulster Rugby were left devastated when the influential scrum-half was denied the chance to see out his career in Belfast. After joining the northern province in 2010, Pienaar’s family settled into life well as the South African became an integral part of the team as well as a fans favourite. However, despite longing …

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Nemo Rangers’ Success Ensures It Is A Club Devoid Of Egos

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Nemo Rangers will look to add to their already impressive trophy cabinet this weekend when they go in search of a 17th Munster club football championship.  The Cork city heavyweights have been the regular standard bearer for club sides throughout Ireland since first making the breakthrough in 1972 – 50 years after the club was founded. With that maiden county …

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“There Were Times When I Was Saying, ‘Why Am I Bothering?”

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It took a summer away from hurling to reinvigorate Austin Gleeson’s love for the sport when he had been previously questioning if it was all worth it.  It’s a surprise to hear that a 24-year-old who has been a central figure in his county’s senior side for years would question his commitment to hurling but that was the situation Gleeson …

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