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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

conor mcgregor

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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Murphy Looking To Keep The Kingspan A Fortress For Ulster

ulster ospreys

With the Rugby World Cup taking a rest day, attention turns to the Guinness PRO 14 which kicks off tonight with the meeting of Ulster and Ospreys. Excitement is building in Belfast ahead of the new season with Friday night rugby at the Kingspan Stadium set to return for another year of thrills and spills. The atmosphere at the ground …

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From The Caribbean To Siberia – Mark McDermott Is Out To Make History

Mark McDermott

In the space of six months, Mark McDermott went from working in the telecommunications industry in the Caribbean to coaching his first rugby session in over six years in the incredibly contrasting environment of Siberia.  A 2016 phone call would change everything. Three years later, he’s coaching at the 2019 Rugby World Cup with Russia. “It’s funny how things materialise. …

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Richard Kiely: “A 3-1 Fighter Is About To Knock Out Bellator’s Biggest Star”

Richard Kiely spoke to us here at Pundit Arena ahead of the biggest fight of his career, a Bellator Dublin clash with Michael ‘Venom’ Page. When the Bellator co-main-event contest between Michael ‘Venom’ Page and Richard Kiely was first announced back in July, my initial reaction was a mixture of both surprise and excitement. I’ve followed the career of the …

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Reggie Corrigan Column: This Irish Team Can Go Where No Irish Team Has Gone Before

Ireland Rugby

That Ireland victory over Scotland on Sunday was an impressive performance and Irish fans can start to get excited about this team’s prospects in Japan. I don’t ever remember an Ireland team coming into a World Cup under as much scrutiny as Schmidt’s current charges, and they reacted in the best possible manner on Sunday. The public scrutiny was unwarranted, …

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