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Spotlight: Alan Cadogan’s Classy Championship Comeback

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The Rebels were gone, finished, done for… Now, where have we heard that before? Limerick were heavily fancied going into their weekend meeting with John Meyler’s side. Not only were the All-Ireland champions making their 2019 bow in front a boisterous home crowd at the Gaelic Ground but Cork were put to the sword by Tipperary a week previous in …

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“We Use The Phrase ‘Are You Lucky Or Are You Unlucky?'” – Dan Van Zyl

Rugby Academy Ireland

Becoming a professional rugby player in Ireland requires talent, hard work and often, a tremendous amount of luck.  The pathway generally involves representing a province throughout the age grades, hopefully culminating in national underage honours and the procurement of a much sought after spot in a provincial academy. There are only four provincial academies in Ireland; Leinster, Munster, Connacht and …

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MacKenna On Monday: Manchester City’s Name Is Mud

On 22 October 1984, in a Dunnes Stores on Dublin’s Henry Street, a random and baffled customer was put through a minor and mild inconvenience. Yet this was a moment that would soon become seminal in an Irish humanitarianism sphere that more and more is about back-slapping rather than any actual do-gooding, certainly from an official state stance. Mary Manning …

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Hasty Predictions Make Sensational Headlines But Not Smart Bets

Munster Hurling Championship

Liam Sheedy was quick to downplay the significance of his side’s seven-point win against Cork in the Munster hurling championship last weekend, and wisely so. “It’s two points in the bank, nothing more. Two points won’t get you anywhere in this championship. One performance won’t get you out.”   Managing expectations will be high on his list of priorities following …

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Danny Roberts Confident He Will Stop Michel Pereira Hype-Train

UFC welterweight Danny Roberts spoke to Pundit Arena about coming to terms with his controversial defeat at the hands of Claudio Silva and his upcoming battle with Michel Pereira at UFC Rochester. Facing the veteran Claudio Silva in an electric showdown at UFC London, the fight was called in the favour of the Brazilian after the referee – thinking that …

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“I’m Pretty Speechless” – Louth Man Michael McDonald’s Meteoric Rise In Australian Rugby

Michael McDonald

“To be honest, I’m pretty speechless,” Michael McDonald says cheerfully with a distinct Louth brogue. The 19-year-old from the Cooley Peninsula has had a whirlwind couple of weeks. In early April, he made his senior debut for the Western Force as a replacement in their 42-10 victory over the Asia Pacific Dragons in Global Rapid Rugby. 14 days later, he …

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Championship Deep-Dive: Old Guard Prove Worth For Tipperary

Tipperary Cork deep dive feature

Much was made of Liam Sheedy’s decision to start 11 of the players from the All Ireland final in 2016, preferring their experience to the use of the U21 All Ireland winners from last year.  Of those 11 players, five were involved in 2010 when Tipperary last won the All Ireland under the Portroe man – Brendan Maher, Seamus Callanan, …

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Hurling Cynics Need To View Game Through A Child’s Eyes


When I was young, going to a Munster Hurling Championship game was a major treat. From the moment the tickets were bought, the preparation would begin. My jersey was washed, carefully hung up, my nails were painted in the team colours and all other topics of conversation were instantly dismissed.  The car journey to the match was filled with talk …

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John Evans: Investing In Youth Key To Changing Wicklow’s Fortunes

Wicklow are out on Saturday night in what is the curtain raiser for this year’s Leinster Football Senior Championship. Forever an underdog, it’s always hard for the Garden County to compete with the top-tier teams and the odds are most definitely stacked against the Division 4 side when they meet Kildare at Netwatch Cullen Park. However, there is one thing …

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A Rundown Of Ireland’s Seven European Cup Rugby Victories

Leinster are preparing for a shot at immortality this coming weekend when they go head to head with Saracens in the Heineken Champions Cup final. If Leo Cullen’s charges can come out on the right side of the result not only will they secure back-to-back European titles but they will also etch their names into the history books as European …

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