Ireland - Monday - Sport
Monday - 19th March, 2018
Ireland’s new Grand masters
When the golden generation of the Noughties – messrs O’Driscoll, O’Gara, O’Connell et al –...
Monday - 12th March, 2018
History and immortality beckons
All roads lead to Twickenham now alright. History beckons, and so too a form of rugby immortality. F...
Monday - 5th March, 2018
600notout Messi strikes 600th goal for club and country
Barcelona’s all-time top goalscorer Lionel Messi wraps his left foot around the ball to send it fl...
Monday - 26th February, 2018
Flying Scots beckon before any Grand designs
After a momentous and riotous day of springtime Six Nations rugby, with the Celts very much to the f...
Monday - 19th February, 2018
Monaghan’s victory roar contains as much relief as jubilation
It’s 30 years since Monaghan beat Kerry in Monaghan and when Cormac Reilly blew his whistle at the...
Monday - 12th February, 2018
Ireland just where they want to be Gerry Thornley
If offered nine points and a +39 points differential, and with it leadership of the Six Nations tabl...
Monday - 5th February, 2018
Schmidt ‘relieved’ as Ireland get off to a winning start
Johnny Sexton had two contrasting seasons at Racing but hereafter, no less than Ronan O’Gara in Ca...
Monday - 29th January, 2018
Leagues are back with a bang
The league’s double life as simultaneously the most derided and enthusiastically embraced phenomen...
Monday - 22nd January, 2018
Intriguing test for provinces
Leinster and Munster cannot meet before the final after yesterday’s results left them in opposite ...
Monday - 15th January, 2018
Munster will have regrets despite earning bonus point
The Rolling Stones having been the first band to play in the U Arena last October, so Munster became...
Monday - 8th January, 2018
How Liverpool react to Coutinho’s exit will determine Klopp’s legacy
Philippe Coutinho had a media routine after Champions League games at Liverpool and the night of Dec...
Monday - 18th December, 2017
Munster stay cool in the furnace to forge a second Irish sweep
Coolness personified in the furnace of a febrile Welford Road, Munster ensured the Red Army sang int...
Monday - 11th December, 2017
Leinster are as cold as ice
Leinster completed an epic weekend for the Irish in Europe, a fourth win out of four for the provinc...
Monday - 4th December, 2017
Clanmaurice’s Patrice Diggin comes under pressure from Maeve O’Leary of Kilmessan during the All...
Monday - 27th November, 2017
No end to drama as Nemo ransack Dr Crokes
Late, late into the GAA football year and still the drama doesn’t stop. Maybe Nemo Rangers’ rans...
Monday - 20th November, 2017
Hurling hits a home run with Boston’s enthusiastic fans at the old ball park
To the particularly lively fans huddled along what we were told is the first base of this old ballpa...
Monday - 13th November, 2017
Flyinghigh Dr Crokes and Kilmurry-Ibrickane players engage in aerial duel
Dr Crokes’ Gavin O’Shea and Keelan Sexton of Kilmurry-Ibrickane contest a high ball during yeste...
Monday - 6th November, 2017
McNulty save wins it for Cork
If the green mist that often engulfs the pitch during Cork City games sometimes seems to get the bet...
Monday - 30th October, 2017
Provinces to juggle resources as Tests loom
Attention soon switches to the November Test window, with Ireland playing the first of three Tests a...
Monday - 23rd October, 2017
#Legacy? campaign gathers pace
The “#legacy?” wristband campaign, protesting the IRFU’s “lack of respect and ambition” fo...
Monday - 16th October, 2017
Munster errors prevent sweep
A mistake-riddled 17-all draw in Castres prevented Munster from emulating their fellow Irish provinc...
Monday - 9th October, 2017
Last stand in Cardiff cauldron
A routine assignment for Martin O’Neill’s Ireland then; march into the partisan frenzy of Cardif...
Monday - 2nd October, 2017
Dunne completes the deal
Even with the intense heat of Rory McIlroy baring down, 24-year-old Greystones golfer Paul Dunne hel...
Monday - 25th September, 2017
Heartbreaks washed away by Dublin wave
They weren’t leaving it to a one-kick game this time. You lose three All-Ireland finals in a row b...
Monday - 18th September, 2017
Rock-solid Dublin leave all doubt behind Keith Duggan at Croke Park
Ah, this September song. Dean Rock is weighing up the moment, eyeing the Canal End posts judiciously...
Monday - 11th September, 2017
Rebels time assault perfectly
There’s been a bit of the wounded lion about Cork’s camogie team through the years, rarely more ...
Monday - 4th September, 2017
Galway refuse to blink in year of maroon redemption
It has been the year of maroon redemption. After 29 winters of searching, the Tribes go roaring back...
Monday - 28th August, 2017
Tyrone swept away by rising blue tide
And then there were two. So the only team that can stop this all-conquering Dublin team from winning...
Monday - 21st August, 2017
Mayo and Kerry produce their level best again
They say the difference between writing fiction and non-fiction is simple. Fiction has to be believa...
Monday - 14th August, 2017
Waterford defy hurling snobs and keep their dream alive
Let the culture wars begin. Waterford, the team that makes the hurling snobs puff themselves up to t...
Monday - 7th August, 2017
Canning’s magic moment
Here he comes, the loping man. Trotting into the scene unnoticed like a rubber-necker at a bank job,...
Monday - 31st July, 2017
It’s no easy life for Mayo
Mayo’s aversion to anything approaching an easy life endures. More and more, their matches in the ...
Monday - 24th July, 2017
Waterford look to autumn as they end Wexford’s summer run
A day of hope and solidarity by the Lee yesterday as the clans of Wexford and Waterford produced the...
Monday - 17th July, 2017
Same as it ever was for big game hunters
Bite by bite, the championship’s bigger beasts range into view, picking the also-rans from their t...
Monday - 10th July, 2017
Cork’s nerveless young guns shaping up as real contenders
At the end, the Cork kids ran on the pitch. All the Cork kids, starting with the grey tracksuits of ...
Monday - 3rd July, 2017
Galway’s aerial power too much
One by one, Galway keep knocking over the ninepins. Three games played, three flat-tracks bullied ri...
Monday - 26th June, 2017
Gavin makes a stand
Fair play, Jim. There we were, trudging our weary way down from the Hogan Stand after yet another to...
Monday - 19th June, 2017
Cork just keep on coming
They couldn’t, could they? They won’t, will they? Cork, like. Dear old Cork. Written off, laughe...
Monday - 12th June, 2017
Madcap match salvaged by sheer strength of will
This Republic of Ireland team should carry a health warning. They seem incapable of starring in mund...
Monday - 5th June, 2017
O’Donnell and McGrath spell double trouble for Limerick
When it was over and the already thin crowd had dwindled to somewhere near skeletal, Shane O’Donne...
Monday - 29th May, 2017
Skibbereen continue to set gold standard for Ireland
The climb up from the lake at Racice is a tough one, and Paul O’Donovan looked ashen and unsteady ...
Monday - 22nd May, 2017
Cork’s young guns on target in epic shoot-out with Tipp
The summer is a day old and already we’re spoiled. Cork and Tipp and hurling left us floating out ...
Monday - 15th May, 2017
Coutinho puts Liverpool in pole for Champions return
As Philippe Coutinho departed from the pitch on a warm afternoon in east London, hi s 89th-minute su...
Monday - 8th May, 2017
Mourinho writes off United’s chances of top-four finish
José Mourinho wrote off his Manchester United team’s chances of qualification to the Cham...
Monday - 1st May, 2017
Joshua and Klitschko deliver a great sporting night
From the moment he paraded on to the Wembley turf Anthony Joshua’s World heavyweight title f i ght...
Monday - 24th April, 2017
Leinster will find it hard to forget one that got away
A belter of an occasion, and a cracking game to match, in which Leinster contributed handsomely by t...
Monday - 17th April, 2017
Davy’s pitch invasion lets Tipp slip quietly into final
Even when Davy Fitzgerald isn’t the story, he’s the story. His talent for attracting th...
Monday - 10th April, 2017
Kerry on right side of the knife-edge
When a man is tired of Dublin and Kerry, he is tired of life. For there is, in Kerry and Dublin, all...
Monday - 3rd April, 2017
Final twist opens door for Kerry
We’re used to the final day of the Allianz Football League resembling the trading floor of a stock...
Monday - 27th March, 2017
Dublin’s rivals jostle at back of queue to avoid final booby prize
Wanted: Smart, ambitious young men to take on unbeatable team in national final. Losses incurred at ...
Monday - 20th March, 2017
Ireland sign off season in style
Allowing for the summer tour to Japan and America, Ireland have bookended their season by ending two...
Monday - 13th March, 2017
Elliott’s team raise a gallop
Four of Gordon Elliott’s horses are exercised at Cheltenham yesterday morning ahead of the start o...
Monday - 6th March, 2017
High Fliers Myshall’s magic moment
Myshall’s Ruth Foley, Katherine Crooks, Michelle Nolan, Leanne Nolan and Breege Nolan celebrate af...
Monday - 27th February, 2017
England eventually subdued Conor O’Shea’s cleverly prepared and spirited Italian side to return ...
Monday - 20th February, 2017
Wexford in pole position
We’re only a fortnight into the Allianz Hurling League and whereas Division 1A is heading for one ...
Monday - 13th February, 2017
Six Nations is different beast from November and so now are France
After the Murrayfield hiccup, the weekend couldn’t have gone much better for Ireland. Following on...
Monday - 6th February, 2017
Ireland out of wriggle room as reality bites hard
This was no way for the first team to beat New Zealand, Australia and South Africa in the same calen...
Monday - 30th January, 2017
Federer scales an epic peak
Even with a defeated and dejected opponent as hugely popular as doe-eyed Rafa Nadal, few in Melbourn...
Monday - 23rd January, 2017
Munster to face Connacht’s conquerors
The Munster-Toulouse quarter-final will be all the harder for Connacht players, management and suppo...
Monday - 16th January, 2017
Mourinho shrugs off bust-up
José Mourinho said his bust-up with Jürgen Klopp during Manchester United’s 1-1 ...
Monday - 9th January, 2017
Crowds turn out for first stirrings of new season
The first spidery cracks in the shell of the GAA season appeared yesterday and it felt like more tha...
Monday - 2nd January, 2017
Giroud flicks switch in Arsenal’s season
On a sodden, cold and otherwise underpowered afternoon at the Emirates Stadium Olivier Giroud provid...
Monday - 19th December, 2016
All four provinces still standing tall on the European stage
Rugby Correspondent away to Clermont, which took to 17 the numbers of tries scored in their back-to-...
Monday - 12th December, 2016
Conte incredulous over threat of possible points deduction
Chelsea are confident they will avoid the imposition of a points deduction as they contemplate their...
Monday - 5th December, 2016
Cullen looking to Carbery to inspire
“Those guys” have come back from November with very positive experiences. That was the view of c...
Monday - 28th November, 2016
Bring on the Six Nations
So Ireland topped off the greatest of Novembers in the grandest of manners to become the first side ...
Monday - 21st November, 2016
Ireland count cost of brutal battle
The effects of Saturday’s full-on, absorbing, compelling and often brutal Test match at the Aviva ...
Monday - 14th November, 2016
Battle of Vienna shows Ireland learning true grit
If you have ever gazed with puzzlement at the vast open-air concerts of André Rieu, wonderi...
Monday - 7th November, 2016
Cubs move over, Irish lionhearts cast their own spell in Chicago
History-breakers and history-makers. To call this a once-in-a-lifetime victory doesn’t even do it ...
Monday - 31st October, 2016
O’Neill’s injury concerns grow as O’Shea and Ward look doubtful
The FAI is likely to receive updates on the injuries sustained by Sunderland’s John O’Shea and B...
Monday - 24th October, 2016
Kenny hails three-in-a-row success for a ‘special group’
Monday - 17th October, 2016
Munster mourn loss of a rugby son
As the coach containing the Racing Metro squad and management turned into the Stade Yves-du-Manoir o...
Monday - 10th October, 2016
Ken Early in Chisinau
On Thursday night against Georgia, James McClean gave us a glimpse of what he was capable of in cent...
Monday - 3rd October, 2016
USA recapture trophy as tough Love approach pays dividends
No miracle this time, not so much as a prayer if the truth be told. Under beautifully blue skies wit...
Monday - 26th September, 2016
Dublin may seek replay after big day becomes a sore point
The #ChangeTheRecord campaign worked a treat, with a crowd of 34,445 turning up at Croke Park, the h...
Monday - 19th September, 2016
Weird science takes over at Croker
Process that! Not so much a football match as Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Gaelic football ma...
Monday - 12th September, 2016
Kilkenny end their famine
Some of this Kilkenny panel weren’t even born in 1994, but the year had hung over them like a dirt...
Monday - 5th September, 2016
No looking back in amber for Tipp
And then the sky cleared. They have waited for a long, long time for this Monday morning in...
Monday - 29th August, 2016
Malachy Clerkin atCrokePark Champions forced to strain every sinew to keep defiant Kingdom at bay
Another one for the pantheon. Many more games like this and the Dublin/Kerry nostalgia industry will...
Monday - 22nd August, 2016
Tipperary not blinded by big lights but Mayo manage to shine brighter
If this turns out to be the year Mayo finally win the big one, there will be a deep irony in them ma...
Monday - 15th August, 2016
Old game is still ablaze
The old game blazes still. An austere summer of hurling that felt like we were huddled around a cand...
Monday - 8th August, 2016
Kilkenny empire fights back in epic Malachy Clerkin
Only Kilkenny can do this. Only Brian Cody’s perpetual empire has the power to loom in the minds a...
Monday - 1st August, 2016
Walker holds nerve as weather gods bestow some kindness
at Baltusrol Miracles, even minor ones, seemed possible as the 98th US PGA Championship – dogged b...
Monday - 25th July, 2016
Seán Moran atSemple Stadium
All-Ireland hurling quarter-finals day and with it more tales of redemption than your average reviva...
Monday - 18th July, 2016
Scintillating Stenson joins Major ranks in style
A duel of the ages sorted it all out, and – perhaps fittingly on shores where once upon a time Vik...
Monday - 13th June, 2016
Keith Duggan in Paris
It is time. At six o’clock local time, the Ireland football team will have the run of Paris as the...
Monday - 6th June, 2016
Déise delight as revenge is swift
No confusion this time. No contention and no controversy. Waterford skipped through to their second ...
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