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Ger GilroyThe hurling Championship is already a mouthwatering prospect.
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Ger GilroyThe hurling Championship is already a mouthwatering prospect.
Ger Gilroy The sport of MMA was under attack last week and struck a defensive pose. Perhaps understandly. It has been badly served by the silence of key stakeholders.
Ger Gilroy The Leinster Schools Committee issued a statement last week about the recent incident involving a medic from Gonzaga and a referee.
Joe Molloy Talking to Pat Nevin on the football show takes us to interesting places.
Michael McCarthy The Off The Ball Roadshow came to Dublin's RDS last night with a rugby special featuring an all-star line-up including Brian O'Driscoll, Sean O'Brien, Luke Fitzgerald and Ciaran Fitzgerald.
Colm Parkinson We're only five games into the new Gaelic football season but it's looking like Dublin are going to be the first team since Kerry in 2006/'07 to retain Sam.
Michael McCarthy Paul O'Connell made his international debut at Lansdowne Road in 2002. We hammered Wales.
Joe Molloy So this Leicester City business is getting serious now. A few weeks ago, after Arsenal's limp loss to Chelsea, I bemoaned the creeping inevitability that Manchester City would win the title in a finale...
Colm Parkinson Considering the extent of his hamstring injury, it wasn;t really a surprise when Paul O'Connell announced his retirement. It really was a horrific injury - his hamstring completely tore off the bone.
Ger Gilroy The stand-out memory of the World Cup analysis for me was when Trevor Hogan explained Paul O'Connell's injury against France.
Michael McCarthy It's hard to get my head around everything that's happened in the Rugby World Cup so far. For Ireland, the tournament only got going last Sunday, and we only really get going in Cardiff this weekend.
Michael McCarthy Off The Ball on the Wednesday, One Direction on the Friday. Next week is a pretty big one for the newly renamed 3Arena.
Ger Gilroy Damien Varley joined our Saturday panel last weekend. He's re-integrating into civilian life post-retirement, outside the rugby bubble.
Michael McCarthy When Liverpool players of the 1970s and '80s reminisce about their consistent success, it's regularly attributed to a policy of always strengthening a winning team. That a league-winning team needs...
Joe Molloy We had Henry Shefflin in studio this week chatting about his new book. The great man is every bit as personable and friendly as you might hope. The book is good too.
Colm Parkinson I was disappointed to see Joe Brolly have a needless pop at Gooch again in the Sunday Independent.
Colm Parkinson The Dubs answered a lot of questions on Saturday and now find themselves favourites to win the All-Ireland title. They looked in serious trouble with 15 minutes left, but once they got their first...
Michael McCarthy The 'Off The Ball Roadshows' are back this September and we want you to join us.
Joe Molloy There has been much talk of Usain Bolt and the saving of his sport in recent days. It seems many have taken their lead from Steve Cram on the BBC commentary, "And Bolt gets it! He's saved his title!...
Michael McCarthy Another Sunday, another GAA game with an unfathomable umpire mistake.
Colm Parkinson I'm tired of hearing about the black card.
Joe Molloy In what's been a stellar season, the fourth Major of the year went to the guy who has been very close for a long time.
Colm Parkinson Colm O'Rourke and Ciaran Whelan were on the money on the Sunday game regarding Tyrone's antics on Saturday.
Ger Gilroy Checking the Waterford penpics in the programme on Sunday was a mistake.
Michael McCarthy An annoyingly strong West Ham performance at the Emirates on Sunday ruined the premise for this piece. I had planned to write about the futility of getting purposely knocked out of the Europa League.
Joe Molloy A week before the British Open, I sat with Shane Lowry and there was a problem. He was promoting his new clothing range and a healthy media contingent had assembled - all of us looking for...
Joe Molloy So Wexford edged out Dublin on Monday after a week which should embarrass all concerned in the Camogie Association.
Colm Parkinson On Sunday night Sean Quigley tweeted: "Fermanagh are seen as a weaker county. I would not want to play in a second-tier comp and miss out on massive days like today."
Michael McCarthy It hasn't been a vintage GAA year. Whinging about the state of football is a constant thread at this time of year, but the hurling championship is also attracting criticism. We've just been waiting...
Ger Gilroy Kildare are in a quandary. Do they double down on Jason Ryan and persist with their transition period, or do they blood-let and hope that new management uncovers new players and a style that...
Donny Mahoney It is with no shortness of emotion that I pen my final entry for this column.
Joe Molloy I won't lie, things were getting desperate in Kildare. A lot of fans in the county had given up on the team.
Colm Parkinson Westmeath lost to Fermanagh in embarrassing circumstances on Saturday night. Fermanagh lost two of their best defenders to black cards in the first half and lost their midfielder in the second.
Michael McCarthy I can't remember a Tour de France we've talked about as much. But most of it was about power data and media coverage. On Saturday, for the Tour's penultimate stage, up the Alpe d'Huez, I finally got...
Ger Gilroy Every time we sit down to watch sport, either in person or on television, we bring to it our own unique collection of experiences.
Donny Mahoney The unusual event of Cork being eliminated from the Championship in both codes before the August bank holiday is a shock for Rebel fans, a relief for those tired of seeing symbols of racism at GAA...
Ger Gilroy Fabian Delph and James McClean managed this week to upset fans of the last two relatively big midlands football clubs in England.
Colm Parkinson The provincial championships are so predictable. It's really amazing how they remain so popular amongst players and supporters.
Joe Molloy So what I can tell you about an Open Championship week spent at St Andrews? In sheer logistical terms it was a long and messy tournament. The mornings and late evenings have mostly blended...
Donny Mahoney It was with some anger that I again spotted photos in Tuesday's papers of the Confederate flag flying in the stands in Killarney during the Munster final replay.
Donny Mahoney Watching Paul Dunne stand over his tee-shot to begin his fourth round on Monday, I wondered about all the things flashing through his mind. Destiny awaited him. Do what no one since Bobby Jones in 1927 had done and he'd instantly become an Irish sporting legend and an immortal of golf.
Michael McCarthy A lack of foresight - or, more accurately, a failure to look at the GAA calendar - meant I'd planned a weekend in Kilkenny instead of being in Thurles for Clare and Cork last weekend.
Donny Mahoney Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea is the smartest man in the GAA. We in the media do not pay due deference to his accomplishments in academia.
Colm Parkinson Westmeath were right to use a defensive game-plan the Leinster final against Dublin.
Ger Gilroy Our whole issue of using - or maybe forcing - sports people to be role models always struck me as anomalous.
Joe Molloy Good man Conor McGregor; just when I was ready to give up on you, you pull me back in. What a performance!
Joe Molloy Over recent Sundays I've had the pleasure of being at games, as opposed to watching from studio. Just this weekend we did the show from Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney, which was buzzing as Munster football final day collided with the Ring of Kerry cycle weekend.
Donny Mahoney Croke Park on Leinster hurling final day is a different version of itself. The Hill and the upper stands are uninhabited.
Michael McCarthy I never cease to be amazed by some of the cynicism, begrudgery and just general negativity we encounter on a nightly basis. It's very much in the minority, but it's constant.
Colm Parkinson Even though I have a long-standing grá for Kerry and despite having money on the draw, I couldn't help but root for Cork during the second half of last Sunday's Munster final.
Ger Gilroy My favourite part of the working week is the 40 seconds or so of radio where our Saturday panel sting is played.
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