Paul Kimmage meets Stephen Kenny: 'I realised, I don't care what people think, I know as much as anyone'
In the summer of 2006, on the eve of the French Open, I was sent to Paris to interview a prodigiously gifted tennis player. There wasn't a...
Paul Kimmage: 'Parents are wondering if rugby is the right sport for their kids - what do ex-players really think?'
Munster had just beaten Gloucester at Thomond Park and the focus of the post-match analysis on...
Paul Kimmage meets Eddie Jordan: Motorsport's master of illusion sets record straight on his extraordinary life
A Monday morning at the Kensington Hotel in London. He descends from a suite on the first...
Paul Kimmage meets renowned MMA coach John Kavanagh - who gives a passionate defence of his sport and most notorious pupil
Two years ago, on the morning of my first visit to the Straight Blast Gym (SBG) on the Naas Road,...
Paul Kimmage's Postcard From Paris: It's a funny old game
Paul Kimmage: Settling into the swing of things nicely
It's not every day he had shared a house with a three-time Major winner; it's not any day he had played in a tournament when history had been made; and yet, late on Friday evening at the Portugal Masters in Vilamoura, as he holed a putt for birdie on the 16th green, Robin Dawson knew that his first tournament as a professional was not the stuff of dreams.
Paul Kimmage sits down with Sean Cavanagh to talk retirement, the McManus 'incident' and how he 'never really knew' Mickey Harte
I sat down a couple of weeks ago with the first episode of Sharp Objects - the eight-part psychological thriller based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. It's about a reporter, Camille Preaker, who returns to her home of Wind Gap, Missouri to investigate the murder of two young girls.
Paul Kimmage: How John McHenry's dream of six-hole golf exposed the darker side of the gentleman's game
Irish Open Sundays have always brought out the best in him, and for most of that Sunday in Ballyliffin last July, it showed.
Paul Kimmage: Professional sport built on bullshit, dishonesty and lies
Paul Kimmage: Twenty years on from the 'Calvary' of the 1998 Tour de France, cycling still has a cross to bear
It's 20 years since the town of Longford was twinned with Noyal-Chatillon-sur-Seiche and...
Paul Kimmage: Why is no one being held to account in the GAA?
Paul Kimmage: The curious case of a Dublin club, a twenty grand cheque and some unanswered questions for the GAA
"I'm always more concerned with what we do with the money as opposed to where we take it...
Paul Kimmage: Going into battle without fear or favour
It's fair to say my mind was elsewhere that Friday. I'd spent the day pushing hard to get a story across the line, and the evening having dinner with a woman so hot I didn't think of looking at my phone.
Paul Kimmage on Tiger Woods - 'He was set to win 25 Majors, but life got in the way'
Twenty-one years ago. It was a hot Thursday afternoon on my first visit to the Masters and the late Cecil Whelan, a great Dubliner and devoted...
The Daily Digest
Paul Kimmage: 'Note to self: Never judge a book award by its cover'
What I like best is a book that's at least funny once in a while . . . What really knocks me out is a book that, when you're all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn't happen much, though.
Paul Kimmage: 'Rugby needs to tackle game's dirtiest secret'
"And how appropriate was it that Panadol were sponsoring RTÉ's coverage of the game? You should, of course, carefully read the dosage instructions on the back of the packet, but the temptation would certainly have been there to eat them like Smarties in those closing stages." (Mary Hannigan in Monday's Irish Times)
Paul Kimmage: 'Soft questions, hard questions and how sponsors can heal all rifts'
Twenty-three years (to the day) have passed since Justin Marshall made his debut for New Zealand against France in Paris and became the 948th All Black. On Wednesday, he was the support act to Paul O'Connell in the latest Off The Ball Roadshow at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin.
Paul Kimmage: 'Sir Wiggo gets back to brass necks'
It was a sunny Wednesday morning in April and Floyd Landis had been sitting at his dining room table and checking his emails for 20 minutes when I noticed that the mug he was drinking his coffee from was adorned with a pixie-faced drawing of Sir Bradley Wiggins, the 2012 Tour de France winner and most decorated British Olympian of all time.
Paul Kimmage: Drogheda bike shop offering sneak peak into a glorious past
"You have to begin to lose your memory, if only in bits and pieces, to realise that memory is what makes our lives. Life without memory is no life at all, just as an intelligence without the possibility of expression is not really an intelligence. Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action. Without it, we are nothing." - Luis Bunuel
Paul Kimmage: 'You've no idea what this means to Limerick people' - these days I do
Not since Down won their first senior football crown in 1960 has Croke Park witnessed such scenes of overflowing enthusiasm as those seen at headquarters yesterday afternoon when Eamonn Grimes raised the Liam MacCarthy trophy high in triumph after Limerick had beaten the holders, Kilkenny, by 1-21 (24) to 1-14 (17) to win their first All Ireland Senior Hurling title in 33 years.
Paul Kimmage talks to Floyd Landis - He won the Tour de France, then lost it for doping, and it almost cost him his life
Almost eight years have passed since November 2010 and my last interview with Floyd Landis - a magazine piece for The Sunday Times and a 30,000 word Q&A with a classy, and ballsy, website called NYVelocity. The total cost was three writs, five years of harassment from a Swiss court, and 18 months as an unemployed writer when I lost my job. But here's the thing: Floyd was worth it.
Paul Kimmage meets the Irishman who has caddied for the winners of 14 Majors - but none of them with him
We were sitting in the front room of his home in Belfast talking about the ones that had got away: the three years he had spent with Nick Faldo before the Englishman's triumph at Muirfield; the six years he had spent with Nick Price before the Zimbabwean's triumph at Turnberry; the offer he had declined from John Daly, a week before the American's triumph at St Andrews.
Paul Kimmage: Cycling's dirty washing can no longer be rinsed clean by myth and memory powder
Paul Kimmage: Tony Cascarino still seeing the funny side as he fights his health battle
He is having dinner on the terrace of a boutique hotel in the Algarve. England are playing Tunisia on a giant screen in the corner and have taken an early lead. Most of the other diners are England fans but there are no requests for his thoughts or attempts to engage him. It's as if he had never played the game; as if none of it had ever happened.
Paul Kimmage: 'He never gave me HGH or PEDs. I've never taken that my entire life'
Paul Kimmage meets Catherina McKiernan - 'The greatest of all gifts is peace of mind'
In December 1997, four months before Catherina McKiernan won the London Marathon, one of my favourite all-time movies opened in Hollywood. As Good As it Gets was the story of Melvin Udall, a cranky, compulsive-obsessive and gifted writer of romantic fiction whose life is turned upside down when he is smitten by a local waitress.
Paul Kimmage: Different look at the Tour has me typing a sentence I never expected to write
The sound of heavy breathing.
'I always have to have the last word' - Rory McIlroy and Padraig Harrington sit down with Paul Kimmage
Pádraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy have shared seven Major championships and were born just 100 miles apart but there has always been something curious about the chemistry between them. There was the North v South thing, obviously, but most of Rory's management team are southerners. There was the age difference, naturally, but Pádraig's wing-man on Tour was Shane Lowry.
'I love my country too much to do it' - Conor O'Shea tells Paul Kimmage why he never wants to coach Ireland
What happened to all of our great rugby folk? They used to be the bravest, toughest and brightest people in sport but they're as bad as footballers now when it comes to playing dumb or diving for cover. I've almost given up trying to interview them. They're fine when you're tickling their tummies or plugging their hair gel or moisturisers, but confront them with a simple truth and they start...
Paul Kimmage: Three Billboards Outside Thomond Park, Limerick
It's Oscar season, and of all the great movies coming down the tracks, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the one that most excites. It's a Martin McDonagh film, obviously, with Frances McDormand, naturally, and opens in the office of a small advertising firm where Mildred Hayes (McDormand) is negotiating the rental of three billboards.
Paul Kimmage: How much is enough for weary Wenger?
Paul Kimmage: 'We're not in the business of ruining people's lives'
Kieren Fallon has left The Westbury and has almost reached Grafton Street when I spot him coming towards me. He pauses and looks at me curiously, his mind working overtime.
Paul Kimmage: The greatest ever or just another drug cheat? After all the bullshit, why should we care?
'Chris Froome's secret battle: Eight doctors, six clinics, four countries and five different illnesses . . . the remarkable personal struggle of Great Britain's Tour de France champion.'
Paul Kimmage: Notes or cards - it's how you play them
When it comes to the business of words and music, I’ve always been fascinated by how they are put together. Take the Dionne Warwick classic 'Walk on By'.
Paul Kimmage: More twists to come in tale of the unexpected for Irish cricketer Ed Joyce
I made a list the other day of the cricketers I've interviewed. It runs something like this: Twelve Brett Lees, three Ian Bothams, three Kevin Pietersens, two Freddie Flintoffs, two Shane Warnes, a Michael Vaughan, an Adam Gilchrist, a Geoff Boycott, an Andrew Strauss, a Justin Langer, a Nasser Hussain, a Mark Ramprakash, a Graham Thorpe and a Stuart Broad. So there's an obvious question...
Paul Kimmage: We've lots of men in green but no team means as much to us
Ireland's Greatest Sporting Moment has almost run its course when Ruby Walsh reaches for his whip. The 12-time champion jockey knows a dead horse when he sees one and from the opening credits the programme - a monument to cheap TV - has been out on its feet.
Paul Kimmage: They will never forget his name, the paedophile Tom Humphries
Paul Kimmage details his past friendship with paedophile Tom Humphries and the fallout from his conviction.
Paul Kimmage - Success and acceptance at the centre of Jason Sherlock story
Five years ago. I'm sitting at a table with Jason Sherlock at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. The talk is Dublin and Donegal and Lance Armstrong and Katie Taylor. It's an awards dinner. The usual fare:
Paul Kimmage: Is Colm Cooper's autobiography worth your hard-earned coin?
Under cover in pursuit of insight and entertainment.
Paul Kimmage: There just might be a better way to win
Cheat: v. 1 act dishonestly or unfairly in order to gain an advantage. > deprive of something by deceitful or unfair means 2 avoid (something undesirable) by luck or skill n. 1 a person who cheats. 2 an act of cheating
Paul Kimmage: Is winning all that matters?
Paul Kimmage in Mayo: Hope springs eternal for a race who refuse to accept defeat
Twenty-one years ago, on a pleasant autumn morning in September '96, I sipped tea with a man in Castlebar who had come within 60 seconds of tasting sporting immortality. Ten days had passed since the drawn All-Ireland final when a miraculous lob had earned Meath a replay, but if John Maughan was disappointed, he was wearing it well.
Paul Kimmage: I am moved to tears when Dublin win - but how can I not cheer for Mayo next weekend?
I once cooked dinner for Hugh McIlvanney.
A week in the life of Paul Kimmage and the bright lights of Las Vegas for Conor McGregor v Floyd Mayweather
It had been bothering him all week, a simple question that was fundamental to watching sport: Who did he want to win? It had happened before at the World Cup and the Tour de France and watching tennis tournaments and athletics meets, but rarely when an Irishman was involved. And you could say a lot about Conor McGregor.
Paul Kimmage - Fear is a recurrent theme in the life of Conor McGregor
Okay, I hear you, not another bloody column on that boor Conor McGregor! You’ve seen the headlines and read his clothes (the ‘Eff You’ suit) and concur with the opinions:
Paul Kimmage meets Dan Martin: Growing up with the Roches, the scourge of doping and Tour de France ambitions
Nine years ago, during a pleasant drive from Girona in Spain to a ski station called La Molina, I had a fascinating conversation with Jonathan Vaughters, the kindly (and slightly zany) director of the Slipstream Cycling team. We were talking about Dan Martin, and his cousin Nicolas Roche, and Vaughters' conviction that only one was destined for greatness.
Paul Kimmage meets Ciara Mageean: Tasting blood, bouncing back from Belgrade and why doping isn't an option
For as long as she has been running, Ciara Mageean has raced with a taste of blood in her mouth, and the sound of a voice in her head. The blood told her she was trying as hard as she could try. The voice told her not to stop.
Paul Kimmage: Half a century on from Simpson's death, cycling's omerta still rules in the peloton
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Paul Kimmage meets Paul McGinley: Golfer, pundit, businessman, messiah
He was playing golf with his father in Dunfanaghy when he took the call. It was two days before the Irish Open and Paul McGinley was fine-tuning his game on the links where he had first learned to play.
Paul Kimmage: Fires remain undimmed as bitter rivals take divergent paths in quest for contentment
Read Paul Kimmage every week in the Sunday Independent.
Paul Kimmage: Laughing all the way to the blood bank
The 104th Tour de France starts in Dusseldorf on Saturday and to mark the occasion, HBO have been flagging trailers for a new movie, Tour de Pharmacy which airs a week later when the race reaches the mountains. No, I kid you not: T-O-U-R D-E P-H-A-R-M-A-C-Y.
Fighting with Shaun Edwards, pursuing excellence and why Mayo won't win Sam: Paul Kimmage meets Fergus Connolly
When I first met Fergus Connolly, he was a gifted but frustrated woodwork and construction teacher who had chosen the wrong path and aspired to a career he would never attain. His passion was sport. He yearned for a life working with coaches and teams and was fascinated by what made them tick.
Paul Kimmage: But then the genie came out of the bottle and there was just bitterness and rancour. And now, people forget
Paul Kimmage: Who should we cheer - the guy who never wavered on doping or the guy who can't make up his mind?
Whenever anyone asked Jericho why he was a mathematician - some friend of his mother, perhaps, or an inquisitive colleague with no interest in science - he would shake his head and smile and claim he had no idea. If they persisted, he might, with some diffidence, direct them to the definition offered by G. H. Hardy in his famous 'Apology': 'a mathematician, like a painter or a poet, is a...
Paul Kimmage: Caddies sometimes get it spot-on
"If you listen to them on the course, you often hear Rory asking, 'What happened there?' More than once I've heard JP saying something like, 'OK, hit a soft draw with a six-iron off that tree.' And I've immediately thought, 'This ball is going over the green'. And sure enough, it does. So you have to wonder. I see Rory up close only occasionally, and I know he's going to hit the ball over the green when his caddie clearly doesn't. It makes no sense." - Golf Digest, April 2017
Paul Kimmage: 'And that was it right there - the Masters was done on that hole'
"Sure, it's a great experience. The international players had their dinner on Monday night which was very enjoyable." Then he made a very telling comment. "I don't believe, however, you can really appreciate what Augusta is all about until you win here.
Paul Kimmage: 'Nobody can comprehend what it's like' - Ireland's players and caddies tell Masters inside story
Two letters. On February 1, 1967, a lawyer called Robert Tyre Jones Junior from Atlanta, Georgia, sent a typewritten letter to a businessman in Dublin called Joseph Benedict Carr. Mr Tyre Jones Junior - or Bobby, as he was known - was the best amateur golfer in history and the founder member of Augusta National Golf Club. Mr Carr - better known as JB - was a three-time winner of the British...
Paul Kimmage: Matt Hampson's story is a tale to make us appreciate our lives
Read Paul Kimmage every week in the Sunday Independent.
Money, movies and motivations - Padraig Harrington and Shane Lowry tell Paul Kimmage about life on tour
Ten days ago, on the evening after the opening round of the AT&T Pro-Am at Pebble Beach, I was sitting in the media centre perusing the news when I was drawn to a column by the always brilliant Michael Bamberger on Golf.com: 'Dear Rory: In an intimate series of emails, Rory McIlroy reflects on love, life and happiness.'
Paul Kimmage: Never a dull moment in this world of characters
A disgruntled reader sent me a barbed note on Twitter last week: 'Is there anything you actually like?' It's a hard question to answer in 140 characters and I was tempted to just say 'No' but there are certain things, I guess.
Paul Kimmage: CJ Stander can belt out Amhran na bhFiann but he’s still a South African playing for Ireland
Tommy Tiernan has never been mistaken for René Descartes or Friedrich Nietzsche, but there was a lot of wisdom in an interview he gave to Nadine O'Regan in The Sunday Business Post last week. Asked about the positive response to his latest show on Twitter, the 47-year-old comedian explained that he "tended not to follow that star".
Paul Kimmage meets Rory McIlroy - Part Two: Ryder Cup battles, Irish Open win and his longing for a green jacket
Planet Rory. During those countless days spent gazing in wonder and watching from afar perhaps the strangest was that morning in May 2014, when a statement was issued announcing the end of his engagement to the tennis player, Caroline Wozniacki.
Paul Kimmage meets Rory McIlroy: The truth about the Olympics, close friendship with Tiger and the important things in life
Thirteen years ago, on a gloriously sunny morning in February 2004, I hired a car at Los Angeles airport and drove west for 130 miles to the Shadow Ridge Golf Resort in Palm Springs. I was there to spend time with Nick Faldo, Europe's most successful golfer, and make plans for a series of his columns that would appear in The Sunday Times.
Paul Kimmage: 'As you watch them embrace and listen to the sobbing there are tears running down your face'
The month was December, 2015. Conor McGregor was going head-to-head with Jose Aldo in Vegas that weekend and the fight was top of the agenda on UTV's now sadly defunct Friday Night Sport. Jody Sheridan, the producer, sent me an email with the details:
Paul Kimmage: Simple choice defines a most remarkable man
'What's special about Matt Hampson? Nothing. I can't make speeches like Winston Churchill; I can't do compassion like Mother Teresa; I am never going to be Nelson Mandela, Muhammad Ali or Bono. And I don't want to be. The only thing that sets me apart is my wheelchair and the pipe coming out of my neck, but I would like, and have tried, to make a difference.'
Paul Kimmage: Sometimes in rugby, as in cycling, we can only see the truth that suits
'I can't listen to the nonsense debate that rugby is a dangerous game. That's being sensationalist, and the game is being harmed by ill-informed debate. Because there are so many more cameras and angles, it makes things look higher impact and more ferocious. Rory Best makes his 100th cap for Ireland tomorrow, Sean Cronin too has been around for a decade and more, and both are making...
Paul Kimmage: There was a crime and there is a punishment
Paul Kimmage: Contempt or compassion - why do we treat Cathal McCarron so differently to Paul McGrath?
"As the alcohol hit, I wouldn't have any qualms about what I was doing. It'd be a case of 'I don't feel so good at the moment and this is what's going to help me get back on an even keel…"
Paul Kimmage meets Cathal McCarron: 'Until I go to the grave, I will be battling this disease'
Cathal McCarron tells Paul Kimmage how he will be battling his gambling addiction for the rest of his life.
Paul Kimmage meets John Kavanagh: My friendship with Conor, battling McGeeney and how we blagged our way into J-Lo's party
For some time now - since that '60 Gs' moment on April 6, 2013, to be precise - Conor McGregor has ticked all the boxes:
Paul Kimmage: Pain-killing or performance enhancing? Latest allegations show rugby's blindspot
Paul Kimmage: So many questions not asked, so many questions remain unanswered
Paul Kimmage meets Jim McGuinness: 'We played Kerry a year after Mark died and I was dead. I felt dead and I looked dead'
Five minutes have passed since he glanced at his watch . . .
Paul Kimmage: Damon Hill takes control of the story to bring his bogeyman to book
Damon Hill was sitting in the front seat of a chauffeur-driven Jaguar, studying the two-page memo with his schedule for the day. It was a Tuesday morning in July 1996, five days before the British Grand Prix, and he was being driven to Brands Hatch by John, a sponsor's representative, for a day of promotional activity.
Paul Kimmage: How did Pat Hickey become the most hated man in Irish sport?
Hey, Felipe, that was you on Wednesday morning, right? Holding the camera as the police entered the lobby of the Windsor Marapendi hotel? Filming the pictures as they crossed the marble floors from reception to the elevators? Capturing the moment when they reached the executive floor and marched purposefully down the corridor to the bedroom door.
Paul Kimmage: You can't be angry if you don't care
This is how it starts: It's Thursday afternoon and I'm sitting on a sunny beach terrace nursing a glass of chilled wine when my phone shudders with a missile launched from the lilywhite land of Kildare. It's John. Twitter. He's not happy: "No comment from @PaulKimmage either about the Irish boxing positive, strange considering he targets other countries' athletes with glee."
Paul Kimmage: 'Ten for Clodagh, ten for Molly and ten for Hannah'
O'Sullivan will not be the only Irish competitor going for gold on Sunday, however, following a brilliant finish from Ireland's men's coxless fours in their rowing semi-final on Lake Lanier yesterday.
Paul Kimmage: It's no wonder there are players who think so little of the media
Paul Kimmage: One hundred Majors not out for golf writing's main man
Thursday at The Open started as most days have this week, with breakfast in the Media Centre and a review of the morning papers. A piece by John Hopkins in The Times caught my eye. He was reflecting on the state of the game, and the repercussions of Brexit for The Open at Portrush in 2019, and noted - "bizarre as it might seem" - that Portmarnock had once hosted the British Amateur Championship.
Paul Kimmage: Why it's never easy to tell it like it is
For years he was aimless, a lost soul in life, always searching through the emptiness yet never finding the right path. How could he move forward when all signs kept pointing to his past? So, a few years ago, Alexi Grewal rounded up a scrapbook from his victory at the 1984 Olympic Games road race, and the rest of the memorabilia from his cycling career, and threw them in the trash. “I lived through that once and I needed to move on,” Grewal said. “It was a weight.” — Scott Reid, The Orange County Register, August 2009
Paul Kimmage: 'Patriotism is a dirty word in France'
The month was January, 1983 and L'Aeroport Charles de Gaulle was like nothing we had seen before; white marble tunnels that channelled you from an arrivals satellite to the terminal; glass tubes with moving floors that whisked you skywards towards the baggage hall.
Battles with the media, ringing phone-in shows and getting beat up during a GAA game: Paul Kimmage meets Martin O'Neill
For some time now - 13 years, three months and two days to be precise - Martin O'Neill has enthralled me. It started with an interview in The Sunday Times in March 2003 that opened, not with the latest glories from his reign at Parkhead, but with a furtive trip to London with his wife, Geraldine, to chase the ghost of Lord Lucan.
Paul Kimmage: How a betrayal of trust has caused a massive divide between Ireland players and media
Paul Kimmage takes us back in time to when the Irish media enjoyed a healthy relationship with the Irish soccer team.
'If I started now, I don't think I'd make it' - Alan Brogan speaks to Paul Kimmage
A few weeks ago, when the editor called and broached the subject of an interview with Alan Brogan, my initial reaction was: 'Christ! What will I say in the introduction?' It's become a pattern, you see, to begin these interviews with an anecdote or witticism or some past experience we've shared.
Paul Kimmage: Lance is the elephant in the room in Nike founder's name-dropping memoir
'The surprise tribute worked really well — Phil Knight was truly not expecting it. He thought he was delivering the closing speech for the big annual sales conference and that all the athletes were there as part of that. Then, as he wrapped up, someone grabbed the mic and one by one we all paid our individual tributes. He is such a humble and genuine person that when you meet him you have to...
Paul Kimmage: In disturbing times for Nicolas Roche and cycling, has the landscape after Lance Armstrong really changed?
'Cycling Ireland has warned against the 'inappropriate consumption of caffeinated substances' before, during, or after youth and junior bike races after a number of young cyclists took ill at an event in Cork last weekend.
Paul Kimmage: Taking his chances with a hero at his side
'In 2009, almost from out of nowhere, he finished tied for second at the US Open at Bethpage Black. The oft-asked question that week was, "Where has David Duval been for nine years?" The answer was, in many ways, simple: he had been finding happiness. And once he found it, he didn't want anything, including golf, to take it away from him.' John Feinstein, 'One on One'
Paul Kimmage: Once you get a taste of being in contention at The Masters it can drive you nuts
On a late Saturday evening in April 1996, Greg Norman handed his putter to his caddie, Tony Navarro, and walked off the practice green at Augusta National. He was the last man on the golf course, and for 15 years had been making the same walk, always turning left when he entered the clubhouse, never taking the stairs to the Champions Room where the legends reigned.
'I remember shaking so much I was almost in tears walking to the hut' - Paul Kimmage meets Shane Lowry
For seven years now, since his breakout win at the 2009 Irish Open when he became only the third amateur in history to win on the European Tour, I’ve stood back from Shane Lowry and thought: ‘Hmmm.’
Paul Kimmage: How much is enough when fame finally finds you?
"You're not anybody in America unless you're on TV. On TV is where we learn about who we really are. Because what's the point of doing anything worthwhile if nobody's watching?" - Nicole Kidman, To Die For
Paul Kimmage: Professional tennis could teach the mafia about omerta
Murray's decision to speak out against such goings on has not been met with great enthusiasm by the former British tennis player Andrew Castle, who criticised Murray for going public with his claims. "I think he has been unguarded and naïve. If he has these claims he should take them to the ATP officials. Tennis has been thrown into something that doesn't make the game look good." The Guardian, October 2007
'The dark knight rises' - Paul Kimmage meets six-time Major winner Nick Faldo
Seven years ago, on the third Friday of July 2009, I stood with a photographer outside the recorder's hut at Turnberry, watching as Sir Nick Faldo marched from the 18th green. His 33rd appearance at the Open, and first as a knight of the realm, had not gone according to plan.
Ali's sparring partner departing the arena in which he was king
The last time I saw (Muhammad Ali) before he went home he was at the wheel of a caravan-bus that was taking his entourage to New Jersey. As it pulled away through the crowds he gave a slow little smile and waved, like royalty. How else would he wave?
'I'm not sure I'd have wanted to be a professional' - Paul Kimmage meets rugby legend Mike Gibson
Francis 'Sammy' Davis is a man of order and routine. He leaves the house each Saturday morning for the bookies on Sundrive Road, orders a pint in The Stone Boat and arrives home at lunchtime as my grandmother prepares his bacon and cabbage.
Paul Kimmage: Cutting the umbilical cord is never easy, as Alan Quinlan has found out
In October 2011, five months after he had played his last game for Munster, Alan Quinlan was watching a training session in Limerick with two colleagues from Sky when he was reminded by Pat Geraghty, the Munster media manager, that the session was "closed".
Paul Kimmage: These athletes are tougher than Conor McGregor but nobody knows their names
"Perhaps all music, even the newest, is not so much something discovered as something that re-emerges from where it lay buried in the memory, inaudible as a melody cut in a disc of flesh. A composer lets me hear a song that has always been shut up silent within me." Jean Genet, 'Prisoner of Love'
12 Days of Kimmage: Olympic champion Michael Carruth talks to Paul Kimmage
Almost twenty-four years have passed since that night at Drimnagh Boxing Club when I first set eyes on Michael Carruth.
12 Days of Kimmage: 'It took over our lives' - Tomás Ó Sé talks to Paul
Part of a unique family dynasty in the GAA, it’s no surprise that football and the pursuit of honours have always been Tomás ó Sé’s twin obsessions
12 Days of Kimmage: Paul chats to Dublin legend David Hickey about his sporting values
Here's how it starts. It's a Sunday afternoon and I'm lying on my bed with a pair of headphones on, trawling through books and papers and podcasts, when my daughter runs into the room. "What's so funny, Dad?" "That is so good," I reply. "What?" "Naah, you wouldn't get it." "Whaaaat?" "Okay, I'll play it for you."
12 days of Kimmage: Paul talks to Trevor Hogan
What's the deal with Trevor Hogan? He spends his entire rugby career, almost a third of his life, trying not to draw attention to himself and succeeds, admirably. There's not one blotted copy in 57 games for Munster; not one lurid headline in 59 games for Leinster and not one stinking report in four games for Ireland. He's the gentle giant, the model pro, who lets others do the talking.
12 days of Kimmage: Paul chats to Kevin Moran
A wet Sunday evening in September 1975. Two hours have passed since Kerry won the All-Ireland and he's sitting with some friends in Mulligan's of Poolbeg Street talking about the game.
'No matter how good you get, there is always more losing than winning' - Paul Kimmage meets Ruby Walsh
Racing had finished for the day. We left the weigh room, entered the track at the tail of the grandstand and had just passed the starter’s tape when he slapped his buttock with his hand and broke into a run.
12 days of Kimmage: Paul talks to Graeme McDowell
Nine years ago, during the fourth round of the European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland, Graeme McDowell snapped his five wood against the root of a tree and issued a directive to his caddie, Ken Comboy: "Go find yourself a decent player. I am not the guy you're looking for."
12 days of Kimmage: Paul talks to Ross O'Carroll-Kelly creator Paul Howard
There was an interview with Robbie Henshaw in Hot Press last month, and some interesting features on Mark Ronson, Una Foden and Hudson Taylor. PJ Gallagher was in the Mad Hatters Box, there was something about orgasm (I didn't look) in the Sex Column, and the usual batch of opinion and reviews.
12 days of Kimmage: Nicolas Roche on his Irishness and the burden of being his father's son
Six years ago, on the morning of the opening stage of the Tour de France, I stepped onto a busy train at Beaulieu-sur-Mer and was hooked by the face of a beautiful woman in the crowd.
12 days of Kimmage: Paul sat down with Jonathan Sexton in January
On the morning after my interview with Jonathan Sexton, I open my laptop, key 'Gift Grub' into the 'Goggeliser' and marvel at the genius of Mario Rosenstock. The sketch is from last November - the Irish rugby team are about to play Australia, and have been summoned to a recording studio a few days before the game.
Paul Kimmage: 'What would I do if I stopped? I'd get bored as bloody hell'
Four men carrying a coffin through a shaded cemetery in December - at a glance it was easy to miss. And glance he did.
Paul Kimmage: Views and reviews differ on Rough Ride
"He could never have known that it would pollute friendships, some of them very long standing, but the reaction did show just how serious the problem is. And you have got to believe that the hostility was related to the guilt that some clearly felt. It was inevitable that there would be a bitter rejection of Kimmage's book. For me it was a bit like Serpico, the guy exposes the corruption and is then accused of treachery."
Paul Kimmage: Keep digging in back gardens and you'll find a reason for everything
When your boss asks, "Do you have a column this week?" and your response is a conclusive "Yes," you don't need a set of tarot cards to predict what's coming next:
Paul Kimmage: Whistleblowers suffer vilification as drug cheats escape
"I would say to (athletes), to the extent that they know something's going on with respect to their competitors, they ought to report it. But that's not the tradition in sport. The tradition in sport is silence and deny, deny, deny. Most athletes in our investigation refused (to call out athletes). They didn't want to lose their chance at being on the national or international stage." - WADA panel member Richard McLaren
'People telling you that you're great has never been my thing' - Paul Kimmage meets Mark Rohan
'I guess it comes down to a simple choice really . . . get busy living or get busy dying'
Restless Teddy's future on the line
We drive south from the train station at Stevenage on the A602 and take the first exit to the ground and Broadhall Way. A man with a clipboard is guarding the car park. Cas winds down the window but doesn't have to explain he is Tony Cascarino. "Head up towards the top," the steward advises. "Thirty-five should be free."
Paul Kimmage: Formula One still sells, it's just that we're not buying it like we used to
Money was always tight at the Sunday Tribune but we started to feel the squeeze in the autumn of '93.
Paul Kimmage: Awful truth is hidden in plain sight
In May 1992, Irvin Muchnick travelled to Allentown, Pennsylvania and checked into a room at the George Washington Motor Lodge. The 37-year-old freelance reporter had been commissioned by The Village Voice to write a cover story about sex and drugs in the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment), but it was a death that had brought him to the motel.