Sinead Kissane: 'Muldoon keeping hold of old Connacht fight for new job in Bristol'
It was an odd feeling for John Muldoon, to say the least. On a Friday evening last August, Connacht played the Bristol Bears in a pre-season friendly...
It was an odd feeling for John Muldoon, to say the least. On a Friday evening last August, Connacht played the Bristol Bears in a pre-season friendly...
Picture it. A village on the coast of north Kerry on the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Eve. The beach has been transformed into a...
It was easy to spot them, the players who experienced a different version of the same story. After Leinster won the Champions Cup final in...
When I pressed the doorbell on the front door of Alec O'Riordan's home in Dublin, the moment's wait was filled by questions. A few weeks previously...
Remember the old ESB ad that was on TV in the 1990s? It was called 'Going Home' and featured a son being collected at the train station by his dad with his mother at home warming up the house...
It was 3.57pm last Sunday when two spectators near us unleashed a verbal lashing over what they had just seen on the pitch. We were standing on the terrace in Austin Stack Park, Tralee watching the county semi-final replay between East Kerry and Dingle.
When Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade took off down the wing in the 60th minute last Saturday, Munster scrum-half Duncan Williams did what he had to do. Williams tracked back and did a flying try-saving tackle on Phil Dollman before getting up and springing onto his opposite number, Stuart Townsend. Penalty to Munster. Four minutes later, CJ Stander scored a try. No wonder Johann van Graan singled Williams out for praise in the dressing-room after. No wonder Alby Mathewson tweeted: "Duncan Williams man of the match surely?!"
Leah Lyons even surprised herself with what she did next. On Saturday, July 28, Lyons packed up her car at home in Ballyhooly, Co Cork, drove to Rosslare, got the boat to Pembroke and drove on to London. She was in England a few times but never in London. But here she was, heading towards the home of English rugby to try to become a better player for Ireland.
It was this time last year that Peter O'Mahony gave a Leinster man an unforgettable death stare. Munster had just lost 23-17 to Leinster at the Aviva Stadium when Reggie Corrigan pulled the pin in an interview for TG4 and asked O'Mahony if he felt his team-mates gave as much as they could have in the game.
A reckless comment from England head coach Eddie Jones two years ago was enough to understand why a rugby player would want to keep his medical information private. Johnny Sexton came off during Ireland's Six Nations game against France two weeks previously for what Joe Schmidt later described as a "more of a whiplash injury".
When it was announced that 35,000 tickets had already been sold in Limerick the Monday before the All-Ireland hurling semi-final last month, it...
There are easy targets and then there's hurling referee James McGrath. This week the Westmeath man decided to go public on his decision to resign from the national referee's panel after he wasn't...
'They are refusing to be intimidated by the opposition," RTÉ commentator George Hamilton stated in the final quarter of yesterday's World...
'It's bedlam all round," Noreen Doherty says about the countdown to Donegal's game with Tyrone in the final round of the 'Super 8s' at MacCumhaill...
When Shane O'Donnell was caught by the cameras sitting on the Croke Park pitch after the 2013 All-Ireland final, it was like a scene straight out of...
When John Delaney sits back in his plush seat, among the 800 guests and media in the Convention Centre tomorrow for the Euro 2020 draw, he can do so in the knowledge that the FAI at least got one over the IRFU.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup in England was like a home away from home for the Ireland players. There was the familiar culture, food, currency. There was the similar weather, language, time zone.
Before the Ireland players collected their medals and the Six Nations trophy on the pitch at Twickenham last March, they gathered in a huddle around Bundee Aki.
Five days after Ireland's 43-20 defeat to Argentina in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final, Joe Schmidt sat on the couch opposite Ryan Tubridy on 'The Late, Late Show' in October 2015.
Eleanor Ryan Doyle was eight years old when she started playing football with Peamount United.
It was around 9.15pm in a meeting room on the second floor of the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris, Co Mayo last Monday night when one of the youngest players in the room took the microphone in her hand.
In an interview with Vogue magazine in August 2017, Serena Williams spoke about how her view of power has changed the more experienced she's become.
When the full-time whistle went yesterday, the Dublin captain looked down and unpeeled his gloves. Stephen Cluxton then walked to the back of the goal to pick up his kit bag. He had just won his sixth Celtic Cross, but stuck to his usual routine.
After New Zealand's 40-12 win over Australia in The Rugby Championship last Saturday, former Wallabies out-half Michael Lynagh spoke about the impact a team's dominance has on sport.
Let's start with what happened last month. On July 10, the group of players who left the Mayo ladies senior football squad over the previous week released a statement through the Women's Gaelic Players Association.
The bus driver from Monaghan said "no snow anyway" as the Kerry supporters filed on to the bus which was organised by the Kerry Association in Dublin outside the Gresham Hotel yesterday.
Kieran Donaghy calls it the 'Oh, S**t' time in a game. Kerry reached this critical level when Galway scored a goal in the All-Ireland quarter-final clash last weekend which "brought the game into 'Oh, S**t' territory and that's a place I've always felt I can help the team through," Donaghy said in his autobiography 'What Do You Think Of That?'
The performances of the Irish girls at the European U-18 Championships in Hungary last weekend brought home everything that's good and real about sport.
Arguments in the GAA are generally local. If a county besides your own decides to kick up a fuss about something, there's cheap entertainment to be had in peering over the fence to rubber-neck at the row before climbing back down, safe in the knowledge that this isn't your fight.
You overhear all sorts of conversations on the terrace in a championship game but I hadn't heard this particular kind at Fitzgerald Stadium before. The Kerry women's team were on their way to a win over Waterford in the Munster football semi-final which was part of a historic championship double-header with the Kerry men's semi-final with Clare earlier this month.
The Waterford football team had run out of water as they waited on the bus to leave Wexford Park last Saturday evening. An hour earlier they won their first game in the football championship since 2011 with a two-point win over Wexford.
You've probably heard about mushroom management. It's a term used to describe the running of an organisation where communication between those at the top and those at the bottom is far from ideal. The thinking behind it is simple: keep employees in the dark and feed them s**t.
Some things are best viewed from a distance. I was reminded of that this week after a few days in Santorini - the Greek island with views of the Aegean Sea which are best seen from the cliff-top.
They're in a bubble, we're often told. They don't listen to outside noise, controversy or anything that's irrelevant to their job in the build-up to a big game, we're often reminded. Professional players generally don't say anything which might cause offence, bring pressure on themselves or cause a social media stir.
The Racing 92 team injected something called fun into last Saturday's Champions Cup final when the players wore berets as they ran onto the pitch at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao.
There was something familiar about Leinster being in unfamiliar territory yesterday. On the eve of today's Champions Cup final, Leinster trained at the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao to get used to the new surroundings.
On the evening of November 26, 2013, Rob Kearney put on his coat and runners, left his home and walked aimlessly around Dublin for an hour.
We need to talk about April. Not any old April. This April. In years to come GAA historians will swipe through the records, click into April 2018, see the asterisk and the blanks for inter-county fixtures and results.
Johann van Graan made time to turn his house in Limerick into a home when his family moved over from South Africa last winter.
When former Ireland player Tania Rosser began work as a coach in men's rugby, her role was sometimes mistaken for something else. Two years ago Rosser became the first female in Ireland to coach a men's rugby team - she took over as head coach of the Clontarf J1s (second team) and also started working with the senior men's team. Some referees initially assumed Rosser was the physio...
On Easter Monday Drogheda United released a statement from Luke Rossiter about a public tweet the player posted on the day Ulster and Ireland players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding were both acquitted of rape.
There was a moment in the 50th minute of Ireland's game with England last Saturday when the Ireland coaches reacted in a way we have rarely, if ever, seen during a game. Ireland had just won a penalty and it was followed by a shot on TV of Joe Schmidt, Andy Farrell and analyst Vinny Hammond cheering the players. Their response was like the ultimate vindication that this team was producing something very special.
When I saw a familiar figure standing near the tunnel at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon I had to do a double-take.
Johnny Sexton has two similar photographs from the Lions tours in Australia and New Zealand in his home.
If you want a hint as to how Ireland's game with Scotland will go today then watch Finn Russell's demeanour while 'Flower of Scotland' is being played.
Eddie Jones stole a quick glance at the big screen in Murrayfield last Saturday evening to confirm what he already knew. It was minutes after Scotland's Six Nations win over England but the atmosphere quickly turned from cheers to jeers as a chorus-line of boos sounded when Jones appeared on the big screen for an interview.
Warren Gatland might allow himself a smile if he re-read his newspaper column from Monday, October 1, 2007. It was the day after Ireland were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup and Gatland had a go at the IRFU's decision to give Eddie O'Sullivan a new four-year contract which would have kept him in the job for over 10 years.
"If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast" - Ernest Hemingway, 'A Moveable Feast'
There were just around five minutes remaining in last Saturday's game in Paris when the Frenchman in charge of media operations put an Ireland teamsheet in front of us and asked me to pick a player.
Jacob Stockdale was walking out the dressing-room door after Ireland's win over the USA Eagles in New Jersey last June when Keith Earls called him back.
The word 'revenge' was mentioned twice in the opening 30 seconds of Tony O'Donoghue's interview with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill in Switzerland on Wednesday.
Australia head coach Michael Cheika has been trying to promote a no-excuse culture in the Wallabies squad with the presumed premise being exactly what it says on the tin: everyone taking responsibility for their decisions and actions.
The day after Munster confirmed that Gerbrandt Grobler was fit to make his competitive debut after recovering from ankle surgery came the news that the most senior player in the squad, fellow lock Billy Holland, signed a two-year contract extension.
Referee Sean Gallagher didn't hesitate to find the applicable words as he gave his bullet-point explanation to Munster's Sammy Arnold for sending him off for a tackle on Christian Leali'ifano in the 58th minute of the Guinness Pro14 game with Ulster on New Year's Day.
The New Year has yet to start but I already feel sorry for 2018. Why? Because the year before a Rugby World Cup is one of continuous contextualisation whereby little can be mentioned or enjoyed without constant reference to 'the bigger picture'.
The final question I asked Tom O'Riordan was the first time he shrugged off giving an answer during an interview at his home in Dublin this week.
There was something apt about the little-known term 'youthquake' being named 2017 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries in the same week it was announced that Physical Education will become an optional Leaving Cert subject.
The moment Lizzie Lee felt like herself again was during the women's senior race at the National Cross-Country Championships in Abbotstown two weeks ago. The leading group were into the final lap when Shona Heaslip and Kerry O'Flaherty surged ahead of Lee and she heard O'Flaherty's coach describe how much Lee trailed them by.
Rihanna's song 'We Found Love' proved to be a uniquely apt soundtrack to the Republic of Ireland's draw with the Netherlands in Nijmegen on Tuesday night.
There was one word notable by its absence in World Rugby's press release on Thursday to announce its ambition to introduce at least one-third women's representation on its council from next year.
As Conor Murray sat down to do a press conference at the Ireland team base at Carton House earlier this week, Roy Keane was doing the same over at FAI HQ in Dublin.
Cork City Women's FC forward Clare Shine was in her local shop in Douglas recently - it was the first time she was recognised by the woman behind the counter as a football player.
During last weekend's Bledisloe Cup game between Australia and New Zealand, the referee Wayne Barnes had cautionary words for the two captains in the 56th minute as he gave a warning generally not heard during a game like this.
When IRFU chief executive Philip Browne gave his address at an Oireachtas Committee meeting in January this year, he was convincing with his claim that there was no bigger supporter of our national women’s team than the IRFU.
At the launch of the Champions Cup season earlier this month, Munster captain Peter O'Mahony was guarded in his answers to a few questions but when it came to the replacement for Rassie Erasmus and the collective responsibility of the players, O'Mahony spoke more sternly than he had at any other point in the interview.
At his opening press conference as Republic of Ireland manager in November 2013, Martin O'Neill answered the first of many questions about his decision to appoint Roy Keane as his assistant manager.
The day after the final bid presentations were made for the 2023 Rugby World Cup last Monday, IRFU performance director David Nucifora gave an overview of Irish rugby at a media briefing at the Aviva Stadium. It's now 35 days since Ireland finished eighth at the Women's Rugby World Cup and it's also just over four months until the start of the 2018 Women's Six Nations.
Stay big for as long as you can. That thought ran through the mind of Mayo goalkeeper Yvonne Byrne as she stood in goal after Cork were awarded a penalty with only minutes remaining in their All-Ireland Ladies SFC semi-final in Cavan earlier this month.
This month ten years ago the Irish rugby team hit its version of ground zero. The 2007 Rugby World Cup seemed like Ireland's gateway to greatness.
At half-time of the minor match at Croke Park last Sunday some of the Mayo senior players walked onto the pitch in their tracksuits to test the surface and jog through some scenarios in their heads ahead of their All-Ireland semi-final with Kerry later that afternoon.
The final whistle in the drawn 2014 All-Ireland SFC semi-final between Kerry and Mayo sounded the start of the mind-games for Kieran Donaghy ahead of the replay.
Do you remember Mosney? It was a holiday resort dressed up like an Olympic village for kids and teenagers taking part in the National Community Games Finals. Remember the smell of chlorine as you walked past the swimming pool and watched the swimmers through the big window? Remember the secret trips to the go-karts and the bumpers before a race was even run?
During a break in the track and field events at the World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium on Thursday night the lowest and most reliable form of sports entertainment was let loose.
Gina Akpe-Moses remembers the first time sprinting sparked something within her. She was eight years old and was the youngest girl taking part in the U-10 100m at the Community Games in Mosney.
Davy Fitzgerald did something his players didn't expect before Wexford's Leinster SHC semi-final with Kilkenny at Wexford Park last month.
Two Dubliners and two rather different entrances for their press conferences this week. In downtown Brooklyn on Thursday night, Conor McGregor kept his followers waiting before peacocking in a white polar bear fur coat. In another universe, living a life less ordinary, Jim Gavin slipped into a room almost unnoticed at 7.58am on Wednesday for a 8.0am press conference in the Gibson Hotel.
A tell-tale sign of how serious a crisis a player is in can be clocked by what their sponsor did next. After his "bored" comments following his loss at Wimbledon earlier this week, Bernard Tomic was dumped by his tennis racquet sponsor faster than the bed-hopping activities in 'Love Island'.
Jim O'Shea doesn't go along with the norm when it comes to the high jump and trying to clear new heights.
After the terror attack in Westminster in March, commuters using the Underground would have passed by messages of solidarity written on boards in various stations around London.
After the Lions players and coaches had finished their meetings and selected their gear for this summer's tour at a hotel in London earlier this week, they stood around in the reception area wearing their civvies as they waited to return home.
A confession to start. When the news broke this week about the proposal to wipe all world and European records before 2005, I realised I didn't want athletics to lose its dirty past. I like the fact that I can run my finger down the list of world records, shake my head and think how stupid I was to believe what I saw on TV especially when I was a kid.
Let's revisit another Lions year for a moment and Munster's European knock-out game against an English team in April 2013. Paul O'Connell was worried about his team's chances in their quarter-final against Harlequins because he didn't know what to expect. "I wanted us to be worried. I didn't want to tell anyone it was going to be fine, because I didn't know if it was," O'Connell wrote in his...
John Muldoon spoke in a language which everyone understood on the eve of Connacht's Guinness Pro12 final against Leinster last May. He didn't hide behind the safety of nauseous rugby jargon like 'process' and 'work-ons' when he talked about the success the other provinces enjoyed through the years.
Dear John, What a landmark week this has been for Irish football; look who stood up to the big boys, got plenty of international media coverage and made progress after hard negotiations. Without doubt, John, your appointment to Uefa's Executive Committee was ground-breaking.
Samantha Jones may have been on to something with her approach to her love life in the HBO series 'Sex and the City'.
Some things don't change in the life of Katie Taylor. Before her professional bout tonight at the Manchester Arena, Katie and her mother will resume a pre-fight routine they've done all their lives. Bridget will go to her daughter's bedroom an hour before they leave the hotel and she will begin the process of fixing Katie's hair for show-time. But this is private-time.
This was no ordinary day. The army bomb squad had swept through the RTE studio with sniffer dogs to do a security check. It was Saturday, February 24, 2007 and Ireland were preparing to play England in the Six Nations at Croke Park.
The Ireland players and coaches didn't spoil the moment for fans as they stood for photos and talked about the Wales game at Cardiff Airport on Saturday. Sure, it's easy to be nice but it must be harder when your head is splitting from the defeat the night before.
At 7.15 this morning the Ireland women's squad will meet in their hotel to start their warm-up exercises for today's Six Nations game against Wales.
Conor O'Shea had just finished an interview at the Six Nations launch in London in January when a hot-shot English TV reporter tried to usher him over to where his camera crew was positioned.
While the internet was chewing up and spitting out my opinion piece last weekend, I was visiting my one-week-old god-daughter in Kerry. Her mother and I became friends well over 20 years ago.
'I've never actually worn a thong bikini . . . the thong is perfect, it really made me feel comfortable. I'm officially a thong girl now".
Ireland defence coach Andy Farrell must not have got the memo when he used the word "blip" in a press conference earlier this week.
Paddy Jackson's eyes are darting around the room at Carton House as he listens to the Ireland head coach defend his decision to name him at out-half for the Six Nations game against Scotland at Murrayfield.
When Eddie Jones showed up at the Six Nations launch in London this week, it was like looking at the two faces of rugby. The England boss arrived at the media day after, apparently, falling over in his bathroom that morning. A makeshift bandage covered the cut on his face but the damage had spread to his eye. When he sat down in front of me for an interview, one of his eyes was clear and...
Peter O'Mahony didn't play for his province last season but that didn't stop him speaking out at a staff meeting involving all levels of the Munster organisation last April.
It was hard to take your eyes off Sene Naoupu at the UCD Bowl on the final Sunday in November last year. Not just because she was the New Zealand-born player in action in the centre of the Irish team against the Black Ferns.
You won't have seen them on any of the literary end-of-year award lists but some of the most breathtaking reads of the past year could be found in the statements explaining the outcome of disciplinary hearings for acts of dangerous and foul play. Some of the statements boasted what any novella would love to have: mystery, the capacity to astound, and, best of all, a twist at the end.
When I looked over at my dad after the whistle blew for half-time of the All-Ireland football semi-final between Dublin and Kerry at Croke Park last August, he looked like someone who had just stepped off a rollercoaster with his eyes wide open and an incredulous stare of "did that just happen?" painted across his face.
Pat Kenny was at the end of his interview with Joan Burton on Newstalk on Monday when he seemed to salivate at the soundbite he was about to deliver.
Katie O'Farrell was still the relatively new kid in town when she lined up for the beginners' chase in Kilbeggan three months ago after becoming a professional jockey in November 2015.
A few days after Munster's Heineken Cup semi-final defeat to Wasps in 2004, Jim Williams thought it was time to do some straight talking.
During the captain's run at the Aviva Stadium yesterday Rory Best led the Ireland players around the north end of the pitch in their final training session ahead of today's game with New Zealand. The Ireland skipper ran past the spot where he grounded the ball for Ireland's second try in the 2013 game with the All Blacks. That day, three years ago, Best showed his drive when he scored after...
After the Ireland players left the dressing-room for the second half of their game with New Zealand in Chicago last Saturday, it was time for the team's performance nutritionist Ruth Wood-Martin to go into the dressing-room to do her work.
Nothing seems impossible this year. Nothing. And not in a good way. 'I read the news today, oh boy' has become a line to live the year by because sense and logic have been absent on too many occasions in 2016.
For years, my dad, David, had given up on running. The last marathon he took part in was nearly a quarter of a century ago in the 1993 London Marathon when he slugged it out until the four-and-a-half-hour torture finally came to an end.
No matter what direction you came from, the first sight of Thomond Park through the years always had the effect of making you pause for a moment.
It was the eve of the 2006 Heineken Cup final in the Millennium Stadium and the battle lines were already being drawn by Anthony Foley.
Ten years ago this month Ronan O'Gara did an interview which blew the lid off the way the Munster players viewed themselves and their new position at the top of European rugby. Munster were beginning the defence of the Heineken Cup away to Leicester Tigers in October 2006 and O'Gara was not in an apologist's mood to play down the confidence he had in his team-mates.
A year ago Dan Carter sat at the top table in a marquee at Twickenham Stadium and gave the media what they wanted. It was the day before the 2015 Rugby World Cup final in what would be his last game for New Zealand.
Imagine being Maurice Deegan today. Imagine being in the dressing-room before you and your linesmen walk onto the pitch to referee the All-Ireland football final replay.
When a "level playing field" was given as the reason for not having Hawk-Eye in use at Croke Park on Sunday for the All-Ireland Ladies football finals, it felt like some version of Trumpist ridicule was at play.
When Beyoncé and her high-heeled fierceness played Croke Park for one night only earlier this summer, she gave a corporate message to her fans during her Formation concert: "If you're a woman you're born strong. There's no such thing as a weak woman."
The political party with responsibility for Creating Mania around Mayo was clearly not happy with the low-key build-up in the county ahead of the All-Ireland final.
This summer threw up a few heavyweight clashes but Brian O'Driscoll v New Zealand was one of the more unexpected ones.