Thursday 14 December 2017

From the stands - Ring steps up plans for sports museum

Michael Ring
Michael Ring

Fergus McDonnell, Aisling Crowe and John Greene

IRELAND has taken a step closer to having a National Sports Museum. A committee established, and chaired, by sports minister Michael Ring has been looking into the feasibility of developing such a facility and on the back of this work, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport invited tenders for the development of a brief. The closing date for tenders was June 11 and it's understood a contract will be put in place by early next month.

The purpose of this move is to assist Ring's committee with its work in advancing the concept. The brief will identify the general requirements of the museum in terms of scale, layout access, management and so on, and will be used to inform the sourcing of a suitable building to accommodate the museum if the project is considered to be feasible.

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so it's farewell then, for now at least, to Paul Grimley and his summer of silence. But before he departed, the now former Armagh manager had one final swipe at 'the media'.

Back in June, Grimley was upset by the 'hysterical' reporting of the incidents prior to Armagh's game with Cavan but, in what can only be described as an extraordinary statement, he has suggested that the GAA should regulate the media in some way.

The might be considered a good idea by the North Korean County Board or the Russian Provincial Council, But come on, really? And this should not be taken as an attack on a GAA volunteer. It is possible to be a very good GAA man and at the same time be useless at understanding the concepts of democracy and a free press.

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Not content with helping insomniac football fans find a cure for their late-night sleeplessness, Michael Owen is determined to cure his to viewers of horse racing. Ten years after he was announced as Real Madrid's latest galactico, Racing UK unveiled the former Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester United and Stoke striker as their new ambassador and pundit.

Subscribers to the channel, which broadcasts racing from 34 British tracks, will be privy to the views of the Telegraph newspaper correspondent and BT Sport pundit and will have the opportunity to meet the man himself at open days at the Cheshire stables he owns.

Owen has a string of 90 horses trained by Tom Dascombe, the most successful and famous of which is Brown Panther which finished third in last year's Irish St Leger.

Ruby Walsh has been popping up on TV while he recuperates from injury and the Manchester United fan tweeted a welcome to his new RUK colleague, promising an interview at York this week. What might be said off air will probably be more interesting than what is broadcast of that conversation.

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Any GAA clubs out there who fancy getting paid for feeding their players should get in touch with Teagasc. Declan Troy, head of the organisation's food research centre at Ashtown College in Dublin, is looking for clubs to volunteer as tasters for a research project.

Teagasc is investigating how to remove the fat from food but retain the flavour that makes the meal. McDonald's struggled to reduce the fat content of the Big Mac from a whopping 25 per cent to a less artery-clogging 15 per cent through the application of food sensory science and Teagasc is researching similar techniques.

If you would like to volunteer your team as guinea pigs in return for free food, you can contact Ashtown College on (01) 8059500 or email

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Laois footballer James Finn is climbing Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, to raise funds for Pieta House. The Ballyfin ace has set a fundraising target of €4,000 before his expedition begins on October 6.

Finn, 23, wants to raise funds and awareness for the suicide-prevention organisation and so far is almost halfway to his total. You can find his page on

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