Sunday 18 March 2018

In brief: Death of GAA writer O'Brien

Gaelic Games

The death has occurred of Peadar O'Brien, former GAA correspondent of the 'Irish Press' and the 'Irish Sun'.

A native of Dublin, he joined the Irish Press Group at a young age and worked for many years as a sports reporter, working mainly on Gaelic games, boxing and cycling. He was appointed GAA correspondent of the 'Irish Press' in 1979 and remained in the position until the closure of the paper in 1995. He later became GAA correspondent of the 'Irish Sun'.

In his mid 70s, he died yesterday in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.

World champion Katie Taylor got back to winning ways with a convincing 11-0 lightweight decision over Ellah Ayat at the men's and women's Prime Ministry Tournament in Turkey yesterday.

Drimnagh middleweight Sinead Kavanagh, however, lost 10-3 to Turkey's Nurcan Goksel in a preliminary round 75Kg clash.

Tipperary heavyweight Con Sheehan won 8-3 over China's Yong Wang. However, he sustained a broken thumb in the process and won't take any further part in the tournament.

Bantamweight John Joe Nevin is out after losing 6-0 to Yonusov Anvar from Turkestan.

Ex-Irish international David Eakins hit the winner for his adopted Hampstead & Westminster in the English cup semi-final at the weekend, sending the club into its first national final against Beeston next month.

Meanwhile, Railway Union's 2-0 win over UCD at Belfield last night gave them a share of the lead with Hermes at the top of the Ladies Leinster Division 1 table on 43 points apiece, to set up a real cracker when they face each other on Saturday.

Lance Armstrong's preparations for the Tour de France were interrupted yesterday when the American was forced out of a low-key race in western France.

Armstrong pulled out of the Circuit de la Sarthe with gastroenteritis after he missed the Milan-San Remo classic last month for the same reasons.

Franceso Gavazzi of Italy won the third stage of the Tour of Basque Country in a sprint, with Oscar Freire, who took the overall lead.

  • In rugby news, England international and Leicester out-half Sam Vesty has signed for Bath on a three-year deal.

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