Your chance to join our team Off The Page
The Sunday Independent sports team is going off the page, with an exclusive upcoming event for readers.
For tens of thousands of sports fans, the Sunday Independent sport section is the must-read of the weekend. Apart from our top coverage of live sport, we offer a scintillating mix of comment, opinion and analysis from Ireland's top sportswriters.
Readers trust in our correspondents, in Dion Fanning, Damian Lawlor, Dermot Crowe, Brendan Fanning, Dermot Gilleece, Eamonn Sweeney, Tommy Conlon, Marie Crowe.
Our team includes Paul Kimmage, Neil Francis, Colm O'Rourke, Richard Sadlier, Jim Glennon and Jamesie O'Connor. Sport has shaped their lives, and they have helped shape their chosen sports. Now, people want to hear what they have to say. They have evolved from key figures on the field of play to commentators on the page and their weekly thoughts and stories in the Sunday Independent are some of the most widely-read and discussed in the country.
The current sports columnist of the year is our own Neil Francis, and last year's accolade went to Eamonn Sweeney, whose column Hold the Back Page has been compelling reading since its debut in September 2006.
Because of this the Sunday Independent has decided to take our team off the page in a series of reader events in association with Elverys and exclusive to our dedicated readers.
So join Paul Kimmage, Neil Francis, Colm O'Rourke and other members of our team, as well as a special guest, at our inaugural event on Wednesday, January 29 in Elverys Sports, Dundrum at 7.30pm.
We'll be talking all things sport, with a particular focus on the upcoming Six Nations and you'll have the chance to submit your questions to our panel on the night.
There will be plenty of views, opinions and personal stories and the writers will turn the spotlight on the issues, events and moments that have influenced their careers. The event will be moderated by the Sunday Independent sports editor, John Greene and Sunday Independent sports writer Marie Crowe.
"We are very excited about this series," said Greene. "Committed fans take sport seriously. It is not a frivolous play thing as it is often portrayed in some media. We too are serious about sport, and our hope is that this event will spark colourful discussion and debate between our readers and our panel."
Places are limited. For your chance to attend this free event, along with a friend, register at www.independent.ie/offthepage. You will also be asked to submit a question for a member of our panel. All successful entrants will be contacted by Friday next and tickets will be issued by post.