If they erected a new sporting Mount Rushmore in Meath this autumn, instead of last year when ‘Off The Ball’ settled on Seán Boylan, Mick Lyons, Graham Geraghty and Johnny Murtagh, they might well have to drop one of the above or else hastily chisel out a fifth Royal legend.
Adam Griggs hailed his wrecking ball winger Beibhinn Parsons after the Galway teenager scored one try and created another as Ireland moved a step closer to World Cup qualification by defeating Italy 15-7.
THE already-daunting task of facing up to World Cup battles against higher-ranked nations will be even stiffer if Tuesday's friendly against Australia sees the Republic of Ireland extend their losing streak to eight games.
From a trickle to a Flood. Once sport took a hold in this family home, it wouldn’t let go. When Clanna Gael Fontenoy’s ladies claimed the Dublin Intermediate title in 2010, their success was underpinned by one local collection of enigmatic daughters.
Ireland boss Vera Pauw has called on supporters to get behind the girls in green as they prepare to welcome fans back to Tallaght Stadium for the first time in 18 months when hosting Australia in a friendly next Tuesday.
As the fall-out continues from the shambolic conditions endured by Connacht’s female players in Energia Park last weekend at the Vodafone Interprovincials, Ireland’s wavering World Cup tilt is not entirely insulated from the furore.
A full IRFU review of its matchday operations has begun, as the union admitted it was “appalled” that the Connacht and Ulster women's squads were forced to change in a derelict area of Energia Park last weekend.
The Connacht women’s players who were forced to change in disgraceful conditions beside bins at Energia Park in Donnybrook have broken their silence and have called for an investigation to be carried out.
It was always a shame, albeit an unavoidable one, that a knock-on effect of the All-Ireland football final being delayed by a fortnight meant this year’s camogie final had to share the Croke Park stage with it last weekend.
The video circulating of Connacht’s women players last weekend is as disgustingly damaging to the IRFU as were the 2017 revelations to the FAI of Ireland’s international soccer players being forced to change in airport toilets.
The closing stages of an All-Ireland final is when the cream rises to the top and Galway’s big guns came good when it mattered most as a sensational finale saw them crowned champions for just the fourth time in their history.
The tandem of Róisín McCormick and Maeve Kelly have long been slated for superstardom through the schools and underage structures in Antrim and they delivered on the biggest stage at Croke Park to propel Antrim to victory in the All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie final.
On the day that the first Galway team to ever win the O’Duffy Cup was honoured, the Tribeswomen returned to the top of the tree for the fourth time, when just outstaying the same opposition that fell victim to the county’s trailblazers in 1996.
Having drawn breath after what was a momentous weekend for Irish sport, when the quality of action will live long in the memory — Meath’s Mighty Duck type heroics, Katie Taylor’s defence of her titles and Leona Maguire’s lionhearted exhibition in the Solheim Cup — we have, we hope, another weekend to remember.
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