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Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers
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Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers

Jun 8th 2021, 7:30 AM 32,535 Views 5 Comments

25 years ago, considerable efforts were being made to get Chris Armstrong into a green shirt.

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'
# New Era
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# New Era

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'

May 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,246 Views 16 Comments

The Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions are due to join European rugby next season – what lies ahead?

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'
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# Pace To Burn

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'

Updated May 27th 2021, 10:01 PM 31,445 Views 14 Comments

Denis Hickie was a key man for Leinster and Ireland before bowing out of the game at the age of 31.

A bullet in the post and being harassed on the way to training - Gaels living with the Troubles
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A bullet in the post and being harassed on the way to training - Gaels living with the Troubles

May 27th 2021, 8:00 AM 15,259 Views 4 Comments

Down’s Conor Deegan and Antrim hurling legend Terence McNaughton recall the experiences of living through the Troubles.

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back
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# Out Of The Darkness

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back

May 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 57,493 Views 25 Comments

‘I robbed, stole, conned, hurt people throughout many years,’ says Derek Morkan as he rebuilds his life.

'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history
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'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history

May 20th 2021, 4:30 PM 30,764 Views 31 Comments

Dublin and Kerry head back to Thurles on Sunday, 20 years on from their unforgettable championship double-header.

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him
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# We Meet Again

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him

May 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 39,316 Views 4 Comments

Barnsley have finally recovered from losing their talismanic captain to Aston Villa in 2017.

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale
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# Hardy Buccs

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale

May 15th 2021, 10:00 AM 50,783 Views 15 Comments

In the 1990s an unlikely union between two towns lifted Buccaneers from the third tier of Irish rugby to the top. Their story was a classic tale of success against the odds.

The tale of the 'team of 40-year-olds' from Cork who rattled Bayern Munich
# Dowcha Davey
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# Dowcha Davey

The tale of the 'team of 40-year-olds' from Cork who rattled Bayern Munich

May 8th 2021, 8:00 AM 33,718 Views 21 Comments

Thirty years ago, the draw for the first round of the Uefa Cup paired the Bundesliga giants with Cork City.

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'
# Old Wesley
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# Old Wesley

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'

Apr 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 15,428 Views 3 Comments

Twenty years since his professional debut, Wes Hoolahan is still going strong as he approaches 39.

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'
# Born For The Role
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# Born For The Role

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'

Apr 29th 2021, 11:59 PM 24,430 Views 4 Comments

She has been a fighter all her life and a boxer for over half of it. At 40, she wants Eddie Hearn to give her the world-title shot she deserves.

'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'
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'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'

Updated Apr 25th 2021, 10:15 AM 24,805 Views 3 Comments

22-year-old Jack Kennedy’s metoric rise in racing and recovery from injuries has inspired his fanbase at home in West Kerry.

The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup
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The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup

Apr 24th 2021, 10:00 AM 23,190 Views 8 Comments

Ten years have elapsed since an Irish player won the Carabao Cup. Ahead of tomorrow’s final Garry Doyle speaks to four Irishmen who tasted Wembley glory in an era when English teams relied on Irish talent for success.

'It's definitely time that kids are back on the field' - the long-awaited return of underage GAA
# About Time
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# About Time

'It's definitely time that kids are back on the field' - the long-awaited return of underage GAA

Apr 18th 2021, 8:00 AM 17,315 Views 13 Comments

There’s a real concern that many youngsters won’t return to sport after the lengthy shutdown.

'It takes a specific type of person to give 15 years of their lives to run that risk'
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'It takes a specific type of person to give 15 years of their lives to run that risk'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 12,594 Views 3 Comments

What does it take to become an Olympian? Garry Doyle gets an insight from our leading athletes into the dedication required to make it to Tokyo.

Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland
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Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland

Apr 11th 2021, 10:00 AM 37,759 Views 11 Comments

Months after beating Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier fronted a band that toured 10 venues in Ireland. It could hardly have gone worse.

From DCU to Down Under: The team-mates, house-mates and friends dreaming of AFLW glory
# Ties That Bind
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# Ties That Bind

From DCU to Down Under: The team-mates, house-mates and friends dreaming of AFLW glory

Updated Apr 9th 2021, 8:07 PM 17,342 Views 2 Comments

‘It was as if they were operating on a professional level even back then.’ Now, Collingwood duo Sarah Rowe and Aishling Sheridan are one step away from the biggest stage in their adopted sport.

'They don't do it for the glory of playing in an All-Ireland final...It's the most selfless job'
# Characters
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# Characters

'They don't do it for the glory of playing in an All-Ireland final...It's the most selfless job'

Apr 5th 2021, 10:00 AM 40,659 Views 5 Comments

A reliable kit man is an indispensable asset and many serve their counties for decades.

'One of the all-time greats in Cork' - saluting the career of a nine-time All-Ireland winner
# Gemma
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# Gemma

'One of the all-time greats in Cork' - saluting the career of a nine-time All-Ireland winner

Apr 1st 2021, 8:00 PM 22,036 Views 4 Comments

The42 looks back on the inter-county career of Cork legend Gemma O’Connor.

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue
# Hard Road
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# Hard Road

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue

Mar 31st 2021, 8:30 PM 15,271 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s side take on Leicester Tigers in Welford Road this weekend, but wins on English soil are rare indeed for the Westerners.

Son of Kildare versus Son of Legend in a battle of the Australian bottleneck
# Home And Away
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# Home And Away

Son of Kildare versus Son of Legend in a battle of the Australian bottleneck

Updated Mar 29th 2021, 12:00 PM 22,365 Views 4 Comments

Dennis Hogan faces a make-or-break fight with Aussie ‘second coming’ Tim Tszyu on Wednesday morning, live on eir Sport.

Remembering the amazing career and life of Des McAleenan
# Tribute
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# Tribute

Remembering the amazing career and life of Des McAleenan

Mar 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 45,652 Views 12 Comments

The hugely-popular Dubliner made a name for himself as a world-class goalkeeping coach.

'Nobody here expected Devin to go off and be what he has become'
# Record Breaker
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# Record Breaker

'Nobody here expected Devin to go off and be what he has become'

Mar 27th 2021, 10:00 AM 36,997 Views 14 Comments

As a young man, Devin Toner never quite appeared destined for sporting greatness.

How an Irishman with a glorious past is helping Western Force build for the future
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# Force Of Nature

How an Irishman with a glorious past is helping Western Force build for the future

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 40,532 Views 10 Comments

On the eve of his 35th birthday, a look at the influence being exerted by Rob Kearney in Perth.

Andy Farrell's Ireland show promise but hard work is still ahead
# Review
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# Review

Andy Farrell's Ireland show promise but hard work is still ahead

Mar 24th 2021, 7:52 AM 13,110 Views 3 Comments

The lineout and scrum were superb during this championship but there’s lots of work to do elsewhere.

Planes, trains and cat food - the untold story of the Ireland manager's first trip
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Planes, trains and cat food - the untold story of the Ireland manager's first trip

Mar 21st 2021, 8:00 AM 22,825 Views 2 Comments

Stephen Kenny jets out of Dublin this week for Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier – but no matter what happens it is unlikely to be as dramatic as his first European trip as a manager.

779 carries and 502 tackles later - CJ Stander has been relentless for Ireland
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# Last Hurrah

779 carries and 502 tackles later - CJ Stander has been relentless for Ireland

Mar 20th 2021, 8:23 AM 21,098 Views 41 Comments

The 30-year-old will play his final Test today against England in Dublin.

'We had three days to get a team together' - The story of how a new Irish football club was born
# Challenge
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# Challenge

'We had three days to get a team together' - The story of how a new Irish football club was born

Mar 18th 2021, 8:00 PM 15,711 Views 4 Comments

Tommy Barrett and Conn Murray discuss the formation of Treaty United.

Cigarettes and All-Stars, escaping a ban over Corona headband, and Kerry's washing machine deal
# Backers
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# Backers

Cigarettes and All-Stars, escaping a ban over Corona headband, and Kerry's washing machine deal

Mar 18th 2021, 11:21 AM 17,776 Views 0 Comments

The42 looks back at the evolution of sponsorship in the GAA.

'He did the jobs you don't get huge praise for. He was world-class at those things'
# The Bull
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# The Bull

'He did the jobs you don't get huge praise for. He was world-class at those things'

Mar 16th 2021, 8:00 PM 44,278 Views 9 Comments

John Hayes was indispensable for Munster and Ireland across the course of a decade.

'People absolutely loved that horse': How Danoli and Tom Foley captured Irish sporting hearts
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'People absolutely loved that horse': How Danoli and Tom Foley captured Irish sporting hearts

Mar 15th 2021, 8:08 PM 12,313 Views 5 Comments

The popular trainer passed away recently but the memories of his exploits with Danoli will live on.

'The most bizarre rugby match I have ever seen' - Remembering Ireland's 1976 tour to Fiji
# Ireland On Tour
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# Ireland On Tour

'The most bizarre rugby match I have ever seen' - Remembering Ireland's 1976 tour to Fiji

Mar 14th 2021, 8:00 AM 25,204 Views 4 Comments

Ireland’s first tour to New Zealand ended with a colourful stop in Suva.

Anthony Barry: The 'top quality' Chelsea coach tasked with replacing Damien Duff
# New Addition
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# New Addition

Anthony Barry: The 'top quality' Chelsea coach tasked with replacing Damien Duff

Mar 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 14,309 Views 4 Comments

From running set pieces, to arguing for a new approach to throw-ins and negotiating a hostage situation – The42 profiles a remarkable coaching rise to the Premier League and now Stephen Kenny’s staff.

'It's amazing looking back and seeing how unaware we were': The week when Irish sport shut down
# A Year Of Covid
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# A Year Of Covid

'It's amazing looking back and seeing how unaware we were': The week when Irish sport shut down

Mar 12th 2021, 9:54 AM 8,464 Views 1 Comment

Donal Ó Fatharta, Mike Sherry, Aishling Moloney and Dan Sheridan reflect on how Irish sporting life was turned upside down by Covid-19.

When Glenn Hoddle and a pair of World Cup winners starred at Thomond Park
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# Glory Days

When Glenn Hoddle and a pair of World Cup winners starred at Thomond Park

Mar 10th 2021, 8:30 PM 14,154 Views 9 Comments

Forty years ago, during the golden age of football in Limerick, the reigning FA Cup holders came to town.

'If you could bottle Aimee's talent and sell that stuff, we would be millionaires'
# The Making Of Mackin
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# The Making Of Mackin

'If you could bottle Aimee's talent and sell that stuff, we would be millionaires'

Mar 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 41,286 Views 1 Comment

From phenomenal individual exploits to coming back better from a devastating knee injury, we chart Aimee Mackin’s rise to the top.

'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'
# Potential
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# Potential

'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'

Mar 6th 2021, 8:00 AM 91,276 Views 18 Comments

21-year-old Ryan Baird made his Ireland debut last weekend and looks set for further Six Nations involvement.

'He was probably beginning to doubt himself and wonder what direction his career was taking'
# Connecting The Dots
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# Connecting The Dots

'He was probably beginning to doubt himself and wonder what direction his career was taking'

Mar 4th 2021, 8:30 PM 34,506 Views 9 Comments

We chart Brian Fenton’s winding road to the top.

'Oh my God, this Irish girl can run': The rise and rise of Nadia Power
# Star
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# Star

'Oh my God, this Irish girl can run': The rise and rise of Nadia Power

Mar 3rd 2021, 8:41 PM 47,579 Views 11 Comments

An in-depth look at the 23-year-old DCU student, after her incredible few weeks.

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons
# A Saga Retold
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# A Saga Retold

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons

Feb 28th 2021, 9:29 AM 26,022 Views 17 Comments

More than 25 years ago, an Irish consortium led by Eamon Dunphy tried to buy Wimbledon FC and move it to Dublin. Some of the key players recall the story, and wonder what Irish football might look like now had it happened.

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