Note: This article was originally published in SIN before Declan Rice announced his decision to declare for England By Darren Casserly Love it or hate it, the granny rule has played a key role in the Irish national team set up for decades. From Ray Houghton putting the ball in the back of the English net, to dreaming of a team of Gary Breens, there have been many great … [Read more...] about Should Mick McCarthy utilise the granny rule or focus on home grown talents?
By Mark Lynch A unique pairing of semi-finals is on the horizon in the AIB All-Ireland Club Senior Football Championship, with two relative underdogs attempting to break through to the echelon of All-Ireland winners. They find themselves up against two dynasties of the championship, but it’d be naïve to assume both semi-finals are foregone conclusions. Both taking … [Read more...] about Crokes and Corofin favourites to advance but underdogs keen to cause upsets
By Laura Varley RTÉ recently announced an exciting new deal with the Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA). This will see a collaboration that will include the increased televising of club and league games. The plan, which will be in place from 2019 until 2022, will exist in conjunction with the present GAA coverage on TG4 and Eir Sport. RTÉ will simultaneously air at least … [Read more...] about Finally, a deal we can all agree on
By Owen Kennedy The Boys in Green kick off their Six Nations campaign against England on 2 February. Two of our matches are home games, England and France, whilst we will be facing Wales, Scotland and Italy away. The past ten months have shown huge change in the Irish Squad, winning the Grand Slam on St. Patrick’s Day against England, and the hype of the upcoming World Cup … [Read more...] about Ireland’s 2019 Six Nations: new faces, same game plan?
By Gary Elbert The 2019 National Hurling League action kicked off this past weekend. Defending titlists Kilkenny threw down with Cork in an action-packed opening weekend that provided glimpses of how far down the road the big hurling teams are in terms of preparation. The tournament has traditionally been a real-world laboratory for managers, eager to experiment and measure … [Read more...] about 2019 National Hurling League promises to be a close affair