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The man who makes the big decisions

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 7:15 Comments comments (-1)

RACING is all about opinions but some count more than others. When it comes to rating horses under national hunt rules, senior handicapper, Noel O'Brien and his colleague Sandy Shaw, have the last word.




That type of power could give some people a touch of a God complex but while O’Brien has to have confidence in his judgement, this is not a dogmatic individual. In truth, 33 years of hav...

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Noel O'Brien Q & A

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

NOEL O’Brien is the Irish senior national hunt handicapper, responsible for rating every horse that runs under national hunt rules. It makes him one of the most influential people in the sport.




Noel joined the Turf Club in 1977 and moved to the handicapping division four years later where he assisted Louis Magee. He became the senior handicapper in 199...

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Auction For Adrian

Posted on 16 August, 2017 at 5:05 Comments comments (9)

I MOVED to Kildare the week before Christmas in 2002, to take up a new job as sports editor of The Kildare Nationalist. It was exciting and scary, to an equal extent. I have always struggled out of my comfort zone.



Ted Corcoran, some guy who doesn't fit his shirt anymore, Adrian Melia, Eric Donovan, Michael Carruth, Aoife Trant...

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Dr: Adrian McGoldrick: Guardian of the track

Posted on 22 July, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (0)

"That man should be made a saint. Words can't describe how amazing he was, and still is, for me.”

Mark Enright


“The only standard is the highest level of protection. Nothing less than the highest level is adequate”


IT WOULD be wron...

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More than a player with skill and talent - Johnny Doyle

Posted on 14 July, 2017 at 20:00 Comments comments (0)

LUKE WADE is an 11-year-old from Old Parish, Co Waterford who is entranced by football and so you would expect his favourite footballer, apart from his father Seán, to be Colm Cooper, Bernard Brogan, Seán Cavanagh, Michael Dara Macauley, Stephen O’Neill, Colm O’Neill or Michael Murphy.



Johnny Doyle with wife Siobhán and his three daughters (Photo...

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Kate Kelly: parting from her great love of camogie

Posted on 6 July, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

“Someone told me when the time is right to give up you’ll know and that’s what I’ve gone on. It never crossed my mind this winter but you do take it year by year. There’s no point saying I’m going to be there for the next 10 years. I’m not!”

Kate Kelly, 2015

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"If you see somebody pulling on one of your sisters it's like a red flag in front of a bull"

Posted on 9 June, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

ANNA FARRELL has noticed a transformation towards camogie among the general public in Kilkenny. It had been difficult to gain any traction while the hurlers were dominating the landscape. Failing to get the job done themselves didn’t help but performing in the margins is the ultimate barrier to establishing a profile.




Last September, the Stripeywomen finally bridged a 22-yea...

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McDaid and Okunbor to trial at AFL Combine

Posted on 26 May, 2017 at 5:55 Comments comments (0)

GALWAY senior Cillian McDaid and last year’s All-Ireland minor winner with Kerry Stefan Okunbor have been invited to attend the annual AFL Draft Combine in Melbourne in October.


The pair trained with the AFL Academy in Florida in January, along with David Shaw (Kerry) and Evan Murphy (Galway), impressing with their athleticism and ball skills, as well as their interviews with the scouts from various clubs.


They will travel to Australia in September to...

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Zach on the up with fresh challenge

Posted on 24 May, 2017 at 0:25 Comments comments (0)

ZACH Tuohy chuckles at the memory of that first phone call from AFL scout Gerard Sholly. At 17, he didn’t know an Australian accent from a Nigerian one.




On ‘Hello’, the brain computed Ulster and reasoned that this must be a journalist from the north, wanting to talk about the All-Ireland minor semi-final replay that Laois had just lost to Derry.


On...

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Walsh rejects criticism of AFL's recruitment of Irish players

Posted on 20 May, 2017 at 0:00 Comments comments (1)

FORMER Cavan footballer and current AFL coach Nicholas Walsh has rejected criticism of the recruitment of GAA players by AFL clubs.



Mark O'Connor is just the 20th GAA recruit to play in the AFL


Walsh, who has been part of the coaching staff since the GWS Giants’ inaugural season in 2012, dismisses the depiction of recruiters as bogeymen luring unsuspecting youngsters away...

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