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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 (10)

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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Holden out for a hero

Posted on 16 May, 2017 at 6:40 Comments comments (0)

AROUND Kilkenny, if the names Shefflin, Cody and Holden come in conversation, the likelihood is that hurling will be the topic, with Henry, Brian and Joey having captained the Noresiders to All-Ireland success at the highest level, Henry considered one of the best to ever play the game and Brian possibly the greatest manager of a sports team this country has seen.


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Murphy looking to unleash the magic

Posted on 5 May, 2017 at 11:40 Comments comments (0)

OISÍN MURPHY seems to have been around a long time but then he was so young when he shot to prominence. He handled that meteoric rise remarkably well, showing a maturity way beyond his years and being extremely comfortable dealing with media interest.




The Killarney native has coped just as well with the setbacks that inevitably come in racing too. He possesses a keen understanding ...

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"The hardest part was just not playing" - Niamh McCarthy

Posted on 23 April, 2017 at 6:00 Comments comments (0)

THERE was a time, even as she had barely entered her teens, when it seemed inevitable that the Niamh McCarthy would play for Cork.



“I knew if I didn’t try to come back that I would always wonder what could have happened” (Photo by Inpho)


There was a time too, when it appeared certain that the prodigy would never pick up a hurley again. Never bend the s...

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"I had him in a slatted house in Ballintubber and when the lads came to get him he was eating a round bale with a rake of cattle"

Posted on 14 April, 2017 at 11:25 Comments comments (0)

IT IS another of those quintessential national hunt stories that captures the very essence of jump racing.


“Katie has done a great job with him; you have to hand it to her... She's with him every day; she knows the horse, the horse knows her and that has to be a help” (Photos: Caroline Norris)


It starts...

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Sell pity somewhere else - the inspirational JT McNamara

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

"This wasn’t meant to be no sad song. We’ve heard too much of that before."

- Paul Brady, The Island

 


“I’d be a lot worse if it happened to me in a car crash” (Photos are stills from an ITV Racing

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Ruby on the rise

Posted on 12 March, 2017 at 11:30 Comments comments (0)

HE WELCOMES you at the front door, the smoke he exhales more vivid in the zero-degree night.




You not given those up yet?


“For Lent” comes the reply. “So the girls tell me anyway.”


He smiles broadly and ushers you in.


If there is an expectation that Ruby Walsh might be feeling low as a result of the 30-hour-old n...

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Cooper's Choice

Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 11:10 Comments comments (0)

BRYAN Cooper seems to have been around a long time but one look at the cherubic face and you are reminded that he is only 23, giving the greater part of 15 years to the best of his contemporaries on both sides of the Irish Sea, Paul Townend excepted.



(Photos: Caroline Norris)


He has packed a remarkable amount into a very short period since riding Rossdara, trained ...

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Johnny Martyn: "I want to finish on my own terms"

Posted on 9 March, 2017 at 10:55 Comments comments (0)

“OH FOR fuck’s sake. Not again.”


When you are a 34-year-old inter-county footballer recognising the symptoms of a stroke, having suffered another 18 months previously and had heart surgery on a small hole in your heart to prevent a recurrence, you are bound to be a tad peeved.


Annoyed is the word Johnny Martyn uses now, with delicious understatement.


The Sligo defender is matter-of-fact about the chain of events lo...

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