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Wasn't always so rosy

Posted on 25 May, 2020 at 6:40

 IT IS only a couple of weeks more than 12 months ago to the day - February 20 to be exact - that Rosaleen McGrath went to watch John play football, just as she had done all his life.



One of the drugs removed the lining of his mouth and throat. He was riddled with mouth ulcers and couldn’t eat, causing his weight to plummet from 12 stone to 10½ but John McGrath made a full recovery ...

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"If everyone waits until they find out the money's not there, it will be too late" - Nallen calls for radical action to save racing

Posted on 16 May, 2020 at 9:55

LEGENDARY point-to-point producer John Nallen has called on racing’s superpowers such as Coolmore, Godolphin and the Aga Khan to forego prizemoney from elite races such as the Irish Derby to help fund more industry racing in what he expects will be challenging times after action is restored on June 8.




Nallen, who has educated countless national hunt winners over 20 years, including pas...

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I feel like I get more done when I have more things to do - Chloe Foxe

Posted on 9 May, 2019 at 11:45

CHLOE FOXE is taking time out from completing a college assignment to chat. The conversation flows, the 21-year-old at ease with discussing sport and life.




Though she will only turn 22 in May, the third year UCD computer science student is a long-established dual Wexford player, and also played at underage level for the county in soccer. She w...

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The man who makes the big decisions

Posted on 20 December, 2017 at 7:15

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

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

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

"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

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

“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

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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