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Derry defeat a positive on Kildare's promotion march says Sweeney

Posted on 28 March, 2017 at 10:15 Comments comments (0)

KILDARE coach Ronan Sweeney has pinpointed the Lilies’ last-gasp defeat to Derry in round 3 of the Allianz Football League as an important step in the squad’s development, pointing to the manner in which they have closed out tight games in recent weeks to cement promotion to Division 1 as proof of the lessons taken on board.

Kildare had posted comfortable wins over Meath and Cork in their opening games and were expected to return from Celtic Park with their unble...

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Never give up

Posted on 21 March, 2017 at 8:45 Comments comments (0)


THE congratulations cards are wedged above the fireplace, battling each other for a good posi. Room is tight, particularly with the plaque as winning jockey of the Champion Bumper at Punchestown in April taking centre stage.

It isn’t exactly Auteuil on the dressing table in the corner either. More testaments to success abound. If you weren't aware initially, you would know within seconds of walking into the sitting room that Jamie Codd is prime-time in his...

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For rugby, how big is too big?

Posted on 17 March, 2017 at 5:10 Comments comments (0)

IT WAS notable how even former Ireland and Lions skipper Paul O’Connell was remarking on the shudderingly physical nature of the exchanges in the first half of the Wales-Ireland Six Nations Test at the Millennium Stadium last Friday night.

O’Connell is only recently departed from the professional scene and lived through the increasing emphasis on power that has seen the size of players increase to such an extent that many consider rugby to be a collision sport ra...

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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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Renaissance Roger

Posted on 13 March, 2017 at 0:10 Comments comments (0)

“Do you think you’ll ever get outta here?”


Red sighs.

“Yeah. One day, when I’ve got a long, white beard and two or three marbles rolling around upstairs, they’ll let me out.”

“Tell you where I’d go. Zihuatanejo.”


“Zihuatanejo. It’s in Mexico. A little place on the Pacific Ocean. You know what the Mexic...

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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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"You never see your friends and maybe you've lost friends over it. But it's all worth it in the end"

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

SOME players have a knack for scoring goals and Mary Kelly fits into that category. It has ever been thus.

Mary Kelly wheels away after scoring Slaughtneil's 36th minute goal at the Hill 16 end of Croke Park (Photo: INPHO/Tommy Grealy)

Take, for example, the

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"He'd be a massively proud man. It's just unfortunate that he missed the biggest match of our lives"

Posted on 7 March, 2017 at 3:55 Comments comments (0)

“NÍ NEART go cur le chéile!”

Slaughtneil skipper Aoife Ní Chaiside lifts the Bill & Agnes Carroll Cup (Photos: INPHO/Tommy Grealy)

These were the last words spoken by victorious captain Aoife Ní Chaiside at the end of an a...

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