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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# Abu Dhabi

This year
2023
# DP World Tour
Lowry three off the lead in Abu Dhabi with rest of Irish set to make the cut
Italians Francesco Molinari and Guido Migliozzi lead the way on ten-under for the tournament.
# Off the Mark
Seamus Power and Shane Lowry both in top five in Abu Dhabi
The Irish duo have made a bright start at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Last year
2022
# Looking Back
I did not expect an apology over Abu Dhabi – Lewis Hamilton
Formula One’s governing body published its report into last season’s finale which saw Max Verstappen crowned world champion.
# Golf
Disappointing finish in Abu Dhabi for Shane Lowry as title charges fades in final round
Belgium’s Thomas Pieters was the winner on 10-under.
All time
# Afghanistan
Taliban government resumes issuing Afghan passports in Kabul
The international community has so far not recognised the present Taliban government that was formed soon after the chaotic withdrawal of US-led foreign troops.
# Unhappy
Mercedes chief Wolff says Hamilton 'robbed' of title
He suggested the deposed champion would ‘never get over’ the end-of-race decision.
# Formula 1
Champion Verstappen insists party not spoiled by controversy
The Dutch driver is celebrating his first world title.
# Boost
Max Verstappen on pole for title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton took second in qualifying to join the Red Bull driver on the front row.
# opener
Campher takes four wickets in four balls as Ireland thrash Netherlands in T20 World Cup
The seamer became only the third bowler to achieve the feat in T20 internationals.
# clean sweep
Sublime Rashid helps Afghanistan secure 3-0 whitewash over Ireland
Ireland suffered a 36-run loss in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi today.
# Cricket
Stirling stars with unbeaten century but Ireland suffer first-ever ODI defeat to UAE
Ireland lost out by six wickets in Abu Dhabi today.
# Glad Max
Max Verstappen rips up the form guide to put Red Bull on pole in Abu Dhabi
Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton will start in third, with his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas qualifying second.
# Rams
Abu Dhabi royal agrees €66m Derby County takeover after failed Newcastle bid
Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan, a cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, has passed the EFL’s owners’ and directors’ test.
# uae ufc
Aldo suffers at the hands of Yan, Usman grinds win over Masvidal at UFC 'fight island'
Usman’s professional display brings his record to 12-0.
# Fight Island
Donegal fighter Joseph Duffy booked for first UFC bout in 16 months
The 32-year-old lightweight is set to take on Spain’s Joel Alvarez in Abu Dhabi.
# essential reading
Manchester City 'a sportswashing instrument,' and more of the week's best sportswriting
Also featuring a fascinating piece on the unique craft of the hurley maker.
# The maroons
Record-breaking bicycle kick helps Qatar claim a first-ever Asian Cup
The 2022 World Cup hosts handed Japan a 3-1 defeat in Abu Dhabi, with Almoez Ali scoring nine goals at the tournament.
# Exit
Italian World Cup winner out of a job after Asian Cup 'fiasco'
Marcello Lippi ended his reign after China’s humiliating exit from the competition.
# carlow rising
'I was working at a chocolate factory in Carlow. Two years later I’m at the Fifa Club World Cup alongside Real Madrid'
Former Wexford Youths winger Eric Molloy discusses moving to New Zealand and playing at last month’s Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.
# proud day
Shane Lowry completes dream start to 2019 and wins big in Abu Dhabi
The Offaly man produced a brilliant comeback to seal a first tournament win since 2015.
# On the brink
'I just started laughing when I birdied 15': Relaxed Shane Lowry ready for final stretch in Abu Dhabi
The Offaly man leads the way heading into the final round of the HSBC Championship in Abu Dhabi.
# Going Well
Shane Lowry equals course record to secure early lead at Abu Dhabi
The Offaly native produced an impressive opening round 62, which included 10 birdies and eight pars, and left him on -10.
# Irish Abroad
Carlow's Eric Molloy set to become first Irish player since 2008 to play in Fifa Club World Cup
Molloy moved to New Zealand in 2016 from Wexford Youths and currently plays for Team Wellington.
# tourism and transport
Etihad Airways will reduce its Dublin-Abu Dhabi flights from next year
The route will go from 14 to 11 weekly flights, using larger aircraft on some services.
# Update
Super Saturday puts McIlroy and Dunne in the hunt for Abu Dhabi final round
The Irish duo both carded seven-under-par rounds today at the HSBC Championship.
# Abu Dhabi
McIlroy in the hunt in Abu Dhabi as defending champion Fleetwood makes flying start
The former world number one is three shots off the Englishman’s lead.
# Comeback
Serena Williams suffers defeat in first match since birth of baby girl
The American competed in her first tennis game since giving birth four months ago.
# Salvator Mundi
Leonardo Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi heading to Abu Dhabi after selling for €380 million
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France.
# Louvre
Photos: The Louvre is opening a Middle East outpost in Abu Dhabi
The museum opening was delayed by economic turmoil in the UAE due to falling oil prices.
# Diversion
Flight from Dublin diverted to military base over 'security threat onboard'
The flight, bound for Abu Dhabi, departed Dublin yesterday morning.
# In The Mix
Dunne continues impressive form in Abu Dhabi as he sits two shots off the lead
The Wicklow man hit a round of 66.
# Christmas Abroad
Here's what it's like being Irish and in Abu Dhabi for Christmas
Here’s what it’s like to be Irish and abroad for Christmas.
# Who's In Nets?
Take your points! Just the 24 goals in today's All-Star match in Abu Dhabi
The lads with the green flags had a busy afternoon.
# Take a Bow
This superb putt secured third place for Rory McIlroy in Abu Dhabi
Rickie Fowler prevailed at the HSBC Championship to go fourth in the world rankings.
# Abu Dhabi
Man who shouted 'bomb' on flight arrested at Dublin Airport
The incident happened on board a flight that was due to land shortly before 2pm this afternoon.
# life is a rollercoaster
'I had 3 marriage proposals': The inside story of the Cork man who went super viral
Liam Murphy’s generosity led to The Ellen Show getting in touch, and so much more.
# UAE
Irishman and father of 8 held in one of Abu Dhabi's most notorious prisons
John White, a property developer from Clonmel in Country Tipperary is in prison over a €500,000 debt he could not pay.
# say it ain't so
Is Real Madrid's iconic stadium about to be renamed the Abu Dhabi Bernabéu?
An agreement with a company in the UAE will lead to the change.
# unique
Rory McIlroy plans his year on the back of a boarding pass (seriously)
Looking ahead to an important 12 months, the Northern Irish golfer revealed his unique approach to self-motivation.