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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C


Last year
# irish down under
Insulted, ignored, persevering: AFL is home to great Irish sporting stories
The 2022 AFL season kicks off on Wednesday with 11 Irish players involved.
Demons seal Giant victory as Cora Staunton held goalless for first time in season
Sinéad Goldrick was the happiest of the Irish contingent this morning.
# man on a mission
'Gaelic football can be the saviour of the AFL. Simply, we stop our tackle.'
Concussion campaigner and AFL player manager Peter Jess talks about his ongoing campaign in Australia.
# green and red
Huge boost for Mayo as Oisín Mullin turns down AFL move to stay in Ireland
‘After some careful thinking and a lot of support from family, I have decided to stay in Ireland.’
# rebel cause
Mark Keane: 'Although a tough call, I know remaining in Ireland is the right decision for me'
The Cork star has departed AFL club Collingwood.
# Irish Experiment
Former AFL player surprised at Keane's return and urges patience with Mullin decision
Ray Connellan give some insight into the dilemmas that faced Mark Keane and Oisin Mullin.
# Moving On
Cork star Mark Keane departs AFL club Collingwood
Keane scored the winning goal in the 2020 Munster semi-final against Kerry.
All time
# New Beginnings
'I think I could’ve made it. But Covid destroyed it' - Sligo youngster on end of AFL dream
Luke Towey has returned to Ireland following the end of his two-year stint with the Gold Coast Suns.
# man down under
Huge Mayo blow as Young Footballer of the Year Mullin poised for AFL switch
Oisín Mullin is set to join the Irish contingent at AFL side Geelong Cats.
# new chapter
Talented Westmeath teenager signs rookie deal with AFL side Hawthorn
Fionn O’Hara has also played rugby for the Ireland U18s and Leinster U20s.
# No compromise
A pub fight, that hearing, the perfect storm: Inside Australia's 2006 international rules tour
Maurice Brosnan speaks to some of the Aussies who made up one of the most controversial and eventful International Rules series ever.
# Move
Fremantle sign Fermanagh footballer while Leinster prospect closes in on AFL move
Ultan Kelm is set to make the move to Western Australia and Fionn O’Hara is in talks with Hawthorn.
# One More Year
Colin O'Riordan extends stay with Sydney Swans
‘O’Riordan is a valued presence both on and off the field at the club’, say the club.
# Aussie Rules
AFL recruitment in Ireland 'might take a lull for a year or two but it won't stop' — Tuohy
Zach Tuohy chats with Maurice Brosnan on the latest episode of The42 GAA Weekly.
# emphatic
Melbourne end Premiership drought with fairytale grand final win
Melbourne beat Western Bulldogs 21.14 (140) to 10.6 (66) in Saturday’s grand final.
# Letter From Melbourne
Pandemic, protests and earthquakes: a Grand Final week like never before in Australia
Melbourne Demons and Western Bulldogs play the final in Perth after a chaotic week in their home city.
# Cathal McShane
'Everybody asked me, why wouldn't you go to Australia? I think today answers that'
After turning down an AFL offer, Cathal McShane got to savour All-Ireland glory with Tyrone.
# Down Under
Man at work: Nicholas Walsh on making his mark in Australia
The former Cavan footballer was last week appointed St Kilda’s high-performance manager, the latest staging post on an impressive journey.
# half the world away
‘He followed his heart’ – McKenna’s dream on the verge of fruition
The Red Hands’ Conor McKenna made a name for himself and an impact in Aussie Rules, writes Maurice Brosnan.
# End of the road
Disappointment for Irish as Geelong fall to Melbourne in AFL preliminary final
Zach Tuohy, Mark O’Connor and Stefan Okunbar’s Cats were left licking their wounds after a heavy defeat.
# Ready to go
AFL and Mayo GAA star returns to Shelbourne
Sarah Rowe last played for the Women’s National League club in 2016.
# irish down under
Former Cavan footballer appointed high-performance manager of AFL outfit St Kilda
Nicholas Walsh will take up the position ahead of the 2022 season.
# On The Dotted Line
Meath footballer signs new rookie deal with AFL side Essendon
Cian McBride will remain with the club until at least the end of 2022.
Mark O'Connor a big concern for Geelong while Swans and Essendon eliminated
The first week of the AFL finals is at an end as six teams remain in the hunt for the 2021 Premiership.
# On the box
Here's your TV guide to a jam-packed weekend of sport
Here’s all the information you need to plan your weekend.
AFL finalists confirmed as regular season draws to a close
Several Irish players are in with a chance of claiming the 2021 Premiership.
# belfast boy
A bit of luck and lots of hard work: how to build a life on the other side of the world
Stuart Magee left Belfast as a boy with his family in the 1950s to start a journey that would see him amass over 200 AFL appearances.
# Oz
Mark Keane 'given approval to return to Ireland' before end of AFL season
Collingwood have allowed the 21-year-old to return home early.
# Off the Mark
Former Derry star Callum Brown marks AFL debut with two goals
Brown scored two goals against Geelong in a shock 19-point win for the GWS Giants.
# actual scenes
Watch: Magical moment as son-of-Derry-legend Tohill is awarded AFL debut for Collingwood
Anton Tohill fought tears as he was called up by Magpies coach Robert Harvey, who later recalled playing against Tohill’s legendary father in Croke Park.
# Men At Work
What the AFL's pursuit of Cathal McShane says about the Irish who'll make it Down Under
Cathal McShane’s Tyrone begin their championship today. In a different life, he was an Irish export prototype in Oz.
# barry o'connor
Wexford GAA roots, an All-Ireland winning father and Aussie Rules life in Sydney
Hailing from a strong Wexford GAA family, Barry O’Connor is pursuing a different sporting dream in Sydney.
# hof
Indigenous AFL great Goodes declines hall of fame invite
The Aussie Rules icon was booed by fans in the final years of his career.
# One to Watch
Former Dublin underage star scores brilliant first goal in AFL
James Madden’s goal arrived in the third quarter of the Brisbane Lions’ 102-74 win over Richmond.
Dublin's Madden makes winning debut for Brisbane while Tipp's O'Riordan triumphs with Sydney
It was a busy day for Irish players in the AFL.
# Melbourne
AFL match attracts 'world record' pandemic crowd of over 78,000
Australia and New Zealand have hosted some of the largest sporting attendances since Covid-19 hit.
# Leading The Way
Brilliant Zach Tuohy goal helps Geelong return to victory in AFL
The Laois man helped last year’s Grand Finalists win out 77-47.
# Men At Work
Keane facing one-match ban in AFL while O'Connor out injured and Nash set for start
Contrasting fortunes for the Irish players in the AFL this weekend.
# Return
Mark Keane set to make second Collingwood appearance after recovering from injury
The Cork native will start at half-back against West Coast tomorrow.
Tuohy and O'Connor star as Geelong enjoy late win over Brisbane in fiery clash
The Cats prevailed in round 2 AFL action from Melbourne.