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# Analysis

Yesterday
2nd February 2023
Voices
Analysis: Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Economist Ciarán Casey says that Ireland’s GDP often generates news headlines which do nothing for his emotional stability.
Last week
22nd January 2023 - 28th January 2023
# Analysis
Kinsella on Rugby: Munster's wonder try against Toulouse points to good coaching
The offloading, passing and pace of the move shows the progress being made under attack coach Mike Prendergast.
Last month
January 2023
# Analysis
Kinsella on rugby: How Leinster's '11' and '21' plays got them out of trouble in Swansea
The lineout attack was the key weapon for the province against Ospreys.
Last year
2022
# Analysis
Donn McClean: Lessons learned from a Christmas of Willie Mullins dominance
Closutton trainer asserted his strength by winning 13 of the 28 races at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
# Analysis
5 key questions to consider as the Premier League restarts
After a World Cup-enforced break, the top tier of English football resumes on Monday.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Russia cannot ‘win’ this war on Ukraine - so what can we expect in 2023?
Escalation won’t alter the fact that a Russian victory is not possible, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
Thrilling World Cup highlights the biggest difference between club and international football
The many surprise results in Qatar 2022 are in stark contrast to the consistently predictable outcomes elsewhere.
# Analysis
Hurling styles contrast: The key areas for Ballygunner and Ballyhale's showdown
Hurling analyst Sean Flynn takes a closer look at tomorrow’s Croke Park showdown.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How Lionel Scaloni salvaged Messi's dream
Our latest members newsletter looks at how Argentina have turned their World Cup around.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How England stopped Mbappe but couldn't stop France
Why Olivier Giroud and Didier Deschamps are due a bit more respect.
# Analysis
Mr Reliable: Why Josh van der Flier won World Player of the Year
Ciarán Kennedy breaks down some of Van der Flier’s standout moments in green this year.
# Analysis
Donn McClean: State Man not quite at Hurricane Fly's level yet but has serious potential
Five-year-old won well at Punchestown yesterday.
Voices
Twitter's survival is about more than just Elon Musk getting his way - here's why
Twitter has been shaken to its core since Elon Musk acquired it – does it matter?
# talking point
Has Cristiano Ronaldo changed or is it football that has moved on?
The Portuguese star has come under fire recently after refusing to come on against Tottenham.
Voices
Chaos and fury in Westminster: The impact for Northern Ireland's voters
Originally from Derry, Christina McSorley is a journalist with the BBC based in Westminster and has had a ringside seat to the recent political drama.
# Analysis
'Agen represents the whole town. There's so much pain if the team lose'
Rugby analyst Brian Fitzpatrick is home running BF Sports Analysis after a season in the French Pro D2.
Voices
Brian Rowan: Can the parties of Northern Ireland truly make it work this time?
The former BBC correspondent says the signs of compromise are not good as another deadline looms for Stormont.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Putin's running out of conventional military solutions to impose his will on Ukraine
The security analyst writes that on the other hand, the Ukrainian motivation to fight is high.
# Prospect
19-year-old James Culhane impresses in Emerging Ireland back row
The Leinster academy man scored two tries in a narrow Irish victory over the Pumas.
# Looking Back
Top scorer? Most appearances? Analysing Ireland's last 8 games under Stephen Kenny
The Boys in Green have had some mixed results in recent times.
# Analysis
How 23 seconds of apathy was catalyst for a fragile Ireland meltdown
Examining the build-up to a reckless two-minute spell that has raised yet more questions about this side.
# Analysis
Analysis: How Jason Jenkins has made an immediate impact at Leinster
Much of the towering lock’s best rugby comes in the darker corners of games: mauls, scrums and rucks.
# Analysis
Ireland lose initiative with no room for error to avoid relegation
There is no time to sulk – Ireland need to deliver a performance and a win against Armenia.
# Analysis
'Historic' shift for Northern Ireland but what do the Census findings tell us about its future?
The concept of a Protestant State for a Protestant people has ‘evaporated’, one expert said.
# Analysis
Munster's biggest frustrations and what's their best centre pairing?
Eoin Toolan and Murray Kinsella did a deep dive on Munster’s defeat to Cardiff on The42 Rugby Weekly Extra.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Putin has made another strategic blunder but this is a dangerous moment
The security analyst looks at the Russian president’s latest move and the level of threat he now poses.
Voices
From the energy crisis to the never-ending Brexit saga - the challenges facing the new UK PM
Christina McSorley of the BBC’s politics Westminster team on what lies in store for the new occupant of Number 10 Downing Street.
# Analysis
Casey on Boxing: The duality of Anthony Joshua, and his exciting-looking third act
Gavan Casey explores what might be next for Joshua following back-to-back defeats to Usyk.
# Analysis
Analysis: Ireland's promising young guns show instinctive skills in Japan
Dannah O’Brien, Méabh Deely, Aoife Dalton, and Natasja Behan all started the big win over Japan.
# Royals Rule
Meath Magic, Kerry patches and what's next? - All-Ireland final talking points
Eamonn Murray’s side lifted the Brendan Martin Cup for the second year running yesterday.
# Analysis
Analysis: The endgame said it all for Ireland against the All Blacks
Murray Kinsella breaks down the final stages of Ireland’s third Test victory.
Analysis: POC's pack give perfect platform for Irish attack to shred the Kiwis
Josh van der Flier, Hugo Keenan, Robbie Henshaw, and Rob Herring all dotted down for Ireland.
# big game player
Tadhg Beirne went to a phenomenal place to help Ireland seal the series
The Munster man delivered some massive moments in the endgame.
# Analysis
Analysis: Peter O'Mahony's tour de force against the All Blacks
Murray Kinsella reviews every single involvement O’Mahony had in the second Test in Dunedin.
# Analysis
Beirne's break, Sexton's subtle touches, and Ireland's shape key to superb start
Ireland delivered 156 seconds of excellent rugby to send themselves on the way to making history.
Tomorrow is a huge day for Paul O'Connell and his Irish forwards
Scrum coach John Fogarty and his pack also need to show they have found solutions.
# Analysis
Analysis: What Ireland can learn from their near misses in the first Test
Ireland came up agonisingly short on more than one occasion in Auckland last Saturday.
# Analysis
Analysis: Aaron Smith's passing masterclass picks Ireland apart
Murray Kinsella breaks down Saturday’s performance by the best passer in world rugby.
# Game Over
Analysis: 15 minutes where everything fell apart for Ireland
The All Blacks scored three tries in a whirlwind passage of pain for Andy Farrell’s side.
# influencers
MEPs, assemble: Could Ireland's MEPs do more to influence Europe?
How do we punch above our weight on the European stage? Get into groupings, get specialised and stick around, writes CJ McKinney.