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# Closer Look

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# Closer Look
How has the club season gone for Vera Pauw's World Cup hopefuls?
13 Irish internationals featured in the 2022/23 WSL campaign, which wrapped up over the weekend.
Last month
May 2023
Bugler the best version of himself in Dublin's Leinster final landslide
The St Oliver Plunketts/Eoghan Ruadh man finished a huge shift with 1-3.
This year
# Analysis
Ireland's 'different style of play' will serve them well at World Cup
Two defeats, but a hugely encouraging double-header for Vera Pauw’s side away to USA.
# The Opposition
No Rapinoe but star-studded USA squad to host Ireland in World Cup warm-ups
The back-to-back world champions welcome Vera Pauw’s side to Austin and St Louis over the coming days.
# Permutations
Donegal-Mayo relegation shootout, mid-table Meath and league final dress rehearsal
Here’s a look at the permutations ahead of final round of the Lidl Ladies National Football Leagues.
# Closer Look
Close calls, old guard reliance - How are Dublin finding life in Division 2?
A string of unconvincing wins place Dessie Farrell’s side in the spotlight.
# opposition analysis
'Very technical' China first up for Ireland as World Cup year opens in Marbella
A closer look at what Vera Pauw’s side can expect in international friendly action on Wednesday.
# Closer Look
Who are the new Ireland squad faces as World Cup competition heats up?
Aoife Mannion and Marissa Sheva are the first-time call-ups.
Last year
# Closer Look
Star players, managers, experience - A guide to Ireland's World Cup opponents
Vera Pauw’s side will face Australia, Canada and Nigeria in Group B next summer.
# Closer Look
To the wire - The four-way title race in the Women's National League
The penultimate round of fixtures are down for decision today.
# Visitors
Opposition focus - Finland's turbulent build-up to this crunch World Cup qualifier
Ireland go in search of a play-off spot against the Finns at Tallaght Stadium.
# 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.
# Closer Look
What's at stake in the All-Ireland ladies senior championship this weekend?
The picture will become much clearer after the final round of group games on Saturday.
# Closer Look
What's next as Ireland chase World Cup dream?
Vera Pauw’s Girls In Green have three group games remaining, with a convoluted play-off route down the line should they progress.
# new and improved
'We felt this was the way to go eventually' - inside the LGFA's subscription streaming service
The comprehensive live-streaming platform will show over 100 games that are not available on TG4.
# Closer Look
Best in their leagues: the numbers behind Ireland's in-form goalkeepers
Nobody has kept more clean sheets in their respective leagues than Irish ‘stoppers Mark Travers and Gavin Bazunu.
All time
# Cloud 9
Goals, awards and much more - Irish star Kiernan's electric start to life at Liverpool
Kiernan missed the recent World Cup qualifiers through injury, but could play a big part for the Girls In Green going forward.
# Looking Back
Olympic hero Simone Biles says everything came to a head in Tokyo
‘If you look at everything I have gone through the past seven years… I should have never made another Olympic team. I should have quit way before Tokyo.’
# Closer Look
Cork's 'great chance,' Limerick's 'know-how' - Tony Kelly and Jamie Barron preview final
The Clare and Waterford stars are in agreement one one thing, anyway: Sunday’s showdown will be ‘interesting’.
# Semi-Final Showdowns
The four teams bidding for TG4 All-Ireland senior championship glory
Dublin, Mayo, Cork and Meath are still in the hunt for the Brendan Martin Cup.
# Closer Look
Shane Keegan's tactical preview: How the Euros will be won and lost
An in-depth look at the major tactical dilemmas teams will face at both ends of the field.
# Comment
Irish rugby's loss is Dublin football's gain as 'fine athlete' Tyrrell lights up the league
Hannah Tyrrell has made an outstanding return to inter-county football.
# Closer Look
Paul Pogba to star in Amazon documentary series
The Pogmentary will follow the life of the France international, giving a unique insight into his life on and off the pitch and will air in 2022.
# Closer Look
'A shining light' and 'a live wire' - the nine Irish stars that featured Down Under this weekend
Tipperary team-mates went head-to-head, while there was a different kind of Dublin-Mayo showdown. Here’s the view of an AFLW expert ahead of TG4′s highlights show.
# Ready to go
Profiles, fixtures, TV - Everything you need to know about the Irish stars lining out in the AFLW
14 players are involved, with seven counties represented across eight clubs.
# opening up
'It's scandalous that lads don't feel comfortable in those jerseys' - body image in GAA
Johnny McMahon – or Johnny Smacks of The 2 Johnnies – delves deeper into a brilliant podcast discussion with The42.
# Closer Look
'He was born to coach and manage' - Quiet man Crawford the perfect fit for Ireland U21s
Conan Byrne predicts a continued run of good form for the side under Jim Crawford’s stewardship
# Closer Look
'It is very alien' - Tipperary star McCarthy completes historic switch between Aussie Rules sides
Aisling McCarthy joins West Coast Eagles from Western Bulldogs. Here, she speaks to The42 about the move.
# Closer Look
Everything you need to know about the Irish stars lining out in the AFLW Finals Series
Mayo, Galway, Cavan, Louth, Tipperary and Fermanagh will be represented Down Under this weekend.
# Closer Look
'We have this intrinsic idea of masculinity. Talking about mental well-being or sexuality is stigmatised'
Dublin star Nicole Owens delves deeper into her story, and explores how and why the GAA is a heteronormative environment for men but being openly gay is accepted in the women’s game.
# Closer Look
Player Watch: Davy Fitz converts former Wexford forward into brilliantly effective sweeper
Kevin Foley has assumed the key position in defence this season.
# Closer Look
Player Watch: How Kerry made a reborn Tommy Walsh the focal point of their attack
The former AFL player scored four points against Monaghan to continue his strong start to the season.
# Closer Look
Tax authorities investigate payments from Barca to Messi's foundation
They’re suspicious that payments from the club may have been used to help the player evade taxes
# Closer Look
'I won't be watching the All-Ireland final, I'll be golfing or something' - Davy Fitzgerald
The Clare boss opened up in a season-long radio documentary by RTÉ.
# Closer Look
FAI orders review of Athlone Town after club's failure to fulfil fixture
Players refused to travel to Waterford on Friday night due to a dispute over expenses.
# Closer Look
Sport Ireland vows to work with Government to regulate MMA in Ireland
The governing body of Irish sport also added that it will not be conducting an investigation into the death of Joao Carvalho.
# Closer Look
'Top class', 'compelling', 'what a club' - praise pours in for Crossmaglen Rangers TV documentary
The documentary was broadcast last night on BBC Northern Ireland.
# the toughest
A closer look: Mayo pain and scaling the Irish music charts, life at Castlebar Mitchels is never dull
Publican and club stalwart Mick Byrne knows better than to get his hopes up too high ahead of an All-Ireland final.
# the toughest
A closer look: Ballyboden St Enda's has heart and soul to match 'superclub' status
The Dublin and Leinster champions will be hosting plenty of visitors from Mayo this week.
# Closer Look
Analysis: Can Galway's underage rise finally see them match up to Mayo at senior level?
Huge Connacht clash on Sunday, we take a closer look at the teams involved.