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# column - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games'
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'Nefarious actors are at the root of Covid-19 fake news - and they are part of dangerous geo-political games'

Apr 7th 2020, 8:04 PM 42,157 Views 72 Comments

We have a habit of thinking in Ireland that the likes of Russia, China or the alt-right in the United States have no interest in our country. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, writes Ireland South MEP Billy Kelleher.

# column - Friday 3 April, 2020

'Time with mum and dad is time I never really would have got if something like this didn't happen'
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'Time with mum and dad is time I never really would have got if something like this didn't happen'

Apr 3rd 2020, 7:00 AM 4,471 Views 0 Comments

Mark Downey on the life of an athlete under lockdown, featuring Fortnite, scones and childhood memories.

# column - Friday 27 March, 2020

Johnny Ward: The Dundalk controversy that has Irish horse racing talking
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Johnny Ward: The Dundalk controversy that has Irish horse racing talking

Mar 27th 2020, 9:32 PM 59,874 Views 24 Comments

Events of last Friday, which involved a 1-2 for trainer Denis Hogan, have been referred to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board.

Why not prepping for the Olympics feels a bit like the days when I avoided homework in school
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Why not prepping for the Olympics feels a bit like the days when I avoided homework in school

Mar 27th 2020, 7:00 AM 2,190 Views 0 Comments

In the first of a series of columns, track cyclist Mark Downey gives his thoughts on Tokyo 2020′s postponement.

# column - Wednesday 25 March, 2020

'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back'
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'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back'

Mar 25th 2020, 1:11 PM 3,028 Views 1 Comment

John O’Sullivan looks at how this unprecedented period will affect Ireland’s top clubs and the people involved.

# column - Friday 13 March, 2020

Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high
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Whatever about the British government, Irish racing can hold its head high

Mar 13th 2020, 2:35 PM 9,188 Views 11 Comments

The decision to allow Cheltenham to continue today has been heavily criticised but the HRI has correctly opted to go behind closed doors, writes Johnny Ward.

# column - Wednesday 26 February, 2020

Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites
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Expert view: How you should view these 5 Cheltenham favourites

Feb 26th 2020, 5:34 PM 6,704 Views 1 Comment

Donn McClean runs the rule over Altior, Paisley Park, A Plus Tard, Champ and Envoi Allen as race week approaches.

# column - Wednesday 19 February, 2020

Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug
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Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug

Feb 19th 2020, 7:00 AM 28,939 Views 41 Comments

Dr Austin O’Carroll says decriminalisation would be a way of taking responsibility for the vicious effects of inequality.

# column - Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll
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Donn McClean: 2020 Grand National wouldn't be the same without Tiger Roll

Feb 12th 2020, 4:29 PM 2,243 Views 2 Comments

It would be like the 1978 Grand National without Red Rum, or Grandstand without Des Lynam.

# column - Tuesday 11 February, 2020

Lise Hand: We might get a female taoiseach but gender balance stays stubbornly skewed
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Lise Hand: We might get a female taoiseach but gender balance stays stubbornly skewed

Feb 11th 2020, 12:02 AM 27,894 Views 91 Comments

Ireland had six crucial decades when the nation was being shaped where women were absent from the top table of government. But what now?, asks Lise Hand.

# column - Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Lise Hand: 'Nobody wiped the floor with anyone else... except perhaps Miriam O'Callaghan'
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Lise Hand: 'Nobody wiped the floor with anyone else... except perhaps Miriam O'Callaghan'

Feb 5th 2020, 11:10 AM 55,172 Views 111 Comments

A behind-the-scenes look at last night’s RTÉ Leaders’ Debate.

# column - Sunday 2 February, 2020

The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely
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The Irish For: Was Dracula's name inspired by Gaeilge? Probably not, but coincidence can be lovely

Feb 2nd 2020, 8:30 AM 14,473 Views 6 Comments

There are plenty of linguistic similarities between Irish and other languages.

# column - Saturday 1 February, 2020

Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival
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Donn McClean: So many questions ahead of fascinating weekend at Dublin Racing Festival

Feb 1st 2020, 12:44 PM 2,501 Views 4 Comments

Will it be Chacun Pour Soi or A Plus Tard?

# column - Sunday 26 January, 2020

Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash
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Lise Hand: Most voters in the real world don’t give a monkey's if Leo Varadkar smoked hash

Jan 26th 2020, 7:00 AM 20,894 Views 68 Comments

The bleak first week of the election campaign meant any moment of lighter drama was welcomed by all, writes Lise Hand.

# column - Wednesday 22 January, 2020

Honeysuckle growing stronger with De Bromhead set to dominate Dublin festival
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Honeysuckle growing stronger with De Bromhead set to dominate Dublin festival

Jan 22nd 2020, 10:18 AM 2,779 Views 2 Comments

Donn McClean lamented the mare’s absence from Cheltenham, but expects to see it shine again next week.

# column - Thursday 16 January, 2020

Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak
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Young Limerick jockey McNamara enjoying hot streak

Jan 16th 2020, 11:21 AM 4,852 Views 2 Comments

Having claimed a first win for his father in 2018, Conor has had sustained success with Gavin Cromwell of late, writes Donn McClean.

# column - Sunday 12 January, 2020

The Irish For: Toss a Word to Your Witcher, O'Language of Plenty
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# The Witcher

The Irish For: Toss a Word to Your Witcher, O'Language of Plenty

Jan 12th 2020, 8:30 AM 30,130 Views 15 Comments

Viewers of Netflix’s ‘The Witcher’ will recognise some Gaeilge, writes Darach Ó Séaghdha.

# column - Saturday 11 January, 2020

Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?
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Anti-abortion protests at hospitals: How have other countries handled them and what's the way forward here?

Jan 11th 2020, 1:00 PM 27,470 Views 181 Comments

The problem with drawing up legislation on exclusion zones is that there are competing rights involved, writes lecturer in constitutional law Dr Laura Cahillane.

# column - Sunday 5 January, 2020

The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok
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The Irish For: The word 'dote' was used in Britain before it came to Ireland - and that's ok

Jan 5th 2020, 11:00 AM 27,159 Views 10 Comments

Word usage is like a conga line at a wedding – nobody thinks the person at the front is an artistic visionary, but the second and third people to join in create the legitimacy for others to attach themselves

# column - Saturday 4 January, 2020

From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch
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From the Garden: Looks aren't everything - consider growing celeriac in this year's veg patch

Jan 4th 2020, 1:00 PM 9,704 Views 6 Comments

It is a delicious vegetable included in mashed potato or even grated raw.

# column - Friday 3 January, 2020

Johnny Ward: Cheltenham should be careful what it wishes for with five-day debate
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Johnny Ward: Cheltenham should be careful what it wishes for with five-day debate

Jan 3rd 2020, 2:51 PM 4,868 Views 6 Comments

Our columnist on the prospect of change for the March racing showpiece.

# column - Saturday 28 December, 2019

From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie
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From the Garden: Growing tired of leftover turkey? Put it in a pie

Dec 28th 2019, 12:45 PM 13,561 Views 8 Comments

It’s time to start thinking about next year’s garden as 2020 creeps ever-closer.

# column - Friday 27 December, 2019

Johnny Ward: Bull roars to dramatic victory in festive Leopardstown test
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Johnny Ward: Bull roars to dramatic victory in festive Leopardstown test

Dec 27th 2019, 6:45 PM 4,263 Views 3 Comments

There was a memorable soundtrack as Jack Kennedy took the main prize on Day 2 of the Christmas Festival.

# column - Thursday 26 December, 2019

Johnny Ward: Racing in Limerick, Faugheen captures hearts at Leopardstown
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Johnny Ward: Racing in Limerick, Faugheen captures hearts at Leopardstown

Dec 26th 2019, 5:38 PM 4,120 Views 1 Comment

Our columnist reports from the first day of the Christmas Festival.

# column - Sunday 22 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around
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Saoirse McHugh: Planting trees is one area where we can't wait for the government to come around

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 PM 17,909 Views 40 Comments

Mayo seems to have had a particularly savage spate of tree felling recently, writes Saoirse McHugh.

The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives
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The Irish For: I'm getting tired of the same Christmas pop hits - here are some alternatives

Dec 22nd 2019, 8:30 AM 12,139 Views 10 Comments

What harm if we learn some words as Gaeilge along the way?

# column - Saturday 21 December, 2019

From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch
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From the Garden: Get over your squeamishness - manure is gold dust for your veg patch

Dec 21st 2019, 2:00 PM 10,687 Views 9 Comments

In other news, here’s a recipe for some creamy Brussels sprouts to posh up your Christmas dinner.

# column - Friday 20 December, 2019

Johnny Ward: All-weather track in Tipperary could see Dundalk suffer greatly
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Johnny Ward: All-weather track in Tipperary could see Dundalk suffer greatly

Dec 20th 2019, 2:09 PM 11,390 Views 5 Comments

There is clamour for a second all-weather track among trainers in Ireland, but Tipperary is not the answer.

# column - Sunday 15 December, 2019

The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor
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The Irish For: Cabbage in bed and fruit in a sock - a few lost rituals to help find a suitor

Dec 15th 2019, 8:30 AM 19,204 Views 1 Comment

Here are some traditions described in an Irish poem that claim to help find a suitor.

# column - Saturday 14 December, 2019

From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas
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From the Garden: Eat your (locally grown) vegetables this Christmas

Dec 14th 2019, 1:00 PM 10,643 Views 11 Comments

There is always a price to cheap food, writes Michael Kelly.

Katy Hayward: The very basis on which Northern Ireland was created has been ripped up by the election
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Katy Hayward: The very basis on which Northern Ireland was created has been ripped up by the election

Dec 14th 2019, 12:06 PM 39,631 Views 52 Comments

Northern Ireland has elected a group of MPs more moderate and more diverse than the parliament they are entering, writes Katy Hayward.

# column - Friday 13 December, 2019

What impact will Brexit have on horse racing?
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What impact will Brexit have on horse racing?

Dec 13th 2019, 3:00 PM 23,748 Views 20 Comments

These are interesting times.

# column - Tuesday 10 December, 2019

'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school
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'Feeder school' league tables: Here's why they give parents a distorted view of what constitutes a decent school

Dec 10th 2019, 7:00 AM 26,897 Views 24 Comments

‘Feeder Schools’ tables show that students who attended private fee-paying schools go on to attend third-level education at higher rates than others.

# column - Monday 9 December, 2019

Column: The results of the UK general election could hugely impact the Irish border - and not for the first time
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# Uk Election 19

Column: The results of the UK general election could hugely impact the Irish border - and not for the first time

Dec 9th 2019, 6:40 AM 12,087 Views 7 Comments

A December election does not come around often, writes Cormac Moore.

# column - Sunday 8 December, 2019

Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system
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Saoirse McHugh: Carbon tax is a red herring, the real climate culprit is the global tax system

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 PM 25,682 Views 64 Comments

It’s time for governments to fix the global tax system, for the sake of the planet.

The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on
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The Irish For: Don’t like Ulster Scots? Catch yourself on

Dec 8th 2019, 8:30 AM 52,444 Views 53 Comments

When seeing Ulster Scots writing, many people are surprised by how much of it appears readily intelligible to them.

# column - Saturday 7 December, 2019

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home
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# Sustainability

From the Garden: Buying a real Christmas tree supports local jobs and brings a certain magic to the home

Dec 7th 2019, 1:00 PM 15,519 Views 12 Comments

A real tree is a much greener option than one made from plastic, writes Michael Kelly.

# column - Thursday 5 December, 2019

The Champion Hurdle is a blurred picture for now, but it's an intriguing one
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The Champion Hurdle is a blurred picture for now, but it's an intriguing one

Dec 5th 2019, 11:23 AM 3,340 Views 2 Comments

It will gradually come into focus as the season rolls along, writes Donn McClean.

# column - Sunday 1 December, 2019

The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference
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The Irish For: How a fada can make all the difference

Dec 1st 2019, 8:30 AM 24,085 Views 12 Comments

The Royal Bank of Scotland did not mention the meaning as Gaeilge of their online banking app Bó.

# column - Saturday 30 November, 2019

From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop
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From the Garden: How to get the most out of your leek crop

Nov 30th 2019, 1:00 PM 8,903 Views 6 Comments

Some advice on growing leeks and a delicious recipe for a potato and bacon bake to include them in.