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# extract - Thursday 16 April, 2020

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great
# Decline
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# Decline

'He was an old man at 41' - Muhammad Ali and the cost of being a boxing great

Apr 16th 2020, 7:00 AM 14,740 Views 3 Comments

An extract from Jonathan Eig’s book reveals the extent of the legend’s suffering following his retirement.

# extract - Tuesday 14 April, 2020

'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'
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'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'

Apr 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,565 Views 1 Comment

A look back to when Ireland played hosts to the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2006.

# extract - Thursday 9 April, 2020

'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'
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'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'

Apr 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 12,366 Views 3 Comments

Read this extract from an acclaimed book on the US golf star by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

# extract - Tuesday 7 April, 2020

'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'
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'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'

Apr 7th 2020, 7:05 AM 21,418 Views 6 Comments

Members of the 1994 Irish team recall the the horrific trip to Mount Isa.

# extract - Thursday 2 April, 2020

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'
# Pain
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# Pain

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'

Apr 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 13,821 Views 15 Comments

In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.

# extract - Tuesday 31 March, 2020

A day in the life of Pep Guardiola
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A day in the life of Pep Guardiola

Mar 31st 2020, 7:15 AM 6,334 Views 0 Comments

Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam gives an inside account of the early part of manager’s reign with the Etihad outfit.

# extract - Sunday 5 January, 2020

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'
# Changes
# Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Jan 5th 2020, 4:00 PM 20,456 Views 3 Comments

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 4 January, 2020

'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin
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'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin

Jan 4th 2020, 6:30 PM 54,751 Views 33 Comments

Fr Bryan Shortall remembers his childhood in the 1970s – from what he ate to what was on the radio.

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper
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Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

Jan 4th 2020, 11:00 AM 23,202 Views 19 Comments

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 3 January, 2020

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football
# The Age Of Football
# The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

Jan 3rd 2020, 9:00 PM 11,562 Views 9 Comments

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'
# Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine
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# Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'

Updated Jan 3rd 2020, 3:00 PM 137,340 Views 75 Comments

Paulie Malignaggi discusses his relationship with Conor McGregor in this extract from Ewan MacKenna’s new book.

# extract - Tuesday 31 December, 2019

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'
# Changes
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# Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Dec 31st 2019, 10:00 PM 15,403 Views 8 Comments

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

# extract - Saturday 28 December, 2019

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper
# EXTRACT
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Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

Dec 28th 2019, 9:00 PM 19,913 Views 16 Comments

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

# extract - Friday 27 December, 2019

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football
# The Age Of Football
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# The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

Dec 27th 2019, 9:00 PM 11,315 Views 3 Comments

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

# extract - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'
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'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'

Dec 25th 2019, 9:30 PM 16,760 Views 9 Comments

Donald McRae looks at the early days of the acclaimed Irish boxer and the background from which he came.

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'

Dec 25th 2019, 8:00 PM 19,601 Views 24 Comments

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas
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Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

Dec 25th 2019, 3:00 PM 21,426 Views 6 Comments

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

# extract - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners
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# Rise Of The Ultra Runners

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'

Dec 24th 2019, 10:05 AM 5,416 Views 0 Comments

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

# extract - Monday 23 December, 2019

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’
# Anomaly
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# Anomaly

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’

Dec 23rd 2019, 5:00 PM 60,481 Views 26 Comments

The former England and Liverpool star reflects on his troubled spell at Stoke City.

# extract - Thursday 14 November, 2019

Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book
# The Big Yaroo
# The Big Yaroo

Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book

Nov 14th 2019, 5:00 PM 7,174 Views 1 Comment

The book sees Francie Brady return – this time as publisher of his own magazine, The Big Yaroo.

# extract - Wednesday 13 November, 2019

'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing
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'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing

Nov 13th 2019, 7:58 PM 14,283 Views 1 Comment

In this extract from his book, musician and Ballymaloe-trained chef Mike Hanrahan recalls what life was like on the road – and shows us how to feed a hungry band (or family) with a cassoulet recipe.

# extract - Tuesday 12 November, 2019

Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'...  A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words
# An Post Irish Book Awards
# An Post Irish Book Awards

Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'... A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words

Nov 12th 2019, 7:03 PM 16,256 Views 6 Comments

Ancient Irish texts teach us about how people saw the world back then, as the authors of a new book explain.

# extract - Saturday 9 November, 2019

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'
# An Post Book Awards
# An Post Book Awards

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'

Nov 9th 2019, 4:00 PM 13,241 Views 1 Comment

I’ve seen species from my bedroom window that I haven’t seen anywhere else, writes Conor W. O’Brien in an extract from his book.

# extract - Sunday 27 October, 2019

A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'
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A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'

Oct 27th 2019, 9:30 AM 10,940 Views 2 Comments

The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.

# extract - Sunday 20 October, 2019

'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin
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'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin

Oct 20th 2019, 10:00 PM 56,336 Views 10 Comments

Gillies Macbain writes about one New Year’s night in the 1960s in an extract from his new memoir.

# extract - Saturday 28 September, 2019

Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'
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Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'

Sep 28th 2019, 7:30 AM 80,333 Views 22 Comments

Michael Palin writes about what it’s like to journey to the tightly-controlled North Korea – and the mistakes he makes while filming two huge statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang.

# extract - Thursday 26 September, 2019

Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'
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Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'

Sep 26th 2019, 7:00 AM 11,514 Views 4 Comments

In this extract from Ubuntu, the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains how we can learn to live without bias.

# extract - Saturday 27 July, 2019

'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954'
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'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954'

Jul 27th 2019, 9:00 PM 29,631 Views 15 Comments

Ian Maleney writes about family, memory, and the stories we tell ourselves.

# extract - Sunday 6 January, 2019

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
# Dichotomy
# Dichotomy

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'

Jan 6th 2019, 8:45 AM 66,360 Views 13 Comments

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.

# extract - Saturday 29 December, 2018

'Paul Merson once rang in the middle of the night because, while asleep, he’d poked himself in the eye'
# Accident
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# Accident

'Paul Merson once rang in the middle of the night because, while asleep, he’d poked himself in the eye'

Dec 29th 2018, 9:00 AM 11,655 Views 3 Comments

Ex-Arsenal forward Alan Smith recalls memories of his time with the Gunners and the ultimately premature end to his career.

# extract - Thursday 27 December, 2018

'It must have been television gold for the watching millions. Was I ranting? Yes, I suppose I was'
# Looking Back
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# Looking Back

'It must have been television gold for the watching millions. Was I ranting? Yes, I suppose I was'

Dec 27th 2018, 8:00 PM 8,311 Views 13 Comments

In an extract from his autobiography, Kevin Keegan recalls the infamous interview he gave amid the dramatic end to the 1995-96 Premier League season.

# extract - Tuesday 25 December, 2018

'If I could do all that, I would hold a world record... I was 11 years and 333 days old'
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'If I could do all that, I would hold a world record... I was 11 years and 333 days old'

Dec 25th 2018, 8:00 PM 10,251 Views 0 Comments

Read our extract from William Hill Sports Book of the Year joint winner, ‘Boy in the Water’.

'Johnny – the biggest balls on the planet'
# Grace Under Pressure
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# Grace Under Pressure

'Johnny – the biggest balls on the planet'

Dec 25th 2018, 9:00 AM 17,083 Views 13 Comments

In this extract from ‘No Borders,’ various members of the Irish team recall the victory over France in the 2018 Six Nations opener.

# extract - Sunday 23 December, 2018

'He’s been shot, he’s been stabbed, he’s been crippled, and here he is defending a world championship after 15 months out'
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'He’s been shot, he’s been stabbed, he’s been crippled, and here he is defending a world championship after 15 months out'

Dec 23rd 2018, 9:00 AM 8,127 Views 1 Comment

This book extract takes a look at a remarkable moment in the life of Eamonn Magee.

# extract - Saturday 22 December, 2018

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
# Dichotomy
From The42
# Dichotomy

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'

Dec 22nd 2018, 9:00 AM 20,109 Views 8 Comments

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.

# extract - Friday 21 December, 2018

'He is sick with the fear... Waiting for them to get to the part where they discover that €294,000 is missing'
# TOny 10
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# TOny 10

'He is sick with the fear... Waiting for them to get to the part where they discover that €294,000 is missing'

Dec 21st 2018, 9:00 AM 8,300 Views 4 Comments

Check out this extract from Tony 10, one of the year’s most acclaimed Irish sports books.

# extract - Thursday 20 December, 2018

'I promised her it wasn’t the end for me. Even if the surgery didn’t work and my career was over'
# The Boy On The Shed
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# The Boy On The Shed

'I promised her it wasn’t the end for me. Even if the surgery didn’t work and my career was over'

Dec 20th 2018, 10:30 AM 20,971 Views 1 Comment

In this extract from his memoir, Lisburn native and former Newcastle footballer Paul Ferris recalls one of the darkest periods in his life.

# extract - Monday 17 December, 2018

The day child prodigy Tiger Woods appeared on national TV with legendary US actor Jimmy Stewart
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The day child prodigy Tiger Woods appeared on national TV with legendary US actor Jimmy Stewart

Dec 17th 2018, 7:15 AM 8,877 Views 0 Comments

An extract on the golf star’s early days explores his life as a sporting prodigy.

# extract - Sunday 25 November, 2018

An Irish science-fiction story predicted the plot of Back to the Future
# A Brilliant Void
# A Brilliant Void

An Irish science-fiction story predicted the plot of Back to the Future

Nov 25th 2018, 10:00 PM 15,899 Views 8 Comments

Read an extract from a book of science fiction short stories written by Irish writers.

# extract - Friday 23 November, 2018

Extract: Don't fear the reaper - an immunologist on why we shouldn't be so afraid of death
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# An Post Irish Book Awards

Extract: Don't fear the reaper - an immunologist on why we shouldn't be so afraid of death

Nov 23rd 2018, 7:30 PM 26,450 Views 31 Comments

Immunologist Luke O’Neill writes about how death fascinates us all, but once upon a time it was sometimes a tricky thing for a doctor to confirm.