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Thursday 23 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Interview

Last year
# Key to the Kingdom
David Clifford on dealing with expectation, life away from Kerry and missing soccer
The Kerry superstar is happy with the path he is on, taking it all in his stride.
# highs and lows
A ruthless exit in Britain, rejuvenation at Sligo and Ireland ambitions
Aidan Keena on his encouraging start to life at the Showgrounds and his mixed fortunes across the water.
# trailblazer
How Ireland’s first-ever female manager thrived in spite of everything
Linda Gorman recalls a remarkable career in football.
# Stormont Election
Colum Eastwood: 'If you're frustrated and angry, come out and vote for something different'
“I think if people do that, we can see a real change at Stormont,” the SDLP leader said.
# Rejuvenated
Falling back in love with football in Ireland after 14 years at Man City
Derry City’s Will Patching finally feels at home again.
# Challenge
Vera Pauw's Ireland will use upcoming match with U15 boys team to 'try out a few things'
They face a crucial World Cup qualifier with Sweden later this month.
# On the rise
Ending 10 years at Arsenal a 'no-brainer' for promising Irish centre-back
Mark McGuinness on his new lease of life at Cardiff and facing Liverpool in a recent FA Cup tie.
# Interview
'It is disappointing that we're still not going semi-pro but we have made significant steps'
Republic of Ireland international and Peamount United star Áine O’Gorman assesses all things WNL, on and off the pitch.
# Keeping The Faith
Tyreik Wright: 'I haven't been home to Cork in 2 years'
Ireland U21 international Tyreik Wright on the challenges of being a professional footballer.
# United Ireland
Sinn Féin runs advert in The New York Times calling for 'Irish unity in our time'
Mary Lou McDonald sat down with The Journal in New York today where she said criticism of the ad was ‘nonsense’.
# Talent
Representing Ireland at the Olympics, featuring in Game of Thrones and 'the answer' to his problems
Daniel Wiffen reflects on becoming one of the stars of Irish swimming.
# Optimism
Ex-Celtic youngster says moving to Ireland 'one of the best decisions in my footballing career'
Joe Thomson is hoping to help propel Derry City to new heights this season.
# Interview
Ulster's O'Sullivan focusing on playing 'better rugby' rather than Ireland ambitions
Eric O’Sullivan won his first Ireland cap last Autumn, but since then things haven’t transpired quite how he would have expected.
# Compromise
'Fans need to understand that what we're trying to do is in the best interests of all concerned'
Pat Devlin discusses the Bray-Cabinteely merger and looks ahead to the new First Division season.
# late developer
'I just shot up in size. I think I've grown from 5'7 to about 6'2'
Bohemians youngster Promise Omochere on coping with injuries and adapting his game after a late growth spurt.
# Unexpected
How a call from Africa saved an Irish footballer's career
Former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers striker Eamon Zayed reflects on his time playing with Libya.
# issue
'I’ve gotten over it, but I used to have a really bad relationship with food'
Irish Olympian Jack Woolley on the challenge of making weight and how sport ultimately saved him.
# Interview
Leas Ceann Comhairle concerned about govt 'lack of accountability' on Covid heading into 2022
Connolly says she is concerned about democracy and the lack of oversight of ‘draconian’ laws being rolled over into next year.
# Risk
'I was getting less money to take over Cork City than I was in Diageo'
John Caulfield on a League of Ireland career in which he’s frequently had to defy limitations.
All time
# Interview
The former Ireland international who’s become a leading advocate in football’s me-too movement
Ciara McCormack on the NWSL abuse scandal and other similar controversies that have plagued sport.
# Trauma
‘I genuinely could have died… There was fluid in my lungs, fluid around my heart’
Wexford Youths player Vanessa Ogbonna reflects on a dramatic 12 months.
# the ice queen
Ice swimmer Nuala Moore: ‘When you've seen the belly of the beast you always try to stay safe’
Adventure swimmer Nuala Moore says ‘plan your swim and swim your plan’, whether it’s a Christmas dip or crossing Cape Horn.
# The Big Interview
Electorate should have a say before Taoiseach role rotates back to Varadkar, McDonald insists
The Sinn Féin leader says she’s preparing her party for government and says she believes utterances like Tiocfaidh ár lá will not put people off voting for change.
The Sinn Féin leader has said her party is actively preparing for another general election.
McDonald says she doesn't think the use of statements like 'Tiocfaidh ár lá' puts people off voting for her party.
The government's handling of the pandemic has been "a mess" of late, she says.
Mary Lou McDonald: 'I want to lead as Taoiseach if you give us that chance'
# Advantage
Stephen Kenny suggests fixture schedule favours Ireland's rivals
The Boys in Green have been paired with Ukraine, Scotland and Armenia in their Nations League group.
# Social Contacts
'Drastic' NPHET recommendations not expected after today's meeting, says Minister
NPHET is meeting today to discuss the roll out of more restrictions before Christmas.
# Wave Goodbye
After 66 appearances and a World Cup runners-up medal, France fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc to retire
The Bordeaux-Begles player confirmed the news in an interview published on Wednesday.
# Interview
'We lost mam to suicide. It was the hardest thing I have ever been through in my entire life'
Fermanagh footballer Brenda Bannon speaks about the loss of her mother and how counselling helped her with bereavement.
# growing force
'To be fair, when he's in that position it's 90% him and 10% the lifter'
Rónan Kelleher was impressive at hooker during Ireland’s superb November Test series.
# Mind Games
‘One of my good mates is a massive Bohs fan and he's trying to get in my head’
Chris Forrester gives his pre-cup final thoughts on the back of an impressive season with St Pat’s.
# Going Away to College
'It was a step I had to make - living in Donegal, I didn’t have the opportunities that you do around Dublin'
Roma McLaughlin on how four years in the US have enhanced her Ireland prospects.
# Energia AIL
'Innocent days and the craic was mighty': Celebrating 30 years of the All-Ireland League
Cork Constitution’s John O’Mahony, father of Munster captain Peter, features in a new documentary produced by the AIL’s title sponsors, Energia.
# Rising Star
'Rugby was a fairytale but not a reality... I was blessed to break that barrier'
23-year-old Vincent Tshituka of the Lions is seen as a possible Springbok back row.
# Interview
Davy Fitz: On the Galway job, punditry plans, Galvin feud and what comes next?
‘This is very unusual for me to have zero teams to think about. I’d never normally stop.’
# Positivity
'I'm just enjoying it. Life's great' - Ireland's Liverpool star back on top after tough times
Leanne Kiernan: ‘If I didn’t enjoy the game, I wouldn’t be playing. I’d be back at home on the farm in Cavan.’
# Challenge
Ireland hoping to make history ahead of Tallaght clash with 'one of the best teams in the world'
Megan Connolly and co open their World Cup qualifying campaign against Sweden on Thursday.
# road less travelled
'It was basically a Sunday league team' - The Irishman helping to lead a Qatari footballing revolution
Former Sligo Rovers player Ciaran Kelly now works as a technical director for Lusail Sports Club.
# Future Focused
Coscoran targeting 'next level' for both himself and Irish athletics after Tokyo breakthrough
‘I’ll be pushing on, trying to get better and we’ll see how good I can get.’
# Interview
'In any other walk of life, 30-35 is seen as a young man. In football terms you’re a pensioner'
Ten years on from his move across the water, Ireland winger James McClean speaks to David Sneyd about life and what he has learned from Shane Duffy.
# In gear
Cycling 6,000km to Athens after conquering a heart condition, depression and an eating disorder
Former Dublin minor hurler Cormac Ryan is raising money for Pieta House and Bodywhys.
# rose plays julie
MeToo and the big screen: 'People aren't saying to me anymore - oh, that's just what he's like'
We talk to the two stars of new Irish film Rose Plays Julie about how the film explores the theme of sexual violence.