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Analysis: Brothers Jordie and Beauden Barrett creating magic for the Canes
The brothers have been in superb form in Super Rugby and look certain to play together for the All Blacks.
An award-winning story before bedtime: I Could Have Been a Dancer
Read a story which won the First Fiction award at this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards.
An award-winning short story before bedtime: The Taking of Mrs Kennedy
Read the winner of the Emerging Fiction category in this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards.
'When I saw the tears in Busby's eyes, I realised the depth of their relationship and what George turned away'
Inside ‘George Best: All By Himself,’ an extraordinary, sobering look at the life and times of George Best.
'I didn’t have an Irish accent or the heritage the boys had, but I’ve got to say they were very welcoming'
Although he was forced to retire at an early age, former Ireland striker Jon Goodman has had a fascinating career in the game.
Meet the team taking chronic rough sleepers off the streets of Dublin and giving them their own home
The Housing First team in Dublin are at the forefront of the battle to end homelessness in Ireland.
"I said: 'If I judged you by social media, Joe, I'd think you're a bit of a t**t'''
Michael Calvin chats to The42 about ghostwriting football star Joey Barton’s acclaimed autobiography.
Finding Ali Dia, Ireland's new hero Conor McGregor and all the week's best sportswriting
Plus, Sports Illustrated’s True Crime series investigates Randall Woodfield, the I-5 Killer.
Ron Atkinson on the Desailly controversy, Paul McGrath and his best-ever signings
The former Manchester United manager chats to The42 about an eventful career in football.
Pele's bodyguard in the 70s, the Baby Mourinho and all the week's best sportswriting
Plus, Dejan Lovren talks about how he became a refugee at just three years old.
Ciaran Clark the unsung hero of Ireland’s famous win in Austria
The Newcastle defender showed why Martin O’Neill has placed faith in him.
'Heat blankets, survival kits, hot-water bottles and layers upon layers of clothes'
Take a trip back to Siberia with Connacht in this excerpt of John Fallon’s new book ‘Connacht – The Team That Refused To Die’.
Easing football addiction with marijuana, profound effects of glory and the week's best sportswriting
The Chicago Cubs, homophobia in soccer and an interesting Ray Allen letter also feature this week.
'It was proper turmoil. Every day you'd walk in and think, 'What's next?''
It’s a little over 15 years since a glorious homegrown Leeds United reached the Champions League semi-finals and Stephen McPhail, who retired today, was a part of it.
'How running saved me from addiction'
One of the world’s most renowned adventurers, Charlie Engle, on addiction, prison, Running the Sahara and meeting Matt Damon.
‘About 20% of all medals should have been stripped’ - The dark history of the Olympic Games
Author and journalist David Goldlatt chats to The42 about the troubled past of sport’s biggest event.
‘It’s the greatest athlete the world has ever seen and he’s refusing to go to the Olympics’
Journalist Richard Askwith chats to The42 about his new book on the legendary Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zatopek.
'Not much of a f***ing ambush': An oral history of the 2010 heave against Enda Kenny
As the Taoiseach comes under fire again, this is the inside story of that coup six years ago.
Analysis: Paddy Jackson's performance the epitome of Ireland's defensive grit
Ireland’s first-ever win against the Boks on South African soil was built on their 14-man defence.
How are football and mathematics linked?
David Sumpter chats to The 42 about misguided football pundits, Leicester’s improbable success and Barcelona’s symmetrical beauty.
Amazon's newest Kindle is promising a battery that will last for months
Although it’s likely the price will put many people off.
When fear and hatred of Irish Catholics set fire to an American city
What an explosive, forgotten 172-year-old chapter in Irish-American history can teach us about the world today.
'I set out to be a journeyman pro on tour so I've overachieved by winning three Majors'
He may be entering his 20th season on Tour but Pádraig Harrington has found a different motivation to keep him competitive in the game he loves.
From a South African farm to captaining Munster: The rise of CJ Stander
The 25-year-old was always a leader during his youth and his departure was a blow to South African rugby.
'I'll always be proud of winning the Uefa Cup with Southend'
Iain Macintosh speaks to The42 about Football Manager, British vs foreign coaches and whether pre-Premier League football was unsophisticated.
An audience with the Sultan to Olympic hell: Rolling back the years with Adrian O'Dwyer
Adrian O’Dwyer was the rising star of Ireland’s 2004 Olympic squad. Then it all went wrong.
'I needed a psychologist' - Packie Bonner on coping with anxiety ahead of the 94 World Cup
The legendary goalkeeper also chats to The42 about his distinguished career and his troubled relationship with Roy Keane.
‘In football, the judgements are immediate and abusive, but they don’t know us’
Award-winning journalist and author Michael Calvin chats to us about his acclaimed new book on football management.
Mike Tyson wanted to know what this ‘white mother**ker’ was doing in his house
Brin-Jonathan Butler chats to The42 about his new book, meeting ‘Iron Mike’ and hooking up with Fidel Castro’s granddaughter.
Jim Crace interview: "I'm an un-tortured writer and that isn’t very sexy"
That hasn’t stopped the British writer from scooping one of the world’s top literary prizes.
'It's the first time in professional rugby I found it and I found it in Munster'
Munster hooker Eusebio Guiñazú tells The42 about feeling at home 11,000km from his native Mendoza.
Over 30 years ago, John Hinckley shot President Reagan. Now, he's almost a free man.
This is how Hinckley spends his free days.
Analysis: Did Poland play a significant part in Ireland’s 2nd half improvement?
Martin O’Neill’s men dominated the second half and ultimately scored a deserved equaliser.
3 Must-Read Longreads: "Be there one day and the next, disappear"
Bookmark or get stuck in.
Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads
The very best of the year’s writing from around the web.
30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee
What happened in the days and weeks leading up to the bank guarantee of 30 September 2008? presents an in-depth account from the people who were in the thick of it.
Blind footballers, Montreal Screwjobs and the rest of the week's best sportswriting
There are also pieces on England’s most-capped player and a footballer turned teacher.
Why 2014 is the best year ever to be a teenage girl
Social media has put 13-year-old girls in a rare position of power, and they’re not afraid to use it.
'I saw fear in TDs’ eyes': An oral history of how Ireland legislated for X
One year on, TDs and Senators reflect on what it was like to be part of one of the most contentious political debates in decades.
Emma O'Reilly: 'Why I've forgiven Lance for calling me a prostitute and an alcoholic'
The Irish whistleblower speaks out on her turbulent relationship with the disgraced American cyclist.