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# Looking Back

Last month
September 2023
Ronaldo's Man United return 'turned out wrong' - Solskjaer
The Norwegian was in charge when the club brought the five-time Ballon d’Or winner back to Old Trafford.
How Ireland-France changed one player's life irrevocably
Ex-international Dave Langan reflects on the bittersweet day when Michel Platini and co came to Dublin.
This year
End of the Vera Era: The highs and lows of Pauw's Ireland tenure
The history-making Dutchwoman had been in charge since September 2019.
'She's always been that energetic bunny' - The rugby and soccer star who won an All-Ireland
The 42 takes a look at the sporting career of Hannah Tyrrell across different codes.
'I don’t think I had the fire anymore' - Connolly content with life after Dublin
The six-time All-Ireland winner previews the latest installment of the Dublin-Mayo rivalry and remembers his great battles with Lee Keegan.
Liz Truss reflects on her time as PM (and the infamous lettuce) during testy Dublin interview
Truss said livestream of a lettuce with a wig used to represent her was “puerile”.
'Galway came to win, Kilkenny came to play' - The start of a thrilling three-game saga in 2012
Four-time All-Ireland winner Paul Murphy recalls the Leinster final, drawn All-Ireland final and replay between the two sides.
Best moment? Worst signing? Our writers review the Premier League season
David Sneyd, Gavin Cooney and Paul Fennessy reflect on the latest campaign.
'I hope people who are struggling with alcohol can learn from my experiences' - Murphy
The 27-year-old returned in February after serving a 14-month ban for breaches of Covid regulations and for being over the alcohol limit on two occasions when he turned up to ride.
Mack Hansen at odds with Connacht's greatest day
The Irish winger’s memory of the historic Pro12 success in 2016 was limited.
'A certain goalkeeper should have been sent off. We just did not get the breaks'
Former Offaly footballer Ciarán McManus recalls the 2006 and 2007 seasons when Offaly were Leinster contenders.
'Embarrassing and degrading' - Shane Long reveals hurt at losing Ireland number 9 jersey
The striker was not happy with Stephen Kenny’s decision.
'You're thinking, 'This is where Michael Collins was interned. I felt I could hear the echoes'
A new sports documentary on TG4 will take a look at different sports stadiums around the world.
Donn McClean: Reflections from an extraordinary week at Cheltenham
Emotion, firsts, lasts – looking back on the 2023 Cheltenham Festival.
The life and death of an extraordinary Irish football man
Remembering Shelbourne legend Ollie Byrne, a true maverick.
Patrick Horgan says he was 'treated unfairly' by former Cork management
Horgan has also described Cork’s 2022 season as a ‘a failure before it even happened.’
'Everybody wished me well' - A transfer to Kilmacud Crokes that ended in All-Ireland glory
Former Longford footballer Brian Kavanagh played in the 2009 final against Crossmaglen.
Last year
Biggest disappointment? Standout Irish athlete? We review 2022
The42′s writers reflect on a memorable 12 months.
'March 2nd, 2014 was one of the most important days of my life'
Read an extract from ‘Ian McKinley: Second Sight: Rugby and Redemption.’
Emotional Boris Becker relied on 'blood brothers' to protect him in prison
The 55-year-old was deported to Germany after being released last week.
Biggest disappointment? Best goal? Our writers review the 2022 World Cup
We also consider the highlight and lowlight of the tournament after an eventful few weeks.
Larry Donnelly: Mary Lou, Trump and Dublin's lord mayor - my 2022 political awards
Our columnist looks at the highs and lows of political life in Ireland and the US this year.
‘Pregnant women were abducted, babies taken away’ - The dirtiest World Cup ever
A look at why Argentina in 1978 is perhaps the most notorious tournament since the competition’s inception.
Top scorer? Most appearances? Analysing Ireland's last 8 games under Stephen Kenny
The Boys in Green have had some mixed results in recent times.
'Easy to do that when you're 2-0 down' - Gaffney laments Hoops' poor start
The striker suggested Rovers’ improved second-half display was partially a result of their opponents taking their foot off the pedal.
Here's every Irish player that moved abroad during the summer transfer window
It’s been a busy few months of comings and goings.
Alex Ferguson was ‘very close’ to managing Team GB
Lord Coe has lifted the lid on his attempt to lure the then-Manchester United boss in 2012.
St Andrews will feel like the Open title defence I never had – Rory McIlroy
The Northern Irish star led from start to finish to win the 2014 competition at Royal Liverpool.
'I had a lot of thoughts on my mind I should get my revenge one day' - Son
The Tottenham star on the racism he was subjected to as a teen in Germany.
Film highlights former Inter Milan footballer's struggles with depression
Martin Bengtsson hopes ‘TIGERS’ can help others going through similar problems.
How the history of football reveals a deep-seated antipathy towards women
Suzanne Wrack discusses her new book: ‘A Woman’s Game’.
Analysis: Further evolution is needed if Ireland are to solve problems against weakest opponents
Ireland repeated a patter of struggling against defensive sides in a wretched 1-0 loss in Yerevan.
'I heard 5 explosions' - When an English footballing legend came to Sligo
Remembering Dixie Dean’s stint at the Showgrounds.
Worst signing? Best player? Our writers review the 2021-22 Premier League season
Reflecting on a memorable campaign.
'We do miss Ireland a lot' - CJ Stander well settled into life after rugby
Having made a shock decision to retire last year, Stander has no regrets.
‘I’ve had some hammer!’ Ex-Ireland international never able to forget Sergio Aguero heroics
Paddy Kenny was in goal against Manchester City on a famous day 10 years ago.
Jurgen Klopp feared Liverpool would end up in the Europa Conference League
The Reds won their final five matches last season to make the Champions League.
How the last Busby Babe escaped Troubles-era Belfast
Former Manchester United player Sammy McIlroy looks back on his career in football.
Denise O'Sullivan and Courage ready to move on after coach's sex abuse allegations
The National Women’s Soccer League was rocked by an alleged coaching sex-abuse scandal.
I did not expect an apology over Abu Dhabi – Lewis Hamilton
Formula One’s governing body published its report into last season’s finale which saw Max Verstappen crowned world champion.