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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Off The Ball

All time
# MONKeano
'I hope Roy and Martin O'Neill can turn it around for Ireland' - Paul Scholes
The former Manchester United midfielder told Off the Ball he was privileged to play alongside Keane.
# inside sky
David Walsh's Seven Deadly Sins wins Irish Sport Book of the Year
The Irish journalist and author has a new book out that follows Team Sky and Tour de France winner Chris Froome.
# Radio
Off The Ball to go to seven-day-a-week schedule
The weekend sports shows are to be ditched, the station has confirmed.
# Green Light
New 'Second Captains' TV show to debut next month
“Think Gamesmaster meets Crystal Maze meets Live at 3 meets Golden Girls with the set being a tasteful recreation of the Aztec zone.”
# Development
Swiss federation withdraws nomination for McQuaid
Jamie Fuller told Newstalk’s Off the Ball that the organisation had “seen the light”.
# Interview
Off The Ball's Joe Molloy: from 1 online listener to preaching to the sporting masses
The Newstalk presenter gave up the idea of teaching history to pursue his broadcasting ambitions.
# straight talking
Interview: Bland GAA interviews could be here to stay laments Off The Ball’s Joe Molloy
The Newstalk presenter feels many counties took note of Joe Canning/Henry Shefflin media sensation last year.
# never go home
Second Captains to film pilot TV show for RTÉ... and you can go watch
The proposed TV episode will be filmed next Thursday, August 8.
# Radio
'New' Off the Ball dips slightly in JNLR figures
The popular sports show has 41,000 listeners, according to the figures released this evening.
# OTB5
Second Captains to broadcast 4 podcasts per week
They never go home those boys.
# Cúl
Did you miss Ciarán Lyng's cracking goal for Wexford last weekend? Check it out...
An early shout for goal of the year against Louth.
# OTB5
What do you think of the new Second Captains podcast then?
They never go home those lads.
# Off The Ball
'Off the Ball 5' announce new partnership with the Irish Times
The new “Second Captains” show will be podcast weekly on
# OTB5
11 ways the world has changed since the Off The Ball 5 were last on the air
It’s two months since the last Challenge Murph, you guys.
# OTB5
Off The Ball 5 to make an announcement about new programme on Tuesday
Where will Ken Early, Simon Hick, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt and Ciaran Murphy turn up next?
# revelation
Betsy Andreu email inspires Cycling Ireland official to quit
Former board member Anthony Moran denies that he is “anti-Pat McQuaid” in the wake of his resignation.
# Off The Ball
1 month on, patience a virtue for much-missed Off The Ball 5
Four weeks ago today, Newstalk confirmed the stunning news. What happens next?
# otb
Off The Ball cult hero, Richie Sadlier's dog Frankie, died last night
The RTÉ soccer pundit spoke about his beloved Victorian bulldog on Newstalk in recent months.
# Game on
Game on, Ger: Damien O’Meara on his new show, playing extra-time and Off The Ball drama
The presenter of 2FM’s new nightly sports show is enjoying his new gig.
# Interview
I don't feel under pressure to make retirement decision - O'Driscoll
The Ireland centre also spoke about the impact of his new role as a father.
# second captains
Great news! The OTB lads confirm they'll be back on air soon
Their ‘garden leave’ is set to come to an end in the near future.
# In hot water
Ferdinand may face charges over off-the-ball clash with Torres
The Manchester United defender appeared to push Fernando Torres over during yesterday’s FA Cup quarter-final.
# 6 Nations
France fightback ends promising night on a dampener for Jamie Heaslip
Ireland lock Donnacha Ryan admitted he was ‘bemused’ by a late decision to penalise the Irish scrum.
# Opinion
Opinion: A lack of pretence made Off the Ball stand out from the crowd
While the show still remains on Newstalk’s schedule, its essence has been cruelly removed.
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented-on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# second captains
'Father Damo' missing the OTB lads already, releases heartfelt statement
Comedian Joe Rooney is coming to terms with the fact that he’ll have to listen something other than Ken Early’s Football Show before he goes to sleep at night.
# Off The Ball
Off the Ball team release statement following Newstalk resignations
“The five of us are determined to be back on air together as soon as possible.”
# Off The Ball
There's even a 'Free The OTB 5' Facebook page now
The people are not going to let this go without a fight.
# Off The Ball
Oh captains, our captains: 22 reasons why we’ll miss the Off the Ball team
The five men who made Off The Ball famous resigned yesterday. Here are some of our favourite moments from the show.
# Off The Ball
LISTEN: Ger Gilroy opens Newstalk's Off The Ball following sports staff resignations
“They made great radio and they helped make radio great.”
# Off The Ball
The next episode: Paddy Power open market on Team Off the Ball's next move
Are they off to RTÉ? Or is a TV gig coming down the line for the famous five of Irish sports radio?
# second captains
'They never go home, those boys': McDevitt and co already erased from Newstalk site
Gone, but not forgotten.
# Off The Ball
Off The Ball team leaves Newstalk
Sports editor Ger Gilroy will anchor the programme from now on.
# wooly
Colm Parkinson on Jerry Kiernan: 'He's an angry man... anyone from Kerry that hates football you have to wonder'
‘He’s a know-all. He doesn’t come across as a pundit.’
# Grants Debate
Here's how Twitter reacted to Jerry Kiernan's interview last night
The former Irish athlete has provoked a strong reaction from his views on the payment of grants to inter-county players.
# opposed
'They tell themselves they're training hard' - Kiernan critical of GAA Players Scheme
The former Irish athlete had some strong words about payment to inter-county players in an interview last night.
# Racism
Joey Cunningham: 'There is a line you don't cross'
The father of a Crossmaglen Rangers player who was allegedly racially abused believes the GAA have not properly grasped the issue in the sport.
# Radio
Game On? RTÉ to take on Off The Ball with new one-hour evening sports show
It’s a goodbye for Sport At 7, as Game On is introduced to 2fm listeners from next week.
# Lions Tour 2013
O'Connell: Back injury is like 'a piece of toothpaste coming out of an onion'
The Ireland lock believes missing out on the Six Nations will make it ‘very difficult’ to be picked for this year’s Lions tour.