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Friday 8 December 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Rise

This year
'It’s a fantastic story' - From AIL and day job to Leinster debut
Dylan Donnellan earned his provincial bow against the Sharks.
'If you told me in January I'd be making my Ireland debut, I'd have said you were on substances'
On Sunday, Sinclair Armstrong became the 20th player to be capped for the first time under Stephen Kenny.
'He was similar to Ronan O'Gara in a way... He had that belief in himself'
Jack Crowley came through the ranks of Bandon RFC, where his family are have strong history.
‘I still look at him as that kid. It hasn't sunk in that he’s a Premier League footballer’
Karl Lambe, Keith Long and Derek Pender recall the early days of Evan Ferguson’s football career in Ireland.
Last year
Fleetwood complete signing of Phoenix Patterson from Waterford
The 22-year-old made 40 goal contributions in his 58 appearances at the RSC.
From getting Damien Duff's autograph to plotting his downfall in cup final
Ruaidhrí Higgins originally met the Ireland legend as a 13-year-old.
How the last Busby Babe escaped Troubles-era Belfast
Former Manchester United player Sammy McIlroy looks back on his career in football.
'She was this little shy kid' - From Soccer Sisters launch to Ireland team-mates in two years
Abbie Larkin and Áine O’Gorman reunited as Republic of Ireland internationals today.
Sea level projected to rise by up to a foot on US coasts by 2050, study finds
The study also found that the sea level rise will drastically increase the rate of coastal flooding, even without storms or heavy rainfall.
All time
Ireland and Birmingham star Jamie Finn reaping rewards of full-time football
The 23-year-old is on an upward trajectory for club and country.
'I never would have seen myself last year in the position that I am'
Hannah McLoughlin has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past few years, from adoring fan to Irish hockey star and Olympian.
Last year, he was working in SuperValu. Now, he's representing Ireland
It’s been a whirlwind few months for Liam Kerrigan.
'Robbie is a quality player and I think we’ll complement each other'
Chris Harris will become a Test Lion at the age of 30 on Saturday.
From Eastleigh reject to England starter
Tyrone Mings had an unsuccessful trial at the none-league club a decade ago.
'If you compare her performance against Germany with a few months earlier, it's incomparable'
Vera Pauw has been impressed by Grace Moloney’s improvement in recent months.
Lewis Hamilton: 'Not bad for a boy from a council house'
The British star equalled Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven world titles on Sunday.
Leicester prevail to go top of the Premier League table
Jamie Vardy scored and missed a penalty in the win over Wolves.
'I remember I was the D team captain. In fourth year, I was sub for the social team'
Hugo Keenan has been a slow-burning success as he gets set for his second Ireland cap tonight.
'You've a bit of imposter syndrome beside Cian Healy or Johnny Sexton, guys you've been watching for years'
From Ballina to Blackrock, Gaelic football and soccer to stunning rugby exploits with Leinster and Ireland, Caelan Doris maps his rise.
From the flats in Dublin city to Arsenal FC: 'It 100% kept me away from drugs, jail and heartache'
Former Ireland international Susan Heapes on overcoming the challenges of her upbringing to become a footballer.
The Galway starlet living his Premier League dream
Aaron Connolly chats to The42 about his emergence as a top-flight regular and his hopes for the future.
From radio reporter to head coach - the rise of Dubliner Lisa Fallon
The new London City Lionesses boss on working under Jim Gavin, breaking barriers in football and the start of a new adventure in England.
How a 16-year-old with no boxing experience went from idolising Katie Taylor to competing with her
Ireland’s Gráinne Walsh discusses her circuitous sporting journey.
From alliances to acrimony: Why is the Irish left so fond of a split?
A brief history of the left-wing splits and alliances of the past decade.
From Cork powerhouse to no team and now back in an All-Ireland final - and the Rena Buckley factor
Eileen Lyons and Donoughmore are back in an All-Ireland final after not fielding in 2017.
'It means a lot for the boys from the rural area who didn’t go to private school'
Makazole Mapimpi, who used to walk 10km to school, has had a stunning rise with the Springboks.
'I initially signed for €200 part-time, the best-paid player was on €500'
Brian Gartland has been a crucial part of Dundalk’s remarkable rise in recent seasons.
How two aspiring footballers hit 10 million YouTube subscribers
Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove started out on a conventional path to football stardom, but ultimately took a different route to get there.
Paul Murphy unveils new political grouping called RISE
Murphy announced he was parting ways with the Socialist Party last week.
'I was watching these girls on TV this time last year. Suddenly, you're up on the podium beside them'
It’s been a remarkable rise to the top for leading Irish triathlete Carolyn Hayes, whose Olympic dream is well and truly alive.
'The right decision' - Reece goes from cancelled Connacht deal to the All Blacks
IRFU CEO Philip Browne believes the union and Connacht made the right call.
'He could have another eight years or more at the highest level, which is scary!'
From second-choice scrum-half to world-class 13, Garry Ringrose’s rise has been extraordinary.
'I feel like young players are looking to go away now... But it's not easy' - The English teenager excelling in Germany
Jadon Sancho has starred this season for Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
The story of how a Croatian war child became the 2018 Ballon d'Or winner
The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Luka Modric’s early years.
From Chelsea reject to Ireland international: 19-year-old Declan Rice's remarkable rise
The West Ham youngster was named man of the match on his senior debut against Turkey last night.
Italian rugby's real progress is coming from Pro14 clubs Benetton and Zebre
Conor O’Shea’s national team have yet to feel the full effect but the Italian sides are making big steps.
Risk of flooding as snow begins to melt and river levels could 'suddenly' rise
The warning was put out at the latest National Emergency Coordination Group meeting today.
The story of how a young Irish international became a star player in Sweden
In an extract from Michael Walker’s book ‘Green Shoots,’ Ireland and Arsenal star Louise Quinn remembers her stint in Sweden.
'There were stages where I just wanted to give up, I'd lost interest'
Sean Maguire has come a long way in the two years since missing out on being involved in the FAI Cup final.
'I didn’t even know what teams were in the Pro12 when I arrived' - Erasmus
Munster’s director of rugby believes his players deserve to be in the final against the Scarlets.