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# Role Models

This year
'I wouldn’t have really looked up to anybody in rugby. Nadal was my idol' - Baird
Ryan Baird on working with Paul O’Connell and a summer trip to Wimbledon.
Last year
'We have potential to reach that level again' - Wexford hoping to revive the glory days
Martin O’Connor grew up on a diet of watching Wexford sides competing at the top table.
All time
'It’s amazing how extremely different they are' - Higgins getting to grips with switch from 7s to 15s rugby
The Ireland centre made her Six Nations debut earlier this month.
Tyrone midwife on cover of British Vogue: 'I imagine my mum will be in Tesco buying all the copies she can'
Rachel Millar had no idea she’d be on the cover when a photographer came to the hospital she works in a few weeks ago.
'I'm not ashamed of who I am and not scared to hide anything'
Ireland captain Katie McCabe opens up about her relationship with team-mate Ruesha Littlejohn to mark the start of Pride month.
Christmas Day session, Olympic dreams and becoming female role models
Irish hockey star Nicci Daly wants to help inspire the next generation of female athletes.
Ireland U20s captain O'Brien follows in the footsteps of BOD and Ringrose
The UCD clubman is an exciting prospect for the future.
We say 'leg off, game on': Six children heading to Poland to represent Ireland in amputee soccer
The mother of one of the children said, “He never played football until he got his leg amputated, now he doesn’t go anywhere without a ball.”
Henshaw looking to follow in Irish Lions BOD and Wood's footsteps
Still just 23, the Ireland centre is backing himself to push into the Lions Test team.
Irishman McCall's Saracens were once modelled on Munster and Leinster
The former Ulster head coach has masterminded the Premiership club’s rise.
'Breaking my back taught me what was worth fighting for in life'
Two of Ireland’s Paralympic athletes on not letting a disability define them and how they got tough in the face of adversity.
Diageo steps down from board of Stop Out of Control Drinking campaign
The initiative has been marred by the controversy over the drinking giant’s involvement.
The Rape Crisis Network says this ad "blames victims of rape", but those behind it say that's not true
The ad is for the Role Models alcohol campaign.
Anti-alcohol campaign group say criticism is "premature"
The group have issued a number of radio and billboard advertisements in recent weeks.
Gareth Barry is having a 'massive influence' on James McCarthy
Midfielder anxious to keep on learning as he puts his own stamp on club and country game.
Mike Phillips to face Bayonne board after arriving 'drunk' for work -- reports
The scrum-half allegedly turned up for a video analysis session ‘under the influence’.
Meet Fernando Torres' inspiration: Captain Tsubasa
But he didn’t go off the rails once he put that blue jersey on.
VIDEOS: The best of TEDx Dublin
Reclaiming ghost estates, making city centres liveable places – and where inspiration come from: some thought-provoking videos from Dublin ideas forum.
2010's 'inspirational' female role models
Forbes releases this year’s list. Here’s a slideshow of some who made the cut.