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‘I wouldn't say I'm a world class operator but I never played a bad game for Ireland’
# UNSUNG HERO
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# UNSUNG HERO

‘I wouldn't say I'm a world class operator but I never played a bad game for Ireland’

4 hours ago 26,461 Views 16 Comments

Rated highly by Joe Schmidt, John Ryan was a consistent force for Munster for over a decade. The last thing he expected was to be on the look-out for a new club.

# the42-reads - Saturday 4 June, 2022

Meet the rising star of the Irish coaching scene that everyone is talking about
# Next Big Thing
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# Next Big Thing

Meet the rising star of the Irish coaching scene that everyone is talking about

Jun 4th 2022, 10:00 AM 41,235 Views 2 Comments

Noel McNamara reached adulthood without ever playing rugby but infectious enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge has seen him rise through the ranks ahead of the biggest game yet of his career.

# the42-reads - Saturday 21 May, 2022

'A porter who was probably given a few quid said, 'Oh, Mr Keane is leaving from the back door''
# Reeling In The Years
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# Reeling In The Years

'A porter who was probably given a few quid said, 'Oh, Mr Keane is leaving from the back door''

May 21st 2022, 9:00 AM 69,525 Views 9 Comments

BBC reporter Stephen Watson recalls his famous interview on the 20th anniversary of Saipan.

# the42-reads - Thursday 19 May, 2022

McIlroy, Lowry, Power: How Ireland's Class of 2006 graduated to the major leagues
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McIlroy, Lowry, Power: How Ireland's Class of 2006 graduated to the major leagues

May 19th 2022, 8:00 AM 13,872 Views 1 Comment

Aaron O’Callaghan and Gareth Shaw — team-mates of the trio at the 2006 European Youths — recount their journey to the top.

# the42-reads - Thursday 12 May, 2022

‘He loved living in Ireland. And he loved playing for Limerick’
# Tribute
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# Tribute

‘He loved living in Ireland. And he loved playing for Limerick’

Updated May 12th 2022, 4:51 PM 47,250 Views 6 Comments

Remembering the late Freddy Hall’s stint in Irish football.

# the42-reads - Saturday 7 May, 2022

From farmer's son in Tipp to the Aviva Stadium - the rise and rise of Ben Healy
# Big Ben
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# Big Ben

From farmer's son in Tipp to the Aviva Stadium - the rise and rise of Ben Healy

May 7th 2022, 8:03 AM 33,416 Views 11 Comments

Healy has emerged over the last year as a key player in Munster’s squad – but his schoolboy mentors believe there is a lot more to come.

# the42-reads - Friday 6 May, 2022

'What Hugo is actually testament to, is that a lot of people are written off too early'
# Full Package
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# Full Package

'What Hugo is actually testament to, is that a lot of people are written off too early'

May 6th 2022, 7:30 AM 20,712 Views 9 Comments

Late bloomer Hugo Keenan is now one of the first names on Leinster’s teamsheet.

# the42-reads - Monday 2 May, 2022

Breaking news, recruiting players and an online addiction - The fans behind the Twitter accounts charting Irish football
# Plugged In
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# Plugged In

Breaking news, recruiting players and an online addiction - The fans behind the Twitter accounts charting Irish football

May 2nd 2022, 8:00 AM 20,389 Views 8 Comments

The fans behind Kenny’s Kids and Rep of Ireland Player Tracker explain why they gave up their free time to track Irish players, and why they quit.

# the42-reads - Thursday 7 April, 2022

'Brands are waking up to the fact that women's sport is a new market that can deliver better value'
# Money Money Money
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# Money Money Money

'Brands are waking up to the fact that women's sport is a new market that can deliver better value'

Apr 7th 2022, 7:00 AM 9,045 Views 3 Comments

The42 takes a closer look at some significant sponsorship announcements for camogie teams and what it means for women’s sport in Ireland.

# the42-reads - Tuesday 5 April, 2022

From West Waterford to playing at Augusta - 'It couldn't happen to a nicer fella, he's worked so hard'
# Seamus Power
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# Seamus Power

From West Waterford to playing at Augusta - 'It couldn't happen to a nicer fella, he's worked so hard'

Apr 5th 2022, 7:54 PM 24,912 Views 9 Comments

Seamus Power’s meteoric rise in the last year sees him play in the Masters this week.

# the42-reads - Thursday 31 March, 2022

'She got the cast removed to play and took painkillers': In praise of a multi-All-Ireland winner
# Saluting The Best
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# Saluting The Best

'She got the cast removed to play and took painkillers': In praise of a multi-All-Ireland winner

Updated Mar 31st 2022, 8:38 AM 21,778 Views 4 Comments

Wexford legend Ursula Jacob has retired from camogie after a storied career.

# the42-reads - Sunday 27 March, 2022

'Everything Michael has done for the club is why we're where we're at' - 40 in-a-row and out
# End Of An Era
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# End Of An Era

'Everything Michael has done for the club is why we're where we're at' - 40 in-a-row and out

Mar 27th 2022, 7:15 AM 15,904 Views 0 Comments

Michael Ryan has stepped down as Ballymacarbry ladies football manager.

# the42-reads - Saturday 26 March, 2022

'She's a fantastic person who encapsulates everything Ireland will stand for'
# Pride Of Offaly
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# Pride Of Offaly

'She's a fantastic person who encapsulates everything Ireland will stand for'

Mar 26th 2022, 8:00 AM 18,336 Views 0 Comments

Nichola Fryday has enjoyed an impressive rise from Tullamore RFC to become the new Ireland captain.

How Ireland's new coach turned Kidderminster into 'the non-league Barcelona'
# A True Underdog Story
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# A True Underdog Story

How Ireland's new coach turned Kidderminster into 'the non-league Barcelona'

Mar 26th 2022, 7:00 AM 23,756 Views 2 Comments

An in-depth look at the rise of John Eustace.

# the42-reads - Saturday 19 March, 2022

How Ireland's 1982 Triple Crown winners lifted a country that was on the brink
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# The42 Reads

How Ireland's 1982 Triple Crown winners lifted a country that was on the brink

Mar 19th 2022, 8:00 AM 19,526 Views 14 Comments

Cursed by emigration, economic recession and political turmoil, Irish society was in desperate need of a boost in 1982. An inspirational group of rugby players provided it.

# the42-reads - Friday 18 March, 2022

The life and death of a Derry hero
# Legend
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# Legend

The life and death of a Derry hero

Mar 18th 2022, 8:00 AM 25,234 Views 1 Comment

Remembering former club captain Ryan McBride, five years on from his tragic passing.

# the42-reads - Saturday 12 March, 2022

Horanball: the system that transformed Mayo into contenders - and why it now needs to change
# James Horan
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# James Horan

Horanball: the system that transformed Mayo into contenders - and why it now needs to change

Mar 12th 2022, 8:00 AM 22,256 Views 5 Comments

Mayo have used the league to develop talent and a new style of play.

# the42-reads - Sunday 6 March, 2022

Giant ambitions as Eagle soars: the Irish leaders making an impact in Australia
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# The42 Reads

Giant ambitions as Eagle soars: the Irish leaders making an impact in Australia

Mar 6th 2022, 10:00 AM 17,582 Views 1 Comment

Cora Staunton and Aisling McCarthy are important figures at GWS Giants and West Coast Eagles respectively.

Life in a different City: A band of brothers who became men in Manchester
# Derby Day
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# Derby Day

Life in a different City: A band of brothers who became men in Manchester

Mar 6th 2022, 8:00 AM 20,894 Views 6 Comments

Paddy McCarthy, Glenn Whelan, Stephen Elliott and Willo Flood played almost 1,500 games between them in British football. Their early years at Maine Road was the reason for the longevity.

# the42-reads - Saturday 5 March, 2022

The college competitions debate: what do players want and how can we make that a reality?
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# The42 Reads

The college competitions debate: what do players want and how can we make that a reality?

Mar 5th 2022, 9:59 AM 12,008 Views 2 Comments

We surveyed players and spoke to managers, the GAA and the GPA to see what can be done to resolve the challenge with college competitions.

In Ireland, commitment, passion and progress, but still no pay for elite female footballers
# Amateur
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# Amateur

In Ireland, commitment, passion and progress, but still no pay for elite female footballers

Mar 5th 2022, 8:00 AM 12,249 Views 9 Comments

The Women’s National League kicks off this weekend, and the fight for semi-professional status remains a big talking point.

# the42-reads - Friday 4 March, 2022

'I jumped at the chance' - the 15 Kerrymen playing for other counties this season
# Adopted Sons
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# Adopted Sons

'I jumped at the chance' - the 15 Kerrymen playing for other counties this season

Updated Mar 4th 2022, 8:39 AM 43,342 Views 4 Comments

Roscommon, Cork, Clare, Limerick, Sligo, Tipperary and London have all handed game-time to Kerry-born players in the league so far.

# the42-reads - Sunday 27 February, 2022

The Irish contingent central to Liverpool's promotion bid and FA Cup dream
# Flying The Flag
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# Flying The Flag

The Irish contingent central to Liverpool's promotion bid and FA Cup dream

Updated Feb 27th 2022, 10:23 AM 12,228 Views 1 Comment

Niamh Fahey, Leanne Kiernan, Megan Campbell and S&C coach Colm Smith are having a big influence on Merseyside.

# the42-reads - Saturday 26 February, 2022

'He's like a big South African. He's got that bulk that you don't really see in Irish kids'
# New Breed
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# New Breed

'He's like a big South African. He's got that bulk that you don't really see in Irish kids'

Feb 26th 2022, 8:00 AM 66,949 Views 2 Comments

Dan Sheehan had to fight hard for his breakthrough but he’s now standing out for Ireland.

# the42-reads - Friday 25 February, 2022

'Him holding the Sam Maguire was alongside a picture of the Irish soccer team meeting the Pope'
# The Switch Up
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# The Switch Up

'Him holding the Sam Maguire was alongside a picture of the Irish soccer team meeting the Pope'

Updated Feb 25th 2022, 12:02 PM 25,310 Views 0 Comments

The42 takes a look at some cases in Irish sporting history where athletes and coaches moved between different sports.

# the42-reads - Saturday 12 February, 2022

'If you don't think our boys are the best in the world then tell me who’s better?’ From The42

'If you don't think our boys are the best in the world then tell me who’s better?’

Feb 12th 2022, 10:00 AM 34,718 Views 33 Comments

Ireland’s newish front row has the potential to lead the team to greatness. The rugby world is about to discover their magic.

# the42-reads - Friday 11 February, 2022

'TJ is just an absolute genius to watch' - The greatest club hurling forward of them all?
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'TJ is just an absolute genius to watch' - The greatest club hurling forward of them all?

Feb 11th 2022, 11:15 AM 24,008 Views 10 Comments

A sixth All-Ireland club hurling medal is the prize TJ Reid chases tomorrow.

# the42-reads - Thursday 10 February, 2022

McGuinness, Joyce and Moynihan: the star-studded GAA college team that reigned in the '90s
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# The42 Reads

McGuinness, Joyce and Moynihan: the star-studded GAA college team that reigned in the '90s

Feb 10th 2022, 8:00 AM 29,014 Views 4 Comments

25 years after a golden age for football in Tralee, they are back chasing silverware.

# the42-reads - Tuesday 8 February, 2022

Pints with David Beckham and kind words from Roy Keane - the lives of the Salford Irish
# Star Power
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# Star Power

Pints with David Beckham and kind words from Roy Keane - the lives of the Salford Irish

Feb 8th 2022, 8:00 PM 23,920 Views 1 Comment

Stephen O’Halloran and Adam Rooney remember their respective stints at the club.

# the42-reads - Saturday 5 February, 2022

'I’m getting a shot, we’ll see how it goes' - Remembering Paul O'Connell's Ireland debut
# The First Cap
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# The First Cap

'I’m getting a shot, we’ll see how it goes' - Remembering Paul O'Connell's Ireland debut

Feb 5th 2022, 10:00 AM 27,290 Views 6 Comments

Twenty years ago, a young Paul O’Connell won his first Test cap in a Six Nations clash with Wales at Lansdowne Road.

# the42-reads - Monday 31 January, 2022

Sonny Bill Williams and Andy Lee: An unlikely partnership of world champions
# Brothers With Arms
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# Brothers With Arms

Sonny Bill Williams and Andy Lee: An unlikely partnership of world champions

Jan 31st 2022, 11:55 PM 22,843 Views 4 Comments

A move from rugby league to rugby union in 2008 sparked the New Zealand sporting legend’s interest in boxing – because he found himself a million dollars in debt.

# the42-reads - Sunday 30 January, 2022

Irish football has always been defined by Britain - so what has changed since Brexit?
# The British Question
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# The British Question

Irish football has always been defined by Britain - so what has changed since Brexit?

Jan 30th 2022, 8:00 AM 23,549 Views 9 Comments

We take a big-picture look at what is happening with the men’s national team, the men’s national league and youth development at a time of great change for Irish football.

# the42-reads - Saturday 29 January, 2022

How a one-month loan backed by Brian Clough started a remarkable League of Ireland career
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# The42 Reads

How a one-month loan backed by Brian Clough started a remarkable League of Ireland career

Jan 29th 2022, 8:00 AM 42,156 Views 14 Comments

From Derby County to Cork City, Alek Ludzik had a fascinating journey.

# the42-reads - Friday 28 January, 2022

‘It's been a dream in our club for many years’: Kilcoo and Ballygunner chase All-Ireland glory
# Pride Of The Parish
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# Pride Of The Parish

‘It's been a dream in our club for many years’: Kilcoo and Ballygunner chase All-Ireland glory

Updated Jan 28th 2022, 9:23 PM 20,027 Views 9 Comments

Kilcoo and Ballygunner are vastly different clubs but they share a common goal.

# the42-reads - Wednesday 26 January, 2022

The world-class Irish internationals and the Ballinasloe ties that bind
# Reeling In The Years
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# Reeling In The Years

The world-class Irish internationals and the Ballinasloe ties that bind

Jan 26th 2022, 5:21 PM 17,162 Views 1 Comment

Heather Payne, Beibhinn Parsons and many more stars in the same age bracket have crossed paths in the sporting hotspot on the Galway/Roscommon border.

# the42-reads - Tuesday 25 January, 2022

'He became very engrossed in it' - The story behind Dermot Morgan's unfinished football film
# Incomplete
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# Incomplete

'He became very engrossed in it' - The story behind Dermot Morgan's unfinished football film

Updated Jan 25th 2022, 8:36 AM 26,364 Views 5 Comments

Remembering his work on ‘Miracle of the Magyars’ and other soccer-related projects.

# the42-reads - Sunday 23 January, 2022

'People were pleading with me not to go back' - Irish tales of triumph after retirement u-turns
# Never Really Over
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# Never Really Over

'People were pleading with me not to go back' - Irish tales of triumph after retirement u-turns

Jan 23rd 2022, 10:00 AM 18,664 Views 0 Comments

Cork hurling legend Brian Corcoran and Ireland international Áine O’Gorman speak to The42 about why they went back.

# the42-reads - Saturday 22 January, 2022

'They would go to war when they were down against the Limerick clubs' From The42

'They would go to war when they were down against the Limerick clubs'

Jan 22nd 2022, 10:00 AM 28,011 Views 5 Comments

St Mary’s became the first club from outside Munster to win the AIL in 2000.

# the42-reads - Friday 21 January, 2022

The Kerry, Derry, Mayo and Kildare clubs dreaming of All-Ireland hurling glory
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The Kerry, Derry, Mayo and Kildare clubs dreaming of All-Ireland hurling glory

Jan 21st 2022, 7:15 AM 17,807 Views 5 Comments

Kilmoyley, Banagher, Tooreen and Naas are the unlikely hurling quartet hoping to reach Croke Park.

# the42-reads - Saturday 8 January, 2022

Munster’s identity crisis: ‘You’d see more innovation at a civil servants' conference’
# Stand Up And Fight
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# Stand Up And Fight

Munster’s identity crisis: ‘You’d see more innovation at a civil servants' conference’

Jan 8th 2022, 8:00 AM 35,315 Views 39 Comments

Despite losing just twice this season Munster’s coaching staff and team have had to face a barrage of criticism. Is it fair?

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