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  • FAI ready to share the pain

    November 30, 2010 @ 7:29 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    It’s hardly going to lift the mood of a nation on its knees, but the news that Giovanni Trapattoni will be taking a pay cut shows the FAI has not lost complete touch with the Irish public. For an organisation that is still attempting, albeit forlornly, to foist exorbitant 10-year tickets upon an unwilling market this is to be welcomed. (more…)

  • Stringer has chance to shine again

    November 26, 2010 @ 2:51 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    So, thoughts? Gerry called it spot on in this morning’s paper. (more…)

  • Hodgson can still emerge with credit

    November 25, 2010 @ 9:18 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    Must…suppress…rage.

    Have to…focus…on….blog.
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  • Bruising encounters don’t bode well for future

    November 22, 2010 @ 11:12 am | by Paul Gallagher

    Dread to think how rugby’s leading lights will fare in the decades to come after they put their bodies on the line time and time again as the modern game demands more and more physical intensity with each passing season. (more…)

  • Leinster duo get nod for All Blacks test

    November 18, 2010 @ 3:03 pm | by Paul Gallagher

    Initial whisperings from the stalls suggest Ireland coach Declan Kidney has gone for a conservative selection to face the might of the All Blacks at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. (more…)

  • Off the pitch tweetment to blame?

    November 15, 2010 @ 8:23 pm | by Jason Michael

    The malaise affecting the national rugby team is all the fault of Twitter, apparently. (more…)

  • Time to change tack, Trap

    @ 2:06 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    The word “crisis” should not appear near any mention of the lengthening list of absentees from Giovanni Trapattoni’s squad ahead of the Norway friendly on Wednesday.   (more…)

  • There may be trouble ahead…

    November 13, 2010 @ 5:49 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    For the first time ever, I think, I spent 80 minutes with my back to an Ireland rugby match, occasionally glancing over my shoulder when the crowd at Lansdowne Road raised the volume above a murmur.
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  • Sorry is the easiest word for Joey

    November 11, 2010 @ 8:02 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    So, eh, Joey’s sorry. Again.

    He was sorry after he assaulted team-mate Ousmane Dabo and stubbed a cigar out in the eye of one of Manchester City’s youth players. He was especially contrite when being sent down for the late-night beating of man after a night out. (more…)

  • Wave of jubilation

    @ 1:21 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    Following the stunning photograph that appeared on the front page of the Irish Times earlier this week, here’s a short film of the team of surfers tackling Ireland’s newest monster wave. (more…)

  • New methods of scoring tries required

    November 9, 2010 @ 6:22 pm | by Gavin Cummiskey

    Having forced myself to sit through the South Africa game for a second time, after a peaceful night’s sleep, a few more, eh, issues became apparent. (more…)

  • IRFU’s greed comes home to roost

    November 7, 2010 @ 1:17 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    Just how many empty seats were there at the Aviva Stadium last night? The IRFU, still reeling from the ticketing fiasco of their own making, declined to communicate the official attendance with the best guestimates suggesting up to 15,000 seats remained unsold. (more…)

  • Embers flare ahead of Ashes series

    November 4, 2010 @ 3:31 pm | by Jason Michael

    Winter time may have arrived along with my self-diagnosed seasonal affective disorder, but at least light-box therapy in the form of watching the Ashes cricket on the telly is on the way.

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  • Genie out of the bottle with Golf Digest Rankings

    @ 10:56 am | by Paul Gallagher

    So, the genie is out of the bottle. Golf Digest Ireland magazine released their Top 100-ranked Irish courses for 2010 and there’s sure to be plenty of debate around the office waters coolers.

    Royal County Down Golf Club took the top spot from Portmarnock in a top 10 dominated by links courses. Given that this small island possesses more than its fair share of the world’s best links courses, it comes as little surprise nine of the leading 10 are a links with Adare Manor in Limerick the only parkland at eighth.
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  • Numbers don’t add up in Domenech case?

    November 3, 2010 @ 8:45 pm | by Noel O'Reilly

    “My client has no acrimony, no resentment, no hatred. He just wants his rights to be respected.” The words of Jean-Yves Conesson, who will represent Raymond Domenech when he takes his case for wrongful dismissal to a French employment tribunal. (more…)

  • O’Brien unlucky to miss out

    November 2, 2010 @ 2:09 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    While the side that has been named to take on the Springboks this Saturday looks a reasonably strong one, it is a little surprising to see there is no place for Seán O’Brien.

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  • Play the advantage(s)

    November 1, 2010 @ 12:12 pm | by Carl O'Malley

    I’m not sure what the Portuguese for ‘Play the whistle’ is but I’d wager both Nani and Huerelho Gomes know. Yet, only one of them bothered to do just that at Old Trafford on Saturday when the latter decided to award his team a free-kick and take it 10 yards from where the ‘offence’ occurred. (more…)


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