The late Dessie Hughes: “Dessie was Dessie to everyone, from the well-heeled to the down at heel and all those in between.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Thoughts of his new fitness regime disappear as he raises a toast to National Hunt hero Dessie

The new-look Darren Clarke shows the fruits of his fitness regime. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Inspired by golfer Darren Clarke, the burly busman vows to shed a few stone by St Stephen’s Day

Water charge protesters from Dublin gather in front of the GPO last week.  Photo: Barbara Lindberg.

Burly busman bustled into becoming an advocate for conroversial new utility company

“We’re about to ramp up the installation of water meters on the northside, specifically the working-class areas, which you drive through every day,” said Tabitha.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Tempting Irish Water PR lady uncorks the genie in Vinny’s bottle

“Vinny had first cried foul over the upheaval made on the pavement outside the house by the meter installation folk.”

With her shock of flame hair, she was like Maureen O’Hara in her prime

Everton’s Aiden McGeady: “Capable of lighting up any game, the Glaswegian conjurer could also vanish down a tunnel by the corner flag at the start of games”. Photograph: Getty Images.

Europa distraction threatens to bring 60-year stay in top flight to an end

The USA’s Webb Simpson on the first tee during day one of the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles Golf Course, Perthshire. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA.

Five days in the high sierra of Perthshire took its toll on our five-ball from Dublin

 Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell of Europe warm up on the first tee during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Ryder Cup fever is all the rage as Clontarf’s finest five decamp to Scotland

Port Vale hailed from Burslem in nearby Stoke, they had a decent travelling support, who filled most of the enclosures opposite, bizarrely named the Ice Cream Van Stand at Grest Road.  Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Our hero takes family matters into his own hands at Gresty Road

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