Frank Mcnally

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“It had been several years since my last half marathon but unjustified optimism springs eternal”

For the first half of what Sky Sports would have called my “Super Saturday”, I had to run the River Moy Half Marathon, a race that begins and ends in (...)

Growing Up, Live: Angela Scanlon is so quick-witted and unflappable that she ought to be the subject of further study

“How does a baby learn to walk and talk? Why is it that I am attracted to my partner? How can I grow old gracefully?” For a moment the scientist Deird(...)

Phar Lap’s hide was preserved by a taxidermist and is now exhibited in the Melbourne Museum

It seems I owe New Zealand an apology for suggesting here last week (An Irishman’s Diary, October 31st) that the great 1920s racehorse Phar Lap was “A(...)

Daniel Lynch was rewarded for generous offer of clemency with a ticket for the the Grand Slam decider. Photograph: Frank McNally

Dubliner Daniel Lynch had been prepared to pay a very big price to see the game. He was standing outside Twickenham with a sign reading “One Ticket Re(...)

Grand-slam decider: Dylan Hartley and Rory Best, the England and Ireland captains. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

One of the many St Patrick’s Day parties in London this weekend is at the top of the Shard, the city’s tallest and spikiest building. It’s probably no(...)

The Irish Yeast Co, 6 College Street, Dublin 2, for sale at €675,000. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

For well over a century it has sat, sagging gently in the middle of a block on College Street in Dublin 2, between the Westin Hotel and a row of build(...)

John McGough: he grew up fast

If there was a prize for the GAA’s most authentic-sounding club name, the shortlist might include Blackhill Emeralds in Co Monaghan. Located just west(...)

“The squelching was interrupted only by the occasional splash, where the rains had not yet found a vacancy in the soil”

I woke up last Sunday thinking of the famous closing passage from James Joyce’s The Dead. This was partly because of the weather, which was broadly si(...)

How remiss of me. And I thank esteemed colleague Frank McNally (I bow three times facing Monaghan!) for reminding me in an Irishman’s Diary last month(...)

Once all but wiped out in New England, turkeys are all over the place again now

The bald eagle is a US national symbol, as you probably know. And for many Americans, its suitability for that role was only enhanced by a video clip (...)

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