Kieran Shannon

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Champagne Football is a book to enjoy now but also to look forward to rereading again in a decade, just to see how stranger than fiction it all was. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Best Champagne Football by Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan (Penguin, €12.99) We’re a mad little country at the back of it all. Where else (...)

Bernard Brogan celebrates a goal in the 2016 All-Ireland final against Mayo. File photograph: Inpho

“I was angry. I was pissed off,” concedes Bernard Brogan, not traits you readily associate with one of the most smooth and unruffled forwards of the m(...)

Bernard Brogan lifts the Sam Maguire after Dublin’s victory over Tyrone in 2018. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It was Jim McCartan, pioneering Down All-Ireland winner and father of James, who first floated the line past me. I was curious why he hadn’t been am(...)

It’s a miracle that Irish basketball has stayed going despite the decades of neglect by official Ireland and the €1.5 million Basketball Ireland has now dared to publicly request is the least it deserves. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s already becoming lost in the mists of time and a thousand election promises but one of the small, significant disgraces of Irish sport remains pr(...)

It is commonplace to see Jim Gavin mentioned together with Stephen Cluxton (pictured) and county CEO John Costello as the most influential people in the quest that was completed last Saturday. Photograph: Tom Honan

The five-in-a-row done, what is Dublin’s place in history? The obvious answer is that this will be up to others to judge. From here on ground zero, th(...)

Derek McGrath speaking at The GAA Games Development Conference. Photograph:  Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

The final matches of this year’s hurling league will mark the end of a successful six-year format, which will change next year. The introduction of t(...)

 Shane Horgan scores a try from a chip from Ronan O’Gara’s boot against England  at Croke Park in 2007. South Africa later invited Mickey Ned O’Sullivan over to coach their players how to catch the ball higher in the air. Photograph: Alan Betson

The use of Croke Park for other sports has marked its 10th anniversary. It was more significant for rugby than for soccer, encompassing the first gran(...)

Kieran Donaghy’s autobiography ‘What Do You Think Of That?’ has been named Eir Sports Book of the Year. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Kieran Donaghy being Kieran Donaghy, the stories about the stories are nearly as good as the stories themselves. Winner of the 2016 Eir Sports Book of(...)

It’s 20 years since the first Season of Sundays (Sportsfile, €29.95) came out. The 2016 version is as rich and textured as the 19 that went before. This image shows kids in Galway fine-tuning their skills before a NHL encounter with Cork.

Six of the best Forever Young Oliver Kay (Quercus, €28.00) Adrian Doherty came from Strabane and for time in the early 1990s, it looked like he(...)

Currid and O’Connell:  The pair continue to work together in a different way now that O’Connell’s playing career is over. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

One August day in 2008, an aspiring sports psychologist got in her car and drove down to Limerick to meet Paul O’Connell. Caroline Currid wanted to in(...)

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