Malachy Clerkin

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In his introduction to “McIlvanny On Boxing”, the sports writer gave an insight into his modus operandi when it came to Muhammad Ali – not to mention the advantages he had as a Sunday writer. He died aged 84 last Thursday. File photograph: PA Wire

We are a self-important people, sportswriters. Like, even just read that sentence back. You’d be hard pressed to start a Monday morning with much more(...)

If you’re confused by the glossy sheen in the sky over Dublin this morning, fear not - it’s just a reflection of the shiny suits of the Uefa executive(...)

Weeshie Fogarty at Fitzgerald Stadium: his great love of football was evident in his career as a player, a referee and later as a broadcaster. Photograph:  Don MacMonagle

For GAA enthusiasts in the afterlife, it has recently become more difficult to get a word in edgeways with the sad departures on successive Sundays of(...)

All kickouts must cross the 45 under the proposed new rules. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

On a clear and mild Thursday night in the middle of October, three freshers football teams went out to the GAA pitch in Abbotstown and tried out some (...)

Tom Ryan: “On the training side of things it’s a little more difficult because you may have different counties taking different approaches.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

The GAA says that whereas it is open to any proposals for assisting counties with their financial burdens, the payment across the board of travel and (...)

Japan’s Naomi Osaka won her first Grand Slam tennis title at the weekend, giving a brilliant display to take the US Open title, but her achievement ha(...)

Serena Williams deep in conversation with referee Brian Earley during the women’s final of the US Open against Naomi Osaka, of Japan. Photograph: Adam Hunger/AP

What are we supposed to think about Serena Williams? Up until a few years ago this seemed a question so blindingly straightforward as to make you look(...)

Mike Casey gets to the ball ahead of Galway's Johnny Glynn during Limerick's All-Ireland SHC final win in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In the official match programme figures – and far be it from us to take such a document at anything other than its word – Mike Casey stands at six fee(...)

Nothing like a wholesome, happy sporting triumph to bring on a good dose of political cynicism. Sports minister Shane Ross couldn’t even allow the Ire(...)

Galway’s Pádraig Mannion in action against Clare’s Peter Duggan. “I’m not sure is it because of last year. It’s just that the players have kind of matured.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho GAA

On the longest road to an All-Ireland final, Pádraig Mannion surely has the most mileage put in of anybody. James Skehill and Daithí Burke have pla(...)

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