Michael Foley

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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(...)

French singer Severine reads the Sunday Independent newspaper in her hotel on 4th April, the day after she won the 1971 Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Un banc, un arbre, une rue’ for Monaco in Dublin, Ireland on 3rd April 1971. Photograph: Rolls Press/Popperfoto/Getty Images

Revisiting another facet of the colourful history of print journalism in Ireland would hardly justify even a faint cry of “Hold the front page”. At le(...)

Players are willing to be amateur but they are less willing to accept amateur preparation and training techniques.  Photograph: John McVitty/Inpho

There appears to be a growing consensus that the GAA is headed down the wrong path. The impending appointment of a new director-general, and the new b(...)

A statue of theologian Martin Luther on a wall in the Stadtkirche Sankt Marien church where he preached in Wittenberg, Germany. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

It will be 500 years on October 31st since Martin Luther nailed his 95-Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Luther objected to the way the doctrin(...)

CJ Stander  with Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The Irish and Australian teams are both expected to be along the lines established in this decidedly wintery autumnal window. Presuming CJ Stander and(...)

The gravestone of Daniel Carroll, who was shot leaving Croke Park on Bloody Sunday. Photograph: Alan Betson.

Daniel Carroll was 31 years old when he was shot in the thigh walking away from Croke Park on Sunday, November 21st, 1920. The bullet came from a pa(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a go o(...)

Mike O’Shea and  Anthony O’Shea working to reinstate  the Landmark Cross on Carrauntoohil, MacGillycuddy’s Reeks. Photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

When you’re driving between Killarney and Killorglin, glance up and you’ll see Ireland’s highest mountains glinting at you from the horizon many miles(...)

Michael Foley concluded one irrefutable fact: you can have pleasure on your own, but you can’t have fun on your own

This week’s Off Topic podcast asks: what is fun? Surely the answer to this question is so subjective as to render it unanswerable, and asking it puts (...)

Killian Dowling and Jenna Cox, DIT journalism students, helping fourth-class students Chloe and Zahra from Ringsend Girls National School with Clic News. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

It is Monday morning and the news conference is buzzing with ideas. In any regular newsroom you might expect a stream of stories featuring controvers(...)

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