Tom Mcgurk

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The first half was lively. The second? Well, usually some of us would have enjoyed yesterday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final a bit more than your average rugby half, but, okay, yes, it was a bit good. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Have you ever seen the like? Of course you haven’t. Were you stretched by the end of it? Of course you were. But come the weekend’s conclusion, if you(...)

Jared Payne of Ireland is tackled by Taulupe Faletau of Wales during the  Six Nations match at the  Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

With the Hook man talking about Doomsday back in the studio, Brent Pope, when we visited him in Cardiff after the game, tried his best to reassure us (...)

‘Kool and the Gang’: Keith Wood was full of praise for Mike Ross during Ireland’s Six Nations defeat of England at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So did you pop out yesterday in the sunshine for a pound of butter? And then have to slide your way back like a Nordic skier? All the time fretting ab(...)

The three Mescalleros: Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook.

“In the beginning the IRFU had a heart attack. How dare we talk about rugby like this,” said Tom McGurk of the sharp shooting RTÉ rugby panel of Georg(...)

Lucinda Creighton: said she  was not from a political background and had no time for TDs who viewed politics almost as a family business Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s looking increasingly likely that Lucinda Creighton will take the plunge in the new year and set up a new political party.She may be talking about(...)

Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray tackle Jean de Villiers at the Aviva on Saturday. So formidable was the visitors’ reputation that it seemed beating them was even beyond St Jude. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’ve probably all tried the prayer in our time, usually highly inappropriately, like when our sporting case was especially desperate and our sporting(...)

Summer holiday: Graham Norton at BBC Radio 2

Everybody knows Graham Norton, but it takes some effort to recall Jack Docherty. In Ireland, where the UK television station Channel 5 was largely una(...)

Winning line-up: Richie McCaw and the New Zealand squad with the Rugby World Cup trophy in 2011. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Photosport/Inpho

TV3 has secured the rights to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Only TV3 appears pleased by this. Judging by the reaction, many rugby fans couldn’t hav(...)

The Ireland team celebrate after collecting the Six  Nations Championship title at  Stade de France, Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It was kind of our “that’s one small step for man” moment: “Forward pass mate? I’ve got it.” Only Saturday’s words were way more conseque(...)

O'Gara appeared so downcast you’d half a notion that he’d pack up his flask and sandwiches and go home, before a ball was even mauled.

Not an encouraging start to the day. “The news has just broken,” said Tom McGurk, and you suspected from the gravity of his tone and the asheniness of(...)

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