Pat Spillane

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Joanne Cantwell, currently the host of ‘Saturday Sport’ on RTÉ Radio 1: ‘They pick out a bluffer straight away’. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

When she was about 12 years old she decided her perfect job would be “a mixture of George Hamilton’s and Des Lynam’s”. Add her passion for Gaelic Gam(...)

Dublin were left in a far better place by Donal Vaughan’s red card. The whole outcome changed on that instant. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Everyone in Croke Park and watching around the world knew that Mayo were poised to win the All-Ireland on Sunday. They had created their perfect storm(...)

Stephen Rochford: the Mayo manager has been subjected to a barrage of criticism for putting O’Shea on Donaghy. But Kerry’s full-forward line were restricted to just  0-5 from play. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It has been a ghoulish week for coverage of Gaelic football. For the second successive championship summer, Mayo’s manager Stephen Rochford has been w(...)

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford is certainly not afraid of making big calls. Photograph: Inpho

What must the Mayo squad think of their manager Stephen Rochford. Brave? Ruthless? Tactical genius? A chancer? Since taking over Mayo ahead of the 20(...)

Tyrone lose to Kerry in the 1986 All Ireland Final. Will things be any different against Dublin on Sunday? Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The first All-Ireland final I ever went to was Tyrone v Kerry in 1986. My dad’s name came out of the hat in a club raffle a few days beforehand and, j(...)

Jamie Clarke: In his games this year, you can see he’s coming with a different attitude. That has to be down to McGeeney. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

I was up in Armagh last week at a function ahead of their game against Kildare. When you go to these things, you know everyone has to put on their bes(...)

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A new website has been launched by the Irish Men’s Sheds Association (IMSA) which supports men’s physical and mental health. The website www.malehea(...)

Brian Cody: He was like a bear on the sideline, striding up and down it looking for war. And he didn’t care who gave it to him . . . he was in lawless form. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

A few years ago, I found myself in the company of Mick O’Dwyer and we were watching a game on television. Pat Spillane was on the screen and he was be(...)

Jim Gavin:  refused  to do one-on-one interviews in protest at broadcasters’ coverage of the Diarmuid Connolly affair. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Having had a few days to reflect on his comments on last weekend’s Sunday Game about Diarmuid Connolly’s suspension and the role played by fellow pund(...)

Jim Gavin: took exception to Pat Spillane’s comments about Dermot Connolly on The Sunday Game. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Is Pat Spillane to be allowed to comment on anything that might affect Kerry? Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s tour de force media conference came as a matt(...)

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