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Jack McCaffrey: played a big role in UCD’s defeat of Dublin at Parnell Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

There’s nothing like a new rule to add sulphur to the pre-season competitions. The introduction of the mark into inter-county football this month has (...)

November 1964:  Taoiseach Seán Lemass,  minister for industry and commerce Jack Lynch, and TK Whitaker, secretary of the Department of Finance. Photograph: Jimmy McCormack

Economic Development, the plan which later won him the accolade of Irishman of the 20th century, did not emerge as a blinding light illuminating the d(...)

Leinster and Ireland’s loss was Wasps’ gain when Martin Moore left for pastures new. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Sopranos opened an episode once with Frank Sinatra crooning It Was A Very Good Year as Tony and the crew emptied a brown paper bag of cash on the(...)

Leinster’s Rory O’Loughlin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Ipho

Those close to the St Michael’s College mainframe knew these heady days were coming. But how it all synced up this month was pretty special. On Decem(...)

Dr Ken Whitaker: “If you live long enough you would be either canonised or found out.” File photograph: David Sleator

Every country has its heroes. Some are generals, some are conquerors, some even tinsel celebrities. Few countries would nominate a long-retired civil (...)

New Zealand scrumhalf Sid Going gets in his kick despite the attentions of Ireland’s Sean Lynch and Fergus Slattery during the 1973 game which ended  10-10. Photograph:   Dermot O’Shea

So 1973 revisited, before it gets neatly filed away in history. Finally.   Be it three Novembers or 43 winters past, victory over The All Blac(...)

Eamon Mills of Lansdowne runs in for his side’s first try at Trinity. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin University 14 Lansdowne 25 Dublin University’s spell at the top of Division 1A lasted just a week after Lansdowne consigned the high-flying st(...)

Irish captain Willie Anderson faces up to New Zealand captain Wayne Shelford as the All Blacks perform ‘The Haka’. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ringa pakia. The placebo effect can be a powerful psychological weapon. How should Ireland respond to a people who believe they are possessed by immo(...)

UCD’s Jimmy O’Brien scores a try against Terenure. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Young Munster 20 Clontarf 18 Last season’s Ulster Bank League Division 1A finalists Clontarf and Cork Constitution both fell to their second successi(...)

 Graham Henry watches on during a Leinster training session at Greystones RFC, Dr Hickey Park. “If you can pass on some of that experience about what helped you get better – it must be a positive, hopefully.” Photograph: Sportsfile

Odd yet a welcome sight: Graham Henry unsmiling mug in amongst Leinster preseason training. Quietly conferring with Leo Cullen and his former pupil Is(...)

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