Pat Spillane

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Rachael Blackmore: she became the first woman to win the Grand National. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA Wire

National Treasure: “I can’t believe I am Rachael Blackmore. I still feel like that little kid. I can’t believe I’m me . . . keep your dreams big, I su(...)

They started and finished with GAA royalty, sitting down with Jimmy Barry Murphy in Cork city in June of 2018 and having an outdoor coffee with Jack O(...)

Newcastle United fans hang a banner abiove the statue of former manager Bobby Robson outside St James’ Park. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

“They fink they’ve got their club back,” said an emotional Jamie Redknapp as St James’ Park rose to give a rapturous reception to Newcastle’s new chai(...)

 Peter Canavan and his son Darragh Canavan after Saturday’s All-Ireland football final. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘The son of God’ Already, inevitably, given the nickname ‘the son of God’, Darragh Canavan has claimed his first All-Ireland senior medal at the age (...)

Pat Spillane, Seán Cavanagh and presenter  Joanne Cantweli on the RTÉ studio at Croke Park during the All-Ireland semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

As Seán Cavanagh and Pat Spillane hammered away at each other on RTÉ television last Saturday before the All-Ireland football semi-final, it would not(...)

Tyrone’s Conor Meyler, Padraig Hamspey, Ronan McNamee and Michael McKernan tackle Adrian Spillane of Kerry - It appeared as if Kerry hadn’t considered the advent of a blanket defence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Just like that, all has changed. As I watched the scenes in Croke Park at the final whistle on Saturday - Tyrone ecstasy, Kerry dazed - I thought back(...)

  Peter Canavan in action against Kerry in the 2005 All-Ireland final. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

2003 Tyrone 0-13 Kerry 0-6 - Croke Park, All-Ireland semi-final Six years after the Tyrone minors edged Kerry in extra-time of their semi-final repla(...)

Mayo’s Jordan Flynn celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

House on fire. Because Mayo keep on turning up, it was always likely that they would be the team to draw Dublin’s six-year All-Ireland conquering tear(...)

The show had to go on and the lions were its headline act. Illustration: Getty Images

A recent column about the death in action of a lion tamer in Dublin in the 1950s has brought an interesting story from Dr Maccon JC Macnamara in Corof(...)

About the same time that Winston Churchill was giving two Northern Irish counties a permanently bad name in 1922, a future Hollywood actor was growing(...)

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