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Dublin: 10 °C Wednesday 23 April, 2014

Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Thursday 16 January, 2014

‘I want to look at Roy before he was Keane,’ says film director Tynan

Last night it was announced that ‘Rockmount’ would be made as part of an Irish Film Board project.

Sean O’Brien remains the most important player in Irish rugby

The Leinster flanker is the man around whom Joe Schmidt’s Ireland plans will revolve.

8 things we learned from watching ‘The Armstrong Lie’

The new Lance Armstrong documentary will be released in Irish cinemas on 31 January.

Analysis: Midfield momentum shift guides Leinster home against Castres

O’Driscoll and D’Arcy were second best in the opening half against Castres, but turned things around thereafter.


# editors-picks - Wednesday 15 January, 2014

Simon Hick: French powers tightening their grip on European rugby

For European competition to have real credibility it needs the English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh to be realistic contenders, writes Simon Hick.

15 images to make you happy you’re not melting at the Australian Open this week

Temperatures at the Rod Laver Arena soared as high as 42 this week.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 14 January, 2014

Analysis: Munster’s strength lies in defensive tight work

Rob Penney’s men were superb at the breakdown and in the tackle to suffocate Gloucester.

# editors-picks - Sunday 12 January, 2014

David Gillick on the push to make PE a core examinable subject in Irish secondary schools

The Dublin-born athlete also chatted to us about his recent struggles with injury, “cheats” in athletics and his stint on Celebrity MasterChef Ireland.

# editors-picks - Saturday 11 January, 2014

Jonathan Wilson on Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win, 4-5-1 vs 4-4-2 and his favourites to win the World Cup

We spoke with the journalist and author about his new book on the Anfield club.

# editors-picks - Thursday 9 January, 2014

Heineken Cup frustration part of the learning curve for Ronan O’Gara

The former Munster and Ireland out-half tells that the Parisian club can still salvage their season.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 8 January, 2014

Simon Hick column: Dealing with O’Brien loss is Schmidt’s biggest challenge

The back row is the key area for Ireland, and without the powerful flanker something will be missing.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 7 January, 2014

Sons of All-Ireland winner making it big in the US

Darragh and Shane O’Neill are on the verge of carving out careers for themselves in two different sports.

# editors-picks - Monday 6 January, 2014

Toulon scalp the latest highlight in Prendergast’s growing career

The former Munster scrum-half has helped Grenoble rise up the Top 14 table in his role as skills coach.

# editors-picks - Sunday 5 January, 2014

‘If ROG has your trust, he has your back’: Meet the men who put O’Gara’s life on film

Four years after they began scrutinising the final chapter of Ronan O’Gara’s career, we caught up with the filmmakers who made ‘ROG’.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 1 January, 2014’s crystal ball: Here’s what our writers think will happen in 2014

How we think the World Cup, the Six Nations and other competitions will pan out over the next 12 months.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 31 December, 2013

Unforgettable: an oral history of the 2013 hurling championship, part 2

In the words of some of the men who made it happen, this is the story of a remarkable summer.

Unforgettable: an oral history of the 2013 hurling championship, part 1

In the words of some of the men who made it happen, this is the story of a remarkable summer.

# editors-picks - Monday 30 December, 2013

26 signs that you’re a hardcore Liverpool fan

Do you know all the words to the Anfield Rap? Then you probably have an unhealthy obsession with the club.

A sporting history of 2013 in 10 objects

From Davy’s Mi Wadi to Robert Heffernan’s gold.

# editors-picks - Sunday 29 December, 2013

‘Christy Ring wasn’t au fait with sports psychology but he practised an awful lot of its principles’

In the third and final part of our series, sports psychologist Kieran Shannon explains the GAA’s open mind when it comes to mental preparation.

# editors-picks - Saturday 28 December, 2013

‘I will never watch that match again’ – Corcoran on Ireland v All Blacks

The RTÉ commentator had the demanding task of covering the closing minutes of the heartbreaking defeat.

Inside the backroom: ‘Stats are there to confirm the coach’s opinion, not to direct it’

In part two of our series, Dublin’s head of performance analysis Ray Boyne talks us through the numbers game.

# editors-picks - Friday 27 December, 2013

‘Rugby saved my life’: The Irishman who climbed off a London bridge and wound up in Brazil

Michael Finnegan never dreamed of living the life of a rugby coach, but here he is.

Woof! It’s our 25 favourite AC Jimbo intros from Football Weekly

“Spain show Ireland who’s the real Lords of Gdansk with more Oles than a crowd of Frenchmen ordering their coffees.”

Inside the backroom: ‘In 1995, doing things like warm-ups and warm-downs was rocket science’

In the first of a three-part series, fitness coach Pat Flanagan talks us through the rise in strength and conditioning work in the GAA.

Michael Corcoran: Connacht’s win over Toulouse showed that ‘anything is possible’

RTÉ commentator Michael Corcoran relives the nail-biting win for the western province in the south of France

# editors-picks - Thursday 26 December, 2013

‘Our number one year’ – how Ireland’s cricketers won hearts, minds (and everything else) in 2013

A historic treble in 2013 showed just how far Irish cricket has come — and strengthened the country’s claims for Test recognition.

Fairytale summer moves the goalposts for London football

They rewrote the history books in 2013. Now London want to get to a stage where Championship wins are the rule, not the exception.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 25 December, 2013’s 50 favourite sports articles of 2013 (part 2)

Featuring Declan Kidney, Lance Armstrong, Aaron Hernandez, Mayo GAA and more.

Whole world in his hands: Jason Quigley just getting started after unforgettable 2013

National champion, European champion and world silver medallist in 2013. Where next for Irish boxing’s rising star?

# editors-picks - Tuesday 24 December, 2013’s 50 favourite sports articles of 2013 (part 1)

Featuring Manti Te’o, Mike Tyson, Conor Cusack, concussion in rugby and much more.

# editors-picks - Monday 23 December, 2013

Michael O’Hehir’s battle to broadcast the All-Ireland final from New York

A new book ‘The Fairytale In New York’ looks back at the famous decider in 1947.

The TV slots every sports fan needs to pencil in this Christmas

From a documentary about ROG to lots of Gary Lineker, there’s plenty to keep you off the streets over the next week.

# editors-picks - Sunday 22 December, 2013

‘I got a call from Canavan. Galvin had been in touch. That pissed me off.’

Owen Mulligan talks on his new book on last February’s controversial All-Ireland IFC club final against Paul Galvin’s club Finuge.

The Masked Man on Sheamus, Chris Benoit’s death and why wrestling is art

“The thing that people bring up is that wrestling’s fake, as if that’s some kind of insult, but that’s actually the most interesting thing about it.”

# editors-picks - Saturday 21 December, 2013

Interview: The man who completed his 1996 Premier League stickers album 17 years on

We chat to Adam Carroll-Smith, who’s written a book based on his achievement.

# editors-picks - Monday 16 December, 2013

Analysis: Leinster’s inaccuracy a stark contrast to Franklin’s Gardens

Matt O’Connor’s men will be frustrated with their attacking precision and breakdown work.

# editors-picks - Sunday 15 December, 2013

Fay: ‘Meath football started showing an arrogance and it’s never recovered from it’

In an extract from a new book, legendary Meath defender Darren Fay on the falllout from their 2001 semi-final thrashing of Kerry and final defeat to Galway.

Opinion: Until rugby changes its attitude to concussion, I won’t let my son play

Sport is not a matter of life or death, it’s much less important than that argues Steven O’Rourke.