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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 16 April, 2014
From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I ran the New York City marathon Opinion

Column: Why I ran the New York City marathon

For marathoners, New York City is one of the most spectacular routes in the world. The finishing line is a sight that never ceases to amaze or bring a torrent of emotion to the surface, writes Jackie Cahill.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Strong language – can we ever ‘reclaim’ slurs and terms of abuse? Read Me

Column: Strong language – can we ever ‘reclaim’ slurs and terms of abuse?

After Tottenham fans were cautioned over the use of their traditional ‘yid army’ chant, Christie Louise Tucker writes that we are constantly renegotiating the use of language in our ever-evolving society.

From TheJournal.ie Column: I thought I was just trying to beat depression in a one-off fight A Footballer's Story

Column: I thought I was just trying to beat depression in a one-off fight

Cavan GAA player Alan O’Mara shares his personal experience of living with depression.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Should there be alcohol advertising in sport? Read Me

Column: Should there be alcohol advertising in sport?

As a recovering alcoholic I should say that alcohol advertising and sponsorship has no place in sport, but I can’t: I know there are few options for sports clubs and I need my GAA club to stay open, writes an anonymous contributor.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The 8 steps that helped me to turn my life around — and they can work for you too in 2013 Lessons

Column: The 8 steps that helped me to turn my life around — and they can work for you too in 2013

Former All-Star hurler Tony Griffin was inspired to act by the story of a cancer-stricken Jim Stynes.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I joined Dublin’s first Irish-speaking GAA club Opinion

Column: Why I joined Dublin’s first Irish-speaking GAA club

There were no social situations where Irish speakers could use the language. Na Gaeil Óga – an all-Irish GAA club – could change that, writes Ciarán Mac Fhearghusa.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Irish fans sing because it brings unity, and what else do we have? Opinion

Column: Irish fans sing because it brings unity, and what else do we have?

The history of public singing in Ireland suggests it emerges as a response to troubled times, writes Denis Buckley.

Column: Why I still believe in Lance Armstrong

Having come to know the controversial cycling superstar, former Clare hurler Tony Griffin says he does not feel let down by the ‘human, flawed’ Armtrong.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Why I went to the hurling final (after boycotting for years) Opinion

Column: Why I went to the hurling final (after boycotting for years)

Former GAA president Dr Mick Loftus explains why he ended his self-imposed ban.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The full story of the Hillsborough disaster is still to come Opinion

Column: The full story of the Hillsborough disaster is still to come

A report published last week shed light on an establishment cover-up but the full story of the 1989 stadium disaster is still to come, writes the Hillsborough Justice Campaign’s Sheila Coleman.

Column: Lingerie football? Our real sporting heroines deserve limelight first

Women’s sport is dismissed as a ‘niche interest’ – and it’ll stay that way until we give it more of the spotlight, writes Niamh O’Mahony.

Column: I’m not just from Cloyne, not just from Cork, not just a hurler. Not just a gay man.

One of Ireland’s few openly gay sports stars, Dónal Óg Cusack delivered this speech to launch the Foyle Pride Festival 2012 this week.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts Opinion

Column: Female Olympians are national heroes, not national sweethearts

The desire to see female athletes looking feminine at all times is a bit of a relic, says Lisa McInerney, but it doesn’t stop some people bodysnarking at female Olympians.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘Blisters and lost toenails’ – how I ran 35 marathons in 35 days Read Me

Column: ‘Blisters and lost toenails’ – how I ran 35 marathons in 35 days

Waterford man Alan Corcoran ran around the coast of Ireland to raise money for stroke awareness. Here he describes his experience.

Column: After years on the RTÉ football panel, why does Eamon Dunphy endure?

Dunphy biographer, Jared Browne, argues that there’s more to the pundit than scathing one-liners.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Planning to be an armchair supporter this summer? Here’s some advice. Opinion

Column: Planning to be an armchair supporter this summer? Here’s some advice.

If you’re going to watch the European Championships and the Olympics this summer then you need to prepare. Start by buying a giant couch, writes David Slattery.

Column: ‘People are dying without ever having had justice’ – Hillsborough 23 years on

Today marks 23 years since 96 Liverpool supporters died at Hillsborough. Sheila Coleman writes on the ongoing battle for justice for the families and survivors of that fateful day.

Jim Stynes inspired thousands to reach for the sky… including me

Former All Star hurler Tony Griffin travelled to Melbourne recently to learn about Jim Stynes’ charity work. This is what he learned from the Dublin-born AFL icon who passed away yesterday at 45.

Column: I lost my leg but now I aim to make Irish amputee football history

Simon Baker was a plasterer until a workplace accident ultimately saw his leg amputated. Here he explains how he found new hope in amputee football – and is aiming to make Ireland a real contender in the sport.

From TheJournal.ie Column: The Ireland women’s rugby team is being ignored. They deserve better. Opinion

Column: The Ireland women’s rugby team is being ignored. They deserve better.

The squad is treated as an afterthought with a media blackout and chronic underfunding. This would never happen to the men’s team, writes Joan O’Connell.

Column: Why are Ireland’s top athletes struggling to make ends meet?

Olympic hopeful Ciarán Ó Lionáird is one of many Irish athletes under financial pressure. It’s not easy, but nothing can stop him from reaching his goal in London this summer, he writes.

Column: We need to put the humanity back into sport performance

Our sports stars may seem like superheroes, but they’re just as fragile as you and I, writes sports psychologist Tadhg MacIntyre.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Gary Speed, like others in his position, was scared Read Me

Column: Gary Speed, like others in his position, was scared

After the Welsh football manager’s suicide shocked the world, Francis Bowden describes the twisted logic of depression – and his own suicide attempt.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ireland is ready for Euro 2012 – but are Poland and Ukraine? Opinion

Column: Ireland is ready for Euro 2012 – but are Poland and Ukraine?

Six new stadiums, a €22 billion bill, and frantic English lessons for its citizens – Liam Nolan looks at how Ukraine and Poland are preparing to host next year’s European Championships (and why Ireland are lucky they’ll be playing in Poland…).

Column: have you heard about Ireland’s other European Championships bid this week?

A group of young students set up the country’s FootballTennis association after a late-night email to the world governing body. Now they’re off to the Euros.

Column: Football fans are taking back control of their clubs – and it’s working

This year’s League of Ireland has shown that supporter-run clubs can be successful. But it’s about much more than results on the pitch, writes Kevin Rye of Supporters Direct.

Column: If the cards fall my way, I’ll win €6million in Vegas this week

Dubliner Eoghan O’Dea leaves for Vegas today for the final of the World Series of Poker Main Event. He’s ready to sit down at the big table, he writes.

Column: This is how I dealt with racism from the terraces last week

Show racism it won’t faze you, I do, writes Shamrock Rovers star Rohan Ricketts.

Column: I’ve learned lessons of last Rugby World Cup

Next up for Ireland? Eddie O’Sullivan’s USA side in New Zealand next month. It will be ‘a little strange’, the former Irish head coach writes.

From TheJournal.ie Column: ‘We train indoors, unless it clashes with a kids’ birthday party’ Emigration

Column: ‘We train indoors, unless it clashes with a kids’ birthday party’

As Ireland’s young people emigrate, GAA clubs are springing up in unlikely locations – and becoming centres for a unique community, writes Philip O’Connor from Sweden.

Ansbro try settles tight encounter between Scotland and Ireland at Murrayfield

A last gasp try by Scotland’s Joe Ansbro gave Andy Robinson’s men a 10-6 win over Ireland on Saturday.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Galway United chiefs are risking economic stability for short-lived success Opinion

Column: Galway United chiefs are risking economic stability for short-lived success

Former CEO of Galway United writes about how other League of Ireland clubs have heeded advice to rein in spending on their playing squad – but how he feels Galway Utd are risking it all to do the opposite.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Football is failing its gay and lesbian fans – as well as players Opinion

Column: Football is failing its gay and lesbian fans – as well as players

Football associations have put the boot into racism. Now it’s time to tackle the rampant homophobia as well, writes TeaAndToast.ie’s Mick Reynolds.