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Like most things in life, a little planning goes a long way.
Stadia, pitches, football boots, jerseys and the football itself, have, since the World Cup tournament began in 1930 been drastically improved – all because of science.
Despite his reputation being torn to shreds by the media, Luis Suarez will remain hot property for companies eager to associate with one of the hottest, if most controversial, figures in sport, writes Paul Allen.
The real competition in Brazil is for ownership of the land and control of natural resources.
Opinion: Brian O’Driscoll is up there with sporting greats such as Pele – and it’s down to his mindset
Brian O’Driscoll has always backed himself and was never surprised when he succeeded. Let’s hope his legacy will be passed on to the next generation.
Giggsy was arguably the first of the celebrity footballers, a brave pioneer with fabulous bone structure in a world previously reserved for bouffant rock stars and toothy actors.
The GAA markets Croke Park as a world-class stadium but, after I was paralysed from the chest down in 2012, I’ve realised how it falls short for wheelchair users.
Alexandra Potter said she dreamed of playing for her county like her heroes Bernard Brogan and Stephen Cluxton, but Bulimia Nervosa soon took over.
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.
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.
Cavan GAA player Alan O’Mara shares his personal experience of living with depression.
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.
Former All-Star hurler Tony Griffin was inspired to act by the story of a cancer-stricken Jim Stynes.
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.
The history of public singing in Ireland suggests it emerges as a response to troubled times, writes Denis Buckley.
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.
Former GAA president Dr Mick Loftus explains why he ended his self-imposed ban.
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.
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.
One of Ireland’s few openly gay sports stars, Dónal Óg Cusack delivered this speech to launch the Foyle Pride Festival 2012 this week.
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.
Waterford man Alan Corcoran ran around the coast of Ireland to raise money for stroke awareness. Here he describes his experience.
Dunphy biographer, Jared Browne, argues that there’s more to the pundit than scathing one-liners.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our sports stars may seem like superheroes, but they’re just as fragile as you and I, writes sports psychologist Tadhg MacIntyre.
After the Welsh football manager’s suicide shocked the world, Francis Bowden describes the twisted logic of depression – and his own suicide attempt.
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…).
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.
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.
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.
Show racism it won’t faze you, I do, writes Shamrock Rovers star Rohan Ricketts.
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.
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.
A last gasp try by Scotland’s Joe Ansbro gave Andy Robinson’s men a 10-6 win over Ireland on Saturday.
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.