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From TheJournal.ie Vlog: I’ve finally started playing GAA – as an emigrant in Spain Bit Of The Auld Sod

Vlog: I’ve finally started playing GAA – as an emigrant in Spain

When I decided to emigrate to Spain for a more stable work life teaching English, I wondered how long would it take me to settle – GAA has made all the difference.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Some men (and women) still don’t believe that rape exists Ched Evans

Opinion: Some men (and women) still don’t believe that rape exists

Rapes by ‘monsters’ are actually a much rarer disease on the world. The greater epidemic is the violent men that can be found in kitchens, sports grounds and hotel rooms around the world.

From TheJournal.ie Debate Room: Should Ched Evans be allowed to return to professional football? Controversy

Debate Room: Should Ched Evans be allowed to return to professional football?

We asked two commentators to give their views on the issue…

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: What’s with all the extreme fitness challenges? Endurance

Opinion: What’s with all the extreme fitness challenges?

Endurance challenges are becoming more commonplace, but what are we trying to prove?

From TheJournal.ie Open Letter: It’s time to stamp out sexism in sports journalism Sexism

Open Letter: It’s time to stamp out sexism in sports journalism

As a freelance journalist covering rugby, I have seen how we are still a long way off from achieving gender equality.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The gender gap in sport is narrowing – let’s keep going in the right direction Women In Sport

Opinion: The gender gap in sport is narrowing – let’s keep going in the right direction

Women and girls are participating more in sports, and more consistently, in part because of strong examples set by homegrown female athletes.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Let’s move past the stereotypes and support our homegrown MMA athletes UFC

Opinion: Let’s move past the stereotypes and support our homegrown MMA athletes

Do you dismiss mixed martial arts as savage, dangerous and chaotic? Well, just think about how the average American might perceive hurling. It’s all about understanding the skill involved.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Forget the ‘Celtic Phoenix’ nonsense – Ireland’s Special Olympians should be our inspiration Ireland's Future

Opinion: Forget the ‘Celtic Phoenix’ nonsense – Ireland’s Special Olympians should be our inspiration

Special Olympians have risen above the sort of hardship most of us can barely imagine; their spirit should inspire Ireland’s national recovery.

Column: How running helped me cope with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Doug Leddin will run in Las Vegas this year to raise awareness of the Irish Society for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats Women In Sport

Opinion: Turn those angry tweets into bums on seats

There’s more hurling to be done in Croke Park this Sunday.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: How to stay productive during the World Cup finals World Cup

Opinion: How to stay productive during the World Cup finals

Like most things in life, a little planning goes a long way.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: This is the first World Cup where there has been outright agreement on… the football used Sport

Opinion: This is the first World Cup where there has been outright agreement on… the football used

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Brand Suarez now has even more bite Brand Luis

Opinion: Brand Suarez now has even more bite

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: The ugly cost of the beautiful game in Brazil World Cup

Opinion: The ugly cost of the beautiful game in Brazil

The real competition in Brazil is for ownership of the land and control of natural resources.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Brian O’Driscoll is up there with sporting greats such as Pele – and it’s down to his mindset BYE BYE BOD

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: Ryan Giggs is hanging up his boots – it’s truly the end of an era Giggsy

Opinion: Ryan Giggs is hanging up his boots – it’s truly the end of an era

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I couldn’t clearly watch my brother play in Croke Park because I’m in a wheelchair Croke Park

Opinion: I couldn’t clearly watch my brother play in Croke Park because I’m in a wheelchair

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.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: I had to drop out of Gaelic football training. Why? Because I was bulimic Eating Disorder

Opinion: I had to drop out of Gaelic football training. Why? Because I was bulimic

Alexandra Potter said she dreamed of playing for her county like her heroes Bernard Brogan and Stephen Cluxton, but Bulimia Nervosa soon took over.

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.

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