Lesson Plans created by Fiona Kirwan - An Initiative from NewsBrands Ireland - Scoilnet

Lesson Plans created by Fiona Kirwan - An Initiative from NewsBrands Ireland - Scoilnet
Lesson Plans
 created by Fiona Kirwan

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14                  Lessons 18 & 19

                                            Material to be used
                  Sport                     Read through pages 32 to 35.

                    Pages:                  After these have been read, either silently and independently, or
                                            with the group as a whole each student should take a newspaper
                32 33 34 35                 and do the following

                                            Optional Sports Writing Tutorial:

                                            1. Write down the name of their paper and date published.
                                            2. Source a piece of sports writing in their paper.
                                            3. Identify whether it is a match report, interview or sports
                                               feature article.
                                            4. Write down the headline/ sub head and byline (if they are
                40 -80 mins                    present).

                                            Options for discussion/ analysis:

                 nlo                        •   If looking at a match report, select words and phrases the
                w                               writer used to ‘set the scene’.

                   Handout for              •   Assess how clearly or accurately the writer captured the
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                 analysing Sports               action.
                                            •   Note any factual details included.
                  PDF to print/
                   photocopy                •   If analysing an interview piece select words and phrases the
                                                writer used to ‘set the scene’ for the interview.
                                            •   Choose questions asked by the interviewer which were
                                                particularly good in your opinion.
                                            •   Decide were there any questions which could have been left
                                                out or write some that you’d have liked answered.

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Analysing Sports Writing                                                                                      2017/

  1. Write down the name of your paper and the date of publication..


  2. Source a piece of sports writing in your paper.

  3. Identify whether it is a match report, interview or sports feature article.


  4. Write down the headline/ sub head and byline (if they are all there)

      Headline: _______________________________________________________________________
      Sub Head: ______________________________________________________________________
      Byline: _________________________________________________________________________

  Match Report: (not all the prompts will suit your article) :

      • Select words and phrases the writer used to ‘set the scene’ for the match? (where the game was being
      played, significance of the game, key players named etc.)?

      • How well did the writer capture the action in the match described? (note phrases or words that
      helped you understand the sequence of events or the build-up in tension.)

      • What kind of factual details were included in the match report?

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     • Select words and phrases the writer used to ‘set the scene’ for the interview? (where the interview
     was taking place and when, how they introduce to the person they are interviewing, key information on
     the person given etc.)

     • What questions asked by the interviewer did you think were particularly good?

     • Were there any questions you’d take out of the interview or were there any that you’d like to add in?

     • What was the most interesting thing you learned about the person from this interview?

 In pairs or small groups decide the following:

     • Which match report/ interview/ or article did you prefer?

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     • Compare the way the pieces of sports writing were similar using the points you made when analysing
     the pieces earlier..

     • Which would be the preference in the group; match reports, interviews or in-depth articles on a sports
     topic? Why do you think this is the preferred one??

     • To what extent did photos and layout add to or take from the appeal of the pieces of sports writing you
     looked at? Explain your answer.?

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      What makes
      a good sports
     The ingredients that make a sports
     reporter are similar to that of a decent
     stew. An unorthodox comparison,
     but bear with us! No one dominant
     component        brings     about   that
     delectable flavour, more a combination
     of everything flung into the pot. A good
     sports reporter possesses every kind of
     spice you will find in a kitchen cabinet,
     and more.

     You can write, sure, but can you
     investigate? Can you sniff out a back
     page lead? Can you ask the hard
     questions? Can you go where no one
     else is willing to go? Above everything
     else, are you willing to do all of the

     Many exceptional writers didn’t or don’t
     have the work ethic to cut it. Sports
     reporting does not entail sitting at
     your desk, waxing lyrically about your
     favourite soccer team.

     Heck, most sports reporters have never
     seen the inside of an office. You are on
     the beat all day, every day and you have
     to know how to utilise that. If Henry
     Shefflin is cutting the tape on some new
     clubhouse in the middle of nowhere, get
     yourself there and ask him how long his
     injury will keep him out of action.

     Come away with a story. Objectivity is
     another important rule. Credit where
     credit is due and likewise, criticise when
     criticism is called for. Last, but by no
     means least, a good sports reporter
     is one who is prepared to start at the
     bottom and work their way up.

     Ewan MacKenna and Vincent Hogan
     all started somewhere and you can
     be sure it wasn’t on the pages of this
     country’s most respected national
     newspapers. All-Ireland finals and Six
     Nations clashes are covered by those
     with years of experience. Be prepared
     for U10 soccer games and schools
     camogie finals. The path ahead is long
     and winding, but know that when you
     eventually reach the summit, the view is
     out of this world.
                                                  AFTER THE BATTLE by Dan Sheridan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    THURSDAY 13.07.2017
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Top man Colm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            deserves more                                     farce is just
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              tip of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ULTIMATELY, Clare footballers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             didn’t get
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           over the line against Mayo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        last Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           but the fact that they threatened
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          long periods, having earlier          to for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          all the way, should be recognised Kerry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          triumph of Colm Collins’             as a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Clare’s progress in recent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         seasons may
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         have been bracketed with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tipperary’s but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Collins (above) isn’t working
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         with players of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the pedigree that Liam
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Kearns has.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Tips to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Clare have never won the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         under-21 title while their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    last victory at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        minor level was way back
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in 1953.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This year they reached
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     the Munster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        minor final but their previous
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        at that stage was in 1994.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in Offaly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The last time they reached
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         a provincial
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       under-21 decider was in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2002. In the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       interim, Tipperary have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  been in eight minor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       finals, claimed a pair of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 under-21 titles and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       competing in seven Munster
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       finals at that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       grade since 2007.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Having also guided Clare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to Division Two                                                                                                                                                                                DON’T TELL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and a first All-Ireland quarter-final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      appearance last year, Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THE WIFE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       has made so                                                                                                                                                                                    Pat Flanagan was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      much from so little.                                                                                                                                                                                                            told by his other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And while it was embarrassing                                                                                                                                                                                                half that he had
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Clare hurlers’ support was            that the                                                                                                                                                                                   lost his job as

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    so heavily                                                                                                                                                                                         Offaly football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     outnumbered in Thurles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 on Sunday, the                 AMID the fallout surrounding                                                                                                                                                boss
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     fact that Mayo fans swamped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the home                 Pat Flanagan, a far                      Offaly Hurling Pathway, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     crowd in Ennis the day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               before was arguably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               controversy in Offaly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          greater        document which was 39-page GAA website proved to be an                                    Offaly GAA receives a €40,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     even worse.                                                                                                                       officially exhausting challenge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               slipped under the radar. GAA              submitted to the county
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       board on finally acted upon. before it was grant from the Leinster Council

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   is no limit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         April 1, 2015.                                                                        which is supposed to go
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Could Flanagan’s departure                The report wasn’t acted                   A clear the air meeting was                                             towards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               senior football manager have as                                                                                         held AIT’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        however, as the board sat on, on May 9, at which the need for moneyS&C work, so where is this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     IT could be a long five years                             handled better? Possibly. Was been       hands before it was leaked        on its communicat ion
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            between the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         is going?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the GAA.                                             it the                                                                                               It’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Criticism of the broadcasting                         biggest scandal to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hit            several media outlets, includingto committee and the board to thats one of a number of questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        deal with             GAA in recent years? It wasn’tOffaly                                                  improve dramatically                               Mirror Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sky Sports has been steady
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    since the pair            the biggest of last week.      even       this one, a full 13                                                            was Offaly GAA only to has put to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    first hooked up in 2014,                                                                            months later, belatedly                           stressed.                                                    be told there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              but it’s grown                                                                                                                                                   would     be no response, as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   louder this year and is                                        On Friday it emerged that            humiliating the                                          That the committee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   increase in the coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             only likely to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Offaly Hurling Implementat the into adopting board                                              didn’t hear from an c ounty ’s f l a gship hurlin g
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             summers, with the                                                   ion                    it.                                                                   teams     continue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   five-year arrangement                                       Committee, chaired by                      The Offaly Hurling                                   elected board official                            to fall well off the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             due to run until
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   2021.                                                      Hogan and containing Liam I m p l e m e n t a                                                    thereafter proved to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              other                         tion                                                                While there are very capable
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        After being granted a number                          former Offaly hurlers                    Committee, comprising                                   a tipping point.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    matches in recent years,            of dud
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Sky has enjoyed a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              recent vintage in Brian more many of the same                                                                                   people
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Another was the some involved with Offaly GAA,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      are hopelessly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    better quality this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              David Kenny and Michael                 members as the review                                   lack of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Brian Carroll underageprogress               with asked to be a square overworked or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   helped by Kilkenny’s rare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                presence in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              among others, had steppedVerney, c o m m i t t e e , w a                                                      development hole.                        peg in a round
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             down.                               s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hurling qualifiers while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             also securing one of                It’s a tribute to these people’s then established to couldn’t get an squads, for whom has For the past year the county
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the Munster hurling semi-finals.                          patience that it took so long            roll out the pathway underage paper Athlone IT was to                                       had no PRO.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       With ‘Super 8’ in 2018 meaning                                                       before report,                                                    o v e r s e e st re n g t h      At the end of 2016, outgoing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  football games and the                more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             it finally cracked.                               with Carroll’s            published                                           secretary      Tommy Byrne was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             hurling                            After a dismal showing                appointment as                                          and c onditionin g
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Championship also set
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to be expanded, the              2014 Championship, the in the director of hurling coaching                                       having entered an reappointed as chairman 12 years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            after first holding the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  broadcasting rights will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             have to be revised              Hurling Review CommitteeOffaly cornerstone of the project.                     a arrangement with Offaly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               GAA.         when a player strike broke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  and the strong likelihood
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              is that Sky will              formed in the hope of revivingwas           Initially, things appeared                 The committee questioned
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the in frustration at                       out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 enjoy exclusivity for more                                                                    the   be progressing well before            to   sparsity of work    being                                          a  number of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               than just 14                 county’s flagging fortunes.                                                  the in this regard and carried out issues, including the treatment
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 games from next year on.                                      Diarmuid Healy, who inspired resurfacing of the board’s lack                                               learned only managers.                                 of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     It wasn’t surprising that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Paraic Duffy                 their breakthrough in                    of tolerance for the committee, last week that the individual
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the                                                     responsible for rolling                       You could describe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 didn’t engage in a debate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with pundits who              was brought on board though80s, which felt repeatedly undermined. process                                          out this                                        hi s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pilloried the Sky deal this                               and others eventually               he      Carroll produced a thoroughly                    in the college had moved re-election as Offaly’s Donald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              week.                                                      quit in in-depth player                               on several                                  Trump moment but that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    But, with more stick inevitably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on the               frustration at the county
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       board.                        pathway document adequate months ago,with no be wholly unfair                                         would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                way, that stance won’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          be sustainable for                  Hogan remained                        for players aged from four                             replacement to work                                       on the US
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to  18 with the Offaly underage                      electorate.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the GAA all the way to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2021.                            spearheaded the production a n d but even requesting something as                                                  players.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  With this, they felt their position         At least they could claim
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           of the simple as uploading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            it on the Offaly was no longer                                didn’t quite know what they they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               tenable.                   letting themselves in for.        were

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sport is news
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Sports writers work to some of the tightest deadlines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in journalism and are still expected to uphold all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        same professional, legal and ethical standards, so
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        having that solid foundation of what it means to be a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        reporter is fundamental. Sports reporting could take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        a journalist anywhere.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Read everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you want to end up as a sports journalist or, to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        honest, any type of journalist, listen to the radio,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        monitor Twitter, watch TV, read the papers with as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        professional an eye as you can.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Follow the best in the business. Look at what they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        are doing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Absorbing the styles and techniques of the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        writers will not only help to influence your writing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        style and structure but also help to develop that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        eye for a story, of what is newsworthy and how to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        pursue it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           OHN MEYLER is not sure
                       LEINSTER                         WASPS                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           12-PA                                              of the exact year but he

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           reckons David was 12, pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sibly 13, when he realised

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         RACING                                            his son’s talent with a ball

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             FOR CROS:KCOESOPER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            at his feet exceeded that of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                a hurl in his hand.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  For a man steeped in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              decided to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                of Cork GAA, Meyler Snr


             LOWE AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                test his son’s ability by bringing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 a soccer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to Liverpool to take part in
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RTIE                                                                          camp one Christmas.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S AND
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     2018                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘We did it on the QT,’ he reveals.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   be like
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 wanted to see what he would

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          O’NEILL: WE ALL HAVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in a different environment.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The pair set off for Merseyside
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  of snow
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and arrived to find two feet
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                locked. ‘It
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 and the gates to the camp of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  was cancelled because turned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  weather,’ John recalls.     ‘We
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                What else
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  around and went home.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  could we do?’                       David

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          A POINT TOt PR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    As he has done ever since, last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SEE                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Meyler just got on with it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PAGE                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Monday night the 28-year-old over
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  tained his country to victory for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         35                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Wales as Ireland qualified
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   World Cup play-off.             journey

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       to a World Cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Along every step of the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         David Meyler led his country
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   has been his father pointing for

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               SEE                                                  ways for improvement, striving ‘I

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Irish boss hits rese                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and character
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    more, but always supporting.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        play-off showing the resilience through a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    don’t think he’s a father             ago.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              40-41                                                 he gave up on that five years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    He’s more my personal

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              IRELAND SNUB
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that has enabled him to endur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    now,’ Meyler said in jest prior this
           SWASHBUCKLING LEINSTER GET                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               2-0 win over Moldova        earlier

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of setbacks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    month. ‘I wouldn’t change

           EUROPEAN DEFENCE OFF TO                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 share

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       His performance against

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tion and was borne from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     was one of self-sacrifice, spirit of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           career that has had
           PERFECT START WITH MAGNIFICENT                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            unwavering dedication and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     which has been cultivated
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     from his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     match card and got their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     names so I

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and repre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     earliest moments.                                Villa and Manchester City,at the Foyle         kept an eye out.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Meyler hailed the win as ‘probably            sented Blackburn Rovers radar.                   Timing in football is everything
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the best moment of my                 cru-      Cup, yet remained under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Fallon had just started working
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for new
          PAGE 8                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      career’ – one which was almost
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by injury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          place in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He couldn’t even get a regularat Cork                                         as his scout
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Sunderland manager Keanethe beat for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      elly snatched from him                  the     Alan Mathews’ starting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in Ireland after years on a couple of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and has seen him overcome                                                              mid-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ahead of the more experienced                                 Hotspur.   After
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘KEANE SAId
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        person-                                                      Tottenham

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              FOR DOHERTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      toughest of obstacles, both                     fielder partnership of Colin
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Healy and                                   Fallon acted
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     viewings for the U19s, with Keane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ally and professionally,                                                      course of his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cork is        Joe Gamble. And then the                       swiftly and his relationship directly and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         If Cardiff was the peak,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  TO SENd hIm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       life changed in the middle                     meant he could contact him
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       where the ascent began.             leave       thanks to an off-the-cuff
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      avoid the rigmarole of going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 his  son                                           the FAI head-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         IN THE FRAME: Keane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         John Meyler watched
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       for school but had no idea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       it would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            18, in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in one the many offices at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       quarters in Abbotstown.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the chief scout.                 to Sunder-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ‘I wanted to get him over was high
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   OvER TO

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Keane is in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          time. He  was                                                    former
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       be for the   final                                 John Fallon, the senior  team’s                                            He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Year at                                                       land as quickly as I could.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        his Leaving Certificate                         kitman and one of the few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       confidantes                                         in those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       energy and more of an attackerover for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      school in                                          was still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Bruce College, a private at some
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cork city, and the call came to say
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Roy Keane could call upon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        working for the associa-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       days. Roy said he was coming the air-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       a game so I picked him up Cork’s first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RIGhT AwAy’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        point in the late morning phoned

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         line to take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        tion when referees                             port and we drove to     watch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        David had not shown up. He and the              assessor Paul Brady                                                          off the bench
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       team play. David didn’t get anyway.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        his son for an explanation                      told him about a game                          but Roy said send him overtrial Keane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        conversation was curt.                  not     he had been at involv-                           At the end of a week’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘The school have said you’re                   ing Cork’s Under 19s.                                                      he  wanted   the

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on U21s job
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        called Fallon  to tell him                                                                                                      down to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        there.’                                            ‘He said the striker                                                       in the region                                 first team       diagnosis was swift. ‘I went
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        midfielder and once a fee with cash-            After breaking into the                      the dressing room and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     physio told
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ‘Yeah, I know. I’m not.’                       was decent and they                                                                                                        Bruce, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of €250,000 was arranged travelled             under new manager Steve                       me it was his cruciate,’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Meyler Snr
      James Lowe goes over                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 ‘Well, where are ye?’                         had a good                                         strapped Cork, Meyler                                                       towards                                        does that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ‘I’ve left. I’ve signed for                                                                                                            the  pair signed five-year contracts By that       explains. ‘I said “f***, what means a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           CHAMPIONS CUP: LEINSTER ������523
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              with his father to negotiate
      to score one of his two

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Christie to get nod ahead of
      tries during last night’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          City.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          midfielder.                                                                                  the end of the 09/10 season.the eye of        mean?” He was straight,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Aidan Fitzmaurice                                                                                I asked                                              deal.                                   point Meyler had also caughtTrapattoni
      comfortable victory for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            And that was that.                            for the                                                ‘I asked Alan Mathews what 18-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the                                                 year out”.                        day with
      Leinster against Wasps
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ‘His mother wasn’t too                                                                                                                     Ireland manager Giovanni                         ‘On the  train  the following

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           WASPS ����������������������������������
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ROBBIE Keane is in the                                                                                                                                going rate would be for                and was planning on attending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a sum-                                     need to stay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         happy about it all,’ Meyler                                                                                                                                                                  his mother I said “I think I “no, you go

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                year-old in the Premier League
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          frame to take over as                                                                                                                                                                                       camp.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Snr continues. ‘We both asked                                                                                                                       training                                 here with him”, but he said

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 award-winning defender
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 cent  mer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          manager of the struggling                                                                                                                             and made sure to add 50 per A                                              in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Yet when his family arrivedvisit of                                            mam”. I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   FAI                   him, “what are you going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to do?”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 to that,’ Meyler Snr laughs. of                                                      on away home and look after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ireland U21 team, if the                                                                                                                                                                             east of England for the                                                          in

   Danish boss Hareide says he                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        said to myself “there is something
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and his response was simple:                                                                             year after dropping         out       north                         May there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          decide to move Noel King                       going to be a full-time professional                                                                                                           Manchester United in early David’s            this fella, he’ll be alright”.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   school, Meyler’s new                 were mixed emotions. While                                                        the fol-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The road to recovery beganMeyler’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     BLUES CRUISE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SEE       aside.                                          footballer with Cork City”.                                                                                began. ‘David took off like

   spoken with O’Neill since play-o                                                                                                                    Keane won’t entertain talk of                                                                      INSIDE MONDAY'S                                                                                                                                                                                              45)                                                                                                     PAGES
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               King has been in charge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of the U21s since 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       but                   ‘That showed me something,and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          was saying “I’m going to do showed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ROARING                                                      rocket,’ Fallon remembers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        career was beginning to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mother Stella had just been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   blossom, his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      diagnosed        lowing day and that is whenhis family
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bond with Henderson and
                                   ff fallout                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KO7�45)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              And then it came crashing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           REP OF IRELAND v DENMARK (Live Sky Spts,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         SUCCESS: It                                                                                                                                                                  club physio
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                36-37                                                                                                                                                                                                   with breast cancer.                            strengthened, along with oversaw a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     FOR CHAMPS
                                                                                                                                                       stopping Dubs’ ‘drive for five’                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the side has never come                         give it everything I have”.                                                                                   down just as quickly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         David Meyler                                                                                                                  to be pre-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Soon – in the 37th minute

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a deci-                                                                                                                                                     David Binningsley who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          he was a guy who could make feet.’
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Czech Republic

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          close to Euro qualification                                                                                                                                      Sunderland’s two great                                             with

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         captained                                                                                                           thoughts  were                                         saw  the Cork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         in                                            two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           sion and stand on his own far from                                                                                                            cise – the family’s                            rehab programme which
   SOCCER                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Aidan Fitzmaurice                                                                                                                                                and Thursday’s 3-1 loss                                                                        Ireland at the                                                  field hopes were Meyler                                   to the ground
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           mid-                                          David when he crumpled Evra. The               native return within six months.
                                                                                                      pressure to deliver a
                                                                                                                                    result with last                                                                                                                                                                                                               MARTIN O’Neill is ready                                           France

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    serious mis-                                                     LEINSTER laid down a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Israel ended any faint hopes                       At that stage, Meyler was of Ire-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a rising star in the League had tri-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Cardiff City                                      and          Jordan Henderson, and            after a tackle on Patrice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         all round, it would be a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Stadium last                                       they also became good friends.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to take a big gamble on

  Daniel McDonnell                                                                                    month’s opening UEFA
                                                                                                                                                       GAELIC GAMES                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of reaching Euro 2019.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     stunning Champions Cup                                                                                                 land. In his earlier teens he Aston
                                                                                                                                     Nations League                                                      a shovel, we’ll get the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                e

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         take on our part to underestimatto
                                                                                                      defeat to Wales leaving
                                                                                                                                     Ireland on the                                                     then we’ll start thinking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 shovel first and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He doubles up as the                                               Forest,                week
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     marker as they began
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Ireland’s Nations League
                                                                                                      ropes in the new competition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      going
   DENMARK manager Age                                                                                                                                                                                                              about that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Ireland, they are probably                                                                                                                                                                                         als at Nottingham
   hasn’t spoken with Martin
                              Hareide says he                                                           O’Neill says that an expected                    Michael Verney                                 one,” Keane said at Kerry’s                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        FAI’s head of internation-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Centre of                                                                                                                                                                                                     of revenge,”                                                    the defence of their

                              O’Neill since the                                                      of more than 46,000 is evidenceattendance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be looking for some kind
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   hopes tonight by leav-                                                                                                                                                                                                   al recruitment and it’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Excellence in Currans.

   tense fallout from last                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Portugal

                           November’s World                                                                                                the public                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                European crown with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Republic of Ireland

                                                                                                     have retained support in                            GIVEN their unprecedented                        With a plethora of underage
   Cup playoff.                                                                                                                   his side, although     at minor level, Kerry have success                                                talent                                                                                                                                                                        he said.                                                                                                                                                           thought that some FAI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ing the Premier League’s                                                                                                                          49-point victory over
                                                                                                     the FAI have declined                                                                              available to him from                                                                                                                                                                                                                             players
    Hareide (right) annoyed
  wich team-mate by thanking former Nor-
                                                                                                     many tickets were actually confirm how             as one of the few viable been touted
                                                                                                                                                                                                       row minor squads, there five-in-a-                                                                                                                                                                                    O’Neill will only inform his                                                                                                                                   figures want him to focus
                                                                                                                                                                                  candidates to                                     will be great
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          of the starting XI 90 minutes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           before                                                     Wasps at the RDS.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   player of the month, Matt

                                                                                                                                      sold – with a
  space they gave Christian Ireland for the                                                                                                             thwart Dublin’s ‘drive                         expectations in Kerry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on that job and step away

                                                                                                     number of free tickets                                                     for five’ but that’s with                       under Keane

                            Eriksen                                                                                            handed out to local                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   form with a                                                         The defending
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          kick-off. But, despite his

  thrashing that ended O’Neill’s in the 5-1           “I haven’t spoken to Martin                   schoolboy clubs.                                    far from the mind of new                             anything but All-Ireland
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            from the U21 role.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Doherty, out of his side.
                                                                                    O’Neill since                                                                                   Kingdom                                               success
                                   World Cup                                                                                                           senior football boss Peter                      viewed as a failure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                               saw him                                                     champions were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          high-flying Wolves side which
 ambitions.                                        then. I don’t know if                               “I don’t think the fans have
                                                                             their players were     team by any stretch of             deserted the       Addressing the media
                                                                                                                                                                                    Keane.               While well aware of such                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Keane has already been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Republic take on Den-
    The Ireland manager suggested                  tired but there was more                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of the                                                    favourites coming
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          named Premier League player
                                                                                                                                 the                                              last                                                demands,
                                    last week                                  space for Eriksen    said O’Neill, who conceded imagination,”           the first time since being night for            Keane feels a dose of realism                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mentioned as the FAI’s
 that the Danish supremo                           than in the first half,” said
                                                                                                    performances are needed. better home
                                                                                                                                                                                    unveiled as                                          is needed     In the eye of the storm, where                                                                                                                                                                     Doherty                                                     into their first game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mark in a rematch of the
                                                                                 Hareide. “They
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          month ahead of Eden Hazard,
                            had told a third                                                                                                                                                          after a disastrous 2018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             ideal U21 team boss. The
 party he regretted the comments.                  changed their formation                                                                             Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s                                                     season.
                                                                                                                                                                                 successor, triple are
                                                                                and that might                                                         All-Ireland minor-winning                           looking at where we are “If you             does Martin O’Neill go from                                                                                                                                                                     bench.                                                         of the new European
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          will start the game on the
                                                   be the reason. We expect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             38-year-old has been out
   But Hareide said last night
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    World Cup play-off which
                                that the pair                                 them at their best                                                                                      manager                                          in 2018, we
haven’t had a discussion                          (this evening) and we                                                                                Keane was quick to put
                                                                                                                                                       Dubs on the back burner. talk of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                      are a long way from that,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he said.           here? After Ireland’s clash                                                                                                                                              O’Neill is expected to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           a three-                                                   season but few ex-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of football since he left
                           – and
Ireland to be on a revenge he expects             they are probably looking them because                                                                                                                “Wouldn’t that be lovely
evening at the Aviva Stadium mission this           Denmark are without
                                                                               for revenge.”
                                                                                                          Daniel McDonnell: Under pressure               “I suppose I haven’t even                    an All-Ireland) but there (winning
                                                                                                                                                                                                     point in sitting here talking much
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with Denmark,                                                                                                the Danes won 5-1.                                            man defence, with James
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Mc-                                                     pected the rout that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indian side Kolkata last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ensued in this Pool 1 tie.
                                                                                                                                                                                     a panel
                               (7.45).            return to Ballsbridge,
                                                                              Eriksen for their
                                                                                                          O’Neill has two games to save               picked so where would                                                                            DANIEL McDONNELL,                                                                                                Another defeat to Åge Harei-                                   Clean and Cyrus Christie
                                                                            with O’Neill under                                          his job P2-3                            I start on                                            about that.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             year but is highly regarded
                                                                                                                                                      that one without a panel.
                                                                                                                                                                                  That’s like
                                                                                                                                                                                                     My priority is to try and
                                                                                                                                                                                                     together and cracking
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 put a panel          VINCENT HOGAN and                                                                                              de’s men would push Ireland                                        as wing-backs and Shane                                                           Luke McGrath and the
                                                                                                                                                      digging a field and you                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in Abbotstown.
                                                                                                                                                                               don’t even have                                 on
                                                                                                                                                                                                    CONTINUED ON PAGE from there.”                    DAVID KELLY assess what the                                                                                    closer to relegation from                                           Duffy, John Egan and                                                          scintillating James Lowe
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 The FAI announced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 of                                    Kevin Long as the back                                                          both scored twice, while
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SPORT GAA: ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RYAN BYRNE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              BIG ISSUES: THE KEY QUESTIONS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              THAT COULD DECIDE TODAY’S FINAL
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Passion play: A young
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Waterford supporter                   Galway’s best chance of winning?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        celebrates a score and,                 Denis Walsh Dominate Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       inset, former Waterford                                                         in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                the air in a way Kilkenny and Cork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          hurler Mossie Walsh,                  failed to do and ignite the goal threat
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Ursula Walsh and David                  that has been dormant this summer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Walsh                 Michael Foley Attack Waterford’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               strengths down the middle of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               field. Use their physical size to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pressurise Waterford’s defensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               system early on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Henry Shefflin The physicality,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              strength and most importantly the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              skill of their six forwards. Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              haven’t met such a forward division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              this year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Christy O’Connor Playing around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the Waterford sweeper but still
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             exerting their aerial authority up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to get them on the back foot
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             What is Waterford’s best chance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DW Keep it tight and close for as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             as possible and explore whatever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             doubts may still haunt Galway going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            down the home stretch
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            MF Make Galway’s big men feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            smaller under the high ball, make
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Galway doubt their own gameplan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and, crucially, tighten up their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            HS Getting a good early start, build
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           up a few points lead and then with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           minutes to go bring on that explosive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           speed from the bench
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           COC Get ahead early, force Galway

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           off their stride, and convert a very
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           high percentage of their scoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           What is the key match-up?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DW Joe Canning and his Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shadow, possibly Philip Mahony.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Galway don’t depend wholly on
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Canning anymore but need his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          MF The battles at centrefield will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         immense. Supremacy in that area
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         fuelled both teams drive on this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         HS Moran/Barron v Coen/Burke
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         centrefield. Waterford have won
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         these battles in the last few matches
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         and they contributed a lot of scores
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         COC Conor Cooney v Barry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Coughlan. Coughlan mostly looks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        break ball for the sweeper but

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           A lifetime of dreams and hope have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Cooney is a different challenge,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              been invested by                                                                                                                                                                                                                          especially in the air.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           many Waterford supporters for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Who will win and why?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a day such as this                                                                                                                                                                                                                            DW Galway. There is more depth
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        variety to their attack and at last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        defence looks settled and balanced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MF Waterford have often caused
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       problems for Galway. Might be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       gaining momentum at the right
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       HS I am giving a tentative nod to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Galway. I know there will be a big
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Waterford performance but with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       such a good spine in the Galway
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      team and that hurt from losing the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      2015 final fresh in their minds I think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      will carry them to victory
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      COC Galway. Their greater firepower,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and ability to shoot from distance,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Denis Walsh                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     should get them over the line.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      and little relics of his journey in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                van of Previs was a cargo of 11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Waterford teams. In the love affair                                            pilgrims, includ- going to give
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ave Walsh was a boy of ten played                                            glory ing his eight children.                                              up. But there were hard [the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                no material part. It was no                                          No Garda road- times. In my                                                    Waterford board secretary] told
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    when his late father Willie grounds                                                  blocks were encountered.                                         time we went down to Divi- them                                                  tragically in a car accident in 2012
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                for attachment. A lot of the time                                                          sion Three hurling. We were beaten                       they couldn’t. Waterford had won                                                  it left
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    took him to the 1963 All-Ire- it                                                        Shane Ahearne was the assistant                                                           by the under-21 All-Ireland the                      such a hole in Walsh that he stepped
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        was a mirage in the middle distance;                                                               Mayo in a League match in Dungarvan.                                              year before from Waterford.                              away
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    land final against Kilkenny, lot                                                 a coach to Gerald McCarthy that                                                                    I and that whole crop of players                                         For four years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    were lowed the team from a distance. he fol-

          • Interview a local sporting hero. Invite
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         of the time it was less than that.                                                    year. His played for ten years
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Waterford’s last for 45 years.                                                       playing career had started weeks                                          but in my first five nearly lost [in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Walsh started Waterford’s first                                                             after years I played five                                               the mid-90s]. Then Gerald
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   They scored 6-8 that day and porters’                                         sup- Waterford had been massacred                                                      championship McCarthy came in                                         “I couldn’t face it,” he says. “Mary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               club in 1992, the predecessor of                                                 by Cork matches: one a year.”                                                    [1997] and put a disci- the eldest.                                    was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   lost. Though nobody knew it Club                                                     in the 1983 Munster final, their                                                                    pline and a professionalism on it.”                           The leader of the pack. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deise. That year they reached the                                                    second      When Waterford reached a Munster                                                              one thing I learned in our tragedy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   quite yet, the cherished minor                                                       such humiliation in successive years.                                                                  That wasn’t the end of the heartbreak                                                   was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             All-Ireland final for the first time                                                     He final again in 1989 Ahearne                                                                       how great an organisation the GAA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   team of the late 1950s and decades                                               in was just 19 years of age, promoted                                                was captain. but it was the beginning                                                                       is. As
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               and won the under-21 All-Ireland                                                   in the Hope was up. Tipperary                                                        of Waterford as a comfort around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   early 1960s had exhausted                                                            clear-out with a troop of other                                                mangled them. we have known                                                                us at the time it was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    its brilliance. The events of a topsy-turvy title for the first time ever. A year such as sters. “A lot of fellas                            young- In the 1980s Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      contested three years: in the hunting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                them for the last 20 phenomenal.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     that, though, stood out like a white                                     just said, ‘I’ve enough Munster                                                                       pack or at least in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    day were branded forever on the                                                            crow.    of this,’” says Ahearne.                                    finals and lost them  by  an aggre- the conversation. Ahearne                            This   year   he   returned   to the road,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            little Most years hope never                                                                                  gate of 61 points.                                                                represented threw in his lot with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    boy’s memory: on their way home                                                 hardened into          They won three games in Division                                                                the unblinking solidarity of those                                     Club Deise and drove

            them to visit your class for a questions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the anything.                                                                                         One      He togged out for the last time in                                                     who on again. When they reached
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Walshs were caught speeding                                                                        before Christmas that year, including                                                       1993    simply                                                                            the  final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in their       On   the week of the 1998 Munster final                                                         a when Kerry came to Walsh Park                               kept  going:   he   managed the placed a blue                                      he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ford Prefect going through Thomastown.                                                             dram of revenge against Cork. Their                                                    and beat Waterford under-16s, the                                              and white flag on Mary’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “I don’t know how fast we were                  Walsh wrote a letter to Stephen                                                                first them in the championship.                                                      Waterford jun- grave. “Above
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         going,” ton, the Waterford captain.                Framp- game of the New Year                                                                 That year was iors, the Waterford                                                   in Croke Park on Sunday,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    was against Kil- a shambles.                                                                 under-21s. Not for the he says,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   says Walsh, “because it was nearly                                                 He wanted to kenny, the All-Ireland                                               Numbers at training oscil- glory                                                            “I’ll be waiting for her to give me
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           pedal express his gratitude and                                                       champions. “I had lated in and                                                  but for the giving itself.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   power, like the Flintstones.”                                                   his pride. They been playing centre                                                  out of double figures. After                                                     a tap on the shoulder.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    took a caravan in Castlegregory that                                      field,” says Ahearne. training                                                  Dave Walsh and his crew were
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Terry Dalton was a Waterford selector                                                   sum- “I went to the selectors and                                   there was nothing for the players                                               born     Unlike in 2008 he won’t hang around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   mer and Walsh wanted Frampton                                                       said ‘I want to to eat except for                                  into it. Mary, his eldest, arrived
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   in 1963 and a family friend. He told                                                           to play on Frank Cummins.’ They                                           one night when a county day of                                       on the for the post-match banquet.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Walsh know that the kids had                                                                     said, ‘He’ll board operative was                                        the 1983 Munster final. Dave pad-                                         “I suppose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  that he should never be afraid to                                                it bedecked in ate ya.’ He was                                                               despatched to rustle ded about the                                       I’m being cocky now but I feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      show his blue and white. The                                                       Hurler of the Year. I said I up                                                                  hospital pondering how he about                                       so good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  colours. As a boy he used to cut out                                      holiday, though, was want to play                                                something: he returned with a                                                                       us winning this year that I want to

            and answers session.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          news- cut short by a day on the                                             on Frank Cummins. I played full                                             boot might pour a quart into a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  paper pictures of Waterford                                                     weekend of the on him and it                                               of snack boxes from Kentucky Fried                                          pint glass. “I come home, sit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       players, Munster final because                                                    was one of my best days Chicken.                                                 said to the nurse, ‘C’mere, what                                    down with a mug of tea
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  fringe them with blue and white                                                Walsh’s                                                                                                                                                        time is and watch it again.” Hope
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crepe were shredded and he couldn’t nerves ever.”                                                                 Ahearne challenged the management
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Ursula due?’ And the nurse says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                to me, thing.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       survived every-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 paper, glue them to plywood and                                                         stand the       Waterford needed more players                                                                   ‘Why?’ ‘I was thinking I might whip
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        display dislocation any longer.                                                                           with about the general looseness                                                                up to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 them on the front gate.                                                         He needed get Ahearne’s dauntless                                                                     of their prep- Limerick for the Cork-Waterford                       Ahearne will be in a commentary
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   home where he could see a reflection                                         attitude but they aration and                                                                                 match.’” tion alongside Kieran                        posi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      If you visited his school supplies                                                          of boxed on with whatever                                            was then dropped for his She                                                                                O’Connor for WLR.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          shop the match in every like mind                                                                                                                                    set him right; he stayed put.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 in Dungarvan last week you would                                                     and familiar mattered to me because they had. “It trouble.                                                             Of all his children, Mary was the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He hasn’t missed a hurling final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               since his
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           have face.                                                                             all I ever wanted        “‘Kerry will beat us,’ I said, ‘and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 seen that nothing has changed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       On dis-        Walsh travelled with Terry Dalton
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      to do was play county hurling,” he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              says. “I be spat at coming off                     we’ll whose giant passion for Waterford one first in 1972: 48, including replays. “I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 play in his window are his lifelong                                                             to was never going to give up.                                                  the field.’ I wasn’t rored his. She                              mir- only seen my own county
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       colours that Munster final: loaded                                                              I lived for it. even named on                                                       hoarded the match pro- I’m                                   in it once and

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Waterford’s defensive certainty reaping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  into his Toyota That was my life.                                                        the six subs. Then they grammes                                                   trying to forget that day. It’s time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          There was no way I was tried                                                                and the  memorabilia    and                                                     for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to bring me on and Seamus Grant                                                      the us to make new memories.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         newspaper cuttings. When they                                                  Better memo-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              lost her ries.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trusting Derek
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         benefits all over the field
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            changed their style and went
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                defensive system stayed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     All-Ireland semi-final, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                McGrath’s principles                                        and attacked Kilkenny. You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               largely intact. But against                                                   Tadgh de Burca more or
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            might as well lose with                                                  Kilkenny hammered them in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                has given his team a                                                                           Cork in June, Waterford were                                              less played as an all-out
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                WATERFORD IN ATTACK BY NUMBERS

          • Write up a match report. Go to a game of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            honour than lose playing that                                            that period. If McGrath had                                                                                                                 Dunford and Patrick Curran.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               often wide open.                                                         sweeper against Galway in                                                                                   From a combined 14 plays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                real shot at history                                        sort of hurling. Because you
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  McGrath’s faith in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     any regrets, it was that they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the league quarter-final but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            can’t win playing seven or                                               didn’t disrupt the tempo                                                                                                                    in his last three games,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               system is absolute at this                                               almost beating Galway with                                                                              Shanahan has scored 1-3 from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            eight defenders.”                                                        more during that stage of the                                             0 In their past three games,       highest scorer from play,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Christy O’Connor                                                                                stage because some of his                                                effectively their second team                                                                           play and had assists for three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               That has long been the                                                game.                                                                     Waterford have had an              with 1-24
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              most difficult days served to                                             possibly convinced the                                                                                  more points. In those three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           theory but now Waterford                                                    When Tipperary destroyed players                                        aggregate of 128 shots at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                On the night of last year’s All-                                                              reaffirm that conviction. The                                                      they could be more            the target, an average of 42                                     games, Ryan, O’Halloran,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           have the ideal opportunity to                                            them in the 2016 Munster                                                                                      0 In five games, the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ireland final, The Sunday                                                                     first time Waterford did push                                             gung-ho for the                                                                                         Dunford and Curran have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           disprove it. Waterford                                                   final, Waterford played                                                    per game                           Waterford subs bench has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Game concluded with a panel                                                                    up more — albeit only slightly                                           championship. When that                                                                                  scored six points and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           grappled with that theory                                                largely conventional for 45                                                                                   contributed 1-15 from play

            your choice, take notes, try and get a few
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               of experts selecting their                                                                     — was at the outset of the                                               alteration didn’t work against                                                                           engineered seven more.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           themselves before they                                                   minutes. It only looked like                                               0 Kevin Moran and Jamie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               favourite moment of the year,                                                                  second half in       the 2015                                            Cork, Waterford reverted to                                                                                 For a long time under
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          played Cork in June, when                                                 Waterford had an extra                                                     Barron have accounted for     0The most individual plays
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               from Eoin Murphy’s fantastic                                                                                                                                            an all-out sweeper, which                                                                               McGrath Waterford
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          they ditched the sweeper.                                                defender because Tipperary                                                  21% of their scores           made by a Waterford player
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               crossbar catch in the replayed                                                                 McGrath:                                                                 they have maintained since.                                                                             resembled the Kildare
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          The players wanted to go at                                              dropped a player back. When                                                 throughout the 2017 season in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Kilkenny-Waterford All-                                                                        faith in                                                                     It was already clear in the                                         one game was Tadgh de
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Cork in a more conventional                                              Waterford went seven points                                                                                                                 footballers in the 1990s: huge
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ireland semi-final to Padraic                                                                   system                                                                  league that Waterford were                                             Burca’s 31 plays (albeit after
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          manner but the performance                                               behind and abandoned the                                                    0Austin Gleeson is their                                       wide-counts tempered by the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Maher’s superb point in the                                                                                                                                             conceding more from play as                                            extra-time) against Kilkenny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          almost screamed that this                                                sweeper, Tipp cut loose.                                                                                                                   massive volume of chances
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              second half of the All-Ireland                                                                                                                                          they tried to get more from                                                                             created. That Kildare team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          wasn’t the Waterford way                                                    After the Waterford under-      their attack. Since they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              final.                                                                                                                               21s won the All-Ireland last                                              stronger. Against Cork                                           were one of the architects of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          under Derek McGrath.

            quotes and write up your account of what
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Michael Duignan though,                                                                                                                                            reverted to an all-out                                                 efficient they have managed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             McGrath has always                                                     year playing brilliant                                                   (twice), Kilkenny and                                            the modern football blanket
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             didn’t select any one                                                                                                                                                   sweeper, they have conceded                                            in a big game under McGrath.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         spoken about the need to                                                    attacking hurling, it was                                               Wexford, Waterford scored                                        defence but they didn’t have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             moment, event, incident or                                                                                                                                              an average of 1-20, a figure                                              Barron has been averaging
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         evolve, to become more                                                       only natural that the                                                  ten points from turning the                                      a real goal threat. And they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             flash of genius. In a                                                                                                                                                   inflated by two points                                                18 plays per game but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         attack-minded, which he                                                       players would seek to be                                              opposition over in their own                                     didn’t win an All-Ireland.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             roundabout way, Duignan                                                                                                                                                 because of extra-time against                                         Waterford push him forward
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         felt the team would as                                                         more adventurous. For                                                half and counter-attacking                                           Waterford are creating
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             explained the reasons for his                                                                                                                                           Kilkenny. In turn, Waterford                                          more during the second half,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        they became more                                                                most of the league,                                                  quickly. Their midfielders,                                      more chances than ever. In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             choice. “When Waterford got                                                                                                                                             have scored an average of                                             which is where Barron has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        experienced. Waterford                                                           Waterford had changed                                              Jamie Barron (11%) and Kevin                                     their last three games, they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            a trimming in the Munster                                                                                                                                               3-22 in those three games.                                             made his biggest plays. It’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        had taken the next step                                                          their style from a direct                                          Moran (10%) have accounted                                       had 128 shots at the target, an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            final, I wasn’t happy for                                                                                                                                                    There has been an obvious                                         also obvious how strong
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         sweeper to a drop-off                                              for 21% of Waterford’s scores                                    average of 42 per game. Their

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        in that evolution last                                                                                      spike in green flags. In 13                                            Waterford have been
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Waterford but I was happy                                                                                                                    sweeper. Once the                                                  throughout the season. On                                        conversion rate has increased
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       August against Kilkenny                                                                                      league and championship                                               finishing games, and how
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that the systems were shown                                                                                                                  opposition had the ball, games                                     average, Waterford have                                          and goals have started to flow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       but they still didn’t                                                                                                                                                              well they use their bench.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            up,” said Duignan. “Nobody                                                                                                                                                        last year, Waterford          scored 0-8 from frees per                                            The system has evolved
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       move away from their                                                             the centre-back            scored just nine goals. In 11                                          Maurice Shanahan arrives as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            wants to look at hurling being                                                                                                              dropped off to sit on the                                          game, which highlights how                                        and improved. Now
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       core principles. Even if                                                                                    games so far this season,                                              a focal point before their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            played like that. I was                                                                                                                    D, while one, or both, of                                           their running/breaking style                                     Waterford     get the ultimate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       they pushed more                                                                                            Waterford have clocked 19.                                             speed merchants are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            delighted that Waterford                                                                                                               the midfielders popped into                                             is drawing frees. Against Cork                                   opportunity to disprove the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       bodies forward Waterford’s                                                                                       The system has evolved as                                         unleashed once the game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 the centre-back position.                                                 three weeks ago, the ball into                                   theory that a team with their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the team has got fitter and                                            opens up — Tommy Ryan,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           their attack was the most                                        system can’t win an All-
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                                                                                                                                                                                             Cork’s tale:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Paul Rowan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Football columnist

                                                                                                                                                                                             from edge                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Rice looking like
          • Interview a well known sports reporter/                                                                                                                                          of abyss to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a tasty prospect
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              for Ireland debut
            columnist /editor. Talk to them about                                                                                                                                            champions                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ome time ago, Martin O’Neill
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        instructed the FAI not to give
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        weekly updates on the match-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        es he was attending, but let’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        hope he was among the sizea-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Rice has strong roots in Cork, so was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             delighted when he was called into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             senior Ireland training session at Fota
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Island back in May, as he has relatives
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in the city suburb of Douglas.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                He appears a nicely grounded indi-

            their job, how they became involved in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ble crowd of 35,806 who were at the

                                                                                                                                                                                             in waiting
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              London Stadium on Tuesday night,               vidual, one who also has the tempera-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              where the Ireland Under-21 inter-              ment for more heady occasions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              national Declan Rice gave another                 Last month, Rice made his Premier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              impressive reminder that he is ready           League debut in difficult circumstan-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              to step up to the senior ranks.                ces, coming on after an hour at Old
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It was one-way traffic against a           Trafford in place of Mark Noble,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              struggling Bolton Wanderers side but           when West Ham were already 2-0
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rice, who has already started two              down. Rice’s performance for the final
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Premier League games for West Ham              30 minutes was the only silver lining
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             on the afternoon for the east London

            journalism, their loves/hates etc.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              United this season, looked in total
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             club, who would go on to lose that
                                                                                                                                                                                              With a 12-year wait for a League of Ireland title                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Cork have the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              command playing at centre half and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              the manager Slaven Bilic, who prob-            opening league match of the season
                                                                                                                                                                                              possibly coming to an end tonight, Alan Smith                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         chance to win
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the double this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ably sees a little of himself as a player
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              in Rice, remarked about the 18-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             4-0 to José Mourinho’s side after the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              hosts scored two late goals.
                                                                                                                                                                                              talks to those on and off the pitch who have                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          season for the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    very first time
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              old: “Declan is only young on paper.              Noble, the club captain who made
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              his debut for West Ham as a 17-year-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              He has got a football brain and the
                                                                                                                                                                                              helped lift the team out of the shadows                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         concentration of a 30-year-old. He              old, is struggling now to get a place in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and pride. They are proud to be Cork             has got everything to become a really           the team, but is impressed by Rice’s

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            draw against a team coincidentally                       the club when it was on its knees.”             “I can remember watching cup
                                                                                                                                                                                                         he scars may never heal                    never-ending conveyor belt of players                      When Maguire left, scoring a goal                         “Then the reset button was hit and                                                                                                                                                                  City players.”                                    good player.”                                  attitude.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         we worked every hour to get the show               managed by Dundalk’s Kenny. “We                             Yet, for many of those involved, it is    finals a few years back and in my
                                                                                                                                                                                                         fully but this season has                  capable of playing in England, the                      on his final league appearance away                                                                                                                                                                                   mind I was wondering if we would               Fittingly, Foras is Irish for evolu-             Tomorrow’s derby game against                 “If they are good enough, they are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         on the road.”                                      didn’t know what to expect going into                    about looking forward, not back.                                                                                                                                                         old enough,” Noble said after the win
                                                                                                                                                                                                         gone a long way to exorcis-                return of trophies has been paltry.                     to Bray Wanderers, City had won 20                                                                                                                                                                                    ever get to that level,” Morrissey said    tion. The onus on the board now is to             Tottenham Hotspur may have come
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Those formative days under Foras’               that game, but seeing everyone that                         “The season is a culmination of a
                                                                                                                                                                                                         ing the demons. Cork City, a                  The turning point came with the                      of their 21 games, drawing the other.                                                                                                                                                                                 recently. Now they are heavy favour-       ensure that progress continues in the             too soon for Rice, particularly as West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ownership after Coughlan’s entity was              travelled to it and then to see the                      lot of hard work,” Niamh O’Mahony,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         club who even in times of                  final kick of last season. When Seánie                  Their form has been ordinary since,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            losing three of seven league games.                          wound up were chaotic. Granted a                   crowd that turned out for our first                      a former board member who now                ites to reach a third on the bounce.       face of those sky-high expectations.              Ham’s league form has picked up in            ‘He is one of the best
                                                                                                                                                                                              previous success seemed in a                          Maguire bundled home in added time                                                                                                                                                                                               works for the European branch of                No matter what happens on the               While there is a temptation to                the last couple of games without him
                                                                                                                                                                                              perpetual state of near-crisis, may not               of extra time to not just win the club’s                   Due to a quirk in the fixture list,                       licence to play in the First Division by           home game [a 2-0 defeat against
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Waterford United] we knew we could                       Supporters Direct, says. “Not just           pitch in the next six weeks, when the      pump every cent into having the                   in the team, but there is still a buzz of     talents coming through
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    first FAI Cup since 2009 but sink                       City’s most recent league game was                           the FAI, Buckley was rehired on a                                                                                                                                                                                                                     excitement around the player.
                                                                                                                                                                                              be used to this level of comfort but
                                                                                                                                                                                              they can at least take solace that this               their nemesis Dundalk, the tide had                     the 3-1 loss at Shamrock Rovers three                        three-month contract and along with                do this,” Buckley remembers.                             from the players and management,             dust settles there will be one out-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  standing issue that the club are eager
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             strongest XI possible, the club are
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             focussed on developing off the pitch,                 Capable of playing across the back        at the club, he is going
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the newly-appointed manager,                           He may not be able to celebrate this                 but from the volunteers, board mem-
                                                                                                                                                                                              time, the future should be markedly                   changed direction.                                      weeks ago. The wait will have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            dragged on for the players, yet may                          Tommy Dunne, was based in a corner                 win with quite the same fervour as                       bers and everyone who put time into          to resolve quickly.                        meaning the budget will remain tight.             four or in midfield, he is one of the         to be a huge player’
                                                                                                                                                                                              brighter.                                                 It was a transformative moment for                                                                                                                                                                                           making the club a success.”                     Caulfield is out of contract at the         There has been a clamour to sign a            few players to come through the West
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            have afforded them a chance to reflect                       at the back of the Turner’s Cross Tav-             2005, when he was still purely a sup-

     Tips to becoming
                                                                                                                                                                                                  In the grand scheme of sporting                   a squad that had been sick of finish-                                                                                                                                                                                                O’Mahony points out that other           end of the season and last month           new striker to replace Maguire, but               Ham academy in recent years into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing second, lurking in the shadows as                   and realise that this has never been a                       ern, a pub 100 yards from the stadium.             porter. There will be work to do once                                                                                                                                                              first team. He was also named in              against Bolton. “Dec may be only 17
                                                                                                                                                                                              droughts, the 12 years since City were                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 teams have bigger budgets, which             admitted that he could be tempted by       players of his calibre are so rare in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk won three                       club to do things easily.                                       From there, they hurriedly called               the title is sealed — not just organis-                                                                                                                                                            O’Neill’s provisional squad for the last      or 18 and last season he was nowhere
                                                                                                                                                                                              last crowned champions of Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      should make their runaway achieve-           a job in England.                          league that it seems futile expecting a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    league titles in a row along with beat-                 Their previous league titles —                               available players in an attempt to                 ing celebrations, but immediately                                                                                                                                                                  two World Cup qualifiers, though he           near it, but he impressed in pre-sea-
                                                                                                                                                                                              does not compare with the 108 years                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ment all the more impressive. It                “If you are asking me, ‘Would you       like for like replacement. And frankly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ing City in the previous two cup finals.                including the First Division in 2011 —                       assemble a squad in time for their first           moving to ensure that the club is in a                                                                                                                                                             didn’t make the final cut. The final          son and he has got his chance.
                                                                                                                                                                                              between the Chicago Cubs winning                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       would be usual if there were not ludi-       like to coach more and more, and           there are other priorities.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As the veteran goalkeeper Mark                      were not secured until the final day of                      match — an away game against Der-                  position to remain successful.                                                                                                                                                                     double header of the campaign next               “We didn’t have a great start, but
                                                                                                                                                                                              baseball’s World Series or the city of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 crously high expectations placed on a        maybe go elsewhere?’ Yes, I would,             Plans for a centre of excellence in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    McNulty famously said when cele-                        the season, or in the case of 1992-93,                       ry City, who had been through similar                  “The bigger topic is, as we grow                                                                                                                                                               month might not appear the ideal              Dec is going to be a top player. I’ve
                                                                                                                                                                                              Cleveland going 52 years without any                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Leeside sports team, though. “For me,         when the time comes, but football is      Glanmire, five miles east of the city,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    brating that night, likely after a pint                 via a play-off. That is what makes this                      if not quite as severe financial issues.           now, we’ll look at where we were                                                                                                                                                                   time to bring Rice into the competi-          got high hopes for him. I am just try-
                                                                                                                                                                                              of their sports teams winning a title.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I would be more ambitious,” O’Maho-          volatile,” he said. “You can have all     are in place and the club has also
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    or two: “There wasn’t one f***ing                       season so unusual.                                              Thirteen players, a combination of              before and make sure the same mis-                                                                                                                                                                 tive senior arena.                            ing to blood him in really and give
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Yet so much has happened at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ny says. “I don’t want to see City win                                                 invested in its underage teams, nota-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    pundit in this country that gave us a                       “We’ve taken it one game at a                                                 veterans and local            takes don’t happen,” he adds. “If you                                                                                                                                                                  However, so jaded has the Ireland         him little bits of advice. He’s a good
                                                                                                                                                                                              Turner’s Cross since 2005 that a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               bly bringing back former players,
                                                                                                                                                                                              dozen League of Ireland seasons have                   chance. Everyone’s saying Dundalk                       time,” Gearóid Morrissey, one of two                                               players, made the           look at where we were as a club in the                    just one league title, I want us to be       ‘When we were near                         including Dan Murray and Colin                    team looked in recent months, both           kid and he wants to learn.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             remaining players along with McNul-                                                  320-mile drive             first part of the 2000s, when we were                    challenging every season.                                                                                                                                                                 It’s always a good sign when the
                                                                                                                                                                                              felt like an eternity.                                 this, Dundalk that. There’s no one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     saying anything about f***ing Cork.”                    ty who played in the first season                                                     north on the              successful or near success, and how                         “I’m not sure people understand           success, it quickly                        Healy, to coach the next generation.              mentally and physically, that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                injection of some new blood could            veterans such as Noble are happy to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  There have been more bad times                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      how unusual this achievement is. The                                                       “The most exciting piece is the
                                                                                                                                                                                              than good — winding up orders,                            Éanna Buckley, the club’s head of                    under Foras’s ownership, says. “How                                                   morning of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the game and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             quickly it unravelled — we need to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             look at that and learn lessons.”                         odds are against us from running the         unravelled – we need to                    centre of excellence,” O’Mahony says.             energise the squad and even give                     stop and talk when you mention
                                                                                                                                                                                              court dates, demotions and protests                    operations who had worked for Cork                      we’ve approached the season is to try                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “There is still work in the background            O’Neill some options which he                         the name of Rice.
                                                                                                                                                                                              — but this title, whether it is con-                   under the previous catastrophic own-                    and be oblivious, try and not look at                                                 came away                    For context, it must be remembered                    club through stability and sustainabil-      look and learn lessons’                    being done but that can help us                   thought he didn’t have.                                  Pablo Zabaleta was another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             the wider picture, just the next game.”                                              with a 1-1                 that within a couple of seasons after                    ity. It can’t be underestimated how big                                                                                                                                                          who rates Rice as a genuine
                                                                                                                                                                                               firmed away to Limerick tonight or at                 ers, agrees. “The atmosphere changed                                                                                                                                                                                             an achievement this season has been.                                                    achieve that dominance. Foras mem-                   If that reads like clutching at straws,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     after that, I think,” he says. “The lads                   Buckley, who watched the previous                                                                            their league titles in 1993 and 2005,                                                                                                                                                              then so be it. As it stands, the next                  prospect.
                                                                                                                                                                                               home to the outgoing champions                                                                                                                                                                                                      the club was hamstrung by finan-                   I see how big the expectation is now,        the greatest plans in the world and        bers want everything, not just the sil-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Dundalk on Monday, will have felt so                  had been finishing behind Dundalk,                      title wins from the terraces, admits                                                                                                                                                                                  lose two or three games in a row and       verware, but there is a duty of care to           youngest Irish player getting                                 “He is one of the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             that it has been unusual. “I remember                                                                                      cial issues and in jeopardy.                  but we have so much development                                                                                                                                                                         young talents coming
                                                                                                                                                                                               much sweeter for those who have not                   so needed to beat them and win a tro-                                                                                                                                                                                            still to go. Football, especially the        that all changes in the bigger picture.    make sure the investment doesn’t just             game time in the Premier
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     phy to fully believe.”                                  saying after the cup final that previ-                                                                                        This time, they are deter-                                                                                                                                                           League is 25-year-old                                         through at the club,”
                                                                                                                                                                                               just endured the tumult but ensured                                                                                                                                                                                                          mined to make sure that it                League of Ireland, is cyclical and           Myself, I feel I can go further and we     go into John’s side of the house.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               the club would not face extinction.                       There was also an element of for-                   ously we’ve always been put                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Buckley echoes that sentiment. “If             Robbie Brady at Burn-                                          Zabaleta said. “He’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            will not happen again.                    there will be a downtime. We need to         can go further.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     tune. Maguire was watched that day                      through the wringer, so it has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   you look at where the club is now,                ley. It would be nice to                                        going to be a huge

     the best
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Supporter-run clubs may not                                                                                                                                                                                                                “We won the league in                   make sure we’re as well-equipped as             The club’s record goalscorer was,
                                                                                                                                                                                               always be the pure fairytale so often                 by representatives from Preston                         been a little strange.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          we’re in a good place,” he says. “We              report that Rice had                                            player for West Ham.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1993 and almost went bank-                   possible to deal with that.”                however, a lot more definitive when
                                                                                                                                                                                               portrayed — there are always differ-                  North End, who were left impressed                         They will not rest after this                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 can always be in a better place but an            come through the Irish                                             “He can play in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rupt two years later,” Buckley                    Pragmatic as that may be, support-        talking about the future and the con-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ences of opinion and sometimes deci-                  but with nagging doubts over the                        success, though. History dic-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     awful lot of people have contributed             system, nursed carefully                                       middle, he can play
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   adds. “We won the league in                         ers can still dream.                        sensus is that he will sign a new deal.
                                                                                                                                                                                               sion-making is slowed due to the                      striker’s physical attributes.                          tates otherwise.                                                                                                                                                                                                      “The potential is here to keep driving      to bring us to where we are now. The             by Ruud Dokter, the FAI                                      across the back four. He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The 23-year-old remained at                                                                                                                                            2005, ran into trouble three years                                                                                                                                                               director of high performance,                             reads the game well and
                                                                                                                                                                                               inevitable democratic process. But for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 What future holds on and off the pitch       the club forward,” Caulfield added.         former players, board members who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Turner’s Cross for the start of this                       Learning lessons from a 320-                                                                                  later. Rather than harking back to                                                                                                                                                                 but in reality he is another                            he’s a strong lad. He has the
                                                                                                                                                                                               City, the fans’ takeover in February                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                “That’s the way I feel about it — obvi-     are no longer involved — they will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     season, while Preston and others in                        mile round trip                                                                                               2010, when Foras took over, we                                                                                                                                                                     who comes off the peg                                  personality you need to per-
                                                                                                                                                                                               2010 has been an undisputed success.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Another of Caulfield’s regular               ously within the budgets and all that       the ones I think about if we close the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      the Football League continued to                                                                                                                                        should be looking at learning from                                                                                                                                                                 marked ‘English football’.                           form and play in the Premier
                                                                                                                                                                                               This title will merely validate the                                                                                                                                                                                            those mistakes.”                                        reminders has been that City have            because I’ve been working within            league out.”
                                                                                                                                                                                               Foras trust’s efforts.                                 monitor his progress. Maguire went                        Buckley still can vividly                                                                                                                                                                                          them and I know what we can do and             He is right. Caulfield and his squad             Initially, he received his                       League. We just need to help
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                recall the days when “we                                                                                         There are dozens of memories                         never won the double. The Class of                                                                                                                                                          him.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      on to score 26 goals in 30 games                                                                                                                                                                                                ’05 came close, losing the final to          what we can’t do. But I still feel it’s     will get most of the credit for this              footballing education at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      before the Sky Bet Championship                           went from not getting                                                                                         worth retelling from the dark days.                                                                                                                                                                Chelsea, where John Ter-                          “He is really young, but he is play-
                                                                                                                                                                                               Cup final turning point                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Drogheda United a week after win-             there for the club to drive on and         season, but those who worked tire-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      club eventually decided he was worth                      paid, not knowing                                                                                             Morrissey remembers going to a                                                                                                                                                                     ry was a strong influence                    ing well and will get chances.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ning the league.                              keep going. I feel it’s a purple patch     lessly behind the scenes to bring the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bringing to Deepdale, along with the                      what was happening                                                                                            meeting where Foras outlined their                                                                                                                                                                 and became his hero,                            Named West Ham’s young player
                                                                                                                                                                                               Throughout the year, John Caulfield                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      They will be expected to beat Lim-          for the club.”                             club back from the brink deserve
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      defender Kevin O’Connor, in mid-July.                     to everything being                                                                                           initial budget plans. “I still think                                                                                                                                                               but he was released at                        of the season and the FAI’s top
                                                                                                                                                                                               has reminded anybody willing to lis-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   erick in their semi-final next Friday.          O’Mahony encapsulates the feeling        plenty of the praise, too.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         By that point, City’s lead was unas-                   gone” under the                                                                                               about it a lot,” he says.                                                                                                                                                                          14 and then joined West                       Under-17 international, Rice is some-
                                                                                                                                                                                               ten that the roll of honour does not                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   And, of course, the chances are that          of a vast majority of supporters when         Without those who fought to keep
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      sailable and, considering the predicta-                   disastrous owner-                                                                                                “It’s nice to sit here at the moment                                                                                                                                                            Ham. London born,                             thing of an endangered species in
                                                                                                                                                                                               befit a club of their stature. For a                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Dundalk will be waiting at the Aviva          she says, “The work he has put in and      the club alive, there would probably
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ble dip in performances, even the                         ship of the                                                                                                   and enjoy this after being a part of                                                                                                                                                                                                             Irish football, but should thrive none-
                                                                                                                                                                                               team that draws the largest crowds in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stadium again if they can beat Sham-          how he has brought everyone                not be a League of Ireland team in
                                                                                                                                                                                               the league — “we’re the biggest club                   most hardened fan will admit that                         property                                                                                                                                                                                                            together behind the scenes is incredi-     Cork. Never mind the best side in the           Rice has made an                                theless. We can only hope the jour-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                developer Tom                                                                                                Caulfield is soon out of contract and                    rock Rovers, whom they defeated 3-0                                                                                                                                                     ney isn’t too lonely.
                                                                                                                                                                                               out there,” the manager has been                       their quest would have been far more                                                                                                                                                                                            in the League Cup final last week.            ble. The team play with such intensity     country.                                        impact at West Ham
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Coughlan.                                                                                                    could be tempted by a job in England
                                                                                                                                                                                               fond of saying — and has a seemingly                   challenging without the gifted striker.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    n the same morning
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the sometimes —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and far too often —
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    farcical Galway-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mayo clash in Salthill, Marc Ó
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Sé, prompted by the flash-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         points in another Mayo game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the previous weekend, wrote a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         column in a national news-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         paper posing the question:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Yes, Kerry are cynical, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         what county isn’t?’

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              The former Kerry great

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         outlined how nearly all the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         best teams had players and an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         attitude of never hesitating “to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         do what was required”.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Examples: The Meath team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that battered a naïve Tyrone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         team in 1996; a much more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         streetwise Tyrone team in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         2003; the Donegal team of 2012;
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the Mayo team that “bullied”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Kerry last year; and the bril-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         liant Kerry team that he and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         his brothers played on.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “I have never denied that we
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          were cynical… This is the way
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          it has always been. There is

     What potential employers are looking for is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          not a team out there that,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          certainly not one that has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          enjoyed any kind of success,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that does not have those
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          players or that attitude.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              While in many ways Ó Sé’s

     evidence on a CV that you have the motivation that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          column was refreshing for its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          unashamed candour, its senti-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ment, combined with the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          outright bolloxology that was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          so pervasive in Salthill, made

     journalism requires.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          us pose and ponder another
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          question: Yes, all the leading
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          teams in Gaelic football feel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the need to be cynical, but why
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          don’t champions in other
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sports have to think and act
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          that way?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Did you ever hear anyone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           say last summer that the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Philadelphia Eagles would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           have to become more cynical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           if they were to challenge for a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      STRETCHING THE RULES: Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor and Galway’s Eoghan Kerin tussle off the ball during last weekend’s Allianz FL Division 1 clash at Pearse Stadium.

     If you’re offered work experience, don’t just sit in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Super Bowl? That if the Pep                                                                                                                                                                             Pictur
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Guardiola project at                       acknowledge that, along with its much-heralded community and amateur status, there is a pervasive cynicism that is ‘unique to our games’.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Only in Gaelic football is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Manchester City was to be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           realised, his team would have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to become more cynical? That

     the corner looking at the internet. Go to the editors
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           the reason why the Golden
                                                              Captains Sinead Aherne and Ciara O’Sullivan look forward to today’s TG4 All-Ireland                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          State Warriors and Cleveland
                                                              Ladies Football senior final clash between Dublin and Cork. Photo: Eóin Noonan                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Cavaliers had contested the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           previous three NBA finals was

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       smart, cynical fouling a K
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           that the likes of Steph Curry,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LeBron James, and Kevin

     and ask: What can I do?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Durant were willing to resort
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to whatever it takes?
                                                             Dubs seeking to double                              IN SID E                                  final for the first time, against the main
                                                                                                                                                                force back then, Mayo. During that
                                                                                                                                                                                                         own. We know the level of performance
                                                                                                                                                                                                         required for us to put ourselves in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 D U B L IN                                                  CORK                                                                                                                                              Of course you didn’t. You
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           might have heard alright that
                                                                                                                                                                match, the current Dublin captain        frame but we just see it as a great op-
                                                             up but to do so they                               ÷ Your regular
                                                                                                                Sport Supplement,
                                                                                                                                                               Sinead Aherne came off the bench
                                                                                                                                                               and put her side level with six min-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         portunity to deliver on all the effort the
                                                                                                                                                                                                         players and management have put in.”                                         Ciara Trant                                                Martina O’Brien
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           City and the Cavs would have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           to substantially improve their
                                                             must break Cork’s                                  including:
                                                                                                                Joe Brolly: What
                                                                                                                                                              utes left in an extremely low-scoring
                                                                                                                                                                                                             Their win last year in the final over
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Mayo was graced with that record at-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ST BRIGID’S                                                   CLONAKILTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            defence, that their intensity,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       snapped, the Eagles defence                     protocol, there’s been hardly                          to the ground to prevent an                         Muircheartaigh joyously                   man in possess
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            focus and even aggression in                                                                                                                                                                                                                    to spoil the run
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  revelling in the wonder and
                                                             psychological bind                                 do you think
                                                                                                                of this, Kieran
                                                                                                                                                                 Gemma Fay nudged Dublin in
                                                                                                                                                             front in the 56th minute but with 93
                                                                                                                                                                                                         tendance of 46,286, which may not be
                                                                                                                                                                                                         matched today but there’s hope that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Martha Byrne Sinead  Finnegan                                                     Roisin Phelan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            that department would have                 was out to smash Tom Brady,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       but once the play was
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one act of cynicism.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Flick on any soccer match
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              entry pass, or hurling a GPS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              or some equivalent of a kick-                       innocence of kids playing the             ever appears o
                                                                                                                Donaghy? Page                               seconds left on the clock Diane O’Hora       it will still be a major draw given the                                  FINGALLIANS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Leah Caffrey           Eimear Meaney
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to significantly increase, but                                                                                                                                                                                                                  it’s not like the
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       complete, they left him                         on the box. In the odd game                            ing tee.                                            native games.
                                                                                                                8                                          landed the telling blow, her goal being       rivalry and the growing following for                                                                                                                                                                                                                              not their level of cynicism.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    going to notice
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                                                                                                                Eamonn                                     Mayo’s only score of the second half.         the Dublin ladies team. A win for Cork
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In fact, the pervasiveness of           untouched. A game loaded                                                                                                                                                                                However, in
                                                                                                                Sweeney: Bully                            Mayo won 1-4 to 0-5. Dublin held Cora          will put them clear at the top of the roll                                 Siobhan McGrath                                             Shauna Kelly
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       with aggression, but devoid of                  tious dive, but for the most                           they played Kerry in a desper-                      hurling and especially football
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sinead Goldrick                      Niamh Collins         Maire O’CallaghanARAGLEN DESMONDS Emma Spillane                                                                                                cynicism in Gaelic football,                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the glory of th
                                                             D E R M OT                                         tactics don’t                             Staunton scoreless, closely guarded by         of honour, moving them one ahead of                      FOXROCK C’TEELY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      THOMAS DAVIS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                cynicism, which                        part the sport is played in a                          ately tetchy affair. The Ronan                      won’t be so innocent. Some of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            both between the lines and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       FOXROCK C’TEELY          MOURNEABBEY                             BANTRY BLUES
                                                                                                                wash anymore,                             Maria Kavanagh, and still lost on a wet        Kerry on 12 titles.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                county, a little
                                                             C ROW E                                            Back Page                                 and cold October day.                              All Cork-Dublin meetings have been                                                                                                                                                                                                                             in its general discourse, is                           helped make it a                    sporting spirit, the nadir of                          Shanahan challenge on Evan                          those kids waved at by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the 1990 World Cup a distant                           Regan has been by now well-                         Micheál will either resort to or          human spirit i
                                                                                                                                                              At the time current manager Mick           tight. The 2009 All-Ireland final saw
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            unrivalled in any other                                  brilliant
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Lauren Magee           Olwen Carey                       Ashling Hutchings         Hannah Looney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  be subjected to acts that their              Again, is tha

                                                                                                                                                          Bohan was in charge and he revealed            Aherne put them ahead with eight min-                           KILMACUD CROKES         THOMAS DAVIS                              FERMOY                   AGHADA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            team sport.                                               spectacle.                       memory. Its best players —                             scrutinised; less so the run-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            want your kid

     difference in a competitive world because if you
                                                                    T is a remarkable but irrefutable               So to defeat Cork in Croke Park to-   that they had been together a phenom-          utes to go but Cork finished strongly to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Switch to                     the likes of Messi, De Bruyne,                         ning battles off the ball in                        classmates who opted for the
                                                                    truth that the current All-Ireland          day on the biggest occasion the sport     enal 147 times. They didn’t want for           win 1-9 to 0-11. Dublin manager Gerry                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 It was something that                                                                                                                                                                                                                        it what you’d w
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rugby, another                  Kane — don’t have to stoop                             which men repeatedly                                cispheil nó rugbaí won’t.
                                                                    senior ladies football champions,           can offer, a fixture that managed         effort or desire.                              McGill brought in renowned trainer Jim                                                                                                                                                                                                                             struck us watching the                                                                                                                                                                                                                          subjected to? T
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     There is something sad that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Noelle Healy                                               Libby Coppinger
                                                                    Dublin, have never beaten Cork in           the stunning achieve-                         Another defeat followed in the             Kilty to help their preparations and they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Carla Rowe         ST BRIGID’S     Lyndsey Davey         Ciara O’Sullivan        ST COLUM’S        Eimear Scally
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Super Bowl the other week.                                 collision sport.                to niggling or wrestling an                            dragged and pinned their
                                                                    the championship. Remarkable,               ment of being the                         2004 final a year later, and again in          were full of running but Cork showed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    CLANN MHUIRE                       SKERRIES HARPS          MOURNEABBEY                                   EIRE OG
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       opponent to thrive and win.                            markers to the ground.                              Peter Canavan, the best ball-             insidious, und
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            How after every play —                                     So far we’ve
                                                             too, that they only registered their first         most-watched wom-                         2009, the first of four losses on the          greater composure in the final minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          In Gaelic football, though, it                         Then there was Salthill last                     player of his generation, won             that someone
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            say, a running back gains                                  had six games
                                                             win over Cork in Croke Park during                 en’s sporting event                       final day to Cork. Aherne was just 17              Two years later, more heartbreak in                                     Niamh McEvoy                                               Doireann O’Sullivan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       seems our best players feel                            Sunday. More of the same. In                        his two All-Irelands with his             O’Shea — a m
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sinead Aherne                        Nicole Owens           Aine O’Sullivan                            Orla Finn
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            three yards — there were                                   in the Six

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                                                             the National League last February. For             in Europe last year,                                       years old in 2003 and the     the quarter-finals. In the 44th minute
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            pline, to his cr
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ST SYLVESTER’S                      ST SYLVESTER’S              BEARA                                     KINSALE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nations and,                    they do. Just take the last                            fact, worse, which prompted                         last act seeing him jump on
                                                             the most part playing Cork has been a              would mean some-                                                 St Sylvester’s player   they led by six points. Cork hit sev-                                                                                                                                                                                                                              no sneaky afters, no lousy                                                                                                                                                                                                                      stantly expose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the back of an opponent and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Muireann Ni Scanaill (Fingallians), Deidre Murphy           Caoimhe Moore (Kanturk), Orlagh Farmer (Midleton),
                                                             distressing experience for Dublin. Not             thing profound for                                                has been a constant    en unanswered points to win by the                      (St Brigid’s), Laura McGinley (Naomh Barrog), Kate          Aisling Barrett (Donoughmore), Chloe Collins
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cheap shots. After being                                  outside of the                   three Mayo games that have                             me to tweet: “The amount of
                                                             only for Dublin, of course, but no county          Dublin.                                                           influence on the       minimum, the reigning champions                         Fitzgibbon (Clontarf), Aoife Kane (Kilmacud Crokes),        (Dromtarriffe), Aisling Kelleher (St Valentine’s), Marie
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       been televised live.                                   bolloxology that Gaelic foot-                       hauling him to the ground.                that is woefull
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            fairly, if violently,                                   French trying it
                                                             has been haunted as much by past Cork                  It   would                                                   team right through      dethroned in the process. “I honestly                   Lucy Collins (Na Fianna), Jennifer Dunne (Cuala),           Ambroe (St Valentine’s), Saoirse Noonan (Nemo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          As brilliant as the 2017                            ball — wrestling, dragging,                         Likewise, the abiding image of               Rules and r
                                                             supremacy as the current champions.                also see them                                                  the last 15 years. In     thought we were gone,” admitted Cork                    Hannah O’Neill (Foxrock Cabinteely), Siobhan Killeen        Rangers), Saoirse Moore (Fermoy), Nicole Quinn                                                                                                  tackled and stopped                                           on with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       All-Ireland final was, it was                           sneaky afters — tolerates is                        Lee Keegan, arguably the best            help. A black
                                                                Even the league win in Croke Park in            successfully       de-                                         that time Cork have       manager Eamonn Ryan.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Clontarf), Katie Murray (Clontarf), Oonagh Whyte           (Bandon), Meabh Cahalane (Eire Og), Daire Kiely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             by his opponent, he                                              the HIA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 (Clann Mhuire), Amy Connolly (Foxrock Cabinteely),          (Valley Rovers), Eimear Kiely (Valley Rovers), Sadhbh
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               pitiful. Is that what you’d                         wing-back to ever play the               ing linesmen a

     else in your field – be it tennis, golf, Formula 1 or
                                                             February came with a terrifying ending             fend the title for the                                        replaced Mayo as the           Two years after that, in another                    Siobhan Woods (Raheny), Tarah O’Sullivan (Foxrock           O’Leary (Kinsale), Ciara Hughes (St Valentine’s),                                                                                               was able to get                                                                           somewhat marred by the
                                                             as Cork mounted the kind of revival                first time. Their win                                        game’s most luminous        quarter-final, Dublin led by nine and                   Cabinteely), Eabha Rutledge (Kilmacud Crokes)               Jenny Brew Dinan (Donoughmore)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       outrageous and cynical acts                             want your young fella at?’                          game, and Diarmuid Con-                   more. Having
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             back up                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the field. Hars
                                                             that has become their trademark; from              last year was only their                                    presence, their period of    then Cork scored 1-10 without reply in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       carried out in the closing                                That’s what it comes down                         nolly, definitely the best wing-
                                                             eight points down with 40 minutes                  second, following the                                     dominance only broken          the final 20 minutes to win by four. “To                                                                                                                                                                                                                            unimpeded,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      suspensions.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        minutes. Picture a Messi or                            to. The GAA has so much                             forward of his generation, will
                                                             played they only lost by one. Repeat-              breakthrough success in                                  by Dublin’s wins in 2010        be honest, it did look like a lost cause,”              TO DAY IN C R O K E PA R K . . .                                                                                                                                                                            with no                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            However, it
                                                             edly, Dublin have blown good leads                 2010, which splintered a                                and last year. Aherne’s time     said Ryan.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Steph wrestling an opponent                            going for it. A game from the                       be of them wrestling on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             member                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with recognis
                                                             against Cork, and when they finally                long winning run by Cork                               as a player has been laced            There followed the three lost finals                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              gods in hurling and, in foot-                       ground when they weren’t
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             of the

     football – then you have more chance of getting
                                                             won an All-Ireland senior title last year,         that had reached five titles in                       with bitter defeats to Cork.       of 2014, ’15 and ’16. In the first of those            ÷ TG4 All-Ireland Junior Championship final: Louth v Limerick, 11.45, (Ref: Niall                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ball, potentially one of the best                   throwing GPS devices at each              culture and re
                                                             having lost the previous three finals              succession until they tripped up                       And she is still a key player,    Dublin were ten points clear with 16                   McCormack)                                                                                                                                                                                                   opposing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           In its self-co
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               known to, and made by, man.                         other. LeBron and Durant
                                                             to the same county, it was Mayo that               at the start of the decade. That                   scoring 2-4 in the semi-final win     minutes left. From there to the finish                 ÷ Half-time Exhibition Games — U10: St John Bosco (Down) v Templemore                                                                                                                                        defence                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         the GAA often
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               All played for the love of those                    never had to resort to such
                                                             eliminated Cork from the competition               year Cork were put out of the                      over Galway at Hyde Park, all         they were outscored 2-6 to 0-3 and lost                (Tipperary); G4M&O: Moy Davitts (Mayo) v Cashel (Longford)                                                                                                                                                   acciden-
                                                             in the semi-finals.                                championship by Tyrone, who                        of her tally coming in the first      by one. They lost the ’15 final by two                 ÷ TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Championship final: Meath v Tyrone, 1.45 (Ref:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  games and community, which                          antics in their finals face-offs.         community an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             tally-on-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       status as “uni
                                                                And Mayo did Dublin the same                    Dublin beat comfortably in a                       half, to fire Dublin into their       points, and in the ’16 decider they were               Gerry Carmody)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 we are reminded of by almost                           We know of clubs and teams
                                                             service when defeating Cork in this                one-sided final.                                   fifth final in-a-row and a fourth     a point behind at the end. You get the                 ÷ Half-time: Kerry’s 1993 Jubilee Team presented by Dáithí Ó Sé                                                                                                                                              purpose
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             falling on top                                                                                       Shannon                                      every corporate brand these                         that have as a key perform-               games”, but it

     commissioned or getting that first job.
                                                             year’s league semi-final, Dublin then                  It was 15 years ago that the                   final against Cork in five years.     picture. Cork have them in a psycho-                   ÷ Half-time Exhibition Games — U10: Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow) v
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               days. The latest of those ads is                    ance indicator (KPI) the                  recognise and
                                                             overturning Mayo in the final to win a             ladies football finals breached                    Aherne has scored 4-24 in the         logical bind. Today they set out to see                Kilmovee Shamrocks (Mayo); G4M&O: Moylagh (Meath) v Plunketts (Tyrone)                                                                                                                                       of him, digging                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 pervasive cyn
                                                             first league title. Prior to that Cork had         the 30,000 attendance barrier.                      championship to date.                if they can break it and you could do far              ÷ TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship final: Cork v Dublin (4.0), (Ref:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        brought to us by Allianz, in                        number of smart fouls they
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             him. Once that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “unique to ou
                                                             won five league titles on the trot. Until          The crowd that year came to                            “We know the challenge            worse than being there to see them try.                Garryowen McMahon)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             conjunction with Micheál Ó                          commit: Instead of fouling the
                                                             the Mayo defeat in last year’s champion-           see Dublin contest a senior                         we’re facing,” she says. “There’s                                                           ÷ Half-time Exhibition Games — U10: St Sylvester’s (Dublin) v St Mary’s                                                                                                                                      ball was
                                                             ship, they were All-Ireland champions                                                                  familiarity, of course, but equal-                                                          (Galway); G4M&O: Inch Rovers (Cork) v Erin Go Bragh (Dublin)
                                                             six years in succession.                           Noelle Healy is a key player for Dublin             ly every game stands on its          All-Ireland Ladies Football Finals, 4-page special

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