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Dublin: 18 °C Wednesday 23 August, 2017

Friday 18 August, 2017

No place for madness or poetry in sensible, practical middle tier of Premier League

Tommy Martin laments the mature, semi-detached and really quite beige state of England’s top flight.

Friday 11 August, 2017

For now, free-to-air television gives sport a safe haven in uncertain waters

‘Free-to-air TV has become an attractive option again in this multi-platform, rights-hungry, rapidly changing landscape,’ writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 21 July, 2017

Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory

“Drink is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to sport, with winning the transformational potion between the two,” writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 14 July, 2017

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Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook

Tommy Martin on the Tyrone star, who is aiming to end his memorable career on a high.

Friday 7 July, 2017

Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma

Tommy Martin on Brexit, the Irish Open and how sport in Ireland is best served by the softest of borders.

Friday 30 June, 2017

Tennis gives women equal pay but still treats them as second class citizens

Tommy Martin on a week that apples and oranges were being compared by those who should know better.

Friday 23 June, 2017

Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions

Tommy Martin on what the New Zealander brings to the tourists.

Friday 16 June, 2017

They're repeat offenders, but GAA needs characters like Connolly and Davy

Tommy Martin puts a case forward for GAA needing controversial figures to add a bit of colour to the season.

Friday 9 June, 2017

Marriage of Fancy Dan and Plain Jane brings out the best in the Boys in Green

It’s time to throw off the inferiority complex and take that next step, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 2 June, 2017

GAA players are a special case - so they should be drug tested even more

Tommy Martin believes drug testing of GAA players should be increased.

Friday 26 May, 2017

Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?

Tommy Martin on a club that should be about more than winning trophies.

Friday 19 May, 2017

Ulster says no one likes us, but we don't care

Tommy Martin explains why Ulster football is the equivalent of an imaginary condom tossed across a theatre in 1950s Dublin.

Friday 12 May, 2017

In or out? Barcelona are treading a fine line in the Catalan independence debate

Tommy Martin reflects on how a global club may struggle to keep everyone happy.

Friday 5 May, 2017

Metaphors abound as Ireland's cricketers navigate the Long Room at Lord's

This could be a landmark summer after a gruelling journey for Irish cricket, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 28 April, 2017

With illegal streams on the rise and viewer numbers falling, is it time for a Spotify for sport?

Streaming is doing for football fans what file-sharing once did for music buyers, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 21 April, 2017

Will next season see English clubs finally stop being the Champions League's novelty act?

Tommy Martin asks what next after Leicester City, the Honey G of this year’s competition, took their final bow this week.

Friday 7 April, 2017

Forty years on from the Grand National's first female jockey, women in sport still have fences to jump

When it comes to equality, women in sport still face a proverbial Becher’s Brook, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 31 March, 2017

Why are so many GAA players becoming teachers? An Irish solution to an Irish problem

Teacher-ification is helping the GAA to maintain its cloak of amateurism, writes Tommy Martin in this week’s column.

Friday 24 March, 2017

New heads maybe, but same trusty broom for Martin O'Neill against Wales

The Ship of Theseus is in port with Tommy Martin’s column this week.

Friday 17 March, 2017

Our relationship with England has moved on, but we might need a bit of the 2007 spirit tomorrow

‘This is England, on the brink of a Grand Slam. Not them. Not here,’ writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 10 March, 2017

Why football's top managers should follow Ancelotti's 5-step plan

Pep Guardiola (young cleric suffering a crisis of faith), Jose Mourinho (embittered Vietnam veteran), Jurgen Klopp (deranged trawlerman shouting at the sea).

Friday 3 March, 2017

The greats will be remembered long after they're gone and long after we're gone too

Tommy Martin on the the passing of Tommy Gemmell and the nature of sporting immortality.

Friday 17 February, 2017

Slaughtneil remind us that 'small is beautiful' - but not everything beautiful is small

Tommy Martin reflects on the communities that are built around our GAA clubs, big and small.

Friday 10 February, 2017

Football fans have long thought Beckham was a bit of a fraud; this week it felt like everyone else caught up

Tommy Martin on David Beckham’s obsessive cultivation of his public image.

Friday 3 February, 2017

Not content with being rugby's 'greatest' championship, the 6 Nations also wants to be the best

The introduction of bonus points this year is a play to overtake the Rugby Championship, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 27 January, 2017

Welcome to the pit stop of sporting weekends

In his latest column, Tommy Martin says there might not be much sport on this weekend, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

Friday 20 January, 2017

Is 23-year-old Paul Pogba really to blame for other people's expectations of him?

Tommy Martin on how the United midfielder learned about the fickleness of the British media and fans.

Friday 13 January, 2017

GAA's CPA have a cause but Fifa showed changes in sport are usually about the bottom line

The CPA’s cause is right and fair, that alone doesn’t mean they will be successful, argues Tommy Martin.

Friday 23 December, 2016

Make the GAA Great Again: We can't ignore game's 'deplorables' in 2017

What will bubbling dissatisfaction among GAA community mean for the game, asks Tommy Martin in his final column of the year.

Friday 16 December, 2016

Women's sport has come a long way, but there's still about a century to go

“Even tectonic plates need a little shove,” writes Tommy Martin as he looks at the government’s gender quota proposals

Friday 9 December, 2016

Although it's harder to stomach than a bushtucker trial, liking Chelsea might be okay

Tommy Martin is enjoying Antonio Conte’s refreshingly unshowy style of management .

Friday 2 December, 2016

Between Eric Bristow and Theo Walcott, we've learned a lot about modern life this week

“Saying whatever you want, or saying nothing at all appears to be the choice on offer,” writes Tommy Martin in this week’s column.

Friday 25 November, 2016

Ireland, the All Blacks, and rugby's struggle to find an acceptable level of violence

Physicality a serious concern but for all of their handwringing, rugby fans aren’t looking the other way, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 18 November, 2016

Can McGregor remain UFC's big daddy when he becomes a father?

Tommy Martin ponders how the arrival of his first child will affect the new two-weight champion.

Friday 11 November, 2016

Two years after Glasgow clash, the careers of O'Neill and Strachan have taken very different turns

Tommy Martin looks at how the fortunes of Ireland and Scotland have changed since Ireland’s loss in Celtic Park in 2014.

Friday 28 October, 2016

Aguero, Sturridge and the death of the out-and-out striker

“Is it enough to ‘just score goals’ in the modern game?” asks Tommy Martin.

Friday 21 October, 2016

Finding the space between private grief and public commemoration

Peter O’Mahony found himself thrust into the public eye this week, crushed by his personal grief on one side and the responsibility of his job on the other.

Friday 14 October, 2016

Coleman can possibly become an Irish captain to rival Roy Keane in his influence

He may not have been the obvious choice to skipper the national team, but it looks a perfect fit for the man from Killybegs.

Friday 7 October, 2016

Why have Ireland failed to build on their Italy and France performances? DNA

Why have Ireland failed to build on their Italy and France performances?

Tommy Martin wonders if we should be turning to PHDs rather than pundits to analyse Ireland’s struggles.

Friday 30 September, 2016

Good captain, bad captain... whatever

Tommy Martin on the myth-making around Ryder Cup captaincy.

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