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Dublin: 10 °C Friday 28 April, 2017

Today’s News

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.

Friday 23 September, 2016

Irish sport is a duller place without Davy Fitz

Tommy Martin reflects on the departure of one of hurling – and Ireland’s – most colourful characters.

Friday 16 September, 2016

The real Jose Mourinho is about to reveal himself at Manchester United

“This is the fable of the scorpion and the frog, and United may be about to feel Mourinho’s sting.”

Friday 9 September, 2016

Pressures from both sides of the world are in danger of ruining one of rugby's great traditions

Tommy Martin believes the Lions tour in its current state could be in trouble due to the self-interests of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.

Friday 2 September, 2016

What does Brian Cody make of our Snapchat, gluten-free, self-obsessed times?

Tommy Martin on the enduring brilliance of the Kilkenny manager.

Friday 26 August, 2016

Robbie Keane was the kind of superstar Ireland can only dream of nowadays

He may not have always got the credit he deserved during his playing days but there is no doubt he will be remembered as one of our greatest, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

Friday 19 August, 2016

Despite magic moments from athletes, these Games may force us to see what the Olympics has become

The exploits of the O’Donovans, Annalise Murphy and others shouldn’t distract us from the bloated movement’s major problems, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 29 July, 2016

Athletes, not infrastructure, make the Olympics great and Rio will be no different

Tommy Martin on how horror stories around the Olympic Games distract from why we really watch them.

Friday 22 July, 2016

'Like Brexit, Big Sam has been carried to victory on the belief time can be turned back'

England’s next manager might prove that there’s never a right time to have the wrong idea, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

Friday 15 July, 2016

Business as usual - or bright new dawn? Ulster final an existential battle for Donegal and Tyrone

“Tyrone have the firepower, but Donegal have the guile, and a punch of their own,” writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 8 July, 2016

Thunder claps, turnips, and tyre repairs: Tommy Martin hands out his Euro 2016 awards Final Countdown This post contains videos

Thunder claps, turnips, and tyre repairs: Tommy Martin hands out his Euro 2016 awards

“The football hasn’t been much good but the stories have been brilliant.”

Friday 1 July, 2016

Was that pity we felt? Watching England fail wasn't half as funny as it usually is

Columnist Tommy Martin charts the echoes of Brexit through England’s usual tournament exit.

Friday 24 June, 2016

These Irish players have travelled a tough road... but that makes them tough too

Tommy Martin on a night when Irish football made sense.

Friday 17 June, 2016

7 Days of Euro 2016: Keeping Up With The On-The-Lashians

Tommy Martin channels his inner Craig David to reflect on a hectic opening week at the Euros.

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