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#Talking Points

# talking-points - Sunday 2 July, 2017

Deadly Kerry forward duo, Cork rue goal chances and Fitzmaurice five-in-a-row

Plenty to digest after today’s showdown in Killarney.

# talking-points - Tuesday 27 June, 2017

End of the tour pain for Henshaw (and many non-injured players) with only defining Tests to go

The Athlone man’s shoulder injury did not look good, but if he is indeed unable to play any more part on this tour, he won’t be alone on the outskirts of the squad.

# talking-points - Monday 26 June, 2017

Waterford and Tipperary to take first steps of recovery, tough task for Limerick and the delayed draw

We take a look at the 5 main talking points from today’s All-Ireland SHC Round 1 qualifier draw.

# talking-points - Sunday 25 June, 2017

Dublin's movement in attack, Westmeath's use of one sweeper and the task facing Kildare

We run through 5 talking points after Dublin’s 4-29 to 0-10 victory over Westmeath in the Leinster semi-final

# talking-points - Wednesday 21 June, 2017

Gatland's surprises, POM's honour, Itoje unlucky and more Lions talking points

Ben Te’o and Jamie George have only one Test start between them but their rise continues.

# talking-points - Saturday 17 June, 2017

Ex-professionals impress for Kildare, strength of Cian O'Neill's bench and Meath head for the backdoor

We run through 5 talking points after Kildare’s Leinster semi-final win over Meath today.

# talking-points - Monday 12 June, 2017

Ireland change a winning formula - and almost pay for it

The Boys in Green escaped with a draw against Austria after a dire first-half performance.

# talking-points - Sunday 11 June, 2017

Ireland presented with a golden opportunity to kill off one of their World Cup qualifying rivals

Martin O’Neill’s side can take Austria out of the running for a spot at next year’s finals by claiming victory this evening.

# talking-points - Wednesday 7 June, 2017

Lions get their own taste of 'rugby chaos' and more talking points from Auckland

Plus, a lack of discipline costs the tourists and the brilliance of Sonny Bill Williams.

# talking-points - Monday 5 June, 2017

Ridiculed by his own fans at club level, Cyrus Christie responds in the best possible way

After taking some flak from Derby’s supporters, the Irish full-back performed excellently against Uruguay last night.

# talking-points - Sunday 4 June, 2017

Big Clare breakthrough, O'Donnell goal threat and Limerick qualifier hope

The Banner ended a nine-year wait to reach the Munster senior hurling final.

Will Ireland rue omitting in-form Cork star Sean Maguire?

Plus, why Stephen Quinn epitomises the Irish team’s spirit.

# talking-points - Friday 2 June, 2017

Ireland's limitations brutally exposed by electric Mexicans

Is this the last we will see of Martin O’Neill’s 3-5-2 experiment and other talking points.

# talking-points - Thursday 1 June, 2017

Was James McClean right to make his controversial comments?

Plus, former League duo set for momentous day and other Ireland-Mexico talking points.

# talking-points - Wednesday 31 May, 2017

Te'o at 12, the Irish contingent and more Lions team talking points

The quality of the Lions’ bench to face the NZ Provincial Barbarians indicates their depth.

# talking-points - Saturday 27 May, 2017

Brilliant Beirne, Erasmus' big question and more Pro12 final talking points

The Scarlets were brilliant in attack, while Munster’s defence fell apart.

# talking-points - Wednesday 24 May, 2017

United deliver performance their city can be proud of and more Europa League talking points

Plus, why Marouane Fellaini has been the unsung hero in this Europa League campaign

# talking-points - Sunday 21 May, 2017

Is it time for Wenger to go and more Premier League final day talking points

Plus, is Tottenham star Harry Kane the best striker in the Premier League?

# talking-points - Friday 19 May, 2017

Judgement day for Liverpool and more Premier League talking points

Meanwhile, ‘one of the world’s best’ Harry Kane is set to claim the Golden Boot.

# talking-points - Thursday 11 May, 2017

Fear-driven Man United stumble over the line and other Europa League talking points Analysis This post contains videos

Fear-driven Man United stumble over the line and other Europa League talking points

Plus, why the Red Devils should be wary of 19-year-old Ajax starlet Kasper Dolberg.

# talking-points - Wednesday 10 May, 2017

Has Isco supplanted Gareth Bale and more Champions League talking points

Plus, is Gianluigi Buffon the greatest goalkeeper ever?

# talking-points - Saturday 6 May, 2017

Little on the line in inter-pros but plenty of Pro12 talking points today

There’s a huge game in Italy, where former Ireland U20 out-half Ian McKinley starts.

# talking-points - Friday 5 May, 2017

Big games in the race for the title and survival and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can take a big step towards Champions League qualification.

# talking-points - Wednesday 3 May, 2017

Juventus' remarkable defensive stat and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why Cristiano Ronaldo deserves more respect from Real Madrid fans.

# talking-points - Saturday 29 April, 2017

Have Galway already peaked, the impact of club games on Dublin's build-up and the last ever U21 final

We run through the 5 major talking points ahead of the clash between Dublin and Galway in Tullamore.

# talking-points - Friday 28 April, 2017

Lukaku and co provide Chelsea's biggest stumbling block and the Premier League talking points

There’s also a North London derby on a busy Sunday of football.

# talking-points - Sunday 23 April, 2017

Dire opening, Leavy's big moment and Ringrose's wonder try

Leinster had a revival in the second half but came up short in the end.

# talking-points - Saturday 22 April, 2017

Sickeningly good Sarries and more talking points as Munster bow out of Europe

It was another semi-final heartbreak for the southern province today.

# talking-points - Wednesday 19 April, 2017

Big changes required at Barca and more Champions League talking points

Plus, why French starlets could dominate European football for years to come.

Payne the bolter, 11 Irish Lions and some big-name omissions

Warren Gatland has named a 41-man squad to tour New Zealand this summer.

# talking-points - Saturday 8 April, 2017

Tottenham the only ones that can catch Chelsea and the Premier League talking points

Spurs and Watford kick off this weekend’s matches in the English top flight.

# talking-points - Wednesday 5 April, 2017

Chelsea's defensive masterclass and more Premier League talking points

Plus, Jose Mourinho not helping Man United’s lacklustre attack.

# talking-points - Saturday 1 April, 2017

Referees not learning from Coleman incident and more Premier League talking points

There were some ill-tempered moments in today’s Merseyside Derby.

International break hits clubs hard and the Premier League talking points

This weekend kicks off with the Merseyside derby and ends with a meeting between Arsenal and Manchester City.

# talking-points - Friday 31 March, 2017

Leavy gets the nod, Murray's fitness, and more Champions Cup talking points

We reflect on the team news ahead of Munster and Leinster’s Champions Cup quarter-finals

# talking-points - Tuesday 28 March, 2017

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points Analysis This post contains videos

A momentous night for LOI alumni and more Ireland-Iceland talking points

Plus, can Conor Hourihane be Wes Hoolahan’s long-term successor?

# talking-points - Saturday 18 March, 2017

Ireland's composure, O'Mahony's brilliance and Dublin heart

Joe Schmidt’s side finished the Six Nations with their best performance since Chicago.

# talking-points - Thursday 16 March, 2017

Toner dropped, Kearney injured and Marmion replaces Murray

Ireland have lost their influential scrum-half to injury.

# talking-points - Wednesday 8 March, 2017

Neymar confirms his greatness and more talking points on a remarkable Champions League night

Plus, why Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is good enough to get in any side in Europe

# talking-points - Sunday 5 March, 2017

Kilkenny off the mark, Banner stun Cork and Division 1B's gulf in class — Sunday GAA talking points

Plus, we take a closer look at the battle for survival in hurling’s top tier.