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Bale, black cards and the rest of 2013's most tedious stories

11 stories that made us moan about the handy number we have here in

SOMETIMES REPORTING ON sport can be a dream, but sometimes it makes you tear your hair out.

Here are some of the reasons the news has made the dream job occasionally become a nightmare over the past 12 months.

Top internationals linked with lucrative move to France

Your contract’s up lads, we get it.


Suarez to Arsenal

Well at least this one’s over.

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Dublin are too successful, let’s split them into north and south

They’re not even that good, yet this seems to come up every year. How about we split Cork, Limerick, Belfast New York and London while we’re at it.


Heineken Cup boardroom war

A press release here, a press release there. All for the love of the gam… er, money and power.


Gareth Bale going to Real Madrid

Going, going… yep, any minute now -any day now… gone. Thanks be to jaysus.

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Manchester United’s summer transfers

So much promise, so few arrivals.

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Rory’s Nike clubs being the root of all evil

Not just a dip in form, confidence and work ethic then?

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Hurling league structures

If there’s one way to make sure no one gives a damn about the league, it’s to keep messing around with the format in case anyone gets to enjoy or understand it.


Fergie’s book

And the drip feed of people slighted therein.

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The black card

Will it work? Will it be exploited? Will it work too well?

So many cards wanted, such varying applications of the rules.


Job applications for real-life football posts based on computer game experience

Lads, it was funny at first, but now every club has a pre-written draft made up just for the likes of you.


Perfectly timed photo captures the moment a coach is hit in the face with a basketball

Cork woman makes debut in Australian legends football league

About the author:

Sean Farrell

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