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#Alex Higgins

# alex-higgins - Sunday 17 April, 2016

Sex, drugs and...more drugs: 7 players who prove snooker is a bad-ass sport

Jimmy White’s recent revelations have caused a stir but the sport has seen its fair share of bad-boys.

# alex-higgins - Sunday 4 May, 2014

Memory lane: The top 5 Crucible moments

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# alex-higgins - Sunday 14 July, 2013

22 signs that you’re an Antrim sports fan

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# alex-higgins - Friday 12 August, 2011

The Magnificent Seven: interviews from hell Awkward This post contains videos

The Magnificent Seven: interviews from hell

Interviewing athletes ‘in the heat of the moment’ has long been a recipe for disaster. Here’s what happens when things go pear-shaped…

# alex-higgins - Tuesday 3 May, 2011

RTÉ removes Higgins mistake from website Mistake This post contains images

RTÉ removes Higgins mistake from website

RTÉ has removed footage in which they mistakenly described Alex “Hurricane” Higgins as John Higgins’ father – but not before Twitter picked up on the error.

# alex-higgins - Friday 29 April, 2011

The Magnificent Seven: Magic moments at The Crucible Pot Luck This post contains videos

The Magnificent Seven: Magic moments at The Crucible

Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre has seen some remarkable snooker over the years – but which moments made the cut in this week’s Magnificent Seven?

# alex-higgins - Wednesday 29 December, 2010

Sports quotes of the year Big Talk This post contains videos

Sports quotes of the year

It’s good to talk… as we find out with the best sound-bites of the last 12 months.

# alex-higgins - Monday 27 December, 2010

From 2010 in review: July Review2010

2010 in review: July

Ivor Callely and Martin Sludden compete to become Ireland’s biggest public enemy, while eight are killed in a Donegal car crash.

# alex-higgins - Monday 2 August, 2010

THOUSANDS of mourners have turned out at the funeral of snooker legend Alex White.

Good friend and fellow snooker legend Jimmy White led mourners from Higgins’ Belfast home this morning, to St. Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral. White, who was in tears, was flanked by snooker greats Stephen Hendry, Joe Swail and Ken Doherty.

The funeral procession was led by a horse drawn carriage as family and friends of the 61-year-old followed in procession.

A fresh mural to the two-times world champion featured on the wall opposite the scene of his lonely death.

Hundreds of mourners lined the streets, to greet and pay their final respects to Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins.

The 61-year-old died last month after a long battle with throat cancer.

The funeral service is to be begin at 11.30am.

A video of the procession has been posted on Twitter.

# alex-higgins - Sunday 25 July, 2010

THE WORLD OF SNOOKER is in mourning today after one of the game’s legendary characters, two-time world champion Alex Higgins, died yesterday at the age of 61 after a long battle with cancer.

Higgins (61) was found dead in his Belfast flat yesterday after suffering multiple organ failure. He was also suffering from bronchitis because of his smoking habit.

Known as ‘The Hurricane’, Higgins was described by modern greats like Ronnie O’Sullivan as the greatest player ever to raise a cue.

“Alex Higgins was one of the real inspirations behind me getting into snooker in the first place,” O’Sullivan told the Sunday Telegraph. “He is a legend of snooker, and should forever be remembered as the finest ever snooker player.”

Six-time world champion Steve Davis also paid tribute to the Northern Irishman.

“He was a totally amazing player. I had many battles with him over the years, mostly controversial ones! But he brought so much to the game. He will be sorely missed,” he said.

Fellow Northerener and former world champion Dennis Taylor added: “I don’t think you’ll ever, ever see another player in the game of snooker like the great Alex Higgins.”

Users on’s Snooker & Pool forum called Higgins “a true legend of the game”, “an enigma” and “a great entertainer of the game”.

The Sunday Independent leads with news of how Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has beeen accused of ‘horrifying’ threats to party TD Lucinda Creighton after her speech criticising FG for accepting donations from indebted developers.

The paper – which publishes the results of a text referendum on whether to bailing out Anglo Irish Bank, with 95% saying yes – also devotes a large section, as many of the papers, to the death of snooker legend Alex ‘Hurricane’ Higgins.

It also features a lengthy interview with Gráinne Seoige as she prepares to move to the UK. Life magazine features a tour of Michael Flatley’s Cork home.

The Sunday Business Post reports that the cabinet is on the verge of a major disagreement over the next Budget, with the Green ministers and some Fianna Fáil members opposing Brian Lenihan on tax and privatising state bodies.

It also reveals the bizarre statistic that with the demand for coins so low last year as a result of the recessio, the Central Bank were forced to withdraw €23m in coins from the economy – costing the state €30m.

Inside it reveals that planned rail projects, such as the Dublin-Navan rail connection and the Western Rail Corridor linking Tuam to Claremorris, will be shelved as part of the budget cutbacks.

Agenda magazine covers the difficulties being posed to the Australian justice system by native aboriginal behaviour that would be considered illegal in the western world.

The Sunday Times leads with a disclosure from Labour leader Eamon Gilmore that his party, if in government, would strip the Irish passports of wealthy tax eiles if they did not pay the government for wealth earned in Ireland.

It also includes details of a barrister’s plea for the government to intervene after it was discovered that the Irish Red Cross had an undeclared bank account with €150,000 meant for the victims of the Indonesian tsunami in 2004.

Inside, it says the Orange Order has welcomed proposals to make July 12 an All-Ireland national holiday – and would hope, in the same manner as St Patrick’s Day, to dye the River Liffey orange for the day.

The Times’ Culture magazine profiles What Not To Wear duo Trinny and Suzannah who have gone from ‘bust to boom’ with an internet-only show.

The Sunday Tribune leads with the figure of €1.1bn – that’s the amount the government will cut from the Health and Welfare budgets in December, it says. Outgoing HSE chief Brendan Drumm says thousands should be made redundant from his body.

It also reveals that internal party documents have confirmed the Green Party has given up on its hope to hold a Dublin mayoral election in the autumn, with the vote now pencilled in for March.

Inside, it reveals that Bertie Ahern insists he’s entitled to claim for two mobile phone allowances – one as a TD, and one as a former Taoiseach – while also claiming the maximum travel expenses allowed by a Dublin TD despite having a full-time Garda driver.

The T2 supplement profiles thirty hidden tourist gems in Ireland.