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# Analysis

Yesterday
30th March 2023
# Analysis
How instinctive, creative Antoine Frisch has become a key man for Munster
The France native has helped to transform the southern province’s attack this season.
This week
26th March 2023 - 31st March 2023
Voices
Tom Clonan: Defence Forces are deeply misogynistic and an unsafe workplace for women and men
Today’s report is a profound indictment of the toxic workplace culture of Óglaigh na hÉireann, Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
3 winners and losers from Ireland's latest international window
Will Smallbone and others who impressed for Stephen Kenny’s side over the past few days.
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Connacht's Blade pushing hard to break up Ireland's pecking order
The 28-year-old Monivea man showed his qualities once again in Galway last weekend.
# talking point
The biggest myth of the Stephen Kenny era was exposed last night
Ireland can no longer be considered all style and no substance, writes Paul Fennessy.
# clean sweep
Analysis: How did Ireland win the Grand Slam?
Discipline, kicking, attacking variety, and a deep squad were all important in the Irish success.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# player focus
Evan Ferguson the perfect symbol for Stephen Kenny’s youthful revolution
The Brighton teenager became Ireland’s youngest scorer since Robbie Keane after finding the net against Latvia this evening.
# Analysis
Kinsella on Rugby: How Ireland clinched the Grand Slam while playing below their standard
Players will know that the game against England never should have been as fraught as it became in the third quarter.
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Sheehan's set-piece stunner, Conan's offload, and the Grand Slam-sealing tries
Ireland came up with some clinical scores when they needed them most.
Last month
March 2023
# Analysis
Anthony Nash: Waterford not playing to strengths but Fitzgerald can find right formula
Deise have yet to marry talented players to a game plan that suits them.
# Analysis
'I don’t think we over-rely on going through 10 now' - Sexton on Ireland's attack
Andy Farrell’s team is more unpredictable because Sexton isn’t the only playmaker.
Voices
Tom Clonan: At a horrendous human cost, Putin is throwing the 'kitchen sink' at Bakhmut
The fall of the city – and its destruction – would be presented as a ‘victory’ for the Kremlin, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
Shamrock Rovers need control to keep four-in-a-row hopes alive
Stephen Bradley’s side without a win in their first four games and manner of goals conceded indicative of wider issue.
Voices
Oakeshott and Hancock: Betraying a confidential source damages journalism
University professor questions whether the actions of Isabel Oakeshott will put others off acting as sources or whistleblowers.
Voices
Financial expert: 'Never give up your tracker' may not be the best advice anymore
Mark Coan of moneysherpa has some advice for those on a tracker mortgage.
This year
2023
# Analysis
'Ross Byrne had a positive outing but the back-up out-half debate is not settled'
The No 10′s performance in Rome was analysed on Rugby Weekly Extra.
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Token gestures, subterfuge, and fear: how hurling's development is being frustrated
Decision to give Kerry a place in the Munster championship should they win the Joe McDonagh is symbolism.
Voices
Tom Clonan: 'Putin's aggression is going nowhere as this war reaches its first anniversary'
The security analyst says Putin’s back is to the wall and the global community must redouble efforts to bring an end to this war.
# Opinion
Man United fans' feelings about potential Qatari takeover should not be complicated
Current owners the Glazers announced in November they were open to a sale or investment.
# master
Ringrose's subtle skills and big moments make him one of the best in the world
The 28-year-old outside centre is an intelligent, effective player.
Voices
Eyewitness: One man had seen the bodies of his wife, kids and parents brought out of the rubble
There was also a huge shortage of coffins and body bags, writes midwife Aisha Harbalieh from Azaz in northern Syria.
# Brexit
Analysis: Protocol deal seems to be within reach but will DUP say 'No'?
There has been a flurry of activity in Northern Ireland and Brussels in recent days, with a new Protocol deal in sight.
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Anthony Nash: Davy Fitz was not wrong to test the boundaries with man behind the wire
Managers need to be able to get messages onto the field, and the current system does not make that straightforward.
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Micheál Houlihan may be the exception that proves the rule on Limerick's production line
The 25-year-old has taken an unusual route to the fringes of John Kiely’s team, which is backboned by academy graduates.
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Kinsella on rugby: How Ireland backed up Lowe's big words
The winger said Ireland’s conditioning would be key against France.
# Analysis
Bealham's classy touch, Schmidt's classic loop, and Ireland's inspiration
Andy Farrell’s men scored a brilliant try off a goal-line drop-out against France.
Voices
Analysis: Sinn Féin's mortgage interest relief proposal is a terrible idea
Mortgage interest relief is anti-poor, almost by definition, writes Ciarán Casey.
Voices
Analysis: Why news headlines about Irish GDP are still irritatingly misleading
Economist Ciarán Casey says that Ireland’s GDP often generates news headlines which do nothing for his emotional stability.
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Kinsella on Rugby: Munster's wonder try against Toulouse points to good coaching
The offloading, passing and pace of the move shows the progress being made under attack coach Mike Prendergast.
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Kinsella on rugby: How Leinster's '11' and '21' plays got them out of trouble in Swansea
The lineout attack was the key weapon for the province against Ospreys.
Last year
2022
# Analysis
Donn McClean: Lessons learned from a Christmas of Willie Mullins dominance
Closutton trainer asserted his strength by winning 13 of the 28 races at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival.
# Analysis
5 key questions to consider as the Premier League restarts
After a World Cup-enforced break, the top tier of English football resumes on Monday.
Voices
Tom Clonan: Russia cannot ‘win’ this war on Ukraine - so what can we expect in 2023?
Escalation won’t alter the fact that a Russian victory is not possible, security analyst Tom Clonan writes.
# Analysis
Thrilling World Cup highlights the biggest difference between club and international football
The many surprise results in Qatar 2022 are in stark contrast to the consistently predictable outcomes elsewhere.
# Analysis
Hurling styles contrast: The key areas for Ballygunner and Ballyhale's showdown
Hurling analyst Sean Flynn takes a closer look at tomorrow’s Croke Park showdown.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How Lionel Scaloni salvaged Messi's dream
Our latest members newsletter looks at how Argentina have turned their World Cup around.
# Analysis
Cooney on Soccer: How England stopped Mbappe but couldn't stop France
Why Olivier Giroud and Didier Deschamps are due a bit more respect.
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Mr Reliable: Why Josh van der Flier won World Player of the Year
Ciarán Kennedy breaks down some of Van der Flier’s standout moments in green this year.
# Analysis
Donn McClean: State Man not quite at Hurricane Fly's level yet but has serious potential
Five-year-old won well at Punchestown yesterday.
Voices
Twitter's survival is about more than just Elon Musk getting his way - here's why
Twitter has been shaken to its core since Elon Musk acquired it – does it matter?