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Friday 2 March, 2018

Does it matter if our favourite sports stars are considered 'nice' people?
# Column
# Column

Does it matter if our favourite sports stars are considered 'nice' people?

Mar 2nd 2018, 3:00 PM 22,204 Views 20 Comments

The careers of Jamie Heaslip and Andy Lee were eulogised last week, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 23 February, 2018

Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home
# Opinion
# Opinion

Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home

Feb 23rd 2018, 12:00 PM 22,770 Views 74 Comments

Give a child everything they want and they end up not getting what they need, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 9 February, 2018

Brains, not balls, are what matter in the big moments
# Making A Balls Of It
# Making A Balls Of It

Brains, not balls, are what matter in the big moments

Feb 9th 2018, 9:33 AM 5,759 Views 6 Comments

Tommy Martin says it’s what’s between your ears that counts.

Friday 2 February, 2018

Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance
# Mindfulness
# Mindfulness

Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance

Feb 2nd 2018, 11:39 AM 4,779 Views 2 Comments

How the opening weekend of the national leagues taught Tommy Martin how to live in the moment.

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Friday 26 January, 2018

'The GAA is bigger, better, richer and more popular than ever - so why are people moaning?'
# Top Dog
# Top Dog

'The GAA is bigger, better, richer and more popular than ever - so why are people moaning?'

Jan 26th 2018, 12:59 PM 28,005 Views 60 Comments

No matter who replaces Paraic Duffy as Ard Stiúrthóir, the GAA is never going back to the old way, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 19 January, 2018

We can only offer second chances when we get honesty and openness in return
# Opinion
# Opinion

We can only offer second chances when we get honesty and openness in return

Jan 19th 2018, 9:43 AM 14,249 Views 15 Comments

Sometimes they come at a price, says Tommy Martin.

Friday 12 January, 2018

How the US could become the Dublin GAA of the soccer world
# Column
# Column

How the US could become the Dublin GAA of the soccer world

Jan 12th 2018, 3:00 PM 34,305 Views 36 Comments

Pay-for-play’s negative impact on the sport is obvious, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 22 December, 2017

So what do you want for Irish sport this Christmas?
# Crackers
# Crackers

So what do you want for Irish sport this Christmas?

Dec 22nd 2017, 9:24 AM 4,710 Views 18 Comments

Tommy Martin looks forward to what 2018 may have in store for our favourite athletes.

Friday 15 December, 2017

Can admiration for Man City overcome distaste about Abu Dhabi?
# Blue Is The Colour Of Money
# Blue Is The Colour Of Money

Can admiration for Man City overcome distaste about Abu Dhabi?

Dec 15th 2017, 9:02 AM 17,364 Views 66 Comments

Tommy Martin wonders if you can separate what Pep’s side do on the pitch from how they’re funded off it.

Friday 8 December, 2017

Do all football fans really want impartial analysis?
# Column
# Column

Do all football fans really want impartial analysis?

Dec 8th 2017, 10:21 AM 4,895 Views 48 Comments

In modern sports coverage, bias is everywhere, except in the eye of the beholder, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 1 December, 2017

Want to make more great Irish sporting moments? Look at Leinster rugby for clues
# Blue Bloods
# Blue Bloods

Want to make more great Irish sporting moments? Look at Leinster rugby for clues

Dec 1st 2017, 9:21 AM 20,085 Views 54 Comments

The systemic success in Donnybrook is something to be admired, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 24 November, 2017

Thank Klopp we still have flawed, human games like Tuesday's Seville cracker
# Column
# Column

Thank Klopp we still have flawed, human games like Tuesday's Seville cracker

Nov 24th 2017, 1:00 PM 12,000 Views 57 Comments

‘It was a reminder in these uber-analysed times that sometimes a football match is just a football match,’ writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 17 November, 2017

'Trap had the 6-1, Jack had the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge. That moment might have come for O’Neill'
# Column
# Column

'Trap had the 6-1, Jack had the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge. That moment might have come for O’Neill'

Nov 17th 2017, 10:17 AM 20,295 Views 36 Comments

The Derry man is unlikely to leave without a fight, however, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 10 November, 2017

It's time for sport to call time on alcohol sponsorship
# Column
# Column

It's time for sport to call time on alcohol sponsorship

Nov 10th 2017, 9:17 AM 10,927 Views 44 Comments

Tommy Martin argues that alcohol sponsorship has no place in sports.

Sunday 29 October, 2017

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest
# Column
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# Column

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest

Oct 29th 2017, 4:00 PM 16,685 Views 21 Comments

It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 27 October, 2017

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest
# Column
# Column

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest

Oct 27th 2017, 8:25 AM 6,553 Views 6 Comments

It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 20 October, 2017

In the league of big shot directors, Pochettino is the true auteur
# Creative Control
# Creative Control

In the league of big shot directors, Pochettino is the true auteur

Oct 20th 2017, 11:09 AM 5,761 Views 11 Comments

In this week’s column Tommy Martin looks at the ‘New Hollywood’ crop of Premier League managers who seek out the spotlight.

Friday 13 October, 2017

A dour slog punctuated by unbridled joy - why international football is a metaphor for life itself
# Column
# Column

A dour slog punctuated by unbridled joy - why international football is a metaphor for life itself

Oct 13th 2017, 10:06 AM 12,666 Views 15 Comments

At times like this the beautiful game becomes a receptacle for all sort of cockamamie theories, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 6 October, 2017

The answer to England's World Cup woes? Become 'the Harry Kane team' as well
# Column
# Column

The answer to England's World Cup woes? Become 'the Harry Kane team' as well

Oct 6th 2017, 9:20 AM 5,152 Views 2 Comments

Be like Spurs and just give the ball to Harry Kane, writes Tommy Martin in his weekly column.

Friday 29 September, 2017

The GAA cynicism storm means soccer no longer stands alone on the moral low ground
# Column
# Column

The GAA cynicism storm means soccer no longer stands alone on the moral low ground

Sep 29th 2017, 12:00 PM 25,524 Views 57 Comments

But that isn’t all bad news, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 22 September, 2017

Crisis-hit FA have been shown up by Mark Sampson debacle
# Column
# Column

Crisis-hit FA have been shown up by Mark Sampson debacle

Sep 22nd 2017, 9:30 AM 3,735 Views 4 Comments

Tommy Martin writes on the beleaguered organisation that became embroiled in further controversy this week.

Friday 15 September, 2017

Gavin enters the Cody-zone in pursuit of Dublin's one missing accomplishment
# Clean Aviator
# Clean Aviator

Gavin enters the Cody-zone in pursuit of Dublin's one missing accomplishment

Sep 15th 2017, 9:43 AM 22,330 Views 13 Comments

The Dublin senior football manager and his team are as one, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 8 September, 2017

'If the last days of the transfer window resembled an orgy, this weekend is the morning after the night before'
# Column
# Column

'If the last days of the transfer window resembled an orgy, this weekend is the morning after the night before'

Sep 8th 2017, 8:49 AM 13,565 Views 16 Comments

It’s time for football clubs to wake up and assess the madness, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 1 September, 2017

Hurling may be the best thing we do as a nation but is something many never get to do at all
# Column
# Column

Hurling may be the best thing we do as a nation but is something many never get to do at all

Sep 1st 2017, 9:37 AM 12,279 Views 22 Comments

‘When it comes to hurling, we are prisoners of geography,’ writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 25 August, 2017

'There seemed no doubt that putting O'Shea on Donaghy was like the time Ed Sheeran was in Game of Thrones'
# Column
# Column

'There seemed no doubt that putting O'Shea on Donaghy was like the time Ed Sheeran was in Game of Thrones'

Aug 25th 2017, 12:00 PM 23,532 Views 28 Comments

However, revisionist history says it’s complicated, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 18 August, 2017

No place for madness or poetry in sensible, practical middle tier of Premier League
# Column
# Column

No place for madness or poetry in sensible, practical middle tier of Premier League

Aug 18th 2017, 10:36 AM 4,268 Views 3 Comments

Tommy Martin laments the mature, semi-detached and really quite beige state of England’s top flight.

Friday 11 August, 2017

For now, free-to-air television gives sport a safe haven in uncertain waters
# Column
# Column

For now, free-to-air television gives sport a safe haven in uncertain waters

Aug 11th 2017, 9:11 AM 7,794 Views 7 Comments

‘Free-to-air TV has become an attractive option again in this multi-platform, rights-hungry, rapidly changing landscape,’ writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 21 July, 2017

Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory
# Jekyll And Hyde
# Jekyll And Hyde

Booze in sport: blamed too much for defeat and enjoyed too much in victory

Jul 21st 2017, 10:32 AM 8,422 Views 10 Comments

“Drink is both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde when it comes to sport, with winning the transformational potion between the two,” writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 14 July, 2017

Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook
# Column
# Column

Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook

Jul 14th 2017, 9:34 AM 4,605 Views 0 Comments

Tommy Martin on the Tyrone star, who is aiming to end his memorable career on a high.

Friday 7 July, 2017

Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma
# Column
# Column

Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma

Jul 7th 2017, 12:08 PM 18,872 Views 31 Comments

Tommy Martin on Brexit, the Irish Open and how sport in Ireland is best served by the softest of borders.

Friday 30 June, 2017

Tennis gives women equal pay but still treats them as second class citizens
# Apples And Oranges
# Apples And Oranges

Tennis gives women equal pay but still treats them as second class citizens

Jun 30th 2017, 9:49 AM 4,274 Views 24 Comments

Tommy Martin on a week that apples and oranges were being compared by those who should know better.

Friday 23 June, 2017

Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions
# Opinion
# Opinion

Strange as it seems, Gatland's no-nonsense approach makes sense for the Lions

Jun 23rd 2017, 11:00 AM 3,961 Views 6 Comments

Tommy Martin on what the New Zealander brings to the tourists.

Friday 16 June, 2017

They're repeat offenders, but GAA needs characters like Connolly and Davy
# Column
# Column

They're repeat offenders, but GAA needs characters like Connolly and Davy

Jun 16th 2017, 10:38 AM 4,552 Views 26 Comments

Tommy Martin puts a case forward for GAA needing controversial figures to add a bit of colour to the season.

Friday 9 June, 2017

Marriage of Fancy Dan and Plain Jane brings out the best in the Boys in Green
# Road To Russia
# Road To Russia

Marriage of Fancy Dan and Plain Jane brings out the best in the Boys in Green

Jun 9th 2017, 12:27 PM 15,846 Views 5 Comments

It’s time to throw off the inferiority complex and take that next step, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 2 June, 2017

GAA players are a special case - so they should be drug tested even more
# Opinion
# Opinion

GAA players are a special case - so they should be drug tested even more

Jun 2nd 2017, 10:02 AM 14,618 Views 10 Comments

Tommy Martin believes drug testing of GAA players should be increased.

Friday 26 May, 2017

Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?
# The United Way
# The United Way

Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?

May 26th 2017, 3:23 PM 22,172 Views 39 Comments

Tommy Martin on a club that should be about more than winning trophies.

Friday 19 May, 2017

Ulster says no one likes us, but we don't care
# Opinion
# Opinion

Ulster says no one likes us, but we don't care

May 19th 2017, 9:20 AM 7,602 Views 20 Comments

Tommy Martin explains why Ulster football is the equivalent of an imaginary condom tossed across a theatre in 1950s Dublin.

Friday 12 May, 2017

In or out? Barcelona are treading a fine line in the Catalan independence debate
# Catalan Among The Pigeons
# Catalan Among The Pigeons

In or out? Barcelona are treading a fine line in the Catalan independence debate

May 12th 2017, 9:16 AM 8,393 Views 10 Comments

Tommy Martin reflects on how a global club may struggle to keep everyone happy.

Friday 5 May, 2017

Metaphors abound as Ireland's cricketers navigate the Long Room at Lord's
# Column
# Column

Metaphors abound as Ireland's cricketers navigate the Long Room at Lord's

May 5th 2017, 12:00 PM 12,134 Views 28 Comments

This could be a landmark summer after a gruelling journey for Irish cricket, writes Tommy Martin.

Friday 28 April, 2017

With illegal streams on the rise and viewer numbers falling, is it time for a Spotify for sport?
# Sportify
# Sportify

With illegal streams on the rise and viewer numbers falling, is it time for a Spotify for sport?

Apr 28th 2017, 12:05 PM 21,584 Views 64 Comments

Streaming is doing for football fans what file-sharing once did for music buyers, writes Tommy Martin.

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