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Friday 2 March, 2018

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

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

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

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

Friday 2 February, 2018

Zen and the art of National Leagues maintenance

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

Friday 26 January, 2018

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

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

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

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?

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?

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?

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

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

‘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'

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

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

Sunday 29 October, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

‘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'

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

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

‘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

“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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 26 May, 2017

Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?

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

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

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

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?

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

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