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#curtain raiser

# curtain-raiser - Monday 11 November, 2019

McCarthy: Youngsters to get chance in New Zealand game that 'doesn't have same importance' as Danish clash

Jack Byrne, Troy Parrott, and Lee O’Connor are all likely to feature in Thursday’s friendly.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 3 August, 2019

Sancho shines as Dortmund deny Bayern in German Super Cup

Ryan Johansson, the teenager who is currently taking an appeal to Fifa so as to be eligible to play for Ireland, was an unused substitute for Bayern.

# curtain-raiser - Monday 6 May, 2019

Magic Monday in store on big day for Irish racing at the revamped Curragh

Racing fans will get a first glimpse of the Kildare venue’s multi-million Euro redevelopment today.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 26 January, 2019

Gavin names team as champions Dublin prepare for National League opener away in Clones

Dublin get the defence of their National Football League title underway against Monaghan tomorrow afternoon.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 12 October, 2018

'We're just one of the teams chasing it again': Leinster hit reset in back-to-back bid

Leo Cullen’s side begin their Heineken Champions Cup campaign against Wasps at the RDS tonight.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 6 October, 2018

Garryowen edge opening day shoot-out, UCD burn off UCC challenge and all your AIL Div 1a reports

Garryowen edge opening day shoot-out, UCD burn off UCC challenge and all your AIL Div 1a reports

The AIL returned to a club ground near you this weekend.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 24 August, 2018

Simon Zebo starts at fullback for Top14 debut against Toulon

And there’s much more Irish interest in France with Paul O’Connell and Mike Prendergast coaching Stade Francais.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 11 August, 2018

Rampant second half against Royals takes Galway to minor All-Ireland final

Goals from Tinney, McCormack and Gill helped the Tribe sweep Meath aside.

# curtain-raiser - Thursday 20 July, 2017

Cork U21 and sub senior keeper to start in All-Ireland final on Sunday in Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Cork take on Kilkenny in the intermediate decider.

# curtain-raiser - Tuesday 4 July, 2017

County chair says Páirc Uí Chaoimh will be ready to host hurling championship quarter-finals

Cork county chair Ger Lane has dismissed reports that the venue will not be ready for this year’s Championship quarter-finals in two weeks’ time.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 4 February, 2017

As it happened: Scotland v Ireland, Six Nations

Bonus points are in play and the Six Nations is ready for the starter’s gun, so we’re going minute-by-minute from Murrayfield.

# curtain-raiser - Thursday 8 September, 2016

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 6 August, 2016

Dublin and Limerick both make changes for All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final

Throw-in in Croke Park is 1.30pm on Sunday.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 5 August, 2016

# curtain-raiser - Friday 17 June, 2016

3 All-Ireland senior club winners and 9 U21s in Limerick side for Munster intermediate semi-final

Limerick face Tipperary in Sunday’s curtain-raiser in Thurles.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 7 February, 2016

Here's how we rated Ireland after an intense draw at home to Wales

Ireland will head back to Carton House disappointed at having to share the spoils.

13-point lead not enough for Ireland as Wales scrap back to force a draw

It’s the first time in Championship history that the sides have shared the spoils.

# curtain-raiser - Monday 14 September, 2015

Big Sam Burgess gets a big chunk of bench for England's World Cup opener

Brad Barritt will continue as Stuart Lancaster’s inside centre after his recovery from ankle and calf injuries.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 4 September, 2015

Big boost for Tipp minors as their captain returns for the All-Ireland final

Fit-again Stephen Quirke is the only change for the Premier men.

# curtain-raiser - Thursday 6 August, 2015

The immovable Mike Ross and more talking points on Ireland's first team-sheet of the season

The immovable Mike Ross and more talking points on Ireland's first team-sheet of the season

Joe Schmidt’s first squad for the summer series is jam-packed with experience.

# curtain-raiser - Wednesday 29 July, 2015

The Community Shield has thrown up some memorable moments down the years Curtain Raiser This post contains videos

The Community Shield has thrown up some memorable moments down the years

Here’s 6 of them ahead of this year’s curtain raiser.

# curtain-raiser - Thursday 11 June, 2015

Two All-Ireland minor winners in Kerry junior team as Tipperary side make two changes

The sides clash in Sunday’s opening game at Semple Stadium.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 7 June, 2015

Cork overpower Waterford to book Munster intermediate final place

The teams clashed in Semple Stadium today.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 28 February, 2015

League champions Dundalk draw first blood as Finn stars in President's Cup win

The domestic season got under-way this afternoon.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 18 January, 2015

Wins for Galway and Wexford in Walsh Cup

The Kehoe Cup also got under way today.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 10 August, 2014

As it happened: Arsenal v Manchester City, Community Shield

Arsene Wenger’s Gunners face the title winners hoping to claim the first piece of silverware of the season.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 9 August, 2014

5 most memorable moments in Community Shield History

Keegan vs Bremner and the secret history of the Charity Shield

# curtain-raiser - Thursday 3 July, 2014

Gay rugby team to play in Super Rugby curtain raiser this weekend

The Sydney Convicts are out to discredit stereotypes that gay people ‘can’t play tough sports like rugby’.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 21 June, 2014

Cork hold off Limerick to book place in Munster junior football final

The sides met in this evening’s curtain-raiser in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 15 June, 2014

Six goals served up as Cork get the better of Clare in Munster intermediate semi final

Cork will now face Tipperary in the decider on June 27th.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 1 June, 2014

43 scores served up as Tipperary win Munster intermediate battle against Limerick

Extra-time was needed in today’s opening game in Semple Stadium.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 25 May, 2014

O'Brien the scoring star as Cork defeat Waterford in Munster intermediate opener

The teams met in today’s first game at Semple Stadium.

# curtain-raiser - Tuesday 28 January, 2014

Warburton held in reserve as Gatland gives 10 jersey to Priestland

There is no place in the squad for Dan Biggar.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 11 October, 2013

Leinster go for Gopperth in bid to banish bogey team Ospreys

Jamie Heaslip will once again captain the side, but Brian O’Driscoll’s calf has kept him out of contention.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 11 August, 2013

4 reasons we can't wait for the Community Shield

The first silverware of the new English season is up for grabs today, and we’re stoked about it.

# curtain-raiser - Saturday 1 September, 2012

Pro12 wrap: Leinster, Connacht lose while Munster open with away win

Rob Penney’s side showed a little glimpse of the style that Munster fans can look forward to.

# curtain-raiser - Sunday 12 August, 2012

As it happened: Chelsea v Manchester City, Community Shield Curtain Raiser This post contains videos

As it happened: Chelsea v Manchester City, Community Shield

The league winners did battle with the FA Cup holders at Villa Park in the traditional season opener.

# curtain-raiser - Friday 27 July, 2012

Olympics 2012: All eyes on London ahead of opening ceremony

The finishing touches are being put to tonight’s extravagant spectacle.

# curtain-raiser - Monday 7 May, 2012

Bronx tale: no slip up for Sligo in New York

Stephen Coen was the star of the Sligo roadshow as they got the Connacht Championship underway in style.