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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Saturday 10 July, 2021

The Erasmus year at Munster: 'He was the most ruthless coach I ever met'
# Erasmus Programme
# Erasmus Programme

The Erasmus year at Munster: 'He was the most ruthless coach I ever met'

Jul 10th 2021, 8:00 AM 43,860 Views 11 Comments

Dealing with Covid-related issues is testing the resolve of Rassie Erasmus and Jacques Nienaber this summer – yet they came through bigger tests in their year at Thomond Park.

# editors-picks - Monday 5 July, 2021

'Conor is a competitor, he has an edge about him'
# Mane Man
# Mane Man

'Conor is a competitor, he has an edge about him'

Jul 5th 2021, 8:00 PM 18,657 Views 14 Comments

Even those who know Conor Murray well were surprised by Warren Gatland’s decision to make the scrum-half Lions captain.

# editors-picks - Sunday 4 July, 2021

'I was looking up to these older lads who weren't good for me' - The Englishman who found redemption in Ireland
# LOI Legends
# LOI Legends

'I was looking up to these older lads who weren't good for me' - The Englishman who found redemption in Ireland

Jul 4th 2021, 9:30 PM 60,283 Views 1 Comment

Danny North looks back on his career and recalls how his lowest moment in football turned into his greatest one.

# editors-picks - Saturday 3 July, 2021

Sean O'Brien: 'My opinion hasn't changed, we could have won the '17 series 3-0'
# Lionheart
# Lionheart

Sean O'Brien: 'My opinion hasn't changed, we could have won the '17 series 3-0'

Jul 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 31,904 Views 10 Comments

The Irish Lion lifts the lid on how his extraordinary self-belief helped him reach great heights in his career.

# editors-picks - Sunday 27 June, 2021

Why Donegal need the Murphy-McBrearty axis to click
# Forward Thinking
# Forward Thinking

Why Donegal need the Murphy-McBrearty axis to click

Jun 27th 2021, 8:00 AM 9,430 Views 2 Comments

It is rare that two stellar talents such as Murphy and McBrearty would have such an overlap in their careers. And yet, as the evidence shows, have not truly established a strike partnership when both were on song for the biggest days of their careers, writes Declan Bogue.

# editors-picks - Saturday 26 June, 2021

'He's an absolute master of the craft' - Why Clare's long-serving boss shows no signs of stopping
# The West's Awake
# The West's Awake

'He's an absolute master of the craft' - Why Clare's long-serving boss shows no signs of stopping

Jun 26th 2021, 10:00 AM 17,982 Views 4 Comments

A masterful coach, Colm Collins has instilled belief and high standards in Clare’s footballers for years. This evening his eighth championship with the Banner throws in.

Joe McDonagh, the man of the people who helped modernise the GAA
# Gael
# Gael

Joe McDonagh, the man of the people who helped modernise the GAA

Jun 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 16,835 Views 3 Comments

It is five years since former GAA president Joe McDonagh died. Today, the competition named in his honour — a fitting legacy — gets under way.

# editors-picks - Thursday 24 June, 2021

'He was operating at a different level even back then' - the rise of a prodigious hurling talent
# Raising The Banner
# Raising The Banner

'He was operating at a different level even back then' - the rise of a prodigious hurling talent

Jun 24th 2021, 3:04 PM 19,780 Views 4 Comments

Some of those that know him best on the magic of Tony Kelly.

# editors-picks - Sunday 20 June, 2021

Hero, spy, soccer dealmaker: the remarkable story behind one of the GAA’s most famous names
# Making Their Mark
# Making Their Mark

Hero, spy, soccer dealmaker: the remarkable story behind one of the GAA’s most famous names

Jun 20th 2021, 10:03 AM 35,503 Views 2 Comments

The original Tom Markham risked his life for Irish freedom before his work as a GAA activist resulted in the All-Ireland MFC trophy being named in his honour. A century on, his great-grandson is brokering major deals in English football.

SOB, Furlong and many more - Leinster Youths system producing major talent
# Pipeline
# Pipeline

SOB, Furlong and many more - Leinster Youths system producing major talent

Jun 20th 2021, 9:47 AM 19,892 Views 9 Comments

Leinster senior debutants Jamie Osborne, Marcus Hanan, and Tim Corkery are the most recent evidence.

# editors-picks - Saturday 19 June, 2021

'I could easily have been watching from New York instead of winning the Munster final on the field'
# Alan Campbell
# Alan Campbell

'I could easily have been watching from New York instead of winning the Munster final on the field'

Jun 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 17,934 Views 4 Comments

Alan Campbell moves to New York after playing for Tipperary since 2012 and finally getting his hands on a Munster medal.

'I was seven years old, my Mam had died earlier that year. It was really tough and the Laois ladies became a second family to me'
# Looking Back
# Looking Back

'I was seven years old, my Mam had died earlier that year. It was really tough and the Laois ladies became a second family to me'

Jun 19th 2021, 7:45 AM 7,016 Views 0 Comments

Mo Nerney was the team mascot when Laois won the All-Ireland title for the only time in 2001. Now, she is a key player as they bid to win the Division 3 league title next week.

# editors-picks - Sunday 13 June, 2021

The sports tech company looking to 'unlock the truth behind the game' of rugby
# Sportable
# Sportable

The sports tech company looking to 'unlock the truth behind the game' of rugby

Jun 13th 2021, 10:00 AM 26,238 Views 21 Comments

Sportable’s smart ball was used recently in the Varsity Cup in South Africa.

What happened next for the only Irish player to score at Euro 2012?
# Pathway
# Pathway

What happened next for the only Irish player to score at Euro 2012?

Jun 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 43,010 Views 5 Comments

Ex-Ireland international Sean St Ledger on his past and future in football.

# editors-picks - Saturday 12 June, 2021

Meet the Irishman with Wales at the European Championships
# Euro 2020
# Euro 2020

Meet the Irishman with Wales at the European Championships

Jun 12th 2021, 8:00 AM 28,722 Views 3 Comments

Kilkenny sports scientist Ronan Kavanagh talks to The42.

# editors-picks - Thursday 10 June, 2021

The42 GAA Weekly: Is this the most important weekend of the football year?
# Membership Highlights
# Membership Highlights

The42 GAA Weekly: Is this the most important weekend of the football year?

Jun 10th 2021, 4:17 PM 5,270 Views 1 Comment

A free clip from this week’s members episode as Marc Ó Sé joins us to look ahead to a mouthwatering weekend of promotion and relegation deciders.

The right man in the right place at the right time
# Big Time Charlie
# Big Time Charlie

The right man in the right place at the right time

Jun 10th 2021, 8:00 AM 18,987 Views 9 Comments

Gavin Cooney speaks to Charlie O’Leary, the beloved kitman who’s seen it all in Irish football.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 8 June, 2021

Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers
# Forward Thinking
# Forward Thinking

Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers

Jun 8th 2021, 7:30 AM 32,703 Views 5 Comments

25 years ago, considerable efforts were being made to get Chris Armstrong into a green shirt.

# editors-picks - Saturday 5 June, 2021

The unluckiest player in Irish rugby - forced into retirement at just 25
# Big Brother
# Big Brother

The unluckiest player in Irish rugby - forced into retirement at just 25

Jun 5th 2021, 10:00 AM 75,909 Views 10 Comments

Stephen Fitzgerald was tipped for greatness as a teenager but injuries got in the way. Now he hopes younger brother Conor can carry the family flame and become an Ireland international.

# editors-picks - Friday 4 June, 2021

When Munster stepped behind the Iron Curtain
# Munster On Tour
# Munster On Tour

When Munster stepped behind the Iron Curtain

Jun 4th 2021, 8:30 AM 26,350 Views 11 Comments

In 1982 Munster embarked on an eventful three-game tour of Romania.

# editors-picks - Monday 31 May, 2021

'I've never for one minute doubted his talent and I've always said he would be a senior international'
# Great Expectations
# Great Expectations

'I've never for one minute doubted his talent and I've always said he would be a senior international'

May 31st 2021, 8:00 PM 32,501 Views 4 Comments

A detailed look at the rise of Shamrock Rovers’ Danny Mandroiu on the back of his recent Ireland call-up.

# editors-picks - Sunday 30 May, 2021

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'
# New Era
# New Era

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'

May 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,378 Views 16 Comments

The Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions are due to join European rugby next season – what lies ahead?

# editors-picks - Saturday 29 May, 2021

Over land and sea: The complicated life of the Irish Chelsea supporter
# Feeling Blue
# Feeling Blue

Over land and sea: The complicated life of the Irish Chelsea supporter

May 29th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,310 Views 42 Comments

For any young person in Ireland, deciding to follow Chelsea is an odd choice.

# editors-picks - Thursday 27 May, 2021

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'
# Pace To Burn
# Pace To Burn

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'

Updated May 27th 2021, 10:01 PM 31,569 Views 14 Comments

Denis Hickie was a key man for Leinster and Ireland before bowing out of the game at the age of 31.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 26 May, 2021

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back
# Out Of The Darkness
# Out Of The Darkness

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back

May 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 58,314 Views 24 Comments

‘I robbed, stole, conned, hurt people throughout many years,’ says Derek Morkan as he rebuilds his life.

# editors-picks - Saturday 22 May, 2021

How to win friends and captivate people
# ROG And The Media
# ROG And The Media

How to win friends and captivate people

May 22nd 2021, 12:23 PM 31,896 Views 3 Comments

‘He’s gone the opposite direction to most coaches who put up a front.’

‘I would struggle to watch the 2008 Heineken Cup final again – I’d just cringe’
# Cult Hero
# Cult Hero

‘I would struggle to watch the 2008 Heineken Cup final again – I’d just cringe’

May 22nd 2021, 7:00 AM 49,867 Views 6 Comments

What is it like to play in a Champions Cup final? And what sort of influence does Ronan O’Gara have on a team? Munster’s 2008 Heineken Cup winner Denis Hurley opens the dressing room door.

# editors-picks - Thursday 20 May, 2021

'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history
# The42 Reads
# The42 Reads

'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history

May 20th 2021, 4:30 PM 31,062 Views 31 Comments

Dublin and Kerry head back to Thurles on Sunday, 20 years on from their unforgettable championship double-header.

# editors-picks - Monday 17 May, 2021

The lessons Irish rugby should learn from Australian rugby’s calamity
# Warning
# Warning

The lessons Irish rugby should learn from Australian rugby’s calamity

May 17th 2021, 8:30 AM 49,832 Views 21 Comments

From heavyweights in the game to being ‘on the bones of its arse’, the story of rugby Down Under is a cautionary one.

# editors-picks - Sunday 16 May, 2021

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him
# We Meet Again
# We Meet Again

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him

May 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 39,361 Views 4 Comments

Barnsley have finally recovered from losing their talismanic captain to Aston Villa in 2017.

‘I’m fortunate enough to have another opportunity at life. I will keep fighting’
# Clare Shine
# Clare Shine

‘I’m fortunate enough to have another opportunity at life. I will keep fighting’

May 16th 2021, 8:00 AM 46,210 Views 5 Comments

As Mental Health Awareness Week 2021 comes to a close, Clare Shine opens up further on her ongoing battle.

# editors-picks - Saturday 15 May, 2021

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale
# Hardy Buccs
# Hardy Buccs

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale

May 15th 2021, 10:00 AM 51,079 Views 15 Comments

In the 1990s an unlikely union between two towns lifted Buccaneers from the third tier of Irish rugby to the top. Their story was a classic tale of success against the odds.

'I couldn't look at a hurl, it was gone that bad' - return of a four-time All-Ireland winner
# Ready To Rock
# Ready To Rock

'I couldn't look at a hurl, it was gone that bad' - return of a four-time All-Ireland winner

May 15th 2021, 7:00 AM 29,288 Views 6 Comments

Katrina Parrock is back with the Wexford camogie team after a five-year break.

# editors-picks - Thursday 13 May, 2021

'His office had pictures of everyone who had come through the Academy, he was very proud of those fellas'
# Legacy
# Legacy

'His office had pictures of everyone who had come through the Academy, he was very proud of those fellas'

May 13th 2021, 8:00 PM 23,636 Views 2 Comments

The inside look at how Nigel Carolan built a lasting legacy at Connacht.

# editors-picks - Sunday 9 May, 2021

'He read it and said: 'Tony you cannot publish this. If you do people will think you're weak''
# Long Read
# Long Read

'He read it and said: 'Tony you cannot publish this. If you do people will think you're weak''

May 9th 2021, 7:00 AM 40,074 Views 4 Comments

Tony Griffin’s 2010 autobiography helped break the mould as an Irish sports star discussing his mental health. Now his new book is aimed at teenagers.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 4 May, 2021

Alan McLoughlin: A proud Irishman who instantaneously etched his name into the history books
# Tribute
# Tribute

Alan McLoughlin: A proud Irishman who instantaneously etched his name into the history books

May 4th 2021, 8:00 PM 18,143 Views 13 Comments

The former Ireland international’s death at the age of 54 was announced today.

# editors-picks - Friday 30 April, 2021

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'
# Old Wesley
# Old Wesley

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'

Apr 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 15,570 Views 3 Comments

Twenty years since his professional debut, Wes Hoolahan is still going strong as he approaches 39.

# editors-picks - Thursday 29 April, 2021

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'
# Born For The Role
# Born For The Role

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'

Apr 29th 2021, 11:59 PM 25,169 Views 4 Comments

She has been a fighter all her life and a boxer for over half of it. At 40, she wants Eddie Hearn to give her the world-title shot she deserves.

# editors-picks - Sunday 25 April, 2021

'I thought I was going to be absolutely smoked. He would have melted me in the ribs'
# Inside Line
# Inside Line

'I thought I was going to be absolutely smoked. He would have melted me in the ribs'

Apr 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 56,994 Views 19 Comments

Jack Conan talks us through some of his play for Ireland and Leinster in recent months.

'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'
# The42 Reads
# The42 Reads

'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'

Updated Apr 25th 2021, 10:15 AM 24,962 Views 3 Comments

22-year-old Jack Kennedy’s metoric rise in racing and recovery from injuries has inspired his fanbase at home in West Kerry.