# Editor's picks

Last year
'Realistic' Ireland ready for the biggest game in their history in World Cup play-off
It’s do or die for Vera Pauw’s side against Scotland tonight.
'Fraggle Rock, a father's tears and Lesley the Viking' - A weekend at Manchester City
The42 visited the Premier League champions to watch Ireland’s Gavin Bazunu face Erling Haaland up close with Southampton. But that was only part of the story.
Analysis: Joe Hodge shines on surprise Premier League debut
The Irish U21 international made a surprise debut away to Chelsea for Wolves on Saturday – we break down all of his involvements in the game.
McCabe, O'Sullivan, Quinn - The journey of Irish stars to the cusp of a World Cup
Reeling in the years with the Ireland trio’s underage coaches.
'He was always destined to rise to the top' - Limerick's star helping club end 80-year wait
Kyle Hayes have helped Kildimo-Pallaskenry reach the knockout stages of the Limerick senior hurling championship today.
‘Ireland are up there with France as favourites to win a World Cup’
Martin Bayfield’s love affair with Ireland started 30 years ago – and a year out from the World Cup, the former England star reckons Andy Farrell’s team could win it.
Rockmount moulded Keane, the player - but where can mould Keane, the coach?
Skipping the early rungs on the coaching ladder is a privilege and a curse for ex-pros like Keane.
'You look down at kids with tears in their eyes, then you look up and the adults are crying too'
AFL champion Mark O’Connor on the Grand Final, a mixed season and playing for Dingle.
'They said there's no reason chemo would stop you from playing' - A Tipperary comeback
All-Ireland winner James Barry has made an inspiring return to hurling.
Why Irish football must unite when it comes to selling players to England
Bohemians’ Chief Operating Officer Daniel Lambert chats to The42 about the contentious issues of transfers to clubs across the water.
Multi-talented Galvin has squeezed in a whole other sporting life since Kerry's last All-Ireland appearance
The multi-talented star was part of the last Kerry squad to reach an All-Ireland final in 2012.
7 Irish storylines to follow in the new EFL Championship season
The players and teams to track as a new season gets underway.
Galway Day 3 review: 'You couldn't take your eyes off this one'
Galway Plate winner Hewick cost John Hanlon just €850, and has now bagged around 300 times that in prize money.
5 footballers who enjoyed a breakthrough season
It was a good year for rookie defenders.
‘My heart was broken by the All-Irelands we lost’ - Jim Carney’s long life in GAA
Jim Carney chats about presenting The Sunday Game, Galway vs Kerry and caring for the GAA.
'He'll miss it terribly' - Saluting the Sunday Game career of Pat Spillane before final curtain
The Kerry great is finishing up with the iconic GAA show after 30 years in the studio.
The stories behind this iconic photo of Sean O'Shea's match-winning free
Inpho photographer James Crombie took one of the standout images from an epic semi-final.
'It's so much more than just a picture on a wall' - When sport becomes art
A walking tour of sports-related street art in Dublin.
Meet New Zealand Rugby’s best kept secret and potential saviour – a man called Joe Schmidt
It might be hard to believe but Schmidt’s profile is way higher in Ireland than it is in his native country.
'Some of the girls just stopped being interested in playing because it was costing us money'
Marian Leahy looks back on her football career and laments how Irish teams and players of the past often tend to get overlooked.
Mikey Collins continued a family dynasty when he signed for Liverpool. What happened next?
“Football is engrained in me and that won’t change, it feels part of our family. Yeah, it can be ruthless but that’s part of the story.”
'Now, I look back on my time at Man United as a success. When I came home, I felt like a failure'
Anthony Whelan looks back on his career as a footballer.
'I'm no monster. I just live with something so powerful'
The full extent of Clare Shine’s struggles are laid bare in her new book, Scoring Goals In The Dark.
‘I was literally trying to get through the next hour without having a drink’
Ex-Ireland international Keith Treacy on how various addictions severely impacted his football career and caused him to seek help.
Meet the rising star of the Irish coaching scene that everyone is talking about
Noel McNamara reached adulthood without ever playing rugby but infectious enthusiasm and a thirst for knowledge has seen him rise through the ranks ahead of the biggest game yet of his career.
'If you are beaten, the summer of hurling is over – all hurling is over. You can’t lose'
Read an extract from the stunning new memoir, from Tadhg Coakley, about life and sport as a player and fan.
The start of a journey in football: 'I feel like I'm always chasing, and being chased'
Dubliner Killian Phillips tells The42 why fear and love are his driving forces as he aims to make his mark with Crystal Palace.
Training with Celtic, coached by Brian Kerr and a sporting journey to managing Donegal
Bonner takes Donegal to an Ulster final showdown with Derry next Sunday.
'Saipan? It’s something that you always see when it's on Reeling in the Years'
Amid the reflections and memories on the 20th anniversary, The42 asked 10 Irish footballers born around that time what the controversy means to them.
'A porter who was probably given a few quid said, 'Oh, Mr Keane is leaving from the back door''
BBC reporter Stephen Watson recalls his famous interview on the 20th anniversary of Saipan.
McIlroy, Lowry, Power: How Ireland's Class of 2006 graduated to the major leagues
Aaron O’Callaghan and Gareth Shaw — team-mates of the trio at the 2006 European Youths — recount their journey to the top.
‘He loved living in Ireland. And he loved playing for Limerick’
Remembering the late Freddy Hall’s stint in Irish football.
The anatomy of Katie Taylor's ringwalk - and will she make one at Croke Park this year?
It’s time to bring Katie Taylor home.
From farmer's son in Tipp to the Aviva Stadium - the rise and rise of Ben Healy
Healy has emerged over the last year as a key player in Munster’s squad – but his schoolboy mentors believe there is a lot more to come.
Analysis: Cork's made defensive changes and outsourced their issue
Sean Flynn looks at how Cork have reacted to last year’s All-Ireland final and the unintended consequences.
Sligo will carry with them Red Óg Murphy’s legacy
Red Og Murphy passed away on Friday, April 1, at the age of 21.
Anthony Nash: The camera never lies, but does it tell the whole truth?
Watching back the Galway vs Kilkenny game from the behind the goal camera was an interesting experience.
'What Hugo is actually testament to, is that a lot of people are written off too early'
Late bloomer Hugo Keenan is now one of the first names on Leinster’s teamsheet.
Taylor, Serrano, and a night to stir the soul
Two great champions elevated their sport and levitated their audience at Madison Square Garden. It will be tough to recreate that magic without each other.
Breaking news, recruiting players and an online addiction - The fans behind the Twitter accounts charting Irish football
The fans behind Kenny’s Kids and Rep of Ireland Player Tracker explain why they gave up their free time to track Irish players, and why they quit.