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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Saturday 24 April, 2021

The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup
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# The42 Reads

The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup

Apr 24th 2021, 10:00 AM 23,256 Views 8 Comments

Ten years have elapsed since an Irish player won the Carabao Cup. Ahead of tomorrow’s final Garry Doyle speaks to four Irishmen who tasted Wembley glory in an era when English teams relied on Irish talent for success.

'I just burst into tears': Remembering the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and toppled New Zealand
# Trailblazers
# Trailblazers

'I just burst into tears': Remembering the Ireland team that won the Grand Slam and toppled New Zealand

Apr 24th 2021, 9:15 AM 8,632 Views 3 Comments

In the final part of our ‘Trailblazers’ series, we relive a historic 18 months for the national women’s side with players who were there.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 20 April, 2021

TV Wrap - 'Truce' as united Sky pundits savage breakaway plans on night of compelling TV
# Park Your Weasels
# Park Your Weasels

TV Wrap - 'Truce' as united Sky pundits savage breakaway plans on night of compelling TV

Apr 20th 2021, 1:09 PM 45,879 Views 49 Comments

Jamie Carragher and Gary Neville rounded on their own clubs, called for ‘scavenger’ Glazers to be booted out of the game and heard from a bristling Liverpool manager.

# editors-picks - Sunday 18 April, 2021

'It's definitely time that kids are back on the field' - the long-awaited return of underage GAA
# About Time
# About Time

'It's definitely time that kids are back on the field' - the long-awaited return of underage GAA

Apr 18th 2021, 8:00 AM 17,368 Views 13 Comments

There’s a real concern that many youngsters won’t return to sport after the lengthy shutdown.

# editors-picks - Thursday 15 April, 2021

King Carlos, Caucau, Dougie, and the most exciting club team of the pro era
# Blues
# Blues

King Carlos, Caucau, Dougie, and the most exciting club team of the pro era

Apr 15th 2021, 7:30 PM 20,817 Views 8 Comments

The Blues ripped up the Super 12 in 2003 with a thrilling group of players.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 13 April, 2021

20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland
# Analysis
# Analysis

20-year-old Wall's dominant display underlines her potential for Ireland

Apr 13th 2021, 7:30 PM 7,099 Views 3 Comments

The Munster flanker was superb in last weekend’s big win over Wales.

# editors-picks - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland
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# The42 Reads

Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland

Apr 11th 2021, 10:00 AM 37,939 Views 11 Comments

Months after beating Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier fronted a band that toured 10 venues in Ireland. It could hardly have gone worse.

# editors-picks - Saturday 10 April, 2021

'It was a lot of hard graft’: The groundbreakers who paved the way for Irish women's rugby
# Trailblazers
# Trailblazers

'It was a lot of hard graft’: The groundbreakers who paved the way for Irish women's rugby

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 12:18 PM 26,235 Views 4 Comments

In the first part of our new series, Trailblazers, we hear about their humble beginnings, merging with the IRFU and the journey still ahead.

'In Beibhinn, Ireland have someone who can do things that other people can't do'
# Player Profile
# Player Profile

'In Beibhinn, Ireland have someone who can do things that other people can't do'

Updated Apr 10th 2021, 9:19 AM 36,599 Views 7 Comments

19-year-old Ballinasloe RFC product Beibhinn Parsons is a rising star of Irish rugby.

# editors-picks - Friday 9 April, 2021

From DCU to Down Under: The team-mates, house-mates and friends dreaming of AFLW glory
# Ties That Bind
# Ties That Bind

From DCU to Down Under: The team-mates, house-mates and friends dreaming of AFLW glory

Updated Apr 9th 2021, 8:07 PM 17,408 Views 2 Comments

‘It was as if they were operating on a professional level even back then.’ Now, Collingwood duo Sarah Rowe and Aishling Sheridan are one step away from the biggest stage in their adopted sport.

# editors-picks - Monday 5 April, 2021

'They don't do it for the glory of playing in an All-Ireland final...It's the most selfless job'
# Characters
# Characters

'They don't do it for the glory of playing in an All-Ireland final...It's the most selfless job'

Apr 5th 2021, 10:00 AM 40,788 Views 5 Comments

A reliable kit man is an indispensable asset and many serve their counties for decades.

# editors-picks - Sunday 4 April, 2021

Fond memories of facing Real Madrid for the Limerick legend who lived his dream
# Play It Again Des
# Play It Again Des

Fond memories of facing Real Madrid for the Limerick legend who lived his dream

Updated Apr 4th 2021, 10:00 AM 25,954 Views 15 Comments

‘I happened to be the fella who was in the right place at the right time.’

# editors-picks - Thursday 1 April, 2021

'One of the all-time greats in Cork' - saluting the career of a nine-time All-Ireland winner
# Gemma
# Gemma

'One of the all-time greats in Cork' - saluting the career of a nine-time All-Ireland winner

Apr 1st 2021, 8:00 PM 22,151 Views 4 Comments

The42 looks back on the inter-county career of Cork legend Gemma O’Connor.

# editors-picks - Monday 29 March, 2021

Son of Kildare versus Son of Legend in a battle of the Australian bottleneck
# Home And Away
# Home And Away

Son of Kildare versus Son of Legend in a battle of the Australian bottleneck

Updated Mar 29th 2021, 12:00 PM 22,424 Views 4 Comments

Dennis Hogan faces a make-or-break fight with Aussie ‘second coming’ Tim Tszyu on Wednesday morning, live on eir Sport.

Analysis: The questions Luxembourg defeat raises over Stephen Kenny's management
# Lux Back
# Lux Back

Analysis: The questions Luxembourg defeat raises over Stephen Kenny's management

Mar 29th 2021, 7:05 AM 18,131 Views 11 Comments

Kenny stuck with a system that didn’t work in what proved to be arguably the worst home defeat in Irish football history.

# editors-picks - Sunday 28 March, 2021

Remembering the amazing career and life of Des McAleenan
# Tribute
# Tribute

Remembering the amazing career and life of Des McAleenan

Mar 28th 2021, 5:00 PM 46,249 Views 12 Comments

The hugely-popular Dubliner made a name for himself as a world-class goalkeeping coach.

'One of the hardest things is loneliness for patients. We're used to seeing a relative hold their hand'
# Interview
# Interview

'One of the hardest things is loneliness for patients. We're used to seeing a relative hold their hand'

Updated Mar 28th 2021, 10:30 AM 28,390 Views 4 Comments

Claire Molloy speaks to The42 about working as a doctor during the Covid-19 pandemic and the prospect of a women’s Lions team.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 24 March, 2021

Andy Farrell's Ireland show promise but hard work is still ahead
# Review
# Review

Andy Farrell's Ireland show promise but hard work is still ahead

Mar 24th 2021, 7:52 AM 13,143 Views 3 Comments

The lineout and scrum were superb during this championship but there’s lots of work to do elsewhere.

# editors-picks - Sunday 21 March, 2021

'Something we worked on all week' - Ireland's attack cuts England apart
# Analysis
# Analysis

'Something we worked on all week' - Ireland's attack cuts England apart

Mar 21st 2021, 12:00 PM 44,245 Views 23 Comments

Ireland scored excellent tries through Keith Earls and Jack Conan, and nearly had a beautiful third.

Planes, trains and cat food - the untold story of the Ireland manager's first trip
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# The42 Reads

Planes, trains and cat food - the untold story of the Ireland manager's first trip

Mar 21st 2021, 8:00 AM 22,883 Views 2 Comments

Stephen Kenny jets out of Dublin this week for Ireland’s opening World Cup qualifier – but no matter what happens it is unlikely to be as dramatic as his first European trip as a manager.

# editors-picks - Friday 19 March, 2021

How the Stynes brothers changed the game for the Irish in Australia
# Men At Work
# Men At Work

How the Stynes brothers changed the game for the Irish in Australia

Mar 19th 2021, 9:11 AM 19,754 Views 4 Comments

The Dubliners made a huge impact on tactics and culture in the AFL and helped pave the way for generations of Irish hopefuls Down Under.

# editors-picks - Sunday 14 March, 2021

'The most bizarre rugby match I have ever seen' - Remembering Ireland's 1976 tour to Fiji
# Ireland On Tour
# Ireland On Tour

'The most bizarre rugby match I have ever seen' - Remembering Ireland's 1976 tour to Fiji

Mar 14th 2021, 8:00 AM 25,337 Views 4 Comments

Ireland’s first tour to New Zealand ended with a colourful stop in Suva.

# editors-picks - Saturday 13 March, 2021

'Michael just said, 'I'm paying Mouse to train him, I'm paying you to ride him, it's yere decision'
# Conor O'Dwyer
# Conor O'Dwyer

'Michael just said, 'I'm paying Mouse to train him, I'm paying you to ride him, it's yere decision'

Mar 13th 2021, 10:00 AM 48,413 Views 7 Comments

Conor O’Dwyer only won four races as a jockey at Cheltenham. Two Gold Cup and two Champion Hurdles made for an impressive strike rate though.

Anthony Barry: The 'top quality' Chelsea coach tasked with replacing Damien Duff
# New Addition
# New Addition

Anthony Barry: The 'top quality' Chelsea coach tasked with replacing Damien Duff

Mar 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 14,500 Views 4 Comments

From running set pieces, to arguing for a new approach to throw-ins and negotiating a hostage situation – The42 profiles a remarkable coaching rise to the Premier League and now Stephen Kenny’s staff.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 10 March, 2021

When Glenn Hoddle and a pair of World Cup winners starred at Thomond Park
# Glory Days
# Glory Days

When Glenn Hoddle and a pair of World Cup winners starred at Thomond Park

Mar 10th 2021, 8:30 PM 14,249 Views 9 Comments

Forty years ago, during the golden age of football in Limerick, the reigning FA Cup holders came to town.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 9 March, 2021

'If you could bottle Aimee's talent and sell that stuff, we would be millionaires'
# The Making Of Mackin
# The Making Of Mackin

'If you could bottle Aimee's talent and sell that stuff, we would be millionaires'

Mar 9th 2021, 8:00 PM 41,517 Views 1 Comment

From phenomenal individual exploits to coming back better from a devastating knee injury, we chart Aimee Mackin’s rise to the top.

# editors-picks - Saturday 6 March, 2021

'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'
# Potential
# Potential

'Athletically, he is phenomenal. We really don't produce guys like him in Ireland'

Mar 6th 2021, 8:00 AM 91,519 Views 18 Comments

21-year-old Ryan Baird made his Ireland debut last weekend and looks set for further Six Nations involvement.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

Johnny Ward: Elliott deserves punishment but he should get a break too

Johnny Ward: Elliott deserves punishment but he should get a break too

Mar 3rd 2021, 6:39 PM 12,112 Views 17 Comments

The trainer often gave others a second chance, something he now needs himself.

# editors-picks - Sunday 28 February, 2021

'That's when people will realise that Jerry's not here anymore'
# Tribute
# Tribute

'That's when people will realise that Jerry's not here anymore'

Feb 28th 2021, 7:30 AM 5,568 Views 0 Comments

David Gillick shares his memories and stories of the late, great Jerry Kiernan.

# editors-picks - Saturday 27 February, 2021

The days when Ireland couldn't buy a win against Italy
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# The42 Reads

The days when Ireland couldn't buy a win against Italy

Feb 27th 2021, 8:36 AM 22,758 Views 13 Comments

The story of Ireland’s hat-trick of Italian humiliations in the mid-90s is one of farce and bad planning.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 23 February, 2021

Paul McGrath at Derby County: an Irish football legend's last dance
# The County Sheriff
# The County Sheriff

Paul McGrath at Derby County: an Irish football legend's last dance

Feb 23rd 2021, 11:13 AM 27,246 Views 25 Comments

It’s 25 years since one of Ireland’s greatest embarked on his final season in the Premier League.

# editors-picks - Sunday 21 February, 2021

'You're naive if you think you can win without kicking well. Often, kicking decides games'
# Expert
# Expert

'You're naive if you think you can win without kicking well. Often, kicking decides games'

Feb 21st 2021, 8:00 AM 19,814 Views 1 Comment

Dave Alred helped England to the World Cup in 2003 and remains obsessed with kicking.

# editors-picks - Saturday 20 February, 2021

'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'
# Cult Hero
# Cult Hero

'I was like a sporting junkie, hooked on the adrenaline, the pursuit of perfection'

Feb 20th 2021, 10:00 AM 42,592 Views 16 Comments

Shane Byrne won 41 caps for Ireland, played four tests for the British and Irish Lions and is fondly remembered as one of the best hookers of his era. Yet his career is touched with sadness and regret.

Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why is women's sport being hit so much harder by the Covid-19 pandemic?

Feb 20th 2021, 9:00 AM 3,862 Views 5 Comments

We assess the current situation and try to answer the big question with Kathleen McNamee of ESPN, and formerly of TheJournal.

How Ronan O'Gara has helped turn La Rochelle into Top 14 contenders
# ROG
# ROG

How Ronan O'Gara has helped turn La Rochelle into Top 14 contenders

Feb 20th 2021, 8:00 AM 46,971 Views 42 Comments

The 43-year-old Cork man has had an impact on the French club’s defence and attack.

# editors-picks - Thursday 18 February, 2021

50 years of the All-Stars: 'I was meant to be sitting down the back with Jim Stynes... I ended up an All-Star'
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# The42 Reads

50 years of the All-Stars: 'I was meant to be sitting down the back with Jim Stynes... I ended up an All-Star'

Feb 18th 2021, 12:08 PM 19,546 Views 2 Comments

Kevin O’Brien, Brian Murphy, Kieran Fitzgerald and Paul Murphy on their memories of the end-of-season accolades.

# editors-picks - Sunday 14 February, 2021

Facing The Master: The brilliance of Eamonn Ryan - by those who tried to beat him
# Legend
# Legend

Facing The Master: The brilliance of Eamonn Ryan - by those who tried to beat him

Feb 14th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,699 Views 3 Comments

An insight into coming up against the legendary Cork coach on the one-month anniversary of his death.

# editors-picks - Saturday 13 February, 2021

5 questions now facing the GAA in 2021
# Delayed Return
# Delayed Return

5 questions now facing the GAA in 2021

Updated Feb 13th 2021, 12:00 PM 27,587 Views 13 Comments

We examine some key issues after the announcement that inter-county training won’t return until Easter at the earliest.

'In France they say: 'Il pue le rugby'... Dupont stinks of rugby'
# Toto
# Toto

'In France they say: 'Il pue le rugby'... Dupont stinks of rugby'

Feb 13th 2021, 10:00 AM 24,092 Views 7 Comments

Ireland are coming up against arguably the world’s form player in Antoine Dupont on Sunday.

'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'
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'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'

Feb 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 37,283 Views 19 Comments

Tom McGurk, Brent Pope, and George Hook are synonymous with a time when Irish rugby took a leap forward.