# Editor's picks

Last year
Pints with David Beckham and kind words from Roy Keane - the lives of the Salford Irish
Stephen O’Halloran and Adam Rooney remember their respective stints at the club.
Sonny Bill Williams and Andy Lee: An unlikely partnership of world champions
A move from rugby league to rugby union in 2008 sparked the New Zealand sporting legend’s interest in boxing – because he found himself a million dollars in debt.
Irish football has always been defined by Britain - so what has changed since Brexit?
We take a big-picture look at what is happening with the men’s national team, the men’s national league and youth development at a time of great change for Irish football.
How a one-month loan backed by Brian Clough started a remarkable League of Ireland career
From Derby County to Cork City, Alek Ludzik had a fascinating journey.
‘It's been a dream in our club for many years’: Kilcoo and Ballygunner chase All-Ireland glory
Kilcoo and Ballygunner are vastly different clubs but they share a common goal.
The world-class Irish internationals and the Ballinasloe ties that bind
Heather Payne, Beibhinn Parsons and many more stars in the same age bracket have crossed paths in the sporting hotspot on the Galway/Roscommon border.
'He became very engrossed in it' - The story behind Dermot Morgan's unfinished football film
Remembering his work on ‘Miracle of the Magyars’ and other soccer-related projects.
'People were pleading with me not to go back' - Irish tales of triumph after retirement u-turns
Cork hurling legend Brian Corcoran and Ireland international Áine O’Gorman speak to The42 about why they went back.
'Ulster players have to go above and beyond in their performances to be selected for Ireland'
A new generation of Ulster players have emerged to help the club reconnect with fans – now they want recognition by Ireland.
Analysis: The tweak that has unlocked some of Ireland striker Adam Idah's Premier League potential
The Irish striker scored his first Premier League goal against Everton on Saturday, and may have given Stephen Kenny some food for thought in the process.
'I went to Barcelona and spent €2,500. That's the kind of release I was living for'
Niall Saunders retired from professional rugby at the age of 22 and is better for it.
'Zoom meetings weren't for me... There were people a long time sober who relapsed'
Hurling goalkeeping coach Noel Considine talks about the challenges that AA members faced during Covid.
Munster’s identity crisis: ‘You’d see more innovation at a civil servants' conference’
Despite losing just twice this season Munster’s coaching staff and team have had to face a barrage of criticism. Is it fair?
From training with Inter Milan on reality TV and playing at Anfield to Boreham Wood - The life and times of Connor Smith
The Irish midfielder finished second in the Football’s Next Star TV series, and talks to The42 about his career thus far against an FA Cup reunion with his former side today.
How Irish sport is trying to tackle social media abuse
Dealing with unwelcome notifications on your phone apps is now a part of being an athlete.
Giant ambitions: Bríd Stack, Cora Staunton and the ties that bind
‘They were the best people to have by my side during it all. I couldn’t have done it without them.’
'I was getting less money to take over Cork City than I was in Diageo'
John Caulfield on a League of Ireland career in which he’s frequently had to defy limitations.
'You don't think about being part of history' - inside the mind of Ireland's Olympic champion
Fintan McCarthy was one half of the dynamic duo who captured rowing gold for Ireland in Tokyo.
Home and away: Paul Warwick on Munster glory, chaos in France and one day returning to Ireland
Maurice Brosnan catches up with the former Connacht and Munster favourite in Australia.
A year of two halves: the inside story of Stephen Kenny's Ireland in 2021
With Stephen Kenny in talks over a new contract, The42 spoke to some of those closest to the situation to see how the Ireland manager turned his year around.
All time
The A-Z of the Irish football year, 2021
Our look back on another dramatic year on and off the field.
Founding the club that brought Liverpool, Man United and Ajax to Monaghan - The legacy of Sean McCaffrey
The42 reflect on the legacy of the late Sean McCaffrey by looking back at the improbable journeys and successes of the club he founded Oriel Celtic.
'He makes it look so easy' - Limerick's brightest hurling star and his road to greatness
In a year of Limerick dominance, Cian Lynch stood out as the best hurler in the country.
Elbouzedi declining Libya call-ups as he keeps Ireland 'dream' alive
The decision to take his club career to Sweden has paid dividends for the former Ireland U21 winger.
The rise and rise of Kieran McGeary
Reflecting on his journey from underage talent to Footballer of the Year.
The former Ireland international who’s become a leading advocate in football’s me-too movement
Ciara McCormack on the NWSL abuse scandal and other similar controversies that have plagued sport.
'It was strange. I thought I'd finish my career at Dundalk, now I was a new lad at 30'
Ahead of today’s derby with Glentoran, Chris Shields discusses his new life at Linfield, his exit from Dundalk and Brian Kerr’s criticism of his old team-mate, Stephen O’Donnell.
‘I genuinely could have died… There was fluid in my lungs, fluid around my heart’
Wexford Youths player Vanessa Ogbonna reflects on a dramatic 12 months.
How Ciara Griffin's last game for Ireland typified her never-say-die brilliance
The Kerry woman signed off with a sublime two-try performance last month.
A former Ireland U21 international's journey from Crystal Palace to a movie role at the Bernabeu
Danny Boxall looks back over a career that was tarnished by injuries.
'I'm fortunate that I had a career I can be proud of sharing with the people I care most about'
David Meyler reflects on some defining moments from his journey in football.
‘Pep gets monthly reports on how he’s doing’ - The breakout Irish star of 2021
It’s been a phenomenal 12 months for Gavin Bazunu.
Old friends are best: Irish internationals Ogbene and Noonan zoom in for an end-of-year catch-up
Chiedozie Ogbene and Saoirse Noonan reflect on their paths to the top, which began with ‘do-or-die’ football games against each other on their estate in Cork… and their plans for the future.
'You don’t ever want to go through that, wondering will or won't she live. It was traumatic'
The Connacht coach reflects on the two horrific accidents that have shaped his life and career.
'After they raised her hand, I asked Katie and her coaches how much her medal was worth'
Sofya Ochigava – remember her? – is back on the radar, and plans to avenge her ‘political’ defeat to Katie Taylor in their 2012 Olympic final.
The man who discovered Joe Schmidt, got a bollocking off Cheika and transformed Leinster
Mick Dawson reflects on his 20 years as Leinster’s chief executive and their journey from leaky portakabins to one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The trailblazing Irish athlete who's just become a world champion
Bray’s Amy Wall has taken the kickboxing world by storm.
Tactics Board: Was Katie McCabe used to best effect?
Shane Keegan looks at the key tactical elements behind the 1-1 draw against Slovakia.
Git and Bucko: A Cup final with the heart and soul of Dublin
Ahead of tomorrow’s FAI Cup final, The42 met Bohemians captain Keith Buckley and St Patrick’s Athletic playmaker Chris Forrester for a tour of the places closest to them in the capital.
Keith Earls: 'After going on The Late, Late, I thought 'sh**, have I given too much away?’
The Ireland international was initially nervous about speaking about his mental health issues but the public reaction to his heartfelt interview on The Late Late Show has been overwhelmingly positive.