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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Saturday 18 January, 2020

'They said we weren't good enough as a nation - we proved them wrong'

Ronnie Delany’s gold at the Melbourne Olympics changed the way the world looked at Ireland.

# editors-picks - Friday 17 January, 2020

One of his first memories is holding a football, another is being sent to a foster home

Reflecting on a traumatic childhood in care, Mikey Place is glad to be home with Galway United and determined to be an example to kids like him.

# editors-picks - Thursday 16 January, 2020

Retiring at 26: 'You feel like it's over... I didn't know what I was going to do'

Former Limerick player Sean Russell on coming to terms with the premature end to his football career.

'I wanted to end it all. I thought I was a burden on everyone'

Ireland and Glasgow City star Clare Shine delves deeper into her mental health struggles.

# editors-picks - Monday 13 January, 2020

'There was the three of us - myself, my pal and Kenny Dalglish - butt naked and singing Otis Redding'

St Mirren boss and Waterford native Jim Goodwin on Celtic, selling Cadbury’s and becoming one of the sharpest young coaching minds in Scottish football.

# editors-picks - Sunday 12 January, 2020

Poitín, Prohibition, Hitler and Gold – the story of Ireland’s first Olympic champion

As the clock ticks down to Tokyo, The42 revisits the extraordinary adventures of Cork’s double Olympic champion Dr Pat O’Callaghan.

# editors-picks - Saturday 11 January, 2020

The quiet man in Katie Taylor's corner

Ross Enamait used to work for an investment management company. Now, he trains one of his biggest fans: the undisputed lightweight champion.

The Gambler: Des Smyth on how he carved out a career in cut-throat pro game

At first, he was an unlikely Pro. Six seasons it took him to win on the European Tour, scrapping out a living until that breakthrough moment in 1979. From there, his career took off. Des Smyth relives an astonishing golfing life.

'My heart will always want to play and that's the problem' - Reflecting on a rollercoaster 19-season career

Waterford great Michelle Ryan called time on her Déise duty this week – but would love nothing more than to be starting out again.

'Anyone who would have played against him would have said, 'Oh God, where did you get him from?'

As he breaks onto the biggest stage of all, The42 profiles the rise of Adam Idah.

# editors-picks - Monday 6 January, 2020

The year that changed Irish rugby forever

In the 1990s, Irish rugby was a byword for failure, but within six months of the new century a new era had dawned. Twenty years on, The42 reflects on the most important season in Irish rugby history

# editors-picks - Friday 27 December, 2019

The 83-year-old ice king - How movie stars, Bolero and 'The Barn' sparked a lifelong love affair

Ron Warren has travelled the world to feed his obsession with figure skating.

'Everyone's path is different, I wouldn't do it any other way... it makes me the person I am'

Leinster man Scott Fardy on what drew him to the province and why he enjoys life in Dublin.

'It is always there: 'You need to live your life just like Lynch would.' He left a mark on everyone'

A tribute to late Irish and Shercock AC athlete Craig Lynch, with contributions from two of his former coaches.

# editors-picks - Thursday 26 December, 2019

A weekend in crisis: Kilmarnock captain Gary Dicker opens his doors with the club in turmoil for a glimpse of the reality

David Sneyd stays on the Dubliner’s sofa bed as he hears the truth about a life of extremes – both on and off the pitch.

'If someone hears my name and thinks, that's the guy who was sexually abused, I'm okay with that'

Richie Sadlier discusses his new book ‘Recovering’ and his long journey towards contentment.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 25 December, 2019

TV Wrap - The top 10 sporting TV moments of 2019

Drum roll please, as we celebrate the best in television analysis, entertainment…and eejitry.

'I used to get letters about how I was going to go to hell and 'there's still time to save your soul''

Eamon McGee speaks to The42 about his social activism and being harassed by a detractor after this year’s county final.

'They were just such special kids' - the school that produced five of Dublin's six All-Ireland final defenders

Of the six Dublin defenders starting in the 2019 All-Ireland final, five went to school in Coláiste Íosagáin.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 24 December, 2019

A dressing-down from Keane, making the grade at Man City and getting the better of Casillas

A recap of some of the best bits of The Football Family podcast.

# editors-picks - Monday 23 December, 2019

'I like the person I become the harder stuff gets'

Ex-rugby player Damian Browne is working his way towards The Seven Summits. Everest awaits.

# editors-picks - Saturday 21 December, 2019

After 6 years in Australia, the All-Ireland winner starting out again with Cork

Ten years after winning Sam Maguire, Ciaran Sheehan will be back in the Cork ranks for the 2020 season.

# editors-picks - Sunday 15 December, 2019

No social media, no fancy cars, no excuses and no bulls***! The gospel according to Daryl Horgan

The Hibernian and Republic of Ireland winger – and his four-year-old son Jack – meets The42 for a wide-ranging chat in Edinburgh.

# editors-picks - Saturday 14 December, 2019

‘We got you this evening, John; we were in first’ - the culture that put Skibbereen Rowing Club on the map

In an extract from Something In The Water, Kieran McCarthy paints a picture of the extraordinary West Cork medal factory.

# editors-picks - Thursday 5 December, 2019

TV Wrap - A bit of the old magic remains as Dunphy, Brady and Giles reunite

The band got back together for Irish fans as Amazon assembled English pundits in a kind of Tekken menu.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 4 December, 2019

'That was my final track race. She didn't even try to win the race, she just tried to beat me'

Sonia O’Sullivan speaks to The42 as she reflects on life after turning 50.

# editors-picks - Saturday 30 November, 2019

'The reason why we don't want to let go is because we're not getting that approval anymore'

Today is Catherina McKiernan’s 50th birthday. The Irish marathon record holder reflects on her phenomenal career, a renowned ‘rivalry,’ and the difficulty of letting go.

'I didn't start boxing to win an Olympic medal... Every day I'm here is a day I'm winning at life'

Kellie Harrington discusses her injury-plagued year and the addresses criticism from a rival corner ahead of Tokyo 2020 qualification.

# editors-picks - Monday 25 November, 2019

'Sonia told us in her Leaving Cert Irish Oral exam she was going to be in the Olympics'

The42 takes a visit to Cobh, the hometown of Irish sporting legend, Sonia O’Sullivan.

# editors-picks - Thursday 7 November, 2019

TV Wrap - A requiem for Aertel and Page 220

The service is being shuttered by RTÉ, so we remember its heyday.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 6 November, 2019

Katie Taylor is becoming their champion as well as our own

Manchester felt like a seminal moment in Taylor’s ascent to stardom outside of Ireland.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 5 November, 2019

'It’s inevitable that it will happen. You have no power over it, why worry about it?'

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh talks to The42 about death, Gay Byrne, Kerry and Luke Kelly.

# editors-picks - Saturday 2 November, 2019

'When he was dying he said to me: ‘Jack is going to play for Ireland, he’s special’'

David Sneyd sits down with Ireland and Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne, along with his family, ahead of the FAI Cup final.

# editors-picks - Monday 28 October, 2019

'I got lost in many ways' - Marcus O'Sullivan on running for his life, exit strategies and a lingering regret

In a glittering career, the Cork native amassed three World Indoor triumphs and four Olympic appearances before dedicating himself to reaching 100 sub four-minute miles.

# editors-picks - Thursday 24 October, 2019

How Brogan reacted to a reduced role in his post-prime years showed his true measure

At his brilliant best, Bernard Brogan soared to heights few other forwards have reached.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 22 October, 2019

We have a new book! Our brand-new collection of great Irish sports stories is out now

Behind the Lines, No. 3, features 17 great stories from across the world of Irish sport.

# editors-picks - Sunday 20 October, 2019

Rory Best can bow out of rugby as one of Ireland's great captains

The hooker steps away after a quarter-final disappointment, but in his 124 caps he created so many reasons for Irish fans to hope and aim for better.

# editors-picks - Saturday 19 October, 2019

'I realised that he never really treated me like a girl or a boy... he completely let me be who I wanted to be'

Ireland star Louise Galvin delves into the positive influence sport – and role models like her late father – have had on her life.

# editors-picks - Thursday 17 October, 2019

Analysis: How can Ireland go about beating the All Blacks in Tokyo?

It will be fascinating to see how Joe Schmidt’s team go about attacking Richie Mo’unga off lineouts.

# editors-picks - Monday 14 October, 2019

Letter from Tbilisi: George W Bush St, the DOD and 19th century meals

Gavin Cooney moves on to Geneva having been charmed by the Georgian capital, if not the football.