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# Feature

Last week
22nd January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Feature
Footballers’ lives: A glimpse into the struggle, fortune and enduring beauty of the game
The42 spends a weekend in the north-west of England with an array of Irish football people, including Stephen Kenny, John O’Shea and the great hope Nathan Collins.
Last year
2022
# Louise Quinn
'It feels really special' - A trip down memory lane with Irish football's next centurion
The defensive stalwart is set to win her 100th cap today.
Voices
Dispatches from Ukraine: A student, a rabbi and a burlesque club manager in wartime Odesa
Journalist Hannah McCarthy visits Ukraine’s third-largest city as the war rages on.
# On Tour
'Pinch me' moments, high praise for new coaching additions, and the Japan challenge
Being fully immersed in rugby is ‘the best feeling in the world,’ says Ireland international Hannah O’Connor.
# Saoirse Noonan
'I remember sitting in my hotel room, bawling crying, being like, 'I'm not ready for this''
A move to Durham, injury, chasing the World Cup dream and running a business: Saoirse Noonan has had a whirlwind few months.
# Key to the Kingdom
David Clifford on dealing with expectation, life away from Kerry and missing soccer
The Kerry superstar is happy with the path he is on, taking it all in his stride.
# Katie McCabe
Role model status, talented young sister playing for Ireland, and growth of the game
‘I was always a firm believer in leaving the game in a better place than you inherited it in.’
# The mighty quinn
'I've learned how to play with no fear. I've been through a lot football-wise'
Louise Quinn is one of Ireland’s most established and experienced players.
# Centurion
'I did my cruciate on 99 games. There was a massive thing in the paper the next day about the 100th'
Donegal star Emer Gallagher misses today’s Division 1 league semi-final against Dublin as she works towards her return from a serious knee injury.
# Flying the flag
The Irish contingent central to Liverpool's promotion bid and FA Cup dream
Niamh Fahey, Leanne Kiernan, Megan Campbell and S&C coach Colm Smith are having a big influence on Merseyside.
All time
# love yourself today
Damien Dempsey: 'I feel lucky that I do what I do - and other people get a lift from it'
The musician and director Ross Killeen tell us about the making of a new documentary about Dempsey’s Vicar St gigs.
# Reds
'We're ready for it' - well-travelled Shels star braced for two massive weekends
Jess Gargan and her side are facing into a title deciding weekend, and then the FAI Cup final – playing Wexford Youths on both occasions.
# Positivity
'I'm just enjoying it. Life's great' - Ireland's Liverpool star back on top after tough times
Leanne Kiernan: ‘If I didn’t enjoy the game, I wouldn’t be playing. I’d be back at home on the farm in Cavan.’
# Future Focused
Coscoran targeting 'next level' for both himself and Irish athletics after Tokyo breakthrough
‘I’ll be pushing on, trying to get better and we’ll see how good I can get.’
# Journey
'It's not straightforward. It's been worth the ups and downs, and mistakes'
Ruesha Littlejohn’s career to date has been a colourful one.
# Feature
'It means so much to me and my whole family' - Ireland's US-born Everton goalkeeper
Courtney Brosnan: ‘I’m just trying to invest everything I can into being the best for the Irish team and Everton at the minute.’
# Road to Tokyo
'That's what I liked: When I was in the water, I was as good as all the able-bodied guys'
Irish Paralympic hopeful Patrick Flanagan shares his story with The42.
# Interview
'Turning a corner' after nightmare concussion struggles, and an interesting Gaelic games venture
From dealing with injury to founding Great Grip Gloves, Dublin All-Ireland winner Éabha Rutledge has been focusing on off-field matters of late.
# Going Well
Breakout Ireland star 'focusing on Peamount and loving it' as top-of-the-table clash 'just another game'
Claire Walsh reflects on a busy few months ahead of this afternoon’s Shelbourne showdown.
# The Skipper
The rise of Katie McCabe, Ireland's youngest-ever captain and world-class Arsenal star
From Kilnamanagh to the world stage, the 25-year-old is ‘a true leader’ on a remarkable journey.
# on call
'If the phone rings at training, I have to answer it. If there’s an emergency I have to go'
Donegal’s Evelyn McGinley combines inter-county football with her busy life as a vet.
# Grafter
The quiet leader in the Bohs dressing room who's back stronger after a cruel knee injury
A key player for a team on the rise, Sophie Watters is clocking up the miles between Dundalk and Dublin while leading a busy life off the pitch.
# can't see can't be
The dynamic duo fronting European football coverage and inspiring the next generation
Niamh Kinsella and Ann-Marie Keegan are front and centre of Virgin Media Sport’s Europa League offerings.
# Legend
Facing The Master: The brilliance of Eamonn Ryan - by those who tried to beat him
An insight into coming up against the legendary Cork coach on the one-month anniversary of his death.
# rebels rise
'I'm lucky to be able to play both and represent Cork' - the highs and lows of one of the country's top dual stars
Libby Coppinger maps her colourful sporting journey ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Dublin.
# Comeback Queens
Super Saturday on the cards as resurgent Cavan look to bag second All-Ireland title in three weeks
Erinn Galligan leads the Breffni county on a busy day of Gaelic games action across the country.
# dublin demon
'I couldn't believe it' - unlikely Australian adventure to look forward to but football first for now
Lauren Magee is heading for Melbourne after her involvement in Dublin’s four-in-a-row bid.
# History in the making
'We want to create a space where everyone is absolutely welcome' - GAA to register first LGBTQ+ club
A closer look at Na Gael Aeracha and inclusion in Gaelic games.
# bringing breffni back
'We're hungry for more after getting that bit of silverware' - All-Ireland semi up next in comeback year
Erinn Galligan and the Cavan camogie team returned to inter-county action this year after almost a decade out.
# mackin magic
The four siblings hoping to lead Armagh to glory - one having just returned from a serious knee injury
Aimee Mackin: ‘I don’t think my mum could watch me that first day back.’
# sky's the limit
'It's always a pinch me moment' - fronting the TV coverage through a GAA season like no other
Gráinne McElwain – best known as the face of TG4′s ladies football coverage – is Sky Sports’ presenter for the 2020 championship.
# Euro Vision
'It’s quite nice playing football with a smile on my face' - Kiernan set for 'cup final' with Ireland
The 21-year-old West Ham star is gearing up for one of the biggest games of her young career.
# mageean magic
'Those performances have really stamped my place in world-class Irish athletics, and world-class athletics'
Ciara Mageean on her recent blistering form which saw her break two national records, last weekend’s blip and chasing Sonia’s records.
# Tipp Top
'It's something different every day' - home to hospital frontline before returning to Aussie Rules dream
Tipperary and now-West Coast Eagles star Aisling McCarthy is currently focusing on work and Gaelic football.
# fast and furious
'It's an incredible journey and we're only getting started' - 17-year-old Cork drifting star enjoying family affair
Conor Shanahan is Ireland’s most exciting young motorsports talent and one of the brightest rising stars of global drifting.
# sporting shutdown
'I'm trying to take the positives, and using this time to work on my weaknesses'
Irish canoeist Jenny Egan is focusing on the positives of lockdown – and is always moving forward.
# cora
'I had a few cries and a few breakdowns. There were dark moments but I look back on it as an achievement'
Cora Staunton on her remarkable recovery from a career-threatening injury, a whirlwind 12 months, and what the future holds for the Mayo great.
# Feature
'We're not the heroes. The heroes are the people that are putting their lives on the line for us'
Leona Maguire on life in Cavan through the Covid-19 crisis, her much-changed schedule, and perspective.
# job anniversary
A year on from Solskjaer appointment, United still have a lot of room to improve
A lack of clean sheets and a low ratio of converted chances underline the struggles Manchester united have endured over the course of the last 12 months.
# Future of finance
'More than business as usual': Undeterred by Brexit, Ireland's fintech set is going big in the UK
A messy divorce from Europe aside, Britain remains a key market for financial technology startups.