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#Talking Points

# talking-points - Tuesday 4 February, 2020

Minimal changes for Ireland, Deegan to debut, and Murray still the man at 9

Keith Earls comes back into the matchday 23.

# talking-points - Tuesday 28 January, 2020

Conway gets a start, POM drops to the bench, and Murray keeps his place

Johnny Sexton is fully fit to captain Ireland as they begin the Andy Farrell era.

# talking-points - Tuesday 19 November, 2019

Have Ireland blown their best chance of qualifying?

Plus, were there signs of progress despite the disappointing result?

# talking-points - Friday 15 November, 2019

Which Irish player did enough last night to feature against Denmark?

Callum Robinson, Robbie Brady and Alan Browne are among those thought to be in contention to start next week.

# talking-points - Thursday 14 November, 2019

The 17-year-old set for the biggest night of his career so far

Troy Parrott will make his Ireland senior debut against New Zealand this evening.

# talking-points - Sunday 13 October, 2019

Ireland have been hamstrung by conservatism for far too long

Mick McCarthy’s side could only draw with Georgia in Tbilisi on Saturday.

# talking-points - Saturday 12 October, 2019

Should Aaron Connolly start and more Georgia-Ireland talking points

Plus, why the Georgians should not be underestimated.

# talking-points - Friday 20 September, 2019

Beirne offers bench impact as Henderson leads the Ireland lineout

All eyes will be on Jordan Larmour and Andrew Conway in Ireland’s back three against Scotland.

# talking-points - Sunday 15 September, 2019

The right three-in-a-row for Dublin, experience shines through and a bizarre All-Ireland final

Comment from today’s All-Ireland final showdown between Dublin and Galway.

# talking-points - Saturday 14 September, 2019

Dublin confirm their greatness, Kerry kick big chance away and potential retirements

5 talking points after Dublin defeated Kerry in the replay to complete the five-in-a-row.

# talking-points - Tuesday 10 September, 2019

One debutant confirmed out of a possible 5 as McCarthy set to give Ireland's fringe players a chance

James Collins will make his international bow against Bulgaria tonight.

# talking-points - Friday 6 September, 2019

David McGoldrick, the hero against the Swiss, is the perfect symbol for this Irish team

The Sheffield United striker scored a vital equaliser last night.

# talking-points - Thursday 5 September, 2019

Heavy artillery in place and room for error diminishing fast

Saturday provides a vital springboard for Johnny Sexton and Ireland to hit a rhythm before the World Cup.

The strangely subdued build-up to Ireland's key qualifier

Plus, we assess the omission of Shane Long and how big a gamble it could prove to be.

# talking-points - Monday 2 September, 2019

5 talking points after Kerry and Dublin's thrilling All-Ireland final draw

Dean Rock and Sean O’Shea scored 20 points between them yesterday.

# talking-points - Thursday 29 August, 2019

Line-out options galore and plenty of runway for Carty in Cardiff

With no out-half on Ireland’s bench, Jack Carty could get time to stake his claim.

# talking-points - Wednesday 28 August, 2019

The big talking points ahead of the All-Ireland football final between Dublin and Kerry

Can Jim Gavin’s men complete the first senior five-in-a-row in history?

# talking-points - Thursday 8 August, 2019

Kleyn in green, last chance saloon and more Ireland team talking points

Plus, Tommy O’Donnell is set for his first cap in over three years against Italy on Saturday.

# talking-points - Sunday 28 July, 2019

Tipperary show their character, Wexford let big chance slip and the referee's performance

5 talking points after Tipperary pipped Wexford in an enthralling All-Ireland semi-final.

# talking-points - Saturday 27 July, 2019

Cody's remarkable run, Limerick's slow start and the Ballyhale attacking class

Plenty to digest after an All-Ireland semi-final showdown.

# talking-points - Saturday 6 July, 2019

Question marks over Walsh's future, Mayo end losing run and looking ahead to Super 8s

5 talking points after Mayo’s 2-13 to 1-13 win over rivals Galway in Limerick.

# talking-points - Monday 1 July, 2019

Mayo and Galway renew fiery rivalry, momentum of qualifier teams and who'll fall at final Super 8s hurdle?

5 talking points after this morning’s intriguing All-Ireland SFC qualifiers round 4 draw.

# talking-points - Sunday 30 June, 2019

Davy Fitz's unique clean sweep of titles, big players deliver for Wexford and Kilkenny's drought

5 talking points after the Yellowbellies enjoyed Leinster success in Croke Park.

Limerick's hurling power, Tipperary's setback and Casey plays starring role

A 12-point win for the home side in today’s Munster decider.

# talking-points - Sunday 23 June, 2019

Kerry's clinical attack, Cork's positive showing and Kingdom defensive issues

The champions won out by three points in last night’s decider in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

# talking-points - Thursday 20 June, 2019

Mayo enter 'do or die' territory, Tyrone bid to avoid giant-killing and Ulster big guns clash

5 talking points ahead of this weekend’s All-Ireland SFC round 2 qualifiers.

# talking-points - Sunday 31 March, 2019

Limerick are hurling's top dogs, fifth straight final defeat for Waterford and league reflections

5 talking points after Limerick’s Division 1 final win over Waterford.

# talking-points - Wednesday 27 March, 2019

Critics who say the tennis-ball protest was 'nonsense' epitomise the big problem with Irish football

Plus, Glenn Whelan impresses and Ireland deliver their most entertaining display since the Euros.

# talking-points - Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Ireland v Georgia talking points: Delaney controversy threatens to overshadow qualifier

Off-the-field issues have dominated the headlines in recent days.

# talking-points - Monday 25 March, 2019

Final Four - The view from Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone and Galway as league finalists decided

The regulation stage of the league concluded yesterday.

# talking-points - Thursday 14 March, 2019

Beirne's big chance, O'Brien's recall and Kearney's calm at 15

Joe Schmidt has handed the Munster man an opportunity to show his class for Ireland in Cardiff.

# talking-points - Friday 8 March, 2019

Joe's trust in JVDF, interesting bench calls and more selection talking points

Ireland return to the Aviva Stadium to face France on Sunday.

# talking-points - Friday 22 February, 2019

Carty's big chance, pack tweaks and more talking points in Ireland's team to face Italy

Joe Schmidt has pushed for continuity in attack with the selection of Conor Murray and Johnny Sexton.

# talking-points - Thursday 7 February, 2019

Farrell returns, hearts and minds to be won and more talking points from Ireland's XV to face Scotland

Ireland’s formidable strength in depth at centre means they are scarcely weakened despite injury to Ringrose and Henshaw.

# talking-points - Thursday 31 January, 2019

Henshaw's positional switch, Murray returns and more talking points

Joe Schmidt has named his first team of the 2019 Six Nations.

# talking-points - Monday 28 January, 2019

5 debutants who shone, McManus the early star of advanced mark and major spotlight on referees

Lots to digest as the Allianz Leagues returned over the weekend.

# talking-points - Wednesday 16 January, 2019

The West reawakens, 'unlucky' Byrne misses out and Schmidt's 30 reserves

Joe Schmidt admitted Ross Byrne’s omission was ‘an incredibly tight call’, while Ultan Dillane will be looking to make up for lost time in Irish green.

# talking-points - Friday 11 January, 2019

Emery realises the problems of following Wenger and other Premier League talking points

Plus Seamus Coleman’s struggle at Everton, and Liverpool turn to van Dijk to make sure this doesn’t slip.

# talking-points - Saturday 8 December, 2018

Plenty of history made as Mourneabbey end long wait for All-Ireland glory

5 talking points on the newly-crowned All-Ireland senior club champions and the 2018 showpiece.

# talking-points - Sunday 25 November, 2018

Mullinalaghta's historic moment, Crokes run riot again and Burke rounds off year in style

5 talking points after the weekend’s provincial club football action.

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