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#The42 Reads

# the42-reads - Friday 30 April, 2021

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'
# Old Wesley
# Old Wesley

'He's getting no-frills treatment there but he still manages to make it look effortless'

Apr 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 15,275 Views 3 Comments

Twenty years since his professional debut, Wes Hoolahan is still going strong as he approaches 39.

# the42-reads - Thursday 29 April, 2021

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'
# Born For The Role
# Born For The Role

The story of Maureen Shea, 'The Real Million Dollar Baby'

Apr 29th 2021, 11:59 PM 24,255 Views 4 Comments

She has been a fighter all her life and a boxer for over half of it. At 40, she wants Eddie Hearn to give her the world-title shot she deserves.

# the42-reads - Sunday 25 April, 2021

'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'
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# The42 Reads

'With all the doom and gloom, it lifted the whole of West Kerry. He is one of us and a Gold Cup winner'

Updated Apr 25th 2021, 10:15 AM 24,731 Views 3 Comments

22-year-old Jack Kennedy’s metoric rise in racing and recovery from injuries has inspired his fanbase at home in West Kerry.

# the42-reads - 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 23,112 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.

# the42-reads - 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 17,274 Views 13 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Saturday 17 April, 2021

'It takes a specific type of person to give 15 years of their lives to run that risk'
# The42 Reads
# The42 Reads

'It takes a specific type of person to give 15 years of their lives to run that risk'

Apr 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 12,556 Views 3 Comments

What does it take to become an Olympian? Garry Doyle gets an insight from our leading athletes into the dedication required to make it to Tokyo.

# the42-reads - Sunday 11 April, 2021

Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland
# The42 Reads
# 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 37,626 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.

# the42-reads - 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 17,274 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.

# the42-reads - 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 40,579 Views 5 Comments

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

# the42-reads - 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 21,993 Views 4 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Wednesday 31 March, 2021

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue
# Hard Road
# Hard Road

12 years on from Sixways success Connacht still hampered by English issue

Mar 31st 2021, 8:30 PM 15,222 Views 3 Comments

Andy Friend’s side take on Leicester Tigers in Welford Road this weekend, but wins on English soil are rare indeed for the Westerners.

# the42-reads - 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 22,331 Views 4 Comments

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

# the42-reads - 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 45,483 Views 12 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Saturday 27 March, 2021

'Nobody here expected Devin to go off and be what he has become'
# Record Breaker
# Record Breaker

'Nobody here expected Devin to go off and be what he has become'

Mar 27th 2021, 10:00 AM 36,971 Views 14 Comments

As a young man, Devin Toner never quite appeared destined for sporting greatness.

# the42-reads - Thursday 25 March, 2021

How an Irishman with a glorious past is helping Western Force build for the future
# Force Of Nature
# Force Of Nature

How an Irishman with a glorious past is helping Western Force build for the future

Mar 25th 2021, 8:00 PM 40,404 Views 10 Comments

On the eve of his 35th birthday, a look at the influence being exerted by Rob Kearney in Perth.

# the42-reads - 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 13,085 Views 3 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Sunday 21 March, 2021

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

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

Mar 21st 2021, 8:00 AM 22,797 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.

# the42-reads - Saturday 20 March, 2021

779 carries and 502 tackles later - CJ Stander has been relentless for Ireland
# Last Hurrah
# Last Hurrah

779 carries and 502 tackles later - CJ Stander has been relentless for Ireland

Mar 20th 2021, 8:23 AM 21,082 Views 41 Comments

The 30-year-old will play his final Test today against England in Dublin.

# the42-reads - Thursday 18 March, 2021

'We had three days to get a team together' - The story of how a new Irish football club was born
# Challenge
# Challenge

'We had three days to get a team together' - The story of how a new Irish football club was born

Mar 18th 2021, 8:00 PM 15,678 Views 4 Comments

Tommy Barrett and Conn Murray discuss the formation of Treaty United.

Cigarettes and All-Stars, escaping a ban over Corona headband, and Kerry's washing machine deal
# Backers
# Backers

Cigarettes and All-Stars, escaping a ban over Corona headband, and Kerry's washing machine deal

Mar 18th 2021, 11:21 AM 17,747 Views 0 Comments

The42 looks back at the evolution of sponsorship in the GAA.

# the42-reads - Tuesday 16 March, 2021

'He did the jobs you don't get huge praise for. He was world-class at those things'
# The Bull
# The Bull

'He did the jobs you don't get huge praise for. He was world-class at those things'

Mar 16th 2021, 8:00 PM 44,066 Views 9 Comments

John Hayes was indispensable for Munster and Ireland across the course of a decade.

# the42-reads - Monday 15 March, 2021

'People absolutely loved that horse': How Danoli and Tom Foley captured Irish sporting hearts
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# The42 Reads

'People absolutely loved that horse': How Danoli and Tom Foley captured Irish sporting hearts

Mar 15th 2021, 8:08 PM 12,265 Views 5 Comments

The popular trainer passed away recently but the memories of his exploits with Danoli will live on.

# the42-reads - 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 25,139 Views 4 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Saturday 13 March, 2021

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 14,106 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.

# the42-reads - Friday 12 March, 2021

'It's amazing looking back and seeing how unaware we were': The week when Irish sport shut down
# A Year Of Covid
# A Year Of Covid

'It's amazing looking back and seeing how unaware we were': The week when Irish sport shut down

Mar 12th 2021, 9:54 AM 8,456 Views 1 Comment

Donal Ó Fatharta, Mike Sherry, Aishling Moloney and Dan Sheridan reflect on how Irish sporting life was turned upside down by Covid-19.

# the42-reads - 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 14,032 Views 9 Comments

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

# the42-reads - 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 41,235 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.

# the42-reads - 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 91,153 Views 18 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Thursday 4 March, 2021

'He was probably beginning to doubt himself and wonder what direction his career was taking'
# Connecting The Dots
# Connecting The Dots

'He was probably beginning to doubt himself and wonder what direction his career was taking'

Mar 4th 2021, 8:30 PM 34,399 Views 9 Comments

We chart Brian Fenton’s winding road to the top.

# the42-reads - Wednesday 3 March, 2021

'Oh my God, this Irish girl can run': The rise and rise of Nadia Power
# Star
# Star

'Oh my God, this Irish girl can run': The rise and rise of Nadia Power

Mar 3rd 2021, 8:41 PM 47,295 Views 11 Comments

An in-depth look at the 23-year-old DCU student, after her incredible few weeks.

# the42-reads - Sunday 28 February, 2021

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons
# A Saga Retold
# A Saga Retold

The Premier League club Ireland might have had: an oral history of the Dublin Dons

Feb 28th 2021, 9:29 AM 25,903 Views 16 Comments

More than 25 years ago, an Irish consortium led by Eamon Dunphy tried to buy Wimbledon FC and move it to Dublin. Some of the key players recall the story, and wonder what Irish football might look like now had it happened.

# the42-reads - 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 22,701 Views 13 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Thursday 25 February, 2021

The Limerick footballer who became Hurler of the Year
# Gearoid Hegarty
# Gearoid Hegarty

The Limerick footballer who became Hurler of the Year

Feb 25th 2021, 12:59 PM 17,865 Views 6 Comments

Gearóid Hegarty’s golden season is one to savour for the St Patrick’s club who watched him grow into a star.

# the42-reads - Wednesday 24 February, 2021

'He wants to captain Ireland': The making of a teenage star admired by Arsenal, Man United and others
# Nathan Collins
# Nathan Collins

'He wants to captain Ireland': The making of a teenage star admired by Arsenal, Man United and others

Feb 24th 2021, 2:30 PM 34,287 Views 5 Comments

Leixlip native Nathan Collins has risen through the ranks to become one of the most highly rated young defenders in English football.

# the42-reads - 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 26,805 Views 25 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Saturday 20 February, 2021

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 46,633 Views 42 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Friday 19 February, 2021

The Unnatural: Ireland's rugby clubs feel the pinch and look to brighter days ahead
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# The42 Reads

The Unnatural: Ireland's rugby clubs feel the pinch and look to brighter days ahead

Feb 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,648 Views 4 Comments

Gates chained, finances drained, but rugby clubs across the island are sitting tight for whatever a return to sport will look like.

# the42-reads - 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 19,466 Views 2 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Wednesday 17 February, 2021

Every day’s a school day: How Mickey Graham turns contenders into champions
# BIG S
# BIG S

Every day’s a school day: How Mickey Graham turns contenders into champions

Feb 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 14,532 Views 3 Comments

With club and county success already in his locker, The42 profiles the great Mickey Graham.

# the42-reads - 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 21,639 Views 3 Comments

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

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