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# the42-reads - Last year 2021

In Zaur we trust
# One Of The Greats
# One Of The Greats

In Zaur we trust

Aug 14th 2021, 10:47 AM 24,116 Views 9 Comments

Kellie Harrington’s Olympic gold medal might be the Georgian’s crowning moment.

'I felt like a fan, not a player. I almost recorded You'll Never Walk Alone from the bench'
# BIG TIME
# BIG TIME

'I felt like a fan, not a player. I almost recorded You'll Never Walk Alone from the bench'

Aug 13th 2021, 7:06 AM 34,382 Views 1 Comment

As a new Premier League season begins, three former Republic of Ireland internationals give their first-hand accounts of how they coped with their first taste of the big time.

'The other side of the bench was Modric, Bale and Harry Redknapp' - A historic moment for Irish football
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'The other side of the bench was Modric, Bale and Harry Redknapp' - A historic moment for Irish football

Aug 11th 2021, 8:00 PM 27,033 Views 5 Comments

Enda Stevens, Karl Sheppard, Ciaran Kilduff and Macdara Ferris remember Shamrock Rovers’ Europa League group run 10 years on.

'She didn't realise she was that talented' - how a Cork bullet became Ireland's fastest woman
# Balineen Bullet
# Balineen Bullet

'She didn't realise she was that talented' - how a Cork bullet became Ireland's fastest woman

Jul 25th 2021, 10:00 AM 42,549 Views 12 Comments

Phil Healy is ready for her first Olympic Games. This is how she got on track.

'Even though Craig wasn't around, he was very much part of their journey to ensure they got there'
# Legacy
# Legacy

'Even though Craig wasn't around, he was very much part of their journey to ensure they got there'

Jul 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 25,611 Views 1 Comment

Two of Jeremy Lyons’ athletes at Dublin Sprint Club, Sophie Becker and Cillín Greene, are at the Olympic Games. The late Craig Lynch’s legacy will always live on in the group.

'Had an English person called me Jerry, I'd have told him to eff off - but Telfer was a Celt'
# Everest
# Everest

'Had an English person called me Jerry, I'd have told him to eff off - but Telfer was a Celt'

Updated Jul 24th 2021, 12:00 PM 43,465 Views 2 Comments

Jeremy Davidson scaled rugby’s peak with the 1997 Lions and ahead of today’s first Test he reveals the secret to beating the world champion Springboks in their backyard.

One of our own: Holohan relishing role as a hero in his home away from home
# Unbelievable Jeff
# Unbelievable Jeff

One of our own: Holohan relishing role as a hero in his home away from home

Jul 18th 2021, 7:04 AM 38,561 Views 6 Comments

Kilkenny’s Gavan Holohan has made a big contribution to Hartlepool United’s return to the Football League.

Sean O'Brien: 'My opinion hasn't changed, we could have won the '17 series 3-0'
# Lionheart
# Lionheart

Sean O'Brien: 'My opinion hasn't changed, we could have won the '17 series 3-0'

Jul 3rd 2021, 8:00 AM 32,223 Views 10 Comments

The Irish Lion lifts the lid on how his extraordinary self-belief helped him reach great heights in his career.

From sleeping in a church to the top of the boxing world - with the help of a milk carton
# Where There's A Will
# Where There's A Will

From sleeping in a church to the top of the boxing world - with the help of a milk carton

Jul 1st 2021, 7:45 AM 22,141 Views 1 Comment

Jessica McCaskill: from homelessness to investment banking, willing a Katie Taylor fight into existence, and becoming a living legend in her own right.

The rise of Katie McCabe, Ireland's youngest-ever captain and world-class Arsenal star
# The Skipper
# The Skipper

The rise of Katie McCabe, Ireland's youngest-ever captain and world-class Arsenal star

Jun 30th 2021, 7:52 PM 22,961 Views 4 Comments

From Kilnamanagh to the world stage, the 25-year-old is ‘a true leader’ on a remarkable journey.

A different mentality: Why Warren Gatland is still keeping the door open for Andy Farrell
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# The42 Reads

A different mentality: Why Warren Gatland is still keeping the door open for Andy Farrell

Jun 29th 2021, 8:00 PM 21,481 Views 10 Comments

The Ireland head coach made a lasting impression on the 2013 and 2017 Lions tours.

Robbie Henshaw: the transformation from shy child into roaring Lion
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# The42 Reads

Robbie Henshaw: the transformation from shy child into roaring Lion

Jun 26th 2021, 12:00 PM 24,566 Views 11 Comments

In an exclusive interview with The42, Robbie Henshaw tells Garry Doyle how this season has been the best of his career.

'He's an absolute master of the craft' - Why Clare's long-serving boss shows no signs of stopping
# The West's Awake
# The West's Awake

'He's an absolute master of the craft' - Why Clare's long-serving boss shows no signs of stopping

Jun 26th 2021, 10:00 AM 18,448 Views 4 Comments

A masterful coach, Colm Collins has instilled belief and high standards in Clare’s footballers for years. This evening his eighth championship with the Banner throws in.

The Dying Art of Defending (or are Gaelic football's forwards just getting better?)
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The Dying Art of Defending (or are Gaelic football's forwards just getting better?)

Jun 25th 2021, 8:00 AM 17,373 Views 13 Comments

Jim McGuinness, Steven McDonnell and Pat Spillane dissect one of Gaelic football’s biggest talking points on the eve of this year’s Championship.

'He was operating at a different level even back then' - the rise of a prodigious hurling talent
# Raising The Banner
# Raising The Banner

'He was operating at a different level even back then' - the rise of a prodigious hurling talent

Jun 24th 2021, 3:04 PM 20,209 Views 4 Comments

Some of those that know him best on the magic of Tony Kelly.

Hero, spy, soccer dealmaker: the remarkable story behind one of the GAA’s most famous names
# Making Their Mark
# Making Their Mark

Hero, spy, soccer dealmaker: the remarkable story behind one of the GAA’s most famous names

Jun 20th 2021, 10:03 AM 35,825 Views 2 Comments

The original Tom Markham risked his life for Irish freedom before his work as a GAA activist resulted in the All-Ireland MFC trophy being named in his honour. A century on, his great-grandson is brokering major deals in English football.

'There was only enough battery for one shot, but luckily, that's all I needed' - Surviving cardiac arrest
# Cardiac Arrest
# Cardiac Arrest

'There was only enough battery for one shot, but luckily, that's all I needed' - Surviving cardiac arrest

Jun 19th 2021, 11:53 AM 21,203 Views 1 Comment

Cathal Joyce, Kevin Knight and Ciara Doyle on the importance of CPR and acting decisively in emergency situations.

The Unlikely Lads: the stories behind football's biggest ever shocks
# Cinderella Stories
# Cinderella Stories

The Unlikely Lads: the stories behind football's biggest ever shocks

Jun 11th 2021, 8:00 AM 14,233 Views 1 Comment

The Euros start today with pundits tipping the usual suspects for glory – but this tournament has a habit of producing surprise winners.

The right man in the right place at the right time
# Big Time Charlie
# Big Time Charlie

The right man in the right place at the right time

Jun 10th 2021, 8:00 AM 20,001 Views 8 Comments

Gavin Cooney speaks to Charlie O’Leary, the beloved kitman who’s seen it all in Irish football.

Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers
# Forward Thinking
# Forward Thinking

Remembering Ireland's long pursuit of one of the Premier League's leading strikers

Jun 8th 2021, 7:30 AM 33,051 Views 5 Comments

25 years ago, considerable efforts were being made to get Chris Armstrong into a green shirt.

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'
# New Era
# New Era

'It will be better for everyone. The South African teams will mean bigger, tougher games'

May 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 21,523 Views 16 Comments

The Sharks, Bulls, Stormers and Lions are due to join European rugby next season – what lies ahead?

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'
# Pace To Burn
# Pace To Burn

'Get him one-on-one with anybody and he would cause serious headaches'

Updated May 27th 2021, 10:01 PM 32,070 Views 14 Comments

Denis Hickie was a key man for Leinster and Ireland before bowing out of the game at the age of 31.

A bullet in the post and being harassed on the way to training - Gaels living with the Troubles
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# The42 Reads

A bullet in the post and being harassed on the way to training - Gaels living with the Troubles

May 27th 2021, 8:00 AM 15,802 Views 4 Comments

Down’s Conor Deegan and Antrim hurling legend Terence McNaughton recall the experiences of living through the Troubles.

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back
# Out Of The Darkness
# Out Of The Darkness

Keeping the Faith: the Offaly hurler on the gambling addiction that cost €800k in 13 years and the road back

May 26th 2021, 7:00 AM 59,163 Views 25 Comments

‘I robbed, stole, conned, hurt people throughout many years,’ says Derek Morkan as he rebuilds his life.

'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history
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# The42 Reads

'The place just erupted': Maurice Fitz and one of the most iconic points in Gaelic football history

May 20th 2021, 4:30 PM 31,731 Views 31 Comments

Dublin and Kerry head back to Thurles on Sunday, 20 years on from their unforgettable championship double-header.

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him
# We Meet Again
# We Meet Again

Hourihane out to dash the Premier League hopes of a club that still adores him

May 16th 2021, 10:00 AM 39,419 Views 4 Comments

Barnsley have finally recovered from losing their talismanic captain to Aston Villa in 2017.

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale
# Hardy Buccs
# Hardy Buccs

The team that came from nowhere to create a Midlands fairy tale

May 15th 2021, 10:00 AM 51,576 Views 15 Comments

In the 1990s an unlikely union between two towns lifted Buccaneers from the third tier of Irish rugby to the top. Their story was a classic tale of success against the odds.

The tale of the 'team of 40-year-olds' from Cork who rattled Bayern Munich
# Dowcha Davey
# Dowcha Davey

The tale of the 'team of 40-year-olds' from Cork who rattled Bayern Munich

May 8th 2021, 8:00 AM 35,342 Views 21 Comments

Thirty years ago, the draw for the first round of the Uefa Cup paired the Bundesliga giants with Cork City.

'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 15,787 Views 3 Comments

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

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 29,698 Views 5 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.

'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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'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 25,137 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.

The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup
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The greatest era in Irish football – 'when we owned’ the Carabao Cup

Apr 24th 2021, 10:00 AM 23,449 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.

'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 17,442 Views 13 Comments

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

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

Apr 17th 2021, 8:00 AM 12,762 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.

Empty venues, held at gunpoint and caught in an 'unruly Roscommon mob' - Joe Frazier's nightmare music tour of Ireland
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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 38,471 Views 12 Comments

Months after beating Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier fronted a band that toured 10 venues in Ireland. It could hardly have gone worse.

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 17,617 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.

'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 41,083 Views 5 Comments

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

'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 22,472 Views 4 Comments

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

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 15,455 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.

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 22,509 Views 4 Comments

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