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# the42-reads - Sunday 21 March, 2021

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

Mar 21st 2021, 8:00 AM 22,938 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 21,181 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 16,081 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 17,944 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 45,587 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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'People absolutely loved that horse': How Danoli and Tom Foley captured Irish sporting hearts

Mar 15th 2021, 8:08 PM 12,762 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 26,206 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 15,131 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 8,519 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 14,455 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 41,811 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 92,549 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 35,362 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 49,474 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 26,828 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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The days when Ireland couldn't buy a win against Italy

Feb 27th 2021, 8:36 AM 22,853 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 19,254 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 35,281 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 27,686 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 47,199 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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The Unnatural: Ireland's rugby clubs feel the pinch and look to brighter days ahead

Feb 19th 2021, 8:00 AM 10,807 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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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 19,665 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 14,806 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 21,963 Views 3 Comments

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

# the42-reads - Saturday 13 February, 2021

'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'
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'We were like the Rolling Stones walking down the street in Cardiff!'

Feb 13th 2021, 8:00 AM 37,555 Views 19 Comments

Tom McGurk, Brent Pope, and George Hook are synonymous with a time when Irish rugby took a leap forward.

# the42-reads - Thursday 11 February, 2021

Boxing alone has neither the capacity nor the will to prevent future waves of The Dandemic
# Boxing And The Cult
# Boxing And The Cult

Boxing alone has neither the capacity nor the will to prevent future waves of The Dandemic

Feb 11th 2021, 8:00 AM 25,906 Views 12 Comments

With Kinahan stating his intention to remain at the forefront of professional boxing, only external pressure on major broadcasters can realistically dilute his influence.

# the42-reads - Saturday 6 February, 2021

‘What in the name of Jaysus were we doing going into a warzone to play rugby?’
# Cult Hero
# Cult Hero

‘What in the name of Jaysus were we doing going into a warzone to play rugby?’

Feb 6th 2021, 10:09 AM 48,535 Views 23 Comments

Noel Mannion is best remembered for his iconic try against Wales in 1989 – but his fondest memories come from crossing the border to play in Ulster.

# the42-reads - Thursday 4 February, 2021

Trips away, loyalty and setbacks: An inside look at the careers of 6 retiring Mayo greats
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Trips away, loyalty and setbacks: An inside look at the careers of 6 retiring Mayo greats

Feb 4th 2021, 8:00 PM 27,689 Views 12 Comments

The recent spate of retirements in Mayo has an end of an era feel to it.

# the42-reads - Wednesday 3 February, 2021

Analysis: Where did Ireland's 25 tries come from last year?
# Trends
# Trends

Analysis: Where did Ireland's 25 tries come from last year?

Feb 3rd 2021, 11:08 AM 10,575 Views 7 Comments

The importance of the lineout and scrum is as clear as ever.

# the42-reads - Saturday 30 January, 2021

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight
# Arise Jason Knight

In the mould of Roy Keane and learning from Wayne Rooney - The remarkable rise of Jason Knight

Jan 30th 2021, 8:00 AM 42,156 Views 24 Comments

Still a week shy of his 20th birthday, one of Irish football’s brightest prospects is attracting significant Premier League interest.