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Dublin: 13 °C Tuesday 15 October, 2019

We'll Leave It There So: Matt's finished, the price of Sterling, and all of today’s sport

Plus Cian Healy’s neck, Gazza’s phone and much, much more…

Matt O'Connor was "mutual consented" by Leinster early on Thursday. Source: James Crombie/INPHO



  • Raheem Sterling’s agent reportedly said that not even £900,000 a week would keep the youngster at Liverpool — and then denied ever making the comments
  • Roy Hodgson named three uncapped players in his England squad for the friendly against Ireland
  • Paul ‘Gazza’ Gascoigne was awarded €264,000 in phone hacking damages
  • Francesco Molinari shot a seven-under-par 65 to lead the BMW Championship at Wentworth; Peter Lawrie is the best of the Irish on -3
  • Philippe Gilbert won today’s 12th stage at the Giro d’Italia; Alberto Contador finished second and retains the race leader’s maglia rosa


The best thing we shared

If we ever made a hole-in-one and won a car, we’d definitely celebrate like Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnson did at Wentworth.


On the record

I don’t really read the papers, so I had my mam coming in to me saying, ‘Are you going to miss the World Cup?’ It was never an issue to me. They said there was a possibility, but 90% chance you’re going to be grand.

The gospel according to Church — if Cian Healy says he’ll be fit for the World Cup, he’ll be fit for the World Cup.

The fixture list

  • The Glasgow Warriors host Ulster in the first of this weekend’s Pro12 semi-finals (7.45pm Friday; Sky, BBC NI, TG4)
  • It’s first v fifth and second v third in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division – St Patrick’s Athletic host Dundalk, and Cork City take on Shamrock Rovers
  • It’s day two at Wentworth, stage six of the Rás, a flat day at the Giro … and much, much more

Showbiz, baby!

No Pirlo, no party

One day, I couldn’t even get a bag of Tayto

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Niall Kelly

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