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#tommy martin

# tommy-martin - Friday 23 February, 2018

Sugary treats and shiny new toys have failed to make Old Trafford a happy home

Give a child everything they want and they end up not getting what they need, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 8 December, 2017

Do all football fans really want impartial analysis?

In modern sports coverage, bias is everywhere, except in the eye of the beholder, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 24 November, 2017

Thank Klopp we still have flawed, human games like Tuesday's Seville cracker

‘It was a reminder in these uber-analysed times that sometimes a football match is just a football match,’ writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 17 November, 2017

'Trap had the 6-1, Jack had the Harry Ramsden’s Challenge. That moment might have come for O’Neill'

The Derry man is unlikely to leave without a fight, however, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Sunday 29 October, 2017

From TheJournal.ie And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest Column

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest

It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 27 October, 2017

And they call it the Toy Department - a difficult week for sport to digest

It’s been a week to forget for the sports department, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 13 October, 2017

A dour slog punctuated by unbridled joy - why international football is a metaphor for life itself

At times like this the beautiful game becomes a receptacle for all sort of cockamamie theories, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 29 September, 2017

The GAA cynicism storm means soccer no longer stands alone on the moral low ground

But that isn’t all bad news, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 22 September, 2017

Crisis-hit FA have been shown up by Mark Sampson debacle

Tommy Martin writes on the beleaguered organisation that became embroiled in further controversy this week.

# tommy-martin - Friday 1 September, 2017

Hurling may be the best thing we do as a nation but is something many never get to do at all

‘When it comes to hurling, we are prisoners of geography,’ writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 25 August, 2017

'There seemed no doubt that putting O'Shea on Donaghy was like the time Ed Sheeran was in Game of Thrones'

However, revisionist history says it’s complicated, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 11 August, 2017

For now, free-to-air television gives sport a safe haven in uncertain waters

‘Free-to-air TV has become an attractive option again in this multi-platform, rights-hungry, rapidly changing landscape,’ writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 14 July, 2017

Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook Column This post contains videos

Sean Cavanagh, retiring heroes and avoiding life as an average schnook

Tommy Martin on the Tyrone star, who is aiming to end his memorable career on a high.

# tommy-martin - Friday 7 July, 2017

Northern success always presents us in the south with a dilemma

Tommy Martin on Brexit, the Irish Open and how sport in Ireland is best served by the softest of borders.

# tommy-martin - Friday 26 May, 2017

Whatever happened to the Manchester United way?

Tommy Martin on a club that should be about more than winning trophies.

# tommy-martin - Friday 28 April, 2017

With illegal streams on the rise and viewer numbers falling, is it time for a Spotify for sport?

Streaming is doing for football fans what file-sharing once did for music buyers, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 24 March, 2017

New heads maybe, but same trusty broom for Martin O'Neill against Wales

The Ship of Theseus is in port with Tommy Martin’s column this week.

# tommy-martin - Friday 3 February, 2017

Not content with being rugby's 'greatest' championship, the 6 Nations also wants to be the best

The introduction of bonus points this year is a play to overtake the Rugby Championship, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 25 November, 2016

Ireland, the All Blacks, and rugby's struggle to find an acceptable level of violence

Physicality a serious concern but for all of their handwringing, rugby fans aren’t looking the other way, writes Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 18 November, 2016

Can McGregor remain UFC's big daddy when he becomes a father?

Tommy Martin ponders how the arrival of his first child will affect the new two-weight champion.

# tommy-martin - Friday 11 November, 2016

Two years after Glasgow clash, the careers of O'Neill and Strachan have taken very different turns

Tommy Martin looks at how the fortunes of Ireland and Scotland have changed since Ireland’s loss in Celtic Park in 2014.

# tommy-martin - Friday 7 October, 2016

Why have Ireland failed to build on their Italy and France performances? DNA

Why have Ireland failed to build on their Italy and France performances?

Tommy Martin wonders if we should be turning to PHDs rather than pundits to analyse Ireland’s struggles.

# tommy-martin - Friday 26 August, 2016

Robbie Keane was the kind of superstar Ireland can only dream of nowadays

He may not have always got the credit he deserved during his playing days but there is no doubt he will be remembered as one of our greatest, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Wednesday 3 August, 2016

From TheJournal.ie "He gave up a lot for us" - 100 years after his execution Ireland pays tribute to Roger Casement Patriot

"He gave up a lot for us" - 100 years after his execution Ireland pays tribute to Roger Casement

A commemoration was held for Casement this morning in Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 22 July, 2016

'Like Brexit, Big Sam has been carried to victory on the belief time can be turned back'

England’s next manager might prove that there’s never a right time to have the wrong idea, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 24 June, 2016

These Irish players have travelled a tough road... but that makes them tough too

Tommy Martin on a night when Irish football made sense.

# tommy-martin - Friday 27 May, 2016

'Jose, Rafa and Rodgers face the same challenge: to make slightly lost clubs feel good again'

Which is the better way to hire a manager, asks Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 20 May, 2016

Our heroes disappoint us because they're human, football managers are no different

This week was a reminder not to put your life in the hands of a football manager writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 13 May, 2016

We should be allowed to worry about hurling - it's the best thing we have

Don’t mind the defensive tactics, with the likes of Tony Kelly leading the way the future of hurling is in safe, exciting hands, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 29 April, 2016

Leave him alone - surely Tiger Woods has suffered enough

It’s difficult not to feel sympathy for a wounded animal who once had the world at his feet, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 8 April, 2016

If football has a doping problem, do fans and media deserve some of the blame?

Expecting the drug testing regime to catch drug use in football is like trying to break into Fort Knox with a pea-shooter, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 18 March, 2016

It may be a blockbuster hit but the Premier League lacks award-winning quality

It looks like rotten tomatoes for England’s top tier as far as top European gongs go, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Friday 26 February, 2016

Football heroes and villains, they're just like the rest of us

Once his high-profile guests order a cup of tea, there’s no danger of TV3′s Tommy Martin getting overawed.

# tommy-martin - Friday 19 February, 2016

With respect, penalising Messi for spot-kick stunt makes little sense

When you consider Manny Pacquaio’s homophobic comments, the Barcelona two-touch penalty pales in signifcance, writes TV3′s Tommy Martin

# tommy-martin - Friday 12 February, 2016

Liverpool fans' protest is part of a bigger struggle against 'Big Football'

Tommy Martin says supporters are fighting a losing battle as clubs look to make big profits by charging big prices.

# tommy-martin - Friday 5 February, 2016

'Ugly, inferior and unfair,' they call it down south - but that's why we love the Six Nations

TV3′s Tommy Martin can’t wait to get reacquainted with the northern hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament.

# tommy-martin - Monday 28 December, 2015

'The real battle in Ireland is not RTÉ v TV3' - The changing face of sports coverage in 2015

TV3′s Tommy Martin looks back on a big year in Ballymount and the ever-shifting media landscape.

# tommy-martin - Tuesday 24 November, 2015

Have Wenger's values led Arsenal into a moral maze?

‘Is it wise that one man’s morality should be allowed to guide the fortunes of the club in such a complete way?’, asks TV3′s Tommy Martin.

# tommy-martin - Tuesday 20 October, 2015

Champions League vs Rugby World Cup - There's no comparison

Our Champions League columnist Tommy Martin is fed up of the rugby and football comparisons.

# tommy-martin - Tuesday 15 September, 2015

Post-Ferguson Manchester United? Come back to me in 200 years

TV3′s Tommy Martin says ‘Louis Van Gaal has delivered the footballing equivalent of a Hornby train set to Old Trafford.’

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