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UCD AFC Hopeful Of Adding To Their Storied Past

After a hiatus, UCD AFC will once again ply their trade in Ireland’s Premier Division, making them the only university in Europe to have a soccer team competing in their national first division. Having been promoted as First Division champions…

Centurion Kirk Shimmins set to shine at Hockey World Cup

It would be difficult to argue with the supposition that hockey in Ireland has never had it so good. After the ladies’ phenomenal achievement in reaching the World Cup final during the summer, the men’s Hockey World Cup tips off…

Mixed Martial Arts Has An Image Problem

Mixed Martial Arts cannot seem to get over its image problem. The sport whose popularity has exploded in recent years still cannot seem to get past the simple fact that many still view it as barbaric and overly aggressive. The…

Champions Cup Preview

With the start of the new European Champions Cup campaign just around the corner, we preview the hopes of the Irish provinces as well as some of the leading contenders.   Leinster Last season’s champions are the team to beat…

Nations League Offers Ireland Opportunity For Fresh Approach

There is no disputing that the last ten months or so have been a rather dispiriting and demoralising period for Irish soccer fans. Our World Cup qualification hopes were shattered mercilessly at the final hurdle by Denmark. Our manager agonised…

Sports Minister Shane Ross Accidentally Pledges Increased Sports Funding to ‘Rowing Hero’ Gary Hutch

In the latest name foul-up for the Minister for Sport, Shane Ross issued a press release this morning pledging to increase the funding currently available for Irish Rowers, as well as vowing to increase individual player supports for several elite…

Ryder Cup Preview

The ‘Ryder Cup’ has evolved into one of the most revered and eagerly anticipated global sports events. The three-day event, beginning this year on 28 September, has become synonymous with unwavering passion, bitter rivalry and partisan atmosphere.  Amidst raucous crowds,…

€64 Million Government Funding for Horse Racing Ireland Keeps it in the Money

Sports Writer Aoife Brady looks at government funding for the horse racing industry. As 2017 drew to a close, there were no signs of the government’s political fondness for horse racing being reined in. The October budget for 2018 revealed…

UCD AFC Player Dylan Watts Scoops Dream Transfer to Leicester City

One of UCD’s brightest footballing youngsters Dylan Watts has secured a transfer move to English Premier League champions Leicester City. The move, rumoured to have been in the works over the last week, only came to fruition on transfer deadline…

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Premiership Musings with Neil Ryan and Ally Murty.

Arsenal v Everton Arsenal, in rather atypical style, finished an amazing week for the club by dominating an Everton side in front of their raucous home support. Giroud, returned to the starting line-up after his goal against Bayern Munich midweek,…

Premier League Round Up: Week 11

QPR (2) vs. (2) Man City (Austin 21’; Demichelis O.G 76’: Aguero 32’, 83’)   An out of form Manchester City came from a goal behind twice to salvage a point against a rejuvenated Rangers side.   Charlie Austin continued his…