Farewell to Fitzgerald

The Leinster star was forced to retire after a neck injury sustained in the Guinness PRO12 final against Connacht in May.

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Growing Pains: Slow start to the Olympic movement

  In 1988, tennis returned to the Olympic Games after a 64-year absence. In Seoul, Miroslav Mecir beat Tim Mayotte to win Gold for Czechoslovakia. It was hardly the star-studded final that organisers had anticipated. Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Pat Cash, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Boris Becker were all among the top 8 seeds…

Shane Lowry: A Humble Hero

As rain battered the beaches of Baltray on a miserable Sunday afternoon in May an Irish sporting icon was on the verge of creation. May 17th 2009, the date which marks Shane Lowry’s introduction to the world as he became the first amateur golfer to lift the Irish Open. Lowry, like many others in Ireland, grew up immersed…

Euro 2016: Group F Preview

Next up, it’s Group F, also known as the ‘Dark Horse Hipster Group’ of Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary.   Portugal Portugal have been called the weakest of the top seeds but they are not a team to be easily discounted when it comes to the European Championships. Sometimes flattering to deceive at World Cups,…

U.S. Open Preview – Who will conquer the toughest test in golf?

The Irish contingent will face one of the hardest courses in tournament golf if they want to capture the U.S. Open Trophy After the chaotic quirkiness of Chambers Bay last year, the U.S. Open returns to Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania for the 116th staging of the major championship. It will be the ninth time that…

Euro 2016: Group E Preview

Belgium In the last few years Belgium have managed to shed their ‘dark horse’ label. This is because many of their previously fledgling talents have emerged as world stars, playing talismanic roles in their respective clubs. In fact, there hasn’t been that many talismans in one place since Jackie Chan and the lads went hunting…