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Category: Ireland

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Ireland should bask in Open-driven time in the sun, not English shade at Lord’s | Andy Bull

Portrush has finally hosted the Open but, as Ireland make their Test bow at Lord’s, they must do so as guinea pigs – is it a snub?It’s a wonder the Irish are so well known for their hospitality when you consider the state of some of the people they hav…

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Irish cricket comes of age at Lord’s after fraught, twisting odyssey

World Cup success and clubs founded by immigrants have transformed the image of a game once ostracised as a symbol of BritishnessWhen Ireland’s cricketers play England in their first ever Test match at Lord’s next week it will be the latest chapter in …

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‘I started when I was two’: young riders with racing in their blood – in pictures

Meet Ireland’s junior jockeysA late summer day’s racing across the sands of Béal Bán can haunt your winter with happy dreams. Around the end of August each year, the fledgling jockeys of the horse and pony circuit descend on this fabled white strand ou…

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Katie Taylor becomes undisputed champion in epic scrap with Delfine Persoon

Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) unifies title belts with majority-decision win2012 Olympic gold medalist says she will give Persoon a rematchJoshua v Ruiz Jr: world heavyweight championship – live!A bloodied and bruised Katie Taylor achieved her long-held goal of…

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FAI funding suspended by Sport Ireland amid concerns over Delaney loan

• Former chief executive John Delaney loaned FAI €100,000• Sport Ireland provides €2.7 a year for FAI programmesSport Ireland has confirmed it has suspended funding to the Football Association of Ireland amid concerns over a controversial loan.Last wee…

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Ireland ’employed British military intelligence officer’ after Rugby World Cup leaks

New book claims union feared bugs had been planted at HQIRFU said in response that the claims were ‘fictionalised’Ireland’s rugby authorities were so worried about media leaks after a disastrous World Cup campaign that they employed a former British mi…

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Katie Taylor stops Rose Volante to unify WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles

Taylor unifies IBF, WBA and WBO title belts – as it happenedOlympic champion targets Delfine Persoon’s WBC title nextKatie Taylor is one step away from her long-held goal of unifying the fractured lightweight championship after stopping Brazil’s Rose V…

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Katie Taylor stops Rose Volante to unify WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles

Taylor unifies IBF, WBA and WBO title belts – as it happenedOlympic champion targets Delfine Persoon’s WBC title nextKatie Taylor is one step away from her long-held goal of unifying the fractured lightweight championship after stopping Brazil’s Rose V…

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José Mourinho dancing on ice – at last, he’s served up something watchable | Marina Hyde

From his Russian tumble to a Spain prison sentence, the erstwhile United manager has had a dim week. At least it’s entertainingAfter so many years of refusing to give the public what they want, it’s great to see José Mourinho finally serving up somethi…

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Ireland’s calling: a journey to the heart of a rugby powerhouse | Donald McRae

Ireland are favourites for the Six Nations and are serious contenders for the World Cup this year, with a spirit that transcends national boundaries. How have they done it? “It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at…

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Irish police investigate rape claim against ‘sports star’ in Dublin

Woman reportedly filed complaint before being taken to sexual assault unitIrish police are investigating a claim that a prominent sports star raped a young woman in a hotel in Dublin city centre.Detectives from Pearse Street Garda station are investiga…

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How the ‘rugby rape trial’ divided Ireland

After a trial that dominated the news, the accused were all found not guilty. But the case had tapped into a deeper rage that has not died down. By Susan McKayThe verdicts were unanimous and came swiftly. After a trial that had lasted nine weeks, with …

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Footballer alive and well despite Irish amateur club’s report of his death

Ballybrack FC claimed Fernando Nuno La-Fuente had diedClub have apologised after player was tracked down in SpainAn amateur football team from Dublin has apologised after erroneously reporting that one of their players had died.Ballybrack FC had inform…

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Theresa May backs joint UK and Ireland bid to host 2030 World Cup

Prime minister says future bid would have full support after Labour backed it in JulyThe government has joined the Labour party in offering to support a joint bid from the UK and Ireland to host the 2030 World Cup.The football associations of England, …

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Mesut Özil’s two hearts and the dual identities of white Europeans | Letters

Readers respond to Afua Hirsch’s piece about the German footballer, which asked why people of colour should have to ditch their national heritageI agree with Afua Hirsch that German-born Mesut Özil should feel free to celebrate his German and his Turki…

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Liam Miller: Irish sport body allows charity game for late Man Utd star – report

Gaelic Athletic Association reportedly relents on foreign games ban to let stadium host match raising funds for Miller’s familyIreland’s Gaelic Athletic Association has reportedly relented following considerable public pressure and will now allow a cha…

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Katie Taylor’s father seriously injured in Irish boxing club shooting

• Fifty-year-old man was killed in incident in Bray, near Dublin• Pete Taylor, father of Olympic gold medallist, established gymThe father of Ireland’s Olympic boxing gold medallist Katie Taylor has sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries i…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Supporters of rugby stars acquitted of rape take out newspaper ad

Full-page ad calls for Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding’s rugby suspensions to be liftedSupporters of two Irish rugby internationals acquitted of rape have taken out a full-page newspaper advertisement demanding their playing suspensions be lifted.The B…

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Irish rugby stars Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding cleared of rape

Belfast court finds pair not guilty of raping woman in 2016 and clears two other men of indecent exposure and perverting course of justiceTwo Irish rugby stars and two of their friends have been found not guilty of charges of rape, indecent exposure an…