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Conor McGregor calls on military to help enforce Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown

MMA fighter calls for action in Facebook videoCoronavirus – latest updates | See all our coverageConor McGregor has called on the military to be deployed to help enforce Ireland’s increased coronavirus lockdown.On Friday night, the Irish government tol…

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Cork racecourse to become coronavirus testing centre

• Horse racing is suspended in Ireland until April 19• Sustained period without racing is ‘potentially catastrophic’Cork racecourse will become a testing centre for coronavirus from Thursday morning as Irish racing lends its support to government effor…

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Talking Horses: PM Leo Varadkar calls halt to racing in Ireland

The country’s attempt to host one meeting per day behind closed doors turned out to be a shortlived oneIreland’s attempt to continue racing behind closed doors during the coronavirus crisis came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when Leo Varadkar, the countr…

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Talking Horses: Flat trainers show their support as Ireland keeps racing

There are double-figure fields for all but one of the eight races at Dundalk, as horse racing continues behind closed doorsIreland’s Flat trainers have come out in force to support the first meeting in the country since Horse Racing Ireland decided to …

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Ireland v Italy should be postponed due to coronavirus, says health minister

Simon Harris says Six Nations game is significant risk ‘People will be travelling from an affected region’The Six Nations fixture between Ireland and Italy in Dublin on 7 March should not take place due to the risk posed by the coronavirus, the health …

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Young Manchester United fan writes to Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp and gets reply

Ten-year-old Daragh Curley wrote to the Liverpool manager asking him if he could make his team lose a few gamesThe Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp, has said he was so charmed by the sheer cheek of a young Manchester United fan who wrote to ask whether …

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MMA fighter Conor McGregor fined €1,000 over Dublin pub assault

Mixed martial arts star punched customer who rejected offer of a shot of his whiskeyThe Irish mixed martial arts fighter Conor McGregor has been fined €1,000 (£850) for assaulting a man in a Dublin pub who rejected his offer of a drink.A Dublin court c…

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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…