Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna

Time to stop playing with matches

Time to stop playing with matches

Micheál Briody and the CPA are desperate to sort out the clogged mess that is the GAA’s calendar of club fixtures. But he believes their efforts are being stymied at every turn, writes Ewan MacKenna

2018: The year sport saves its soul?

2018: The year sport saves its soul?

Imagine if this year were different: if sporting officials dropped their hypocrisy, if superstars started campaigning for the homeless, if Mayo stormed to an historic All-Ireland victory. You never know, some of it might happen...

McGregor heading for a takedown

McGregor heading for a takedown

As he lurches from one embarrassing situation to another, Conor McGregor’s future on and off the canvas already looks like it will have a very predictable ending

We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

We were deluding ourselves from the start with this fanciful bid

It wasn’t Scotland or Wales which sank our bid, it was our own fatal hubris that everything would turn out all right on the night

Empire of the Dubs

Empire of the Dubs

Is the success of Dublin GAA simply down to numbers, or is there more to it than sponsorship and population?

The FAI is playing politics on a barren pitch

The FAI is playing politics on a barren pitch

Unless we reform the inept FAI, we will keep losing to the Serbias of the world again and again

Amateur hour: Is Irish amateur boxing disintegrating?

Amateur hour: Is Irish amateur boxing disintegrating?

Five years ago, Irish boxing was the toast of the London Olympics. Now it’s mired in a welter of rows over money as disillusioned fighters lose faith in those who run the sport

Kara Goucher’s marathon struggle against doping

Kara Goucher’s marathon struggle against doping

Blowing the whistle on her former coach has cost the long-distance runner dearly. But she refuses to give up the fight against drug cheats in sport

The Women’s Rugby World Cup: Across the gain line

The Women’s Rugby World Cup: Across the gain line

The 2017 event kicks off in Dublin this week

Pro12 becomes Pro14 as South Africans arrive

Pro12 becomes Pro14 as South Africans arrive

Rugby is about to get a shake-up with the arrival of two South African teams into the Pro12. It’s certainly a gamble, but will the Pro14 be a win for players and fans alike?

Waiting and Wandering

Waiting and Wandering

Bray Wanderers are in limbo this weekend, but their financial difficulties are indicative of a deeper malaise across the whole League of Ireland

Sport lost in Lions money machine

Sport lost in Lions money machine

In the modern game of international rugby, the anachronistic Lions tour has had its day

Sports stars open up about mental health struggles

Sports stars open up about mental health struggles

'‘Fools,” said I. “ ‘You do not know, silence like a cancer grows. Hear my words that I might teach you, take my arms that I might reach you.’ But my words like silent raindrops fell and echoed in the wells of silence' - Paul Simon

Profile: Skibbereen Rowing Club

Profile: Skibbereen Rowing Club

Something in the water

The Lions’ mouth: Warren Gatland

The Lions’ mouth: Warren Gatland

The New Zealander is about to coach the British & Irish Lions against his home country