Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Is elitism pushing GAA players too far?

Is elitism pushing GAA players too far?

An ESRI report on the GAA shows that the demands made of amateur players are creating a burnout crisis for 18 to 21-year-olds

A journalist and editor who changed Ireland

A journalist and editor who changed Ireland

The late John Mulcahy, whose magazine Hibernia reflected and chronicled the turbulent and transformative 1960s and 1970s, leaves behind a rich journalistic legacy

Protesting against Trump’s visit is reckless showboating

Protesting against Trump’s visit is reckless showboating

Massive marches and a secondhand hot-air balloon only risk antagonising a politician who Ireland badly needs onside

Migrant crisis could prove undoing of EU

Migrant crisis could prove undoing of EU

Tensions over migration, and opposition to it, are striking at the heart of the European Union’s political and social purpose

How the SBP revealed the testimony of Soldier 027

How the SBP revealed the testimony of Soldier 027

A chance meeting in the Caribbean led eventually to the establishment of the Saville Inquiry, which brought long-awaited answers and some justice for the relatives of the victims of Bloody Sunday

Why Irish rugby has the world at its feet

Why Irish rugby has the world at its feet

Ranked second only to New Zealand, our national team has a real chance to win the World Cup next year in Japan

A short walk, but a long struggle

A short walk, but a long struggle

Fifty years ago this Friday, the North witnessed its first ever civil rights march: a four-mile walk from Coalisland to Dungannon in Co Tyrone. The protest lit the fuse for a firestorm of political tumult that has yet to fully play out

Women in sport are part of our national story

Women in sport are part of our national story

With the wonderful performance of Irish women in the Hockey World Cup, it’s time to celebrate how emerging nationalist Ireland embraced the right of women to participate in sport

FF must rediscover a sense for Northern nationalism

FF must rediscover a sense for Northern nationalism

The party’s current attitudes to the North seem a very long way from those of the Haughey, Reynolds and Ahern eras

It’s time politicians learned about the birds and bees

It’s time politicians learned about the birds and bees

Could a new party save rural Ireland? Given the current urban-centric attitude in the Dáil, there’s little else that will

Trump has assaulted a great American myth

Trump has assaulted a great American myth

It’s not surprising the US president’s performance in Helsinki and his invitation to Putin to visit the US threatens the Establishment

Dying for glory in vain on a country road

Dying for glory in vain on a country road

As yet another member of the Dunlop family perishes in a motorcycle road race, it’s time to look at society’s complicity in an unacceptably dangerous sport

A great World Cup but, sadly, without Ireland

A great World Cup but, sadly, without Ireland

The FAI needs root and branch reform if we are to build a national team capable of competing at the level of Ireland’s rugby stars

Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death

Gaelic football is in the grip of a slow death

Defenders are frustrated, refs are making it up as they go along, and the ubiquitous hand pass requires all the skill of a six-year-old. Something must be done to resuscitate the sport

Storming the Vatican from within

Storming the Vatican from within

The Catholic Church may be in crisis in Ireland, but former President Mary McAleese’s articulate, carefully argued rebellion could have influence well beyond this country