Tom McGurk

Tom McGurk

Articles by Tom McGurk

Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row

Finally, Schmidt and Ireland have all their ducks in a row

With brilliant young players, strength in depth on the bench and a style of rugby that favours skill and flair over brute force, victory in the Six Nations is squarely in Joe Schmidt’s sights

Tom McGurk on rugby

Tom McGurk on rugby

In granting a contract to a South African player found guilty of steroid abuse, Munster Rugby are making an ill-advised move

Mary Lou must smash Sinn Féin’s glass ceiling

Mary Lou must smash Sinn Féin’s glass ceiling

As the party moves further from its past and closer to the establishment, will its appeal diminish?

Time for Corbyn to re-steer the HMS Brexit

Time for Corbyn to re-steer the HMS Brexit

Now that the specific realities of leaving the EU are evident, the British Labour leader has a historic opportunity - if he has the stomach for it - to demand a second referendum

Trump’s populist anti-politics will be tested in the midterms

Trump’s populist anti-politics will be tested in the midterms

Will US voters endorse Trump at the polls in November, halfway through a presidency that seems to operate largely on instinct?

An anthem for all our Christmases

An anthem for all our Christmases

Fairytale of New York, a ballad made even more poignant by the tragic death of Kirsty MacColl, draws on the nostalgia and melancholic heartbeat of generations of Irish exiles

A cry out of the depths of history

A cry out of the depths of history

Prominent Northern nationalists appeal to Varadkar not to abandon them as they were abandoned in the past by the South

How IRFU can hold on to our homegrown superstars

How IRFU can hold on to our homegrown superstars

We must address the growing crisis in rugby now before we start haemorrhaging world-class players like South Africa and others have done

Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

Brexit is an existential crisis for the North

EU membership helped fuel the peace process and bring economic change, but Britain’s exit is seen as a victory for ‘Britishness’

Can Leo Varadkar keep order in midst of chaos?

Can Leo Varadkar keep order in midst of chaos?

The prospect of political upheaval in Dublin threatens the integrity and national solidarity of any veto we might attempt at the talks in Brussels next month

Zimbabwe, Mugabe and the Irish connection

Zimbabwe, Mugabe and the Irish connection

Given the long years spent trying to establish democracy, it is ironic that now Zimbabwe's main supporter is a totalitarian state: China

One year on, Trump still marches to his own drum

One year on, Trump still marches to his own drum

Like it or not, Donald Trump is creating a kind of anti-politics, relentlessly attacking the US’s political and media establishments

Is this really about saving South African rugby?

Is this really about saving South African rugby?

South Africa is now the front-runner to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup. Yet its sport is in disarray because of missed deadlines and financial chaos

The bigger rugby gets, the harder they fall

The bigger rugby gets, the harder they fall

The huge size of rugby players and the physicality of on-field contact is leading to serious injuries and, perhaps ultimately, to the death of the game itself

Deluded Tories urging May towards the rocks

Deluded Tories urging May towards the rocks

Britain’s difficulty is anything but Ireland’s opportunity as we face the long, dark night of a hard Brexit