A Year In Sport: Big scalps, big prizes and big-name exits

It was a turbulent year in sport, with some extraordinary highs – Ireland beating the All Blacks, a World Cup final in hockey, extraordinary underage athletics success – balanced by some disheartening lows. We take you through it, month by month

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
23rd December, 2018
Jacob Stockdale of Ireland celebrates his try against New Zealand at the Aviva last month Picture: INPHO/Gary Carr

THE BIG STORY: Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane, we discovered in January, had signed a new contract and would be staying on with the national team until 2020. That was despite the failure to qualify for the World Cup and a growing sense that these two disciples of the Brian Clough school of management had been left behind by the modern game. Most fans were despondent, but the year wouldn’t end without a resolution (more...

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