Tom Mcgurk, Opinion /

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

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

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

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

World Cup another chance to bash Putin and Russia

World Cup another chance to bash Putin and Russia

Last weekend, Donald Trump stormed out of the G7 meeting, declaring Russia should have been at the table. He had a point

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

Brexit has resurrected the united Ireland question

The oldest debate in Irish politics is back in vogue - and unification might just offer the right solution for people on both sides of the border

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

How Tom Murphy attacked the arrogance of power

The Tuam-born dramatist came out of a landscape devastated by the Famine and its legacy of mass emigration. His work raged, in his own words, ‘against the inequalities of life’

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

Another golden age of Leinster rugby is at hand

The current Leinster side have restored our faith in the game as a magnificent spectacle of skill and athleticism