2019 in sport: giving it their best shot
A year marred by a scandal in the FAI boardroom and a meltdown in the Irish rugby team’s dressing room was interrupted from time to time by outbursts of glory. The Dublin footballers made history; the Ireland women’s hockey team captured the hearts of a nation; and on a sodden Sunday afternoon in July, Shane Lowry took a giant step towards greatness. And through it all, another world-class team, the nation’s leading sports photographers, captured the images which will last for a lifetime
Katie Taylor: two sides of the mirror, pictured by Stephen McCarthy, Sportsfile
There are two Katie Taylors. The nine-to-five, Monday to Friday Katie Taylor who is such a courteous, gentle soul you’d worry for her every time she fights. And the Katie Taylor who appears in a ring, when the music blasts out from the PA system and the MC screams her name. A different person.
“She’s her harshest critic,” says...
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Once Ireland’s talismanic out-half and now director of rugby at La Rochelle, rugby remains a game of tight margins and small but vital details for O’Gara. In this interview, he holds forth on the relentless pressure of the sport, the dynamics between coaches and players, and his hatred of losing