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  • Cricket: Ireland send Johnston out on a high

    14 December 2013 02:31 18

    The stage was set for Trent Johnston's finale but with the Ireland talisman sitting out the fourth day of the final with an injured Achilles it was the unsung Mooney who stepped into the limelight. The North County all-rounder, who might not have been playing if Tim Murtagh had been available, destroyed Afghanistan and completed a unique treble with his second

  • Willie Mullins may hit 100-winner mark at Fairyhouse today

    14 December 2013 01:00 9

    Three more winners this weekend will give Mullins fastest ever century in Irish National Hunt season Three more winners this weekend will give Mullins the fastest ever century of winners in an Irish National Hunt season and with a dozen domestic runners over the weekend, it must be short odds about the 100 coming up. Pont Alexandre brought up the benchmark

  • We must sink Plymouth to keep our hopes alive -- Malone

    13 December 2013 23:16 16

    Last week's 17-7 defeat to Plymouth Albion has seen Munster slide four points behind the Cornwall men in the B&I Cup standings, but Malone hopes to see a marked improvement from his troops in their return tussle with Albion. "We were very disappointed. Credit to them, they fronted up and showed a great deal of want and hunger. I just don't think we matched

  • Melody on fact-finding mission

    13 December 2013 18:14 12

    Willie Mullins hopes to learn more about Glens Melody in a fascinating Osborne House Relkeel Hurdle at Cheltenham on Saturday. The five-year-old mare has a tremendous strike-rate having won eight of her 11 starts to date and chased home esteemed stable companion Annie Power at Fairyhouse in the spring before claiming a Grade One of her own at the Punchestown

  • Heineken Cup round four previews: Connacht in search of crucial win

    13 December 2013 16:56 445

    Updated: Friday, 13 Dec 2013 16:58 | Comments Four wins from four last weekend for the Irish provinces represented a tasty bit of business, but that quartet of victories needs to be backed up over the coming weekend with four more should the sides hope to keep their bids for last eight qualification on track. Last week’s shock victory for Connacht over Toulouse

  • Kildare relief as Brophy puts AFL switch on hold

    13 December 2013 15:13 19

    The Celbridge teenager, who turns 20 in February, has been scouted by several AFL clubs and is mulling over offers. But he confirmed yesterday that he is staying in Ireland for 2014 at least. "I want to stay (at home) for another year and I have college in Maynooth as well," the business and accounting student said. "There's a few clubs in touch but nothing

  • Heineken Cup Pool 5: Benetton Treviso v Ulster (Sat)

    13 December 2013 14:47 15

    HEINEKEN CUP POOL 5: BENETTON TREVISO v ULSTER Ulster have named an unchanged team for Saturday's Heineken Cup Pool 5 game against Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Coach Mark Anscombe reported no fresh injury worries following last weekend's 48-0 demolition of the Italian outfit. It is the first time in his year and a half in charge that Anscombe has named

  • Arsenal stars Podolski, Cazorla and Ozil show their support for Munster

    13 December 2013 14:30 15

    It is not the first time that German international Podolski and Spanish star Cazorla have shown their appreciation for a team from the province of Munster. The duo posed with hurleys and the message 'UP THE BANNER' back in September but this is the first time that £50m signing Mesut Ozil has got involved. Although it has not been confirmed yet, it is believed

  • Solution found to Limerick intermediate manager row

    13 December 2013 11:48 19

    A solution of sorts has been found to resolve the ongoing controversy over the appointment of a manager to the Limerick intermediate hurling team. Former senior boss Tom Ryan had been put forward by a five-man sub-committee - that included vice-chairman of the county board Pat Heffernan - but that proposal had been turned down by the the Limerick GAA executive

  • Ski slope in pipeline

    13 December 2013 02:35 20

    The new slope will also create additional local employment on top of the more than 20 part-time staff already working in the centre, which was opened in 2001 and is owned by Cork City Council and run by a local voluntary group. ONE bar is set to have a merry Christmas, having been granted a special licence to open at midnight on December 25. The Donegal