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St Patricks Boys National School, Brian Dillons Hurling and Football Club and their entwined history

On the 29th of November 1937, almost 75 years ago, 261 boys came to school at the old St Patricks Boys National School at St Lukes Cross, Cork. When everyone was settled down and accounted for, the boys and their … Continue reading

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The Downside of the Hurling Helmet

You have two options when it comes to getting back to Cork from Limerick after a Heineken Cup tie. You can make a mad dash for the car and hope to beat the traffic, or you can take your time, … Continue reading

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Rugby in Munster – A Social and Cultural History by Liam O’Callaghan

There are no tickets available for next Saturday’s Heineken Cup game between Munster and Castres at Thomond Park. This is the norm for the Heineken Cup. It has been so since Munster’s first run to the final in the 1999/2000 … Continue reading

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Is the Art of Playing Hurling dying and is it now played like Gaelic Football and Rugby?

It does not seem that long ago (to me at any rate) since I spent most of my summer evenings training, or just pucking a sliotar in the Glen Field. This is not going to be a piece about how … Continue reading

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Two books that look at different aspects of Cork’s local sporting history

It is very difficult to come up with a true definition of what is history. The Roman philosopher Cicero said that “History is a witness that testifies to the passing of time; it illuminates reality, vitalises memory, provides guidance in … Continue reading

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Munster’s exit from the 2011 Heineken Cup

I went to see the film 127 Hours last week. If you have not heard about it, it is the story of Aron Ralston, a rock climber/ potholer who wanders off at weekends to explore canyons and sleep out under … Continue reading

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The Left Handed Sportsman

There was one thing certain about yesterday’s United States presidential election long before the citizens cast their votes. That was that the next president of the USA would be left handed. In fact three of the last four presidents of … Continue reading

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