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'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'
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'A few days before Heather passed away she said to me, ‘If Woosie calls you, you have to play.’'

Apr 14th 2020, 7:00 AM 10,768 Views 1 Comment

A look back to when Ireland played hosts to the Ryder Cup for the first time in 2006.

'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'
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'He was untethered from his family by a narcissism that fed his self-destructive addictions'

Apr 9th 2020, 7:00 AM 13,550 Views 3 Comments

Read this extract from an acclaimed book on the US golf star by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian.

'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'
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'Somebody called it the last of the great drinking tours'

Apr 7th 2020, 7:05 AM 21,609 Views 6 Comments

Members of the 1994 Irish team recall the the horrific trip to Mount Isa.

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'
# Pain
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# Pain

'There are players who to this day struggle to cope with the defeat'

Apr 2nd 2020, 7:00 AM 13,957 Views 15 Comments

In this extract from ‘Behind the Lions,’ the gut-wrenching 2009 loss is recalled.

A day in the life of Pep Guardiola
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A day in the life of Pep Guardiola

Mar 31st 2020, 7:15 AM 9,856 Views 0 Comments

Pep’s City: The Making of a Superteam gives an inside account of the early part of manager’s reign with the Etihad outfit.

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'
# Changes
# Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Jan 5th 2020, 4:00 PM 20,475 Views 3 Comments

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin
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'No cash register. Peggy’s Leg. Big Time bar. Dairy Milk. A tin of Coke': 1970s memories of Dublin

Jan 4th 2020, 6:30 PM 55,021 Views 34 Comments

Fr Bryan Shortall remembers his childhood in the 1970s – from what he ate to what was on the radio.

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper
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Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

Jan 4th 2020, 11:00 AM 23,243 Views 19 Comments

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football
# The Age Of Football
# The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

Jan 3rd 2020, 9:00 PM 11,587 Views 9 Comments

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'
# Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine
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# Chaos Is A Friend Of Mine

'His whole story is a lie. You know he didn’t have it as hard as he tries to sell'

Updated Jan 3rd 2020, 3:00 PM 138,396 Views 75 Comments

Paulie Malignaggi discusses his relationship with Conor McGregor in this extract from Ewan MacKenna’s new book.

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'
# Changes
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# Changes

'The stress of hanging up my boots and having no direction or purpose in life, my hair fell out'

Dec 31st 2019, 10:00 PM 15,539 Views 8 Comments

Former Tottenham star Clive Allen reflects on adapting to life after football.

Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper
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Truth and Lies: The story of Liverpool versus The Sun newspaper

Dec 28th 2019, 9:00 PM 20,700 Views 16 Comments

The following passage is an extract from Simon Hughes’ There She Goes.

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football
# The Age Of Football
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# The Age Of Football

'300 million were regularly tuning in' - Inside Africa's obsession with Premier League football

Dec 27th 2019, 9:00 PM 12,814 Views 0 Comments

In an extract from his book, David Goldblatt looks at the continent’s remarkable devotion to the English top flight.

'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'
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'The hunger strikes had begun just as Barry McGuigan started training for his professional debut'

Dec 25th 2019, 9:30 PM 16,925 Views 9 Comments

Donald McRae looks at the early days of the acclaimed Irish boxer and the background from which he came.

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners

The rise of ultra running: 'I am never doing anything as stupid as that ever again, I say to myself'

Dec 25th 2019, 8:00 PM 19,620 Views 24 Comments

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas
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Buck Whaley: The Irish adventurer's feverish Christmas

Dec 25th 2019, 3:00 PM 21,513 Views 6 Comments

In December 1788, Whaley was struck by a malignant fever.

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'
# Rise Of The Ultra Runners
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# Rise Of The Ultra Runners

'Everything, my clothes, my backpack, my headscarf, is stuck to me with sweat'

Dec 24th 2019, 10:05 AM 5,475 Views 0 Comments

In an extract from his book, Adharanand Finn describes competing in the Oman Desert Marathon.

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’
# Anomaly
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# Anomaly

'One of the older lads looked over and said: What the hell is Michael Owen even doing in here?’

Dec 23rd 2019, 5:00 PM 60,632 Views 26 Comments

The former England and Liverpool star reflects on his troubled spell at Stoke City.

Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book
# The Big Yaroo
# The Big Yaroo

Extract: Patrick McCabe revisits the Butcher Boy with his new book

Nov 14th 2019, 5:00 PM 7,239 Views 1 Comment

The book sees Francie Brady return – this time as publisher of his own magazine, The Big Yaroo.

'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing
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'Health and safety rules did not apply...': Life on the road touring - and cooking for - Stockton's Wing

Nov 13th 2019, 7:58 PM 14,395 Views 1 Comment

In this extract from his book, musician and Ballymaloe-trained chef Mike Hanrahan recalls what life was like on the road – and shows us how to feed a hungry band (or family) with a cassoulet recipe.

Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'...  A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words
# An Post Irish Book Awards
# An Post Irish Book Awards

Extract: From 'litir' to 'meisce'... A history of Ireland in 10 (or so) words

Nov 12th 2019, 7:03 PM 16,379 Views 6 Comments

Ancient Irish texts teach us about how people saw the world back then, as the authors of a new book explain.

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'
# An Post Book Awards
# An Post Book Awards

Extract: 'Birds are vessels for a lasting happiness that can be hard to find in other avenues of life'

Nov 9th 2019, 4:00 PM 13,381 Views 1 Comment

I’ve seen species from my bedroom window that I haven’t seen anywhere else, writes Conor W. O’Brien in an extract from his book.

A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'
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A Sunday Miscellany essay by Lisa McInerney: 'Setting the scene'

Oct 27th 2019, 9:30 AM 11,018 Views 2 Comments

The essay is one of those featured in the new book, Miscellany 50.

'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin
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'Ponies, dogs and servants - she thought all of them should know their place': Life in a big house in 1960s Dublin

Oct 20th 2019, 10:00 PM 56,442 Views 10 Comments

Gillies Macbain writes about one New Year’s night in the 1960s in an extract from his new memoir.

Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'
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Michael Palin in North Korea: 'I realise almost immediately that I have gone too far. Quite a long way too far'

Sep 28th 2019, 7:30 AM 82,628 Views 22 Comments

Michael Palin writes about what it’s like to journey to the tightly-controlled North Korea – and the mistakes he makes while filming two huge statues of the Great Leaders in Pyongyang.

Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'
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Opinion: 'Are you criticising someone because they're mirroring something you don't like about yourself?'

Sep 26th 2019, 7:00 AM 11,548 Views 4 Comments

In this extract from Ubuntu, the granddaughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains how we can learn to live without bias.

'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954'
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'My great-aunt Chrissy left home at fourteen to go join a convent. That was in 1954'

Jul 27th 2019, 9:00 PM 29,684 Views 15 Comments

Ian Maleney writes about family, memory, and the stories we tell ourselves.

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
# Dichotomy
# Dichotomy

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'

Jan 6th 2019, 8:45 AM 66,371 Views 13 Comments

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.

'Paul Merson once rang in the middle of the night because, while asleep, he’d poked himself in the eye'
# Accident
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# Accident

'Paul Merson once rang in the middle of the night because, while asleep, he’d poked himself in the eye'

Dec 29th 2018, 9:00 AM 11,793 Views 3 Comments

Ex-Arsenal forward Alan Smith recalls memories of his time with the Gunners and the ultimately premature end to his career.

'It must have been television gold for the watching millions. Was I ranting? Yes, I suppose I was'
# Looking Back
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# Looking Back

'It must have been television gold for the watching millions. Was I ranting? Yes, I suppose I was'

Dec 27th 2018, 8:00 PM 8,357 Views 13 Comments

In an extract from his autobiography, Kevin Keegan recalls the infamous interview he gave amid the dramatic end to the 1995-96 Premier League season.

'If I could do all that, I would hold a world record... I was 11 years and 333 days old'
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'If I could do all that, I would hold a world record... I was 11 years and 333 days old'

Dec 25th 2018, 8:00 PM 10,312 Views 0 Comments

Read our extract from William Hill Sports Book of the Year joint winner, ‘Boy in the Water’.

'Johnny – the biggest balls on the planet'
# Grace Under Pressure
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# Grace Under Pressure

'Johnny – the biggest balls on the planet'

Dec 25th 2018, 9:00 AM 17,135 Views 12 Comments

In this extract from ‘No Borders,’ various members of the Irish team recall the victory over France in the 2018 Six Nations opener.

'He’s been shot, he’s been stabbed, he’s been crippled, and here he is defending a world championship after 15 months out'
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'He’s been shot, he’s been stabbed, he’s been crippled, and here he is defending a world championship after 15 months out'

Dec 23rd 2018, 9:00 AM 8,401 Views 1 Comment

This book extract takes a look at a remarkable moment in the life of Eamonn Magee.

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'
# Dichotomy
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# Dichotomy

'Bright, brilliant, educated young women from South County Dublin... don’t end up with a gypsy boxer from Limerick'

Dec 22nd 2018, 9:00 AM 20,248 Views 8 Comments

Read an extract from the acclaimed ‘Fighter’ by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly.

'He is sick with the fear... Waiting for them to get to the part where they discover that €294,000 is missing'
# TOny 10
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# TOny 10

'He is sick with the fear... Waiting for them to get to the part where they discover that €294,000 is missing'

Dec 21st 2018, 9:00 AM 8,452 Views 4 Comments

Check out this extract from Tony 10, one of the year’s most acclaimed Irish sports books.

'I promised her it wasn’t the end for me. Even if the surgery didn’t work and my career was over'
# The Boy On The Shed
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# The Boy On The Shed

'I promised her it wasn’t the end for me. Even if the surgery didn’t work and my career was over'

Dec 20th 2018, 10:30 AM 21,017 Views 1 Comment

In this extract from his memoir, Lisburn native and former Newcastle footballer Paul Ferris recalls one of the darkest periods in his life.

The day child prodigy Tiger Woods appeared on national TV with legendary US actor Jimmy Stewart
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The day child prodigy Tiger Woods appeared on national TV with legendary US actor Jimmy Stewart

Dec 17th 2018, 7:15 AM 9,056 Views 0 Comments

An extract on the golf star’s early days explores his life as a sporting prodigy.

An Irish science-fiction story predicted the plot of Back to the Future
# A Brilliant Void
# A Brilliant Void

An Irish science-fiction story predicted the plot of Back to the Future

Nov 25th 2018, 10:00 PM 15,964 Views 8 Comments

Read an extract from a book of science fiction short stories written by Irish writers.

Extract: Don't fear the reaper - an immunologist on why we shouldn't be so afraid of death
# An Post Irish Book Awards
# An Post Irish Book Awards

Extract: Don't fear the reaper - an immunologist on why we shouldn't be so afraid of death

Nov 23rd 2018, 7:30 PM 27,171 Views 32 Comments

Immunologist Luke O’Neill writes about how death fascinates us all, but once upon a time it was sometimes a tricky thing for a doctor to confirm.

Book details Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger's relationship with his right-hand man from the Galway Gaeltacht
# Whitey Bulger
# Whitey Bulger

Book details Boston crime boss Whitey Bulger's relationship with his right-hand man from the Galway Gaeltacht

Nov 3rd 2018, 8:00 PM 48,008 Views 10 Comments

Whitey Bulger and right-hand-man Pat Nee from Connemarra were feared throughout Boston for their ruthlessness.