Advertisement
#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 7°C Thursday 22 October 2020

#long read

# long-read - Sunday 20 November, 2016

From The42 Pele's bodyguard in the 70s, the Baby Mourinho and all the week's best sportswriting Good Reads

Pele's bodyguard in the 70s, the Baby Mourinho and all the week's best sportswriting

Plus, Dejan Lovren talks about how he became a refugee at just three years old.

# long-read - Monday 14 November, 2016

From The42 Ciaran Clark the unsung hero of Ireland’s famous win in Austria Analysis This post contains videos

Ciaran Clark the unsung hero of Ireland’s famous win in Austria

The Newcastle defender showed why Martin O’Neill has placed faith in him.

# long-read - Saturday 12 November, 2016

'Heat blankets, survival kits, hot-water bottles and layers upon layers of clothes'

Take a trip back to Siberia with Connacht in this excerpt of John Fallon’s new book ‘Connacht – The Team That Refused To Die’.

# long-read - Sunday 6 November, 2016

From The42 Easing football addiction with marijuana, profound effects of glory and the week's best sportswriting Good Reads

Easing football addiction with marijuana, profound effects of glory and the week's best sportswriting

The Chicago Cubs, homophobia in soccer and an interesting Ray Allen letter also feature this week.

# long-read - Saturday 22 October, 2016

'It was proper turmoil. Every day you'd walk in and think, 'What's next?''

It’s a little over 15 years since a glorious homegrown Leeds United reached the Champions League semi-finals and Stephen McPhail, who retired today, was a part of it.

# long-read - Sunday 11 September, 2016

From The42 'How running saved me from addiction' Interview This post contains videos

'How running saved me from addiction'

One of the world’s most renowned adventurers, Charlie Engle, on addiction, prison, Running the Sahara and meeting Matt Damon.

# long-read - Sunday 14 August, 2016

From The42 ‘About 20% of all medals should have been stripped’ - The dark history of the Olympic Games Interview

‘About 20% of all medals should have been stripped’ - The dark history of the Olympic Games

Author and journalist David Goldlatt chats to The42 about the troubled past of sport’s biggest event.

# long-read - Sunday 24 July, 2016

From The42 ‘It’s the greatest athlete the world has ever seen and he’s refusing to go to the Olympics’ Interview This post contains videos

‘It’s the greatest athlete the world has ever seen and he’s refusing to go to the Olympics’

Journalist Richard Askwith chats to The42 about his new book on the legendary Czechoslovak long-distance runner Emil Zatopek.

# long-read - Monday 11 July, 2016

'Not much of a f***ing ambush': An oral history of the 2010 heave against Enda Kenny Long Read This post contains videos

'Not much of a f***ing ambush': An oral history of the 2010 heave against Enda Kenny

As the Taoiseach comes under fire again, this is the inside story of that coup six years ago.

# long-read - Monday 13 June, 2016

From The42 Analysis: Paddy Jackson's performance the epitome of Ireland's defensive grit Resilience

Analysis: Paddy Jackson's performance the epitome of Ireland's defensive grit

Ireland’s first-ever win against the Boks on South African soil was built on their 14-man defence.

# long-read - Sunday 5 June, 2016

From The42 How are football and mathematics linked? Long Read

How are football and mathematics linked?

David Sumpter chats to The 42 about misguided football pundits, Leicester’s improbable success and Barcelona’s symmetrical beauty.

# long-read - Wednesday 13 April, 2016

Amazon's newest Kindle is promising a battery that will last for months

Although it’s likely the price will put many people off.

# long-read - Sunday 3 January, 2016

When fear and hatred of Irish Catholics set fire to an American city

What an explosive, forgotten 172-year-old chapter in Irish-American history can teach us about the world today.

# long-read - Friday 1 January, 2016

From The42 'I set out to be a journeyman pro on tour so I've overachieved by winning three Majors' Interview

'I set out to be a journeyman pro on tour so I've overachieved by winning three Majors'

He may be entering his 20th season on Tour but Pádraig Harrington has found a different motivation to keep him competitive in the game he loves.

# long-read - Thursday 12 November, 2015

From The42 From a South African farm to captaining Munster: The rise of CJ Stander Roots

From a South African farm to captaining Munster: The rise of CJ Stander

The 25-year-old was always a leader during his youth and his departure was a blow to South African rugby.

# long-read - Sunday 1 November, 2015

From The42 'I'll always be proud of winning the Uefa Cup with Southend' Long Read

'I'll always be proud of winning the Uefa Cup with Southend'

Iain Macintosh speaks to The42 about Football Manager, British vs foreign coaches and whether pre-Premier League football was unsophisticated.

# long-read - Sunday 4 October, 2015

From The42 An audience with the Sultan to Olympic hell: Rolling back the years with Adrian O'Dwyer Jump Around

An audience with the Sultan to Olympic hell: Rolling back the years with Adrian O'Dwyer

Adrian O’Dwyer was the rising star of Ireland’s 2004 Olympic squad. Then it all went wrong.

# long-read - Saturday 3 October, 2015

From The42 'I needed a psychologist' - Packie Bonner on coping with anxiety ahead of the 94 World Cup Long Read

'I needed a psychologist' - Packie Bonner on coping with anxiety ahead of the 94 World Cup

The legendary goalkeeper also chats to The42 about his distinguished career and his troubled relationship with Roy Keane.

# long-read - Sunday 27 September, 2015

From The42 ‘In football, the judgements are immediate and abusive, but they don’t know us’ Long Read

‘In football, the judgements are immediate and abusive, but they don’t know us’

Award-winning journalist and author Michael Calvin chats to us about his acclaimed new book on football management.

# long-read - Sunday 16 August, 2015

From The42 Mike Tyson wanted to know what this ‘white mother**ker’ was doing in his house Long Read

Mike Tyson wanted to know what this ‘white mother**ker’ was doing in his house

Brin-Jonathan Butler chats to The42 about his new book, meeting ‘Iron Mike’ and hooking up with Fidel Castro’s granddaughter.

# long-read - Sunday 21 June, 2015

Jim Crace interview: "I'm an un-tortured writer and that isn’t very sexy"

That hasn’t stopped the British writer from scooping one of the world’s top literary prizes.

# long-read - Saturday 30 May, 2015

From The42 'It's the first time in professional rugby I found it and I found it in Munster' Puma Power

'It's the first time in professional rugby I found it and I found it in Munster'

Munster hooker Eusebio Guiñazú tells The42 about feeling at home 11,000km from his native Mendoza.

# long-read - Monday 20 April, 2015

Over 30 years ago, John Hinckley shot President Reagan. Now, he's almost a free man.

This is how Hinckley spends his free days.

# long-read - Tuesday 31 March, 2015

From The42 Analysis: Did Poland play a significant part in Ireland’s 2nd half improvement? Long Read

Analysis: Did Poland play a significant part in Ireland’s 2nd half improvement?

Martin O’Neill’s men dominated the second half and ultimately scored a deserved equaliser.

# long-read - Wednesday 11 March, 2015

3 Must-Read Longreads: "Be there one day and the next, disappear"

Bookmark or get stuck in.

# long-read - Sunday 4 January, 2015

Sitdown Sunday: 7 deadly reads

The very best of the year’s writing from around the web.

# long-read - Wednesday 17 December, 2014

30 Days in September: An Oral History of the Bank Guarantee

What happened in the days and weeks leading up to the bank guarantee of 30 September 2008? TheJournal.ie presents an in-depth account from the people who were in the thick of it.

# long-read - Sunday 23 November, 2014

From The42 Blind footballers, Montreal Screwjobs and the rest of the week's best sportswriting Good Reads

Blind footballers, Montreal Screwjobs and the rest of the week's best sportswriting

There are also pieces on England’s most-capped player and a footballer turned teacher.

# long-read - Sunday 2 November, 2014

Why 2014 is the best year ever to be a teenage girl

Social media has put 13-year-old girls in a rare position of power, and they’re not afraid to use it.

# long-read - Sunday 20 July, 2014

'I saw fear in TDs’ eyes': An oral history of how Ireland legislated for X

One year on, TDs and Senators reflect on what it was like to be part of one of the most contentious political debates in decades.

# long-read - Saturday 5 July, 2014

From The42 Emma O'Reilly: 'Why I've forgiven Lance for calling me a prostitute and an alcoholic' Interview

Emma O'Reilly: 'Why I've forgiven Lance for calling me a prostitute and an alcoholic'

The Irish whistleblower speaks out on her turbulent relationship with the disgraced American cyclist.

# long-read - Wednesday 18 June, 2014

From The42 When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994 The Jersey Boys This post contains videos

When men became Giants: an oral history of Ireland 1-0 Italy, USA World Cup 1994

On the 20th anniversary of one of Irish football’s most famous days, we revisit the story with the people who made it happen.

# long-read - Saturday 14 June, 2014

From The42 Stephen Ferris: There were dark days when I thought 'Sh*t, I can't make this' The Long Goodbye This post contains videos

Stephen Ferris: There were dark days when I thought 'Sh*t, I can't make this'

The retired Ulster, Ireland and Lions flanker opens up about his all-too-short comeback from a debilitating ankle injury.

# long-read - Thursday 15 May, 2014

From The42 'I'd always looked at Leinster as being the role model' - Gregor Townsend Philosophy

'I'd always looked at Leinster as being the role model' - Gregor Townsend

The Glasgow Warriors coach tells TheScore.ie about his coaching journey ahead of his side’s clash with Munster.

# long-read - Monday 14 April, 2014

From The42 'He's almost got eyes on the back of his head' - Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level Interview

'He's almost got eyes on the back of his head' - Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level

The Ulster wing has hit the 30 mark, but insists there is always scope for improvement amidst the competition out wide.

# long-read - Friday 4 April, 2014

From The42 'Super-human' Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons Long Read This post contains videos

'Super-human' Ruan Pienaar targets second Heineken Cup final in three seasons

Former Ulster teammate Adam D’Arcy caught up with the South African ahead of this weekend’s Heineken Cup clash with Saracens.

# long-read - Sunday 30 March, 2014

From The42 A deadly own goal, doping at the World Cup and choke tackles; the week's best sportswriting Good Reads

A deadly own goal, doping at the World Cup and choke tackles; the week's best sportswriting

There are also pieces on Six Nations ball carrying stats, El Clásico and the kind-hearted Hartlepool manager.

# long-read - Thursday 6 March, 2014

From The42 Foley: 'If you don't have the core skills, there's no point in having an overall philosophy' Interview

Foley: 'If you don't have the core skills, there's no point in having an overall philosophy'

The Munster head coach-to-be discusses his coaching beliefs and the challenges that await.

# long-read - Sunday 2 March, 2014

The tale of Jean-Pierre Adams and disproving your own beliefs; this week’s best sportswriting

This week’s most enjoyable reads include an examination of the state of UFC and Jonathan Wilson’s Sunderland-based concerns.

# long-read - Sunday 2 February, 2014

From The42 To those who would call me a thug or worse: Some of the week's best sportswriting Looking Back

To those who would call me a thug or worse: Some of the week's best sportswriting

Grab a coffee, relax and enjoy the best sports journalism on the web.