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Thursday 30 March 2023 Dublin: 15°C

# Off The Ball

This week
26th March 2023 - 30th March 2023
# response
Harrington issues statement after refusing to answer questions during Off The Ball interview
The Olympic champion has issued a statement this evening.
# response
Harrington issues statement after refusing to answer questions during Off The Ball interview
The Olympic champion has issued a statement this evening.
Last year
# effort
'It's something I've been working on; off-the-ball work, the reading of a game'
Munster and Ireland wing Andrew Conway’s work-rate off the ball is exemplary.
All time
# peacemakers
GPA to go down diplomatic route to get Championship change
Players body chief executive firmly believes a championship restructure can be successfully implemented at next year’s Congress vote.
# Succession
Brian Kerr backs incoming boss Kenny to succeed in 'hardest job in sport in Ireland'
‘He is ready for the task,’ the ex-Ireland manager said, reacting to the news.
# Influence
'We lost 2-0 and Roy had a pop off the players. I took a bit off him. But I was thinking: this is what I want'
David Meyler on being the son of an All-Ireland winner, life after football and signing for his hero.
# rapid decline
'The whole game is completely dismantled' - Ex-boss on Ireland Women's rugby crisis
Philip Doyle delivered a passionate argument for change on Off The Ball this evening.
# Hitting back
'No logic to his point' - Gaoth Dobhair star McGee addresses Brady's 'piss up' tweet
The former Mayo footballer’s opinion was a rather unpopular one on Saturday night.
# Skippers
'Johnny is an antagonistic person' - BOD on Sexton's 'confrontational' captaincy style
O’Driscoll believes it can sometimes have a ‘negative knock-on connotation’ for the team as a whole.
# Pain Game
'A difene and a couple of co-codamol': O'Driscoll opens up on painkiller use in rugby
‘It almost became like habit where it gave me a fighting chance if I wasn’t feeling 100%.’
# murder on kilbane's floor
'I've never used decks before' - How Kilbane ended up DJing as support to Groove Armada
In the first episode of a four-part series, the ex-Ireland and Premier League footballer goes chasing a lifelong dream.
# Off The Ball
Chelsea defender labels yellow card he earned after receiving headbutt 'a joke'
Antonio Rudiger tangled with Everton playmaker Bernard at Stamford Bridge, with both men handed bookings.
# No Go
Soccer-focused Jim McGuinness says he's not interested in Mayo job
The Westerners’ former boss James Horan has also had his say.
# Off The Ball
Wallabies unhappy about broken Genia arm but Schmidt positive on Irish injuries
Andrew Conway, Dan Leavy and Cian Healy all went off injured for Ireland.
# second captains
Irish sports podcasts are talking about consent and it's long overdue
Second Captains decided to tackle the difficult case in their show and it was well worth listening to.
# Still hungry
'I'm still young enough to fight, I'm still fit enough and I still believe I'm good enough to win a world title'
Andy Lee still has a strong ambition to be a world champion once again.
# Statement of Intent
Heavy hitter: Andy Lee confirmed as new member of the Off The Ball team
The 33-year-old has been a long-time contributor.
# not a fan
'Fabregas was a total arse on the pitch' - Kilbane
Speaking on Off The Ball tonight, the former Ireland midfielder recalled a story about facing the Spaniard.
# Comment
Donegal's Ryan McHugh responds to heavy criticism of low-scoring county final
Kilcar won their first senior title since 1993 recently.
# innocuous
Fifa investigating Robbie Brady's alleged 'headbutt' on Wales captain Ashley Williams
The Ireland wide man was involved in an incident during last night’s qualifier and could potentially miss the play-off if found guilty.
# hello philip
'Worship is too strong a word': Phil Neville pays tribute to former skipper Roy Keane on Off The Ball
‘You had this thing in your mind: ‘what would Roy say now?’
'Childish' and 'self-indulgent' - Davy Fitz criticised for Nowlan Park pitch incident
The Wexford boss hit the headlines in Sunday’s match against Tipperary.
# Off The Ball
Analysis: Munster and Leinster show exciting intent on kick return attack
Jack Conan scored a try on kick return against Wasps, while Munster created pressure for Toulouse.
# opening up
'I was feeling terrible and losing weight': Down's Marty Clarke on forced retirement and 'difficult few weeks'
The 29-year-old suffers from a rare medical condition called Addison’s Disease.
# Corrupt
OCI presidency candidate claims 'five or six' sports federations have colluded ahead of vote
Bernard O’Byrne has attacked the lack of transparency and openness before tomorrow’s ballot.
# carpe diem
The face of Sky Sports' darts coverage opens up about battle with Parkinson's disease
Dave Clark was on Newstalk’s Off The Ball last night.
# Tune in
Newstalk question RTÉ's use of state funding to win exclusive GAA radio rights
The new deal which lasts until 2022 sees Newstalk lose out.
# Controversy
Cathal McCarron was grilled in a tense interview on Off the Ball tonight
The Tyrone Gaelic footballer was asked about his relationship with an underage girl he met on Tinder.
# variety
Analysis: Connacht's attack fires with off-the-ball work rate
Pat Lam’s men have won two in a row in the Guinness Pro12.
# Rookie of the Year
Lance Armstrong spoke to Off The Ball tonight, and it was superbly tense radio
Disgraced Tour de France champion will appear in Dublin later this month.
# Radiohead
Off The Ball's 5-a-side team just got a lot better as Kevin Kilbane joins staff
The former Ireland defender has built a strong reputation as a pundit.
# Proud Paddy
'This might be my one and only chance' - Harrington ready to answer Ireland's call in Rio
As it stands, Harrington and Seamus Power will be Ireland’s representatives at the Olympics.
# Euro 2016
Off The Ball's Joe Molloy will host a TV3 show that covers the 'lighter side' of Euro 2016
Kirsteen O’Sullivan will co-present.
# Claim
Minister for Sport on MMA tragedy: 'I saw this coming'
Michael Ring says he has had “grave concerns” about the sport for a long time.
# the lions den
The story of BOD beating up Austin Healey on a Lions trip the highlight of OTB's roadshow
What happens on tour, stays on tour…until now.
# Sledging
Cork camogie captain on sledging in GAA and being taunted about her depression battle
The Milford star says she was taunted about her depression.
# Feel Good Factor
'We had to take the baton on and carry it forward after Ireland's Rugby World Cup disappointment'
Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has been speaking on Off The Ball this evening.
# clash of the ash
The names are in - here are the Bord Gáis Energy Team of the Year nominees
All-Ireland U-21 hurling champs Limerick unsurprisingly have the most nominations.
# Deep cut
'It's a pretty serious cut': Andy Lee speaks about postponed Saunders fight
Saunders required 10 stitches above his right eye.
# Off The Ball
Philly McMahon was a lucky man after headbutting Aidan O'Shea
The Dublin back wasn’t punished after the incident early in the second half.