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Do League Of Ireland Fans Have A Right To Feel Aggrieved At The Timing Of Sean Maguire’s Ireland Call-Up?

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Martin O’Neill caught many on the hop on Monday afternoon by naming Preston North End striker Sean Maguire in his latest Ireland squad. It wasn’t that the 23-year-old didn’t deserve it – the opposite was true in fact as Maguire has been lethal all season – but the timing seemed a bit off for those following the narrative of this …

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Eddie Jones Faces Candidate Shortage Should He Decide On New England Captain

When England head coach Eddie Jones took over from Stuart Lancaster following the 2015 Rugby World Cup and named Dylan Hartley as captain, more than a few eyebrows were raised. Given the Northampton Saints hooker’s disciplinary record, which amounted to over a year’s worth of suspensions, he was certainly a surprise choice for the prestigious role. Fast forward to March …

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Cork’s Hurling Revolution Has Not Been An Overnight Success

All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Qualifiers Round 1, Pairc Ui Rinn, Cork 2/7/2016 Cork vs Dublin Cork team huddle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

It was July 27, 2015 and, mere hours earlier, Cork had been knocked out of the All-Ireland Hurling Championship after losing to Galway in Thurles. The Rebels had been blown away in a 2-28 to 0-22 drubbing, conceding a first minute goal in a match where they never looked like winning. While a truly awesome display on the field from …

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