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Aikido? What Price is a Pint in there?!


In the heart of Dublin city’s social life lies a club that offers a different kind of lock-in; the Whitefriar St Aikido club in Cuffe St. Brendan Dowling runs the club and he explained it was founded 25 years ago, shortly after he started practising Aikido. The club had its home on Baggott St until May of this year when …

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The PA Sporting Week: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not

Luis Suarez

In the first of a new series, James Clancy discusses those that have enjoyed positive weeks and those who have endured negative weeks. WHO’S HOT… Luis Suarez: Okay, okay, this is an obvious one. This weekend the Uruguayan set a record of scoring 19 goals at this stage (17 games played) of the season. This is despite having been suspended …

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Barry Hearn and Globalisation in Snooker


Tina McCarthy talks about Barry Hearn’s grip on snooker and how it is influencing the globalisation of the sport. Snooker is an immensely entertaining sport, which has a very loyal fan-base and rapidly growing international following. Snooker is something special.  It demands of its players something that most other one-on-one sports do not – it forces one man to sit …

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Wrestling Weekly


Ken Kidney is back with a round-up of all the week’s grappling gossip in Wrestling Weekly. A lot of speculation has circulated this week as to whether or not Hulk Hogan will be a part of Wrestlemania 30 or resign with TNA Wrestling. Rumours had circulated that “The Hulksters” return to WWE was imminent. Reports suggested he had even made …

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Is snooker making a scapegoat of Stephen Lee?

Stephen Lee

Brian Barry questions the varying degrees of treatment experienced by John Higgins and Stephen Lee, despite both being guilty of match-fixing. Snooker was rocked last week when Stephen Lee, formerly ranked number five in the world, was banned for 12 years on seven counts of match-fixing, including a game in the 2007 World Championship. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn was …

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Where is Rory McIlroy?

Rory McIlroy at Augusta in 2013.

The Grateful Golfer examines the recent downturn in Rory McIlroy’s fortunes on the fairways. Rory McIlroy is a fantastic player!  He has all the tools to be one of the worlds best for years to come. However, this year is not living up to expectations.  With only one second place finish, it is a far cry from the 4 wins, …

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A Whole Different Ball Game


Brian Barry experiences American Football as an outsider looking in, and shares his account of Montana Grizzlies’ season opener. Washington-Grizzly Stadium, home to the Montana Grizzlies, is the centre-piece of Missoula, a small city in the west of Montana. It seats 27,000 people, and considering that the population of the city is just under 70,000, it is fair to say …

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Catching up with Derval O’ Rourke

Derval O' Rourke

Richard Barrett recently caught up with Irish superstar Derval O’ Rourke to gain an insight into the life of an elite athlete. Derval O’ Rourke is one of Ireland’s greatest athletes and has been through it all. From winning gold at the World Indoor Games in 2006, to setting Irish records, dealing with funding cuts and preparing for a wedding …

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Wrestling Weekly


Ken Kidney returns with a round up of the wrestling news from the past seven days, including a preview of the 26th annual Summerslam event in Wrestling Weekly. In an update from last week, Dublins own Sheamus underwent successful surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. The Celtic warrior is already said to have begun rehab and …

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