Other Writing

Interview with Dara Ó Cinnéide about his new series

I really enjoyed my chat with Dara Ó Cinnéide for his new series Na Goirt Órga (The Fields of Gold) is being broadcast on TG4. It is about sports stadiums all around the world and what they mean. You can read about it here. 

Me versus Qatar, ethics be damned

A column in the Irish Examiner about the possible takeover of Manchester United by Qatar.  Also a magical night in Anfield and a history book by Siobhán Doyle. You can read it here. 

Gratitude, pleasure and joy – A peach of a week

I wrote a column for the Irish Examiner about the joy of sport. From the Irish rugby team to Cork v Galway hurling in Pearce Stadium. The Sigerson Final, the children on the pitch in Salthill, a lot to be thankful for. You can read it here. 

The Enduring Beauty of Roger Federer

I wrote a piece marking the retirement of Roger Federer for The Irish Examiner. Also shorts about World Cup 2022 in Qatar and Dave Hannigan’s new book about Muhammad Ali. You can read it here.  

Mo Laethanta Saoire, The Irish Examiner

My piece: ‘Mo Laethanta Saoire: vital life lessons from Ballybunion’s surf, amusements and Bunyan’s shop’ was published in the Irish Examiner. You can read it here.  Some photos here.  

Extracts from The Game Published Elsewhere

Thanks to all those publications who published extracts to The Game. You can read them all below: From the essay ‘Kisses’ in The Irish Times Magazine.  From the essay ‘Ekstasis’ in The42.ie and The Journal. From the essay ‘Dark Passions’ (updated) in The Sunday Independent. From the essay ‘Initiations – Longing to Belong’ in The Irish Examiner. From the essay ‘A Place Beyond Words’ on the RTÉ website. 

Article on legendary sportswriter Brendan Mooney

It was a privilege to write about the laying to rest of the eminent sportswriter Brendan Mooney for the Irish Examiner. It was a humbling event, lit up with love. You can read it here.    Photo of Sonia O’Sullivan with Ann Mooney at the funeral of her husband and former ‘Irish Examiner’ sports reporter Brendan Mooney at St Patrick’s Church, Rochestown. Picture: Michael Mac Sweeney