Other Writing

A blend of then and now in the new Páirc Uí Chaoimh

January 2020. A piece on the opening of the new pitch at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and the first time the great Cork women’s football team played there, in a double header with the men. I went along and wrote about if for the Irish Examiner. Click here to read.

My Sporting Highlight of the Year

December, 2019. A piece about my sporting highlight of the year, Seamus Callinan’s wonder goal in the All-Ireland semi-final against Wexford, showing that sport can be a wonderful thing. Published in the Irish Examiner alongside several other sports writers’ recollections. Read it here.

Let’s twist again like we did last summer

October 2019, a column for the Irish Examiner on a few sporting issues relating to expectations of winning in sport (especially for Irish rugby fans), cheating, new Cork bainisteoirí and Thomas Page McBee. Column online here.

Five Moments in Sport

My essay ‘Five Moments in Sport’ was published by The Stinging Fly magazine. Writing in the issue by David Means, Anne Carson, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Ian Maleney, Martina Evans, John Kelly and many other wonderful writers. Purchase options here: https://stingingfly.org/product/summer-2019/ Read the essay online here.

Charleville: A town on tenterhooks

February, 2019. A colour piece about the town of Charleville, whose hurling team was due to play in the All-Ireland final the following Sunday. I went down there and talked to a few people. Published in the Irish Examiner. Piece online here.

A Poem for Con Murphy

January 2019. A poem for my old friend and physician, Dr. Con Murphy, a great man and a great Cork GAA man. You don’t see many poems on the sports pages but The Irish Examiner were good enough to publish it. Photo of the poem here.

Peter The Great: Beyond Perfect and into Myth

Peter The Great: Beyond Perfect and into Myth. Piece in The Irish Examiner about Peter O’Mahony’s impossible performance against New Zealand in a rugby test match. Ireland beat the All Blacks for the first time ever on Irish soil and the win could not have been possible were it not for O’Mahony’s Homeric deeds. Click here to read.

Fertile Retelling of Homer’s Epic Poems is Revived

Joint Review of The Silence of The Girls by Pat Barker and Country by Michael Hughes in The Irish Examiner. Both these books are retellings of Homer’s epic poem, The Iliad and both are very successful in different ways. Click here to read.

We were all enriched and renewed from the experience

Piece in The Irish Examiner about the late Liam Miller tribute match, played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh between veteran Manchester United and Glasgow Celtic teams, in support of his family and some charities. A moving day, a wonderful communal day. Click here to read.