Sky News presenter Adam Boulton is the latest British public figure to raise Irish hackles over Brexit, this time with a sharp but perfectly civil interview with Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney. When Boulton told his Irish critics on Twitter to get over themselves, the outrage multiplied. No comment over the past few weeks has provoked more indignation, however, than Labour MP Kate Hoey’s assertion that if there is to be a hard border Ireland will have to pay for it. The pro-Brexit campaigner was compared with Donald Trump, and lampooned in newspaper columns and cartoons. When we met in her office at Westminster last week, hours before British prime minister Theresa May
Christmas is a time for eating your own weight in Turkey, bingeing out on boxsets and Selection Boxes, and spending the entire GDP of a small country on useless tat and unwanted gifts. You’d be surprised, but there are actually people out there who think Christmas is about more than just gorging on goodies and flashing the cash. For these crazy folk, helping others in need and giving back to the community is the true spirit of Christmas, and so every year they give up their time and effort to make sure other people can share in the joys of the season. The Secret of Christmas follows a diverse group of volunteers as they set out to bring some Christmas cheer to people who are sick, bereaved, lonely or living in poverty - whether it’s staging a Nativity play, putting on a Christmas concert, singing carols in nursing homes or hosting parties for sick children.
Not quite déjà vu all over again - Fionnuala McCormack this time not so much run off the European Cross Country medal podium by the still conspicuous presence of African runners, but rather never getting near it. Unlike the last three years, when McCormack battled it out with the leaders only to be run out of the medals in the end, she found herself distanced early on: the flat, fast course in the Slovak town of Šamorín didn’t look entirely to her liking, and she finished up in 12th place. Victory once again went to the Kenyan-born Yasemin Can, only cleared to run for Turkey last year, who became just the second woman to win back-to-back European Cross Country titles, McCormack being the first to achieve that feat in 2011-2012.
Liverpool fans can't believe what they're seeing. Liverpool toiled and toiled and, eventually, the quality of Egyptian star Mohamed Salah was too much as he scored a brilliant opening goal in the Merseyside derby at Anfield. To say the love for the 25-year-old is strong is a hell of an understatement. While this, from last week, pretty much sums Salah up. While you're here, check out the latest episode of #SportsJOElive where we had big wave surfers Peter Conroy and Gearoid Mcdaid alongside Dublin Ladies football stars Sinead Aherne and Sinead Finnegan on the couch!
Noel Gallagher showed no fear in his role of guest this Super Sunday as he watched his beloved Manchester City claim victory over Manchester United this afternoon at Old Trafford. Gallagher joined Gary Neville and Graeme Souness for coverage of the game - during which he took no mercy on his fellow presenter. Gallagher: "It's great to be sat next to a football legend [turns to Graeme Souness] - and Gary Neville." However, the slagging didn't last long, as Gallagher went on to commend both United fans and Neville himself. "It's payback time - Gary [Neville] has lauded it up at ours many times down the years. It's a pleasure to be sat beside him. Respect to the United fans who clapped Pep Guardiola
The 229th meeting between these sides was combative rather than a classic as the Toffees delivered the kind of disciplined showing expected of a side managed by Sam Allardyce. Although Liverpool dominated the possession and the bulk of the chances at Anfield, the decision of Klopp to leave out Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino was on the lips of frustrated Liverpool supporters as they trudged out of Anfield. Klopp has only selected the same team for consecutive games once this season - for Liverpool’s first two matches of the campaign, against Watford and Hoffenheim. Nevertheless, the German’s decision to make six changes from the side which thrashed Spartak Moscow 7-0 raised eyebrows. Was
Harlequins’ hopes of progression in the Champions Cup were virtually extinguished as they crashed to a third-consecutive defeat in Europe, a 17-5 loss at home to Ulster. It was the first time since the 2009-10 season that Quins had lost three European games on the bounce and this defeat leaves them rooted to the bottom of Pool 1 with just a single point and trailing 14 points behind runaway leaders La Rochelle. It was a miserable afternoon for Quins as their injury-ravaged squad lost Chris Robshaw and Danny Care to failed head assessments and could only manage a single try from Kyle Sinckler. Ulster were deserved winners with Jacob Stockdale scoring their try, while John Cooney added four penalties to pick up the man of the match award.