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  • What does ‘Brexit nightmare’ mean for Ireland?

    So the nightmare has actually happened. With the decision of the UK to leave the European Union, Ireland now faces a series of consequences - and hard choices - in the short, medium and long term. Firstly, it is clear that Britain and Europe both face a period of economic and political turmoil, and that Ireland will be deeply affected by this. It is hard to see how the ultimate effects will be anything other than overwhelmingly negative. Of course, Border controls will not go up immediately. Trade won’t stop overnight. But this morning’s reactions in the markets are a harbinger of things to come. Some difficult changes are on the way. For Enda Kenny’s administration, however long it remains,

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  • Leicester’s Jamie Vardy disregards promise to England

    The English Football Association has been left unimpressed by the news Jamie Vardy has agreed a new four-year contract at Leicester City five days after the striker stated publicly his focus would remain solely on England during Euro 2016. The Premier League champions announced on Thursday that Vardy, whose 24 goals were key to Claudio Ranieri’s side claiming the title last season, had opted to stay despite Arsenal having triggered the £22m (€29m) release clause in his contract at the start of the month. The London club held discussions with Vardy before the national side’s departure for France but, in the period of silence which followed, Arsène Wenger had resigned himself to the forward being unlikely to join Arsenal.

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  • Clinton and Trump draw battle lines with hard-hitting speeches

    Billionaire Donald Trump unleashed an excoriating verbal attack on presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton yesterday calling her a “world-class liar” who “may be the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the United States”. Framing Mrs Clinton’s message as “old and tired” and her candidacy as a product of a rigged system and Washington’s machine, Mr Trump used one of the first scripted speeches of the general election campaign to present himself as the outsider alternative to his rival. Speaking from one of his properties in New York, the apparent Republican presidential nominee described Mrs Clinton’s statements on her use of a personal email address and private server while serving as US president Barack Obama’s first secretary of state as “pathetic”. Mr Trump then took aim at the Clinton Foundation, her family’s charitable foundation, over the tens of millions of dollars it has accepted in donations from foreign governments and the corporate world while she was secretary of state.

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  • Tactical analysis: Ireland have to target France’s suspect defence from the flanks

    Whisper it quietly, Republic of Ireland can indeed knock France out of Euro 2016 on Sunday, writes Peter McNamara. Huddle in, let me explain. Have you watched Didier Deschamps’ team in this tournament? You saw their group-stage opener following on from the opening ceremony? You saw bits and pieces? And you saw all three games they played? Fair enough. Have you really watched them from a tactical perspective removed from the glitz and glamour of the fact Les Bleus are hosting the tournament, though? If you have you will have noticed a pretty salient feature of their make-up which Martin O’Neill can utilise to Ireland’s advantage. France are an accident waiting to happen defensively. That, admittedly,

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  • O'Halloran Set For First Ireland Start

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  • Aslan to rock Thomond Park's Plaza Marquee   - What's on

    MUCH loved Irish rockers Aslan will play in the Plaza Marquee at Thomond Park this Saturday night. The gig, presented by Thomond Park Stadium in association with Linden Productions, will take place in the newly established venue in the plaza area outside the Dug Out bar, located in the stadium. Tickets from €25 are available from Ticketmaster or Thomond Park.  30 year veterans of the Irish music scene, Aslan have toured the world with albums reaching multi-platinum status, while their live shows are legendary, particularly those in Dolan’s Warehouse in the late 90s and early 00s, which have gained legendary status. Frontman Christy Dignam has battled cancer in recent years but thrives on gigging

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  • COYBIG: Did you land free Hailo credit this morning?

    Never one to miss a trick, transport app Hailo has hopped on the back of the Euro 2016 bandwagon with a tranche of free credit for Irish users. Are you one of the lucky recipients? Is your name Robbie Brady, Robert, Rob, Robbie or Brady? If so, check your Hailo account, as the company just got a bit generous. To celebrate last night’s (22 June) Republic of Ireland victory over Italy – which sent the Irish team into the knockout rounds of Euro 2016 – Hailo’s response is emphatic. Everybody who shares their name with the goalscorer, or even part of their name, is receiving €5 credit. I reckon there are quite a lot of Roberts out there, and the surname Brady is hardly rare, so this is quite the

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  • Another Euro 2016 fixtures clash

    Another Euro 2016 fixtures clash23 June 2016 There's another potential conflict of interests as two more of this weekend's championship matches are colliding directly with Northern Ireland's last-sixteen tie. Michael O'Neill's charges do battle with Wales at the Parc des Princes in Paris at 5pm on Saturday, seeking to seal an unlikely place in the quarter-finals. The game starts at the same time as the Round 1B SF Qualifier between Fermanagh and Wexford at Wexford Park and the replayed Christy Ring Cup decider between Antrim and Meath at Croke Park. Given Northern Ireland's strong ties with both northern counties involved and the precendent that has been set by Leinster Council in switching the

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  • What it says in the papers

    All the Irish papers lead with a front page picture of players and fans celebrating the Republic of Ireland's victory last night The Irish Times leads with a front page picture of Robbie Brady and James McClean celebrating on the pitch. – Frank McNally writes that Ireland manager Martin O’Neill’s sweeping changes to the team rewarded him with a performance of great courage and skill. – British voters are to go to the polls today to vote whether they want to keep their EU membership. Two polls last night put Remain ahead. – Gardaí are examining the use of funds at the suicide charity Console and concerns over financial management. – Thousands attended the memorial service of the murdered Labour q
  • Northern Ireland Euro '16 heroes' GAA pedigree

    Northern Ireland Euro '16 heroes' GAA pedigree23 June 2016 Northern Ireland's Michael McGovern and Niall McGinn Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern and winger Niall McGinn have strong GAA roots. Enniskillen man McGovern's magnificent display against Germany on Tuesday - when he pulled off a string of remarkable saves and restricted the World Cup winners to just a single goal - was instrumental in seeing Northern Ireland through to the last sixteen at Euro 2016. According to The Irish News, McGovern captained the victorious St Michael's College Corn na nOg team at Casement Park in 1999 and also togged out at underage level with Coa O'Dwyers, mostly at midfield or centre forward. Aberdeen

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  • Robbie Brady’s late, late show sets up clash with hosts France

    The Republic of Ireland will play tournament hosts France in the next round of Euro 2016 after another famous 1-0 victory over Italy, this time on an emotional night in Lille. Twenty-two years after Ray Houghton proved the hero against Italy in the World Cup game in Giant’s Stadium, New Jersey, it was the turn of Robbie Brady to write his name into sporting history last night. But Brady was only of many Irish heroes in the game, including manager Martin O’Neill, who made sweeping changes to the team that lost to Belgium and was rewarded with a performance of great courage and skill. The victory leads on to Lyon where the Republic will play France next Sunday, kicking off at 2pm. The end of the

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  • Poll: what do you think of moving GAA games to suit Euro 2016?

    Poll: what do you think of moving GAA games to suit Euro 2016?23 June 2016 Ireland players celebrate at the final whistle against Italy at Euro 2016 ©INPHO/Donall Farmer Leinster Council have deferred the throw in times of Sunday's provincial football semi-finals so fans can watch Ireland's Euro 2016 game against France.  The move has received widespread praise but there have been a few dissenting voices. What's your take on the decision?

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  • Late Republic of Ireland goal sends Turkey crashing out

    TURKEY CRASHED OUT out of Euro 2016 after Republic of Ireland’s dramatic 1-0 victory over Italy on Wednesday. Fatih Terim’s men were on the brink of qualifying for the last 16 without playing, but Robbie Brady’s goal with five minutes remaining in Lille saw them exit the tournament in heart-breaking fashion. Turkey had sealed third place in Group D when they defeated Czech Republic 2-0 in Lens on Tuesday and looked to be in with a strong chance of qualifying at the start of their nervous wait to see if other results went their way. They would have gone through had Hungary beaten Portugal in Group F, but Fernando Santos’ men secured a 3-3 draw after coming from behind on three occasions. Turkey

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  • Jamie Vardy turns down Arsenal to sign a contract extension with Leicester City

    A new contract from Leicester proved enough for Vardy to turn down Arsenal. LEICESTER CITY HAVE secured the long-term future of striker Jamie Vardy to end any speculation of the England striker leaving the King Power Stadium. A statement from Leicester’s official website says: Leicester City have today agreed with the representatives of Jamie Vardy to extend the England international’s contract with the Premier League champions for a further four years. “Both parties hope that this announcement will end recent speculation regarding Jamie’s future and confirm his long-term commitment to Leicester City Football Club.” “Jamie will continue to focus all of his efforts on trying to achieve success

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  • Ireland v France on the big screen at Croke Park

    Ireland v France on the big screen at Croke Park23 June 2016 A view of Croke Park ahead of the Dublin and Monaghan FL clash. Patrons at Sunday's Leinster SFC semi-final double-header in Croke Park will be able to watch the second half of the Republic of Ireland v France on the big screen. The gates in Croke Park will open at 2.45pm on Sunday, 45 minutes after the soccer game kicks off, and the big screens in the stadium will show the Euro 2016 game live. To accomodate fans of soccer and gaelic football, Leinster Council had already agreed to switch the throw-in times for Westmeath v Kildare and Dublin v Meath from 2pm and 4pm respectively to 4:15 and 6:35. With the Euro 2016 last-sixteen clash

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  • O'Rourke expects close game, calls for improvement

    O'Rourke expects close game, calls for improvement23 June 2016 Monaghan manager Malachy O'Rourke. by John P Graham Malachy O'Rourke expects Monaghan's Ulster SFC semi-final clash with Donegal to be close and admits his charges will have to start better than they did against Down. The defending Ulster champions blitzed the Mourne County in the second half but made a lethargic start at Clones on June 5th; a repeat of that at Breffni Park on Saturday would see them surrender the Anglo-Celt Cup, according to their manager: "Monaghan and Donegal is now a very familiar pairing and there is not much that we don’t know about each other, but it’s a very healthy rivalry and there has generally been very

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  • Gallagher wary of McManus

    Gallagher wary of McManus23 June 2016 Monaghan Conor McManus celebrates victory over Donegal in the 2015 Ulster SFC Final. Donegal manager Rory Gallagher rates Monaghan's All Star attacker Conor McManus "in the top one per cent". When the two sides meet in Saturday night's Ulster SFC semi-final at Clones, Clontibret ace McManus is the man who'll carry the biggest threat to the Tir Chonail defence: “He is right up there in the top one per cent of forwards in the country," Gallagher admits in The Irish News. “There is no doubt about that and he is clearly a marquee forward and has delivered consistently on big occasions. “His free-taking is top drawer and is a huge threat and in a low-scoring game

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  • Flynn - "it's one of those great rivalries"

    Flynn - "it's one of those great rivalries"23 June 2016 Dublin's Paul Flynn and Michael Newman of Meath Paul Flynn knows only too well that Dublin V Meath games can take on a life of their own. The Dubs go into this Sunday's Leinster semi-final as red-hot favourites and the formbook points resoundingly towards a win for the holders, but Flynn points out that football's most enduring rivalry deserves to be respected: "I grew up watching Meath beat Dublin a lot of the time. It kind of ebbs and flows, it's one of those kind of really great rivalries," he is quoted in The Irish Independent. "I think the last three times we played them we've come out on top but at the same time you treat each one

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  • Leinster U21 HC: fantastic Faithfuls final-bound after crushing Carlow

    Leinster U21 HC: fantastic Faithfuls final-bound after crushing Carlow23 June 2016 Carlow's Paraic Coughlan with Darragh Wyer of Offaly Offaly will meet Dublin in this year’s Leinster U21 hurling final – they whipped Carlow by 5-16 to 1-13 at Dr Cullen Park tonight. Seeking their first title at this level since 2000, the winners are through to the provincail decider for the first time since 2008 and – on the evidence of tonight’s powerful display against decidedly dangerous opposition – will put it up to the Dubs in Tullamore on July 6th. At the end of a helter-skelter opening period during which both teams attacked freely, the Faithful County – who accounted for Kildare four weeks ago - led

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  • Feile Peil na nOg excitement across Limerick - Sport

    TWENTY teams across Limerick take part in the Féile Peile na nÓg this weekend. The 2016 U-14 club football tournament is being hosted by Kerry, with a little help from Limerick and Cork. Across Limerick 11 boys teams and eight ladies football teams will be host clubs to teams from across Ireland. Indeed Fr Caseys will host a club from London, while Athea will host Warwickshire. Group games will take place on Friday and Saturday with semi finals and finals on Sunday. Between 10am and 12noon on Saturday all host clubs will have games in their local club grounds. The host clubs in the boys section are Fr Caseys, Newcastle West, Athea, St Senans, Dromcollogher-Broadford, Croom, Askeaton-Ballysteen,

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