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Former OCI president Pat Hickey and boxer Michael Conlon

Johnny Watterson, in The Irish Times, reports:

An official Rio Olympics report from Irish boxing team manager Joe Hennigan claims that Irish management were informed during the boxing competition that fights at the games had been fixed.

It further claims that the medal hopes of one of our brightest prospects, Michael Conlan, were “gone” before he stepped into the ring.

The alarming claims were made in a three-page report, verified as authentic and seen by The Irish Times.

Hennigan, who was subsequently voted in as vice-president of the Irish Athletic Boxing Association in 2017, was given the information regarding fixing a day before Conlan was due to fight Russian opponent Vladmir Nikitin on August 16th. At the time Conlon was the World Amateur Bantamweight champion.

…Having been told the bout was already fixed, Hennigan describes his efforts to locate the then Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) president Pat Hickey in order to inform him and try to protect the interests of the Irish boxers.

[Hennigan in his report wrote] “…we tried on numerous occasions to see Pat Hickey to get him to intervene he was never available . . . I finally got to speak to him at an event the following day and explained the problem to him.”

…The OCI said they were unaware of any allegations of match-fixing and had not seen the boxing team manager’s report.

The OCI is not aware of this report and yes would welcome a copy,” said a spokesperson. “The allegations of bout-fixing you refer to from the report are shocking.”

Former OCI president Pat Hickey could not be reached for comment.

Rio report claims Michael Conlan’s 2016 Olympic fight was fixed (Johnny Watterson, The Irish Times)

For the weekend that’s in it.

Ireland Vs Scotland.

Lansdowne Road, Saturday, February 19, 2000.

Ireland took to the pitch with a quintet of debutants, among them, Ronan O’Gara and Peter Stringer (airborne above), hoping to break a 12-year-long record of defeats.

The victory would usher in a golden era for Irish rugby.

Gerry Thornely, in the following Monday’s Irish Times, wrote:

And with one bound, Ireland were free. Just like that. It’s amazing what a bit of pace and variation, a bit of old-fashioned aggression and a little of confidence and luck can bring. But what a day, what a metamorphosis.

It was scarcely credible really. The sun shone for once gloriously on this normally overcast fixture, Lansdowne Road rediscovered its spirit and even the singing was good.

Any excuse

Ireland v Scotland: 10 Things You Really Should Know (Irish Times, February 21, 2000)

Pic: Getty


This afternoon.

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Scotland rugby fans , from left, Dave Cockburn, Fran Costello, Stevie Douglas all from Edinburgh about to be horrifically overcharged for liquor.


To mark International Women’s Day.

And ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and the Netherlands.

The Irish Senior Women’s National team players read mean tweets.

Colm Hanly writes:

The perception of women’s football is often derided, with numerous mean tweets and blatantly sexist comments online.

Released in line with International Women’s Day, the latest #TheCallUp video from Three focuses on dispelling the myths around women’s football.

Featuring Bordeaux’s Niamh Fahey, Sophie Perry (Brighton Hove & Albion), Amber Barrett (Peamount Utd) and Claire O’Riordan (Wexford Youths) the Irish Senior Women’s National team players review and contest some of the ridiculous mean tweets on women’s football such as “Watching Women’s football and even my fish has gone to sleep”…

Ah here.

Any excuse


Derryveagh Mountains, County Donegal

Climber Iain Miller writes:

Shot the day after [Storm] Emma left Donegal, this is an 80m high ice cascade with a near vertical section at about 40m.

Ice climbing in Donegal is such a rare sport with 2010 being the last winter that weather stayed cold enough to allow ice to form and build thickness to allow climbing.

In the distant shot (pic 2) I am arrowed to get a sense of scale of the ice cascade…

All the places ice in the county has been climbed in the past is in the free winter guide to Donegal…

Unique Ascent


Rugbaí Bó [Rugby Cows].

The new Monkey Tennis?

Caroline Ní Dhubhchoi, of TG4’s BLOC, writes:

A short animated skit that may enlighten all those rugby fans who have been disappointed with the cancellation of this weekend’s PRO 14 Rugby….

BLOC (Facebook)

“Time will get us all, but it’s cornered me earlier than I hoped. Every professional sportsperson always hopes to be able to leave their chosen sport on their terms but too often that’s not the case.

“I have had to take on board the medical advice that I have been given and after talking to Sheena and my family, I have taken the difficult decision to retire with immediate effect from playing rugby in order to ensure my future well being.

“I’m very proud to finish my career as a one club man having played amongst some of the best in the game, who are all like a family of brothers to me.

“My goal when I started my professional career 14 years ago was to leave the jerseys that I wore in a better place and I hope I have done that.

“Thank you to the IRFU, Leinster Rugby, all the coaches, medical staff, back room staff, sponsors, media, supporters and most importantly my wife, family, friends and fellow players for helping me to make my dreams come true.

“I’ve had the time of my life on and off the rugby pitch but now it’s time for the next chapter.”

A statement released by Jamie Heaslip this morning

Pic: Irish Rugby


Pyeongchang County, South Korea.

Marty writes:

Irish snowboarder, Seamus O’Connor with a defiant washing-up sponge at the PyeongChang Olympic Games…


Prevsiously: Seamus O’Connor on Broadsheet

For the weekend that’s in it.

Sunday, 4th of March, 2012.

A drizzle dampened Paris.

This, the rescheduled fixture from February that was frozen off.

The game described as a “classic” by a big corporate sponsor on Youtube (above) some years later, was anything but, despite the best efforts of Tommy Bowe (top).

A despondent Gerry Thornley in the irish Times, lamented:

Thus, no less than the French and perhaps even slightly more so, Ireland were left rueing a first draw with Les Bleus since the championship winning year of 1985 and first in Paris since 1950, and their first of any kind since the 20-20 draw with Australia in Croke Park in November 2009….


This is the one that definitely got away (Irish Times)


Fake shoulder to fake shoulder.

France Vs ireland Vs Superbowl

Rob O’Loughln writes:

What with the weekend that’s in it..