Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum

This morning.

Stephen Hanlon writes:

So begins the countdown for the tickets for the #Playoffs…

World Cup Play Offs (Ticketmaster)

11.05am update: Sold out.

Last night.

Brendan O’Connor’s Cutting Edge on RTÉ 1.

The Times Ireland Edition editor Richard Oakley attempted to lift the LID off the jar of TRUTH behind women’s long distance running events in Ireland.

Mr Oakley, who has stewarded women’s half marathons, claimed that many participants preferred to WALK even though they looked perfectly capable of JOGGING.

The claims were made to the eye-popping incredulity of fellow panellists Dr Ciara Kelly and Stefanie Preissner.

This could run and walk amiably run.




You’re going to get your viking head kicked in.


The late Munster rugby star player and coach Anthony ‘Axel’ Foley.

Oil on canvas (50x40cm) with palette knife by Cathal Manning.

On display in the Savoy Hotel, Limerick, County Limerick.

In fairness.

James McClean this evening.


Cardiff, Wales.

Thomas Russel writes:

James McClean scores for Ireland [in crucial World Cup play off qualifier away to Wales]  & the national broadcaster, RTÉ, has geo-blocked broadcast of the match to his hometown, Derry.

Was it for this, indeed?

The usual suspects will doubtless say they don’t care about the north. I’d say they’ll take the goal, though.


James McClean secures play-off spot in famous away win (RTÉ)

Pic: RTÉ

This afternoon.

Rathmines, Dublin 6

Frank O’Dea writes:

Let’s hope Moldova are NOT high on quality against Republic of Ireland in the Aviva Stadium this evening! Come on Ireland!



Republic of Ireland Vs Moldova (FAI)

This morning.

Central London.

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup bid team, including from left: Dick Spring, Kyran McLaughlin, Phil Orr and Brian O’Driscoll on their way to presenting the island of Ireland’s proposal to host the event in 2023.


Pic via The Embassy of Ireland, London


Taoiseach leo Varadkar (second left) and sports minister Shane Ross (third left  join the team at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington High Street, west London.

Up for the match?

Sinead Finnegan writes:

It’s hard to know how Dublin Ladies footballer Noelle Healy finds the time to balance a career as an anaesthetist and play senior intercounty football, but as she puts it, it’s “a delicate balance”.

With the Dublin Ladies Football Team into their fourth All-Ireland final in a row (playing Mayo, this Sunday at 4pm in Croke Park) Noelle will be hoping to add another All-Ireland to her list of great achievements.

Hon Mayo

AIG Ireland

Jimmy Magee

Legendary RTÉ sports commentator Jimmy Magee has died aged 82 after a life spent bringing sporting events from around the world to listeners and viewers in Ireland.

In a career spanning 59 years he commentated on a huge variety of sports, including eleven World Cups and ten Olympic games.

Simple and powerful, Jimmy’s description of Maradona’s magic goal against England at the 1986 World Cup provided perhaps his most famous line.

“Enrique to Maradona. Ah, different class. Different class! Maradona. Diego Amando Maradona! He’s on the World Cup pedestal.”

RTÉ sports great Jimmy Magee passes away (RTÉ)



Fergus McCormack writes:

Last Saturday’s Up for the Match featured two of Galway and Waterford’s biggest hurling fans on the show. And now Des [Cahill] and Gráinne Seoige] are looking to find their Dubs or Mayo for Sam equivalent!

To enter, send in your videos outlining why you believe you are either Dublin or Mayo’s biggest fan. If possible, make sure to film in landscape rather than portrait. The more imaginative or creative you can be with your videos the better as we will be making our decision based on the content that really stands out.

A selection of the best videos will be broadcast on the show on Saturday 16 September.

So if you think you have what it takes to be your county’s biggest fan send your video to our dedicated email address:

Please make sure to put your county name in the subject heading, and include a daytime telephone number.

The closing date for the receipt of entries is Tuesday September 12