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Meanwhile, in Kill…

Naas gardai stopped this unaccompanied Learner driver travelling at a speed of 155km/hr in a 100km/hr zone on the N7 in Kill at the weekend.

According to the Naas Roads Policing Unit, the motorist was ‘driving on a wet greasy surface while wearing Flip Flops.’

In fairness.

Any excuse.

Naas Gardaí arrest unaccompanied Learner driver for travelling at 155km/hr in 100km/hr zone on N7 (Leinster Leader)

Pic: An Garda Siochana Twitter

You’ll Never Walk Alone.

A special version of the standard, adopted by Liverpool FC fans and beloved of Bertie Blenkinsop, in aid of Seán Cox, the 54 year-old father of three who was left with life-changing injuries after an attack before a Champions League semi-final in Anfield in April 2018.

Via Central Entertainment:

A group of musicians from Seán’s hometown of Dunboyne, County Meath, have come together to produce a rendition of Liverpool fan’s favourite ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ for release by Dolphin Records.

All proceeds from the charity single will be donated to the Seán Cox Rehabilitation Trust which was established to raise much-needed funds for Seán’s future care.

Support Seán Cox

This afternoon.

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has published the latest insights into the lives of over a third of its members, who are third-level students.

To wit:

35% had to repeat a college exam; 11% had to repeat an entire academic year
65% feel their training load negatively affects their academic performance
54% don’t receive supports from their college if they are under pressure
48% felt more like an inter-county player than a student trying to earn a degree.

35% had to repeat a college exam; 11% had to repeat an entire academic year
65% feel their training load negatively affects their academic performance
54% don’t receive supports from their college if they are under pressure
48% felt more like an inter-county player than a student trying to earn a degree.

83% are playing with at least three teams
81% take part in social activities less than most other people their age
70% travel home for training 3 or more times per week
48% felt confident to talk to their county manager about a reduced training load.

78% report feeling stressed at least once a month (up 24%)
73% would like to spend more time with family and friends (up 12%)
69% travel from college to training at least three times a week (up 17%)
69% would like more time to devote to their studies (up 13%)

Gulp.

Via GPA:

63% of the GPA’s student-members are 21 – 24 years of age and 93% are full-time students, and all of them face the specific challenge of managing the demands of being an inter-county player alongside their academic commitments and personal lives.

The GPA Student Report 2019 highlights the challenges experienced by GPA student-members, some of which were also highlighted in the most recent ESRI study published in 2018 on the demands on all senior, inter-county players. This report also provides actionable GPA recommendations to help student-members achieve better-balanced lifestyles so they can thrive on and off the field….

Gaelic Players Association

This morning.

The Football Association of Ireland writes:

“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland has today begun the process to co-opt members to a number of committees as per the recommendations of the Governance Review Group report.”

The FAI is seeking to co-opt members to committees covering Football Management, Underage and Player Development, International and High Performance, Domestic Competitions  and Club and League Development.

All better.

FAI seeks applications for new committees (FAI)

Dr Sinéad Kane, running alongside guide (top)

Solicitor and blind runner Sinéad Kane, from Youghal, Co Cork, was left out of the Irish team taking part in the International Association of Ultrarunners 24-Hour World Championship in Albi, France this weekend, despite reaching the qualification standard.

Ms Kane, who has less than five per cent vision, had to cover 200km in an IAU 24-hour race to qualify for the event and, earlier this year, she ran 204.5km in 24 hours.

However, the IAU deemed her guide runner would give her an unfair advantage over fully sighted runners.

Ms Kane recently told the Echo in Cork: “No athlete in the championships would elect to run blindfolded with a guide giving instructions for 24 hours.”

But last night Ms Kane tweeted that she has since secured her place on the Irish team after fighting her case.

Ms Kane tweeted:

I WON my discrimination fight against IAU. I’m GOING. I’m flying out with Irish team in the morning. Thank you so much to Richard Donovan and my legal team KOD Lyons Human Rights Solicitors for getting this win against an international sporting body!!

In fairness.

Blind Cork athlete faces discrimination by being denied a place at World Championships (Echo Live)

Above from left: : Luke Fitzgerald, Matt Cooper, Jamie Heaslip, Fergus McFadden, Sean O’Brien. Also at top far left: Fergus McFadden.

Just goys.

Last night.

Burke Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin.

Former international rugby stars were out in force to help Jamie Heaslip launch his new book All In, written with Matt Cooper and perform a retina-scorching wedgie on the ex-Number 8.

To wit:

For almost the duration of his professional career, during which he was a mainstay for Leinster and Ireland, the name of Jamie Heaslip was synonymous with the number 8 jersey. Written in partnership with Matt Cooper, All In is the story of Heaslip’s thirteen years at rugby’s frontline…

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

At the weekend.

Rhys McClenaghan, 20, from Down, became the first Irish gymnast to win a medal at the World Championships after claiming a bronze in the pommel horse category in Stuttgart, Germany.

Rhys McClenaghan makes history with World Championship bronze (Off The Ball)

Meanwhile

Rhys speaks to GymCastic after winning his medal.

In fairness.

‘Pretty amazing’ – History maker Rhys McClenaghan claims bronze at Worlds (RTÉ)

All done, actually.

This morning.

Central Criminal Courts of Justice, Dublin.

UFC Fighter Conor McGregor leaves court following an adjournment in his case in connection with an alleged assault in Dublin earlier this year.

Name that jammer, anyone?

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Earlier...

This morning.

UFC Fighter Conor McGregor arriving at the Central Criminal Courts of Justice in Dublin this morning in connection with an alleged assault in Dublin earlier this year.

The MMA star faces a single assault charge following an incident at the Marble Arch pub in Drimnagh on April 6.

Decent (if snug) whistle, in fairness.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Balls.ie tweetz:

Peter O’Mahony got the goods delivered to Japan.

Ireland are back on track….

Meanwhile…

…a bonus-point win for Joe Schmidt’s men against Samoa on Saturday will seal a place in the quarter-finals.

After that they can just sit back and relax in complete comfort knowing that they are assured of facing either the current and back-to-back World Cup winners or the Rugby Championship title holders.

Pool A permutations: What Ireland need to progress (RTE)