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A Tale of Two Paul Galvin’s

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One of the finest Gaelic footballers of the past ten years has called time on his life in a Kerry jersey. Paul Galvin, was a magnificent player who won every honour the game had to offer.

There were two Galvin’s throughout his glittering career; the hardworking, intelligent footballer who along with Brian Dooher and Paul Flynn epitomised the new all action modern day wing forward. And there was the Paul Galvin who swiped a notebook out of a referee’s hand in a fit of rage, who stuck his fingers in Eoin Cadogan’s mouth and who was sent off far too often for any Kerry person’s liking. Continue reading

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Roger Federer -The Blind Spot

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If you have any children and have watched them play sport, then you may be familiar with the miraculous phenomenon I am about to detail. Referred to in neuroscience circles as Scotoma, this peculiar trick of nature is more commonly known as the blind spot. There are many ways to demonstrate this effect with diagrams or illustrations, but for me all I need to do is switch on the television when Roger Federer plays tennis in a Grand Slam event. An even quicker method is to watch him square up to his great rival Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss native is a sportsperson of whom words do no justice, a member of a select group who can do things few others are capable of even conceiving in their chosen field. Arguably, at his peak, the combination of style and substance he regularly delivered on the highest stage represented the purest example of beauty in sport.  But events in Melbourne, Australia this past week have once again caused me great distress and seem to have affected my vision in a sadly all too familiar way. Continue reading

Ronnie O’ Sullivan-The Deceptive Master

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There are an endless amount of ways to pass away a lifetime. Normally within this unknown time frame, we have to eke out a living to see us through from youth to old age. For snooker players this period is shorter than other professions and usually spans no more than twenty years. Those who make it to the pinnacle of the game are few in number and with good reason-the game is incredibly difficult and requires enormous hours of dedication.

A young player trying to forge their way is usually rash and impetuous. He or she will try to pot every ball, care little for long safety exchanges and generally show impatience against more experienced players. Ask a practiced twenty one year old to pot a long ball though and more often than not, by virtue of sheer confidence they will do it. Tell them to play safe if a chance amongst the balls breaks down in front of a big crowd and more than likely, you will find they can’t refuse an attacking opportunity and will thus go on to lose the frame and possibly the match. Continue reading

The Spinning Heart By Donal Ryan-A Brief Introduction

donalryanThe Spinning Heart is Donal Ryan’s first published novel. Set in a small town in rural Ireland circa 2010, it gives voice to the confusion and uncertainty felt by twenty one different characters in a period of great upheaval in their lives. In many ways, the book is a fictional chronicle of the living present as it delves deep into the people and place it aims to describe.

As the reader of these stories you may feel like the local parish priest sitting in a confession box, or a therapist with a notepad on your lap, as it is unclear who the characters are speaking to. Either way, you will discover the innermost thoughts of a variety of characters yet find they are not all too dissimilar from each other. Bobby Mahon can’t “find the words” to talk to his wife. Réaltín tries to hide her “lonely life”. Brian doesn’t want to be the “tragic figure” of an unemployed young man going abroad. They are all caught in a difficult time in their life and are always regretting the past and looking to the future. Continue reading

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