Gráinne Daly

Reflections of a Redhead

Although the GAA championship starts in May, it really doesn’t heat up until the tail end of June. For provinces outside Leinster, you’ll have some sugar and spice on your way to the provincial finals, particularly in Ulster, where even the first round games can throw up some shocks. In Leinster, however, the trend of …

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All roads lead from Rome, Fiumicino Airport. A perpetual spine of concrete runs down the centre of the autostrada; an essential accessory for a nation of possessed drivers. The driver bringing me from the airport is no stranger to the high jinx of the highway here. With balls of steel, she weaves through traffic at …

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Picture this, gorgeous Saturday morning in Dublin, the sun is splitting the stones. Everyone on the island is in good form. The boss headed off on holidays yesterday, the brother this morning. Centra are doing a 10 quid deal on the boxes of Coors and pretty much everything is ticketyboo. I’m in the NCT centre …

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It’s a scorcher of a day in Dublin, searing in the late-twenties outside with not the slightest vein of a cloud in the sky. The library is heaving with students and the hand drier sounds out its constant hum from the nearby toilets. Overlooking the lake, students are working towards the last of their exams, …

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