Around the Grounds at UCC

The start of a new college year breathes life once again into the competitive animal that is UCC and its clubs are out to build on previous successes. The first few weeks of the year bring a lot of trials and trainings, but for those clubs that have already kicked off their seasons, let’s round-up…

Under-20 Internationals en route to Cork

Exciting news rugby-wise on Leeside has seen Irish Independent Park announced as the home venue of the Irish Under-20 6 Nations side for the 2019 instalment of the competition. The competition will see Ireland host both England and France this year, the first year that the Irish Independent Park, and indeed the province of Munster,…

The Biggest Loser

Before we get started, sorry to disappoint anyone who thinks this is going to be a list of my favourite contestants from the hit weight-loss reality show, (its Michael Ventrella; season 9 he lost nearly 300 lbs). I digress as this is not that list however, as, inspired by seeing the Cleveland Browns record their…

It Was Rice While It Lasted

Ever since the Republic of Ireland lost the young starlet Jack Grealish, who switched his allegiance from Ireland to England, the discussion about commitment and the rules around qualifying for a national side has grown and garnered great interest from the media and pundits alike. While a large majority of Irish supporters were quick to…

McLoughlin called up to U21

Former UCC soccer player Sean McLoughlin received a call-up to the under-21 Irish squad last week, and although the defender was injured in his first international appearance, it represents great progress in the Cork City man’s career. City secured the signing of the highly-rated defender back in July of 2017 with McLoughlin moving to Turner’s…

O’Donovan to study at UCC

An intense summer of competition for Irish rower Paul O’Donovan ended last week as he competed in the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, but a new challenge is only beginning for the Olympic, world and European medallist, as he starts the graduate-entry medicine course at the University College Cork. O’Donovan was a recipient of UCC’s…

A GAA Summer

Amid several public incidences of criticism, the GAA managed to pull off some very entertaining top-class campaigns in the senior men’s and women’s championships. The fans flocked in their masses to Croke Park for the finals, and boy, did those games live up to the hype. Dublin made history by claiming their first ever 4-in-a-row…

Seeing Red

Three months after the untimely death of Munster rugby’s beloved coach and captain, the effect of the loss of Anthony Foley seems to have revived the club’s competitive edge. Exceptional displays of skill and force, have driven Munster towards a European cup and domestic league challenge. Following an abysmal few years, which saw Munster underachieving…