Solutions are needed from the ground up because the problem stems from the top down. Their solution, when it came at the end of a messy eight days, was obvious: create a lasting strategic plan for women designed by women. So long as the lads accept the recommendations. Stay tuned for an introduction to the administrative careers of Mary Quinn and Su Carty. But first. And to remove any doubt about the sincerity of it all, put not one but two women in charge.
IRFU moves to plot a new way forward after six-month part-time coaching plan backfires
Gerry Beggs is a true stalwart of Irish cycling, having played an instrumental role in the racing careers of cycling legends like Seamus Downey and Tommy Evens. Even after hanging up his own race wheels, he continued to impress on Irish cycling, setting up the successful MyHome. Having raced for Ireland in both the road and track, this quiet yet imposing gentleman infamously won the mile Road Race Championships for five consecutive years.
W hen you are a child, there are a few places that remain special for the rest of your life. For me, it was a ramshackle stadium in Dublin over a hundred miles from the house I grew up in. The journey to get to the old Lansdowne Road on those glorious Saturdays for a Five Nations game with my Dad was rare and cherished. It started with a concerted campaign for my Dad to get tickets for an upcoming rugby international to watch Ireland in the famous old ground in Dublin 4. By international standards, even in the s, the ground was small and shabby. This reflected the Irish rugby team I grew up watching. They were huge lumps of men covered in baggy green jerseys that embarrassingly never seemed to fit them properly, the sleeves always flapping awkwardly at the arms.
AFTER an underwhelming riven by post-Rio in-fighting and the general lull that comes in the wake of an Olympics where such huge expectations fell well short, the past 12 months have seen Irish boxing get back on track in some style. Indeed, it was fitting that it was Harrington who provided that cherry-on-the-cake moment in New Delhi. After years of living in the shadow of the great Katie Taylor, Harrington laid claim to the lightweight gold that had so often found a home around the Bray woman's neck. The year-old Dubliner boxed brilliantly throughout, gathering momentum as she navigated each step on the road, culminating in that cool, calm and clinical display against Thailand's Sudaporn Seesondee in the decider. With the Olympic cycle leading towards Tokyo commencing from this point forth, Harrington's timing could hardly have been better. The wind at her back, she looks destined to lead the Irish charge for Japan.