Features, Sports

UL Student Rian Bailey Finds Success With Lockdown Podcast

Rian Bailey, a 21-year-old journalism and new media UL student from Sligo, has recently set up a podcast titled “Ball Talk”. The show includes a wide variety of guest speakers from the sporting world who all bring their knowledge of different sports to create a variety of topics spoken about on the podcast.  Rian always wanted to start up a …


Features, Film&TV, Fuinneamh

Why is The Tommy Tiernan Show so successful?

In an age of Instagram influencers, viral TikTok dances and daily Covid-19 case figures, the Tommy Tiernan brings a welcome change to the usual façade of late-night talk shows. Airing every Saturday night, the show offers an unconventional approach to interviewing, with each week’s guests remaining unknown to not only Tommy, but the viewers as well. Only this type of …


Ireland Six Nations Preview: Will Farrell’s Men Find Consistency in 2021?

2020 was meant to spark the beginning of Andy Farrell’s fresh start after a brilliant seven-year run by previous coach Joe Schmidt. The stop-start nature of year was reflected throughout Ireland’s performances in the Six Nations and Autumn Nations Cup. While it is hard to take some of last year’s results at face value, some themes remain within the team. …

Gavin Coombes: Munster Rugby and The ‘West Cork Mafia’

West Cork back-rower Gavin Coombes is hot off his back-to-back man of the match performances against Ospreys and Glasgow respectively. The number 8 has been in terrific try-scoring form for Munster, scoring a hat-trick in the Ospreys game.  Coming from Bandon Grammar Secondary School, Gavin said there was a huge jump between school’s rugby and the Munster academy. “I went …

Is Irish Rugby Leaning Too Heavily on Leinster’s Players?

With a new international competition deemed the “Autumn Nations Cup” taking place, is Andy Farrell’s squad relying too much on Leinster players, rather than picking up-and-coming athletes from the other three provinces? The cup will include England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Fiji and Georgia. It is split into two pools of four countries, with Ireland being pooled into Group …

Why it’s time to pay attention to women’s sport

By: Siadbh Redmond The rise of interest in women sports in the past few years has increased tenfold, but why? As a society bombarded with match reports, TV coverage, and upcoming fixtures of Men’s sports, how has the smaller, less promoted games played by women been able to compete for attention. 2018 can be thought Irelands most successful year to …