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This week’s guest is Telegraph rugby journalist Kate Rowan. Last month Kate detailed the shocking physical and emotional abuse to which she has been subjected to as a woman covering rugby. We discuss the experiences she has chronicled in the piece, why she wrote it, and the reaction she has received to it. We also talk more broadly about rugby: why…
 
Following defeats to Serbia and Luxembourg, and a draw against Qatar, The Football Family sifts through the wreckage of another difficult international window for the Boys in Green. Paul Dollery is joined by Gavin Cooney and David Sneyd to assess the current state of affairs for the Irish team, its manager and what lies ahead. Email membership@the4…
 
This week’s guest is freelance broadcaster and writer Johnny Ward. We chat about each of Johnny’s two main passions: Racing and League of Ireland football. How can racing make itself appeal to a more general audience and break from its reliance on the gambling industry? Has the sport got an image problem? And was Gordon Elliott harshly dealt with? …
 
Following defeats to Serbia and Luxembourg, and a draw against Qatar, The Football Family sifts through the wreckage of another difficult international window for the Boys in Green. Paul Dollery is joined by Gavin Cooney and David Sneyd to assess the current state of affairs for the Irish team, its manager and what lies ahead. Email membership@the4…
 
With your host preoccupied with international football, Behind The Lines takes a break this week. But Gavin joined Paul Dollery and David Sneyd to look ahead to this week's World Cup qualification opener away to Serbia on a special episode of the Football Family. The lads discuss our hopes of coming second to Portugal in the group, the prospect of …
 
The Football Family returns for a special preview show of Ireland's World Cup qualification campaign opener against Serbia. Paul Dollery chats to Gavin Cooney and David Sneyd about the prospects for Stephen Kenny's side, the hope that we'll get amongst the goals at last and the selection decisions facing the manager. Email membership@the42.ie with …
 
Episode 68 of Behind The Lines is a very special one, as ESPN's Wright Thompson joined Gavin Cooney and a host of our members for a very special live event on Zoom. In the course of a wide-ranging conversation, Wright, Gavin and our members discussed the essence of what Wright tries to achieve as a sportswriter, the fallout from his reporting on so…
 
This week’s guest is Argentinian writer and broadcaster Marcela Mora y Araujo. Marcela has been writing about Argentina through the prism of football for decades, and so we talk about how important the game is to shaping both the national story and the national character. We also discuss the three great players in Argentina’s history: Alfredo di St…
 
This week's guest is Sunday Times rugby correspondent Stephen Jones. We discuss how Stephen started out in rugby journalism, and cover a range of topics from the modern game: Why is Warren Gatland a better coach of the Lions than Joe Schmidt would be? Why has professionalism not worked out for Welsh rugby? And why does he think Eddie Jones is occas…
 
This week's guest is Daily Telegraph journalist Tim Wigmore, co-author of The Best: How Elite Athletes are Made. We discuss some of the findings of his book: why are younger siblings more likely to make it at the top? Why does growing up in a mid-size town help your chances of making it big? And what kind of impact does the month of your birth have…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is author and retired footballer John Leonard. John is the author of Dub Dub Confidential, which was the 2015 Irish Sports Book of the Year and has been acclaimed as one of the best GAA books of all time. We catch up with John on how his life has been since the book, and talk about the book’s reception. We also…
 
This week’s guest is author and editor Bill Buford. In 1979, as a postgraduate student at Cambridge, he revived the famous literary magazine Granta, which he then edited until 1995, at which point he returned to the United States to become the fiction editor at The New Yorker. He has also written a number of books, including Among the Thugs. Publis…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Anna Krien. Anna is an Australian writer, poet, essayist, and journalist. In 2014 she became only the second-ever female winner of the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award for her book, Night Games: Sex, Power, and a Journey to the Dark Heart of Sport. The book centres on a rape trial involving a young…
 
This week’s guest is Dion Fanning, now the Associate Editor at The Currency having covered football with the Sunday Independent before joining Joe.ie, where he covered politics and sport along with presenting the award-winning Ireland Unfiltered podcast. We chat about his early days in journalism, his decision to move to London, and, of course, his…
 
This week’s guest is author and Financial Times columnist Simon Kuper. Simon has a weekly column in the FT that goes beyond just sport, but he has authored several outstanding books on football including _Football Against the Enemy, The Football Men, _and _Soccernomics. _ Simon shares a couple of the stories behind Football Against the Enemy with u…
 
This week’s guest on _Behind the Lines _is French writer Philippe Auclair. Perhaps most recognisable as a regular voice on the Guardian’s Football Weekly, Philippe has been the UK football correspondent for France Football magazine since 1999 and has written acclaimed biographies of Thierry Henry and Eric Cantona. He also has a successful music car…
 
This week on Behind the Lines we go fully meta as we pick our favourite of our guests’ writing picks from the series so far. Listen to Paul Howard discuss Gary Smith’s stunning evocation of Muhammad Ali’s entourage and Paul Kimmage’s affecting piece on the life and death of his one-time friend and team-mate, Thierry Claveyrolat. David Walsh doffs h…
 
In one of the few cross-over episodes to have been tried by a media organisation since the regrettable Hanna-Barbera attempts of the late 1980's, today's 'B_ehind the Lines_ episode see a cross-over with 'The Rise of Kenny'. Your BTL host Gav Cooney turns from interrogator to the interrogated as he answers Kevin Brannigan's questions on Stephen Ken…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is US Sportswriter Rick Reilly. A long-time Sports Illustrated columnist, USA Today once said Rick is the closest thing sportswriting has ever had to a rock star: he’s an 11-time National Sportswriter of the Year and has been inducted to the sportswriting and sportscasting hall of fame. We talk of The Reilly Ru…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Tommy Martin of Virgin Media. We speak about how he left his job in bank to break into television, and how Virgin Media put together a soccer panel to rival RTE’s. We also discuss the influence of the likes of Bill O’Herlihy and Des Lynam, and Tommy assembles his fantasy panel of football pundits. He also re…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is critic and novelist Anthony Quinn. Anthony was the film critic for the UK Independent from 1998 to 2013, and has written six novels. The first, The Rescue Man, won the 2009 Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award. His latest book is of relevance to this show: Jurgen Klopp: My Liverpool Romance. We talk about Kl…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Paul Fitzpatrick, sports editor of Cavan newspaper Anglo-Celt. Paul is also the author of two GAA books, including the acclaimed The Fairytale in New York: The Story Behind Cavan's Finest Hour. We talk about the magic behind Cavan’s Ulster Championship success, what it means and how it came about. Paul’s pic…
 
This week’s guest is Andy Mitten. You’ll likely know Andy best as an authoritative voice on Manchester United, having founded the very successful United We Stand fanzine as a 15-year-old. He also writes for a range of outlets including the Athletic, the Sunday Times, the BBC and is editor-at-large of FourFourTwo magazine. We talk about how and why …
 
This week’s guest is Paul Howard, now the man behind Ross O’Carroll Kelly and previously a sportswriter of great renown with the Sunday Tribune. Paul chats first about why he got out of sportswriting and then of his most memorable days within it, including the day he confronted referee Raul Nazare with Eoin Hand’s tape of the World Cup qualifier ag…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is RTÉ GAA broadcaster Damian Lawlor. Damian is also the author of seven books, and his most recent, When the World Stops Watching, charts the retirements and afterlives of a range of Irish sports stars. We talk about the extraordinary story of former footballer Paul McGee, whose life was sent into a spiral by …
 
This week’s guest is US Sportswriter Roland Lazenby. Roland is a prolific author and biographer with more than 50 books to his name including acclaimed biographies of Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant. We talk about what truly drove Jordan, and what it was like to cover his iconic career as a reporter. Roland is also a teacher, and was teaching a medi…
 
As Gavin takes a well-earned break for a week, we reflect on some recent guests on Behind The Lines. Get in touch with us - email behindthelines@the42.ie, tweet @gcooney93. To submit questions to future guests or swap reading recommendations with other listeners, you can join the WhatsApp group. To get involved in the group, add our number 08339302…
 
Tipperary legend Len Gaynor joins Fintan O'Toole on this week's episode to reflect on a stellar hurling career which included three All-Irelands, four Munster titles and two National Leagues as a player, before going on to plenty of managerial success with his club Kilruane-MacDonaghs and leading them to All-Ireland club glory. Len also had memorab…
 
This week’s guest is Melissa Reddy, Senior Football Writer with the UK Independent. She tells her fascinating story, of how she came to work at Europe’s biggest games having grown up in early post-apartheid South Africa. There’s also a lot of Liverpool talk, as she has just released a new book delving into how Jurgen Klopp masterminded that long wa…
 
It's the weekend of the Big Return on the inter-county front in the GAA. Donal O'Sullivan will be in the middle of the action as Limerick senior football goalkeeper and joint captain, they're at home to Wexford in the league on Sunday. He's also in the middle of the topic off the pitch that is dominating life for everyone in Ireland with his work a…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Caitlin Thompson, co-founder and publisher of Racquet Magazine, a quarterly tennis publication. Racquet has a more literary quality than most sport magazines, and that’s the thrust of our conversation, as we talk through work by David-Foster Wallace, Zadie Smith and film director Werner Herzog. We also talk …
 
A ONCE IN a generation talent is how Kerry legend Marc Ó Sé reflects on Diarmuid Connolly's inter-county career. At 33, Connolly brought the curtain down on his time in a Dublin jersey last month, bringing six All-Ireland medals and two All-Star awards with him as he departs. Ó Sé confronted the genius of the St Vincent's star many times during his…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Daniel Taylor, now senior writer at the Athletic, whom he joined after a long stint as the Chief Football Writer with the Guardian and Observer. Daniel has had a stellar career: he’s written books on Brian Clough and Alex Ferguson and won a series of awards for his reporting of the sexual abuse scandal that …
 
This week on the Warriors GAA podcast, Bernard Brogan joins us to promote his autobiography 'The Hill', a chronicle of all the success he's enjoyed on the pitch along with all the setbacks like a couple of torn cruciates, defeats in big games to Kerry and the frustration of not playing as often he'd have liked towards the end under Jim Gavin. We ta…
 
This week’s guests on Behind the Lines are Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan. Mark and Paul have built on their award-winning series of stories for the Sunday Times by writing a book, titled Champagne Football: John Delaney and the betrayal of Irish Football. This week they join us for a chat to explain how their initial stories came to light - which inclu…
 
It's 30 years on from the most glorious month in Cork's GAA history. Their hurlers set the ball rolling with their All-Ireland final win over Galway and then the footballers took down Meath in their decider to complete the double. Niall Cahalane was in the thick of the action, a key defender in the Cork football side and he joins us this week on Wa…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Wright Thompson, senior writer at ESPN. You’ll probably know Wright from his famed longform pieces for ESPN, which includes famed profiles of Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods. You’ll definitely know Wright from the almighty controversy he kicked off with his description of Dublin in a 2017 profile of Conor McG…
 
Zach Tuohy is on the verge of making his 200th AFL appearance and he is the second-most capped Irishman in Australia, behind only the legendary Jim Stynes on the appearances list. The Laois man is our guest on this week’s episode of Warriors GAA podcast for The42 members. He is interviewed by ex-Cavan footballer and former GWS Giants coach Nicholas…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Ciarán Murphy, of Second Captains. We talk of how he found his way into broadcasting, the drama of his and colleagues’ exit from Newstalk and the huge success they have made of Second Captains, their latest project being an investigative series made with BBC Sounds, Where is George Gibney. Although the true …
 
Born in February 1930, John Doyle passed away in December 2010 and in his 80 years he became an icon of Tipperary and national hurling. He's the subject for our latest episode of Warriors, the GAA podcast for you The42 members, as we take a closer look at his sporting life. John Harrington is the chief writer for GAA.ie, and Doyle's biographer, hav…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Jeff Benedict, who you’ll likely know best from his outstanding 2018 biography of Tiger Woods, which he co-wrote with Armen Keteyian. Jeff is special features writer with Sports Illustrated and the Woods book is one of 16 he’s written. His most recent is out today - The Dynasty, the inside story of the New E…
 
It's the first Dublin football figure of the series as our guest this week on the Warriors GAA podcast for The42 members. Johnny Magee soldiered in the Dublin defence for a decade, starting out in the 90s and playing into the 2000s. He picked up a couple of Leinster senior medals and was central to a different time of football in the province. He t…
 
Behind the Lines is taking a breather this week but normal service will resume next week! In the meantime, we are looking back at a few highlights from our third run of episodes. Last Dance contributor Sam Smith talks of how and why he wrote The Jordan Rules, the insider account that revealed hitherto secrets of Michael Jordan’s true nature, and Ho…
 
Cork All-Ireland winner Ronan Curran is this week's guest on Warriors, the two-time Liam MacCarthy champion that was a fixture at centre-back for his county's hurling side. He picks out the three favourite games from his GAA career - a 1998 county minor final win with his club St Finbarr's, a 2003 Fitzgibbon Cup semi-final victory in a Cork derby a…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is novelist and former All-Ireland minor winning hurler Tadhg Coakley. Nicky English gave Tadhg some bohemian mystique when he described him as “ a skinhead with a donkey jacket who adopted a very nonchalant attitude to life” but Tadhg was in his fifties before he became a published author, finally finding the …
 
Armagh great Steven McDonnell is this week's guest on Warriors, the 2002 All-Ireland winner that was central to the county's football hopes for over a decade. The attacker picks the three favourite games from his career - 2002 v Dublin, 2003 v Dublin and 2005 v Wexford. He talks about comebacks against Dublin, the turning point of his career and th…
 
This week’s guest on Behind the Lines is Diane. K Shah, trailblazing American journalist. In school she was told to get real when she said she wanted to be a sportswriter...and then became the first female sports columnist in an American daily newspaper. To get there she battled absurd sexism, and in the early days she was excluded from games and p…
 
The great Seán Boylan is the subject for this week's episode on Warriors, the four-time All-Ireland winning boss that was in charge of the Meath footballers for 23 years. A new RTÉ documentary 'Seán' explores the life and times of the Meath icon. We chat to Alan Bradley, the director and producer, about working with Seán Boylan, the amazing bond be…
 
This week we play out the concluding part of our interview with David Walsh, Chief Sportswriter with the Sunday Times. In this part, we chat a little more about Lance and a lot about Team Sky. David did a 2013 book called Inside Team Sky and his coverage of the team has been heavily criticised, which David reflects on in this episode. The most high…
 
We've got one of Limerick's best and most consistent hurlers of the 2000s this week on Warriors podcast as we chat to Ollie Moran. The 2007 All-Star winner chats through the three favourite games from his career: The 1998 Limerick senior final where his club Ahane ended a 43-year wait for a title. The 2001 Munster championship game where Limerick d…
 
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