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#Editor's picks

# editors-picks - Yesterday’s News

'I was never interested in making friends in football'

The Secret Footballer tells The42 about psychology, performance-enhancing drugs and constant paranoia.

'I still have dark days when it's up and down but I won't give in to anything, not even depression'

This isn’t the first time Ashling Thompson has told her story but each and every time she does it helps someone else in a vulnerable position. A few years ago, she had given up but found a mental fortitude to battle back from the brink.

# editors-picks - Saturday 21 January, 2017

Standing up and speaking out: Fionnuala McCormack on the rules denying her medals

The three-time Olympian would prefer if someone else did the talking but as a runner who has consistently been denied medals by Kenyan-born athletes running for Turkey, McCormack is concerned by the lack of action from those at the top.

From a home in Wales to a camper van in Dublin to realise the UFC dream

Welsh fighter John Phillips has been getting ready for his UFC debut in unusual surroundings.

# editors-picks - Sunday 15 January, 2017

'Because of my ancestry, there is no way I could walk around with MBE after my name'

Howard Gayle speaks to The42 about being the first black player to play for Liverpool.

'I felt f**king ghastly': The story of Graham Taylor and one of the finest sports films ever made

Ken McGill directed and produced The Impossible Job and remains in awe of the documentary’s late subject.

Kearney keen on success at the club where he was once public enemy number one

It’s been a rollercoaster ride at Cork City for Liam Kearney, the club’s newly-appointed first-team coach.

# editors-picks - Saturday 14 January, 2017

'I feel like I can relate to Munster. I think I've got that connection'

Jaco Taute feels at home in Munster after a torrid time with injuries at home in South Africa.

# editors-picks - Thursday 12 January, 2017

'I was at a point of crisis in my life' - How Graham Taylor saved Paul McGrath's career

Former Aston Villa boss, who died today aged 72, had a huge impact on McGrath’s life and career.

# editors-picks - Sunday 8 January, 2017

The Irish pair aiming to make history in the world's toughest bike race

Graham Macken chats to The42 about the arduous challenge himself and cycling partner Declan Brassil are set to undertake.

# editors-picks - Thursday 5 January, 2017

A leader who dragged a team from the bottom of League 1 to the Premier League promotion hunt

A young man from West Cork, Conor Hourihane is now a hero in South Yorkshire.

# editors-picks - Monday 2 January, 2017

Pressure isn't just for tyres, but it needs to be fit for purpose in sports

Mental skills coach Jason Brennan begins a series of columns with part one of an examination of pressure.

# editors-picks - Sunday 1 January, 2017

'I came on for Cantona and the crowd went 'Who the f**k is this?': Dessie Baker on his Man Utd years

He would go on to become a decorated League of Ireland player but the attacker cut his teeth at Old Trafford between 1992 and 1996.

# editors-picks - Saturday 31 December, 2016

"I said: 'If I judged you by social media, Joe, I'd think you're a bit of a t**t'''

Michael Calvin chats to The42 about ghostwriting football star Joey Barton’s acclaimed autobiography.

Shel-shocking the Aviva and a dazzling year in green: Leanne Kiernan's 2016

The 17-year-old sensation has had a year to remember.

'It was crazy and wonderful' - Skibbereen rowing club and their 2016 Olympic heroes

The West Cork club that spawned one of the stories of the sporting year.

# editors-picks - Friday 30 December, 2016

The story of how one of the greatest Olympians of all time risked losing it all

In an extract from his recent biography, Richard Askwith argues that Emil Zatopek merits comparison to Muhammad Ali.

'I'd love to see an Irish guy playing in the NFL in the next 10 years' Show Me The Money This post contains videos

'I'd love to see an Irish guy playing in the NFL in the next 10 years'

The sport is going from strength to strength in Ireland and for those involved, the sky’s the limit.

# editors-picks - Thursday 29 December, 2016

‘I had a moment where I was considering walking away from sport’

Irish Olympian Arthur Lanigan-O’Keeffe tells The42 about his difficult road to the top and why his experience at the Rio Olympics was “bittersweet”.

'Martin is known for being sensitive to criticism' - Tony O’Donoghue on covering Ireland for 20 years Pitchside Perspective This post contains videos

'Martin is known for being sensitive to criticism' - Tony O’Donoghue on covering Ireland for 20 years

The RTÉ reporter has been at the centre of many of the national team’s highs and lows in recent memory.

How one week in 2016 changed Denise O'Sullivan's life

The Irish international speaks to The42 about life in America with Houston Dash.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 28 December, 2016

#ThingsLeeDid, Loughnane beef and celebrity losers - 7 times the GAA went viral this year

Plus, former Dublin hurlers line up to throw insults at Ger Cunningham.

‘To see my children’s faces made the sacrifices all worthwhile’ Joy

‘To see my children’s faces made the sacrifices all worthwhile’

Eve McCrystal chats to The42 about her momentous year winning gold alongside Katie-George Dunlevy at the Paralympics.

Should schools do more to cultivate professional sportspeople from an early age?

Irish Olympian Scott Evans believes a better system could promote more talent.

Why a guy who runs 100-mile races eats a high fat diet while training

There’s no reason to get off the couch after that turkey sandwich.

# editors-picks - Tuesday 27 December, 2016

'I had to pick between soccer and Gaelic football but this is the dream' - Chiedozie Ogbene

We caught up with the 19-year-old Cork City winger to discuss his breakout season.

Here's The42's Ireland XV to start the 6 Nations

Taking injuries into account, here’s who we’d pick to face Scotland in February.

Iceland, Fiji and Dundalk: 12 months of standout teams

We chose one team that stood out every month. Do you agree with our selection?

Tipp All-Ireland wins and club football glory - Loughmore-Castleiney's emotional 2016 voyage

Brothers Noel, John and Brian McGrath were All-Ireland hurling medallists on the first Sunday in September, before lifting a county senior football title with their club.

From West Waterford to the PGA Tour: 2016 only the start of Power's journey to the top

After a whirlwind year, Seamus Power returns home for Christmas and takes stock of his rise from the family farm to golf’s biggest stage.

# editors-picks - Monday 26 December, 2016

Torn between Champions League and inter-county football: A day in the life of Sarah Rowe

The Mayo and Shelbourne star thought she had already made the decision between the two sports.

‘It’s a shame in life when a person looks at the colour of your skin and doesn’t like you’ Interview This post contains videos

‘It’s a shame in life when a person looks at the colour of your skin and doesn’t like you’

Former West Ham star Clyde Best chats to The42 about being one of the first high-profile black footballers to play in the English top flight.

From doubters to believers - the inside story of Tipperary's incredible football year

It was a remarkable campaign for manager Liam Kearns and his players.

The link between the Cork GAA jersey and the battle for freedom is an incredible tale

‘An Fhuil agus Bindealán’ airs on TG4 this evening, as former Cork player and manager Donal O’Grady goes on a journey through history to uncover the origins of the famous shirt.

# editors-picks - Sunday 25 December, 2016

'It was the best and most satisfying year of my life but also the toughest. It was emotional'

Thomas Barr visited The42 to look back on 12 months of exhilarating highs and testing lows in a wide-ranging interview.

83 of our favourite Irish sports pics of 2016

We remember the past 12 months with some of the year’s defining images.

# editors-picks - Wednesday 21 December, 2016

''I wanted to say: 'You’re bullying me, Dad, don’t beat me like this, talk to me'''

Former boxer Kevin Lueshing talks of his difficult childhood and the regular beatings he took from his father.

# editors-picks - Monday 19 December, 2016

‘This is f**king embarrassing. We’re setting a new low'

In ‘Second City’, Neal Horgan recalls how Cork City were left stranded for nearly two hours after a bus company refused to take the team to Dublin for a game against St Pat’s in 2009.

# editors-picks - Friday 16 December, 2016

Women's sport has come a long way, but there's still about a century to go

“Even tectonic plates need a little shove,” writes Tommy Martin as he looks at the government’s gender quota proposals

# editors-picks - Thursday 15 December, 2016

'Music seems to excite him as much as football. Poetry, too, it is rumoured'

Read an extract from the William Hill-nominated book Forever Young: The Story of Adrian Doherty, Football’s Lost Genius.

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