Thursday, 15 November 2012



Offaly defender David Franks has retired from inter county hurling.

The 33 year old was a sub for the 2000 All-Ireland Hurling Final and his final game for the Faithful was against Cork in the All-Ireland Qualifiers this summer.

Franks, who plays his club hurling with Kilkenny's Carrickshock, commuted from Carlow for training and has decided to retire in order to spend more time with his family

His retirement follows the recent announcement by fellow Ballyskenagh native Brendan Murphy to end his inter county career

St Fergals Rathdowney defeated Banagher College by 2-16 to 1-12 in the Leinster Vocational Schools Senior Hurling yesterday

Good Counsel College defeated St Brendans Community School by 6 points in the Colleges Senior Hurling League

Colaiste Mhuire Mullingar were one point winners over Boyne Community School in their Post Primary Schools B Hurling Round One Replay


The Republic of Ireland slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat to Greece in front of a sparsely populated Aviva Stadium.

Giovanni Trapattoni's new-look Irish side produced an impressive overall performance, which featured some slick passing and plenty of possession, but they were unable to convert the chances that they created.

The home side had several penalty appeals turned down, including one for a handball in the opening two minutes, while Simon Cox missed good chances in either half.

Stephen Ward and John O'Shea also spurned good chances as Greece escaped with a victory thanks to a low strike by Jose Holebas from the edge of the box in the 29th minute.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic  inspired our next World Cup qualifying opponents, Sweden to a 4-2 win over England in Stockholm.

The Sweden captain scored all four goals for his side, including a spectacular 30-yard overhead kick in injury time. Danny Welbeck and debutant Steven Caulker got the goals for Roy Hodsgon's side.

Two more of our qualifying opponents are also in action; Austria suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Ivory Coast in Linz and Germany were held to a scoreless draw in the Netherlands.

France came from behind to beat their hosts, Italy 2-1.

Northern Ireland were held to a disappointing 1-all draw by Azerbaijan in their World Cup qualifier at Windsor Park.

Michael O'Neill's side conceded after just five minutes but they needed a goal from veteran striker David Healy in the sixth minute of injury time to rescue a point.

Scotland beat their hosts, Luxembourg by two goals to one in their friendly. Jordan Rhodes has got both of the goals for the Scots.

It's a boost to the hopes of interim manager Billy Stark getting the job on a full-time basis.

Premier League champions Manchester City could be ready to break the bank once again when the transfer window re-opens in the new year.

It's been reported that City are lining up a 50 million euro bid for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez.

Suarez has been Liverpool's best player this season but the Uruguayuan signed a new deal with the club earlier this year to keep him at Anfield until 2017.

Cork City have announced the signing of Daryl Kavanagh.

The striker spent the 2012 season at Shamrock Rovers, after a successful season with St. Patrick’s Athletic in 2011.


The Ireland squad will train again this morning before Declan Kidney names his team at lunchtime for Saturdays game with Fiji at Thomond Park.

The Ireland coach will make plenty of changes for the non cap international.

Mullingar's Ireland Under 20 flanker Conor Gilsenan steps up his return from injury this afternoon

He starts on the openside for Leinster A against Munster A at Donnybrook


Javier Colomo has moved to the top of the leaderboard on day one of the Hong Kong Open.

The Spaniard has carded an opening round 64 to leave him on 6 under par.

Miguel Angel Jimenez is one shot back on 5 under with Australia's Andrew Dodt.

Peter Lawrie heads the Irish challenge on 1 under par while Padraig Harrington finished up on 1 over.

Defending champion Rory McIlroy is well off the pace on 3 over after a round of 73 which is nine shots worse off than his first round last year.


Andy Lee says that he still wants to win a world title. The 28-year-old has been out of the ring since his defeat to world champion Julio Cesar Chavez last June, but the Limerick middleweight has vowed to come back even stronger.

After attending a memorial service to his former trainer Emanuel Steward in Detroit, Lee said he's determined to honour his mentor "becoming champion of the world".

Promoter Lou DiBella has also confirmed that Andy Lee is set to move closer to home and will now be trained in England by David Haye's former coach, Adam Booth.

DiBella has hinted that Lee remains a possible opponent for Matthew Macklin when he returns from surgery on a broken nose in late February.


Sizing Europe in action in the feature Grade 2 Clonmel Oil Chase at Clonmel this afternoon.

That's the highlight of a superb seven-race card which begins at 5 to 1.

The going is soft on the chase course and soft, heavy in places on the hurdle track.

The 45,000 Euro feature has been won by Tranquil Sea for the last two years on the trot but Edward O’Grady’s charge will find it hard to complete the hat-trick as Sizing Europe looks primed to continue winning ways for Henry De Bromhead and Andrew Lynch.


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