Feint with the left, throw the right and you got a chance of tagging the guy

I FIRST SAW HIM AROUND EIGHT O'CLOCK IN THE EVENING standing on the corner of Loftus Road, close by the Queens Park Rangers football ground. He had dressed with some care for the occasion, black dinner suit, blue velvet bow tie and a rather dashing pair of light brown moccasins, the ensemble being completed by a large green rosette which bore the motto: "Barry McGuigan - The Clones Cyclone". By Patrick Collins

Sean Kelly's grand tour

Currently the World No.1 cyclist, Sean Kelly, is riding the three biggest races in the world. The Tours of Spain, Italy and France. No rider has attempted this for ten years. Eddy Merckx was the last. Sensible cycling enthusiasts describe the attempt as madness. Patrick Roue explores Kelly's mentality and motives.

Shadow Boxing

While Barry McGuigan was fighting Eusebio Pedroza at Wembly, the real fight was going on in room 205 of the Curson House Hotel. Gerry Callan reports.

Jack O' Shea - Talent and Commitment

WHEN JACK O'SHEA WON HIS FIRST ALL-Ireland as a minor in 1975, and afterwards cheered the Kerry seniors to victory over . Dublin, he could scarcely have foreseen, even in his daydreaming, how these two teams were going to dominate a decade of Gaelic football. One or other of them has contested every final since that day and the most memorable finals of the decade were those fought out between them.

Croke Park, Sunday, September 23rd


Showers hanging around and a strong wind - hobgoblin at its worst - from the Hill end. Larry Stanley (Kildare, 1919) joins the parade of surviving captains of All-Ireland winning sides. The crowd salutes a misty legend from the plains. Next the Team of The Century. Three fine women and twelve men. The women are said to be 'stand-ins': if so, they're wonderfully high voltage stand-ins. SOS. Kerry have left something in the team bus.

Marathon Notebook - October 1984

For many people who complete a marathon it is the most meaninggful event in their lives. Successful completion of the 26-odd miles will be the result of months of hard, often lonely, endeavour. The run itself will bring enormous physioloogical and psychological stress that only the most completely prepared runners will overcome. Even after the months of preparation that have gone into training for the event the conditions and how the runner feels on the partiicular day will have a considerable bearing on how they perform.