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The biggest stories in Irish rugby with our team of writers and experts, including Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Cian Tracey, Will Slattery, Sineád Kissane and Luke Fitzgerald. From breaking news to in-depth analysis, expert opinion and post-match comment we have every position covered. From in-depth analysis to team news and post-match analysis we have every position covered.
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BOD is in the hot seat with Kev in for a fleeting visit. The wide ranging episode covers the following: Carlow's Leinster SHC clash v Galway - U20 Hurling & Football optimism - Minors showing potential - Ladies Football Flagships - Minor Camogie & More ★ Support this podcast ★Kevin Regan
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Leinster's emphatic win over La Rochelle and their blockbuster signing of Jordie Barrett are up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery break down the key moments behind Leinster's victory and single out the key performers like Will Connors and Joe McCarthy. Jacques Nienaber's infl…
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Ireland have jumped to third in the Women's Six Nations table after their excellent bonus point win over Wales at Musgrave Park on Saturday. Ireland scored five tries as they won 36-5 to record their first win in the championship since April 2022. Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly joined Sinéad Kissane to talk through this very impressive performance a…
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Leinster's showdown with La Rochelle and Munster's Champions Cup exit are both up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Cian Tracey, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery look back on the round of 16 clashes that saw Leinster beat Leicester and Munster go down to Northampton. La Rochelle now loom for Leinster, and the lads break down w…
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When it comes to covering all things GAA there are few that have done and seen more than Johnny Nevin. Having played both codes at the highest level and held his own with the best in the business, Johnny gives us his views on the current state of county setups from Senior right down to underage in both codes. We get his thoughts on the Senior Footb…
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Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery look ahead to the Champions Cup last 16 on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Leinster and Munster take on Leicester and Northampton respectively this weekend, while Ulster and Connacht also face French opposition in the Challenge Cup. The lads preview all four games as well as looking back on …
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Carlow Ladies Footballers take on Limerick this coming Saturday at 2pm in the Lidl National Football League Final. We caught up with Clíodhna Ní Shé ahead of the clash for a good honest wide ranging discussion. ★ Support this podcast ★Kevin Regan
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Ireland suffered their second defeat of this season's Women's Six Nations after a 27-21 loss to Italy in front of a record attendance at the RDS on Sunday. Next up for Scott Bemand's team is Wales in Cork on April 13. Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly join Sinéad Kissane on the latest episode of the Left Wing to discuss the factors that cost Ireland an…
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The return of the URC and the downside to playing rugby in Croke Park is up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald discuss what Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht need to do to ensure a strong finish to the season with some big games to come over the next few weeks. The lads also discuss Ireland…
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It was a fantastic weekend for Carlow Ladies Footballers as they sealed promotion after a last gasp Maeve O'Neill goal. We catch up with Rachel Sawyer who talks us through it. Carlow Senior Hurlers are prepping for a League Final this Sunday. We chat to veteran Jack Kavanagh ahead of that. We also go through underage fixtures, camogie and lots more…
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Ireland opened their 2024 Women's Six Nations with a 38-17 defeat to France in Le Mans but there were some improvements on last year's performance against the French with Aoife Wafer and Aoife Dalton scoring tries with the Irish defence also a plus. Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly join Sinéad Kissane on The Left Wing podcast to discuss the improvemen…
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The 2024 Women's Six Nations kicks off this weekend with Ireland facing France in Le Mans on Saturday. After finishing bottom of the table last year, Ireland - under new head coach Scott Bemand - will hope for a much better showing in this year's edition. Anna Caplice and Ali Donnelly joined Sinéad Kissane on the latest edition of The Left Wing to …
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Ireland are Six Nations champions once again as Luke Fitzgerald, Cian Tracey and Will Slattery look back on another memorable campaign. The final victory over Scotland failed to hit the heights as Luke and Cian pick out areas where Ireland will look to improve ahead of two tests against South Africa this summer. However, there were also plenty of p…
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Ireland are back to back Six Nations champions. They beat Scotland 17-13 at the Aviva stadium today. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game to discuss the big talking points including the possibility that it could be O'Mahony's last game in an Ireland jersey. ­ Head to www.mypodcastfeedback.com pop in code WING and f…
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Andy Farrell has named an unchanged team for Saturday's Six Nations game against Scotland at the Aviva stadium. Farrell has gone with a 5/3 bench split with Garry Ringrose among the subs. On today's episode of The Left Wing, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane to discuss the team and bench that Farrell has named as they chase a …
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Ireland's shock defeat to England at Twickenham is up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Cian Tracey joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to break down where things went wrong for Andy Farrell's men. A passive defence, poor kicking strategy and a questionable use of the bench all contributed to the Ireland defeat. Italy's sur…
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Two great characters join us for this weeks show. Brian 'Skeough' Kelly wore the Carlow jersey with distinction for a decade or so and he doesn't pull any punches in how he sees the modern game. He also shares some hilarious stories. Marty 'Mouse' Kavanagh chats to us about Carlow's promotion to Division 1 for 2025. The turnaround in fortunes in 12…
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It was heartache for Ireland after they lost to England and a drop goal with the last kick of the game but in the end the better team won. Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey give their immediate post-match analysis from Twickenham and reflect on why Ireland played below par and what it means for their final Six Nations game against Scotland next wee…
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The fit-again Hugo Keenan is back in the Ireland team for Saturday's Six Nations game with England with no place for Garry Ringrose in the squad. ­ Andy Farrell has once again gone with a 6:2 split on the bench which includes Ciarán Frawley and Ian Henderson while James Ryan has been ruled out with a bicep injury he picked up in training yesterday.…
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Ireland's Twickenham showdown against England is up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. Jonathan Bradley joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to break down the big talking points as Andy Farrell's side continue their march towards another Grand Slam. England's stuttering attack, Ireland's bench selection and Jack Crowl…
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When it comes to Carlow GAA there are very few people that offer better insight on both codes than James Hickey. As a player he has achieved a massive amount and he's on a great path in terms of coaching and managing teams both at underage and adult level. He joins us to talk about a wide range of topics which is sure to keep you entertained for an…
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Rúaidhrí O'Connor, Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery assess Ireland's dominant start to the Six Nations on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. The lack of a World Cup hangover, navigating the post-Johnny Sexton era and a stingy defence have all been impressive hallmarks of Ireland's three bonus-point victories to date. There are two games …
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Steven Miller of Laois Today joins us with Carlow and Laois on somewhat of a collision course over the past few weeks and they may indeed meet again over the coming weeks in both codes depending on what happens. We ask do Laois have a sense of entitlement that they should beat Carlow in Hurling? Are referees almost gone above criticism? A petition …
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Ireland have made it three bonus point wins in a row in the 2024 Six Nations. Andy Farrell’s team beat Wales 31-7 at the Aviva stadium and Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game to discuss the big talking points from Ireland’s win. And don’t forget to join Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery on Wednesday for their in-d…
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GAA League tables is an incredible offering on Twitter! In what is his first ever interview, Niall who is the person behind the service talks us through the story of it. We hear of how it was formed. How it has grown. How people rely on it. Criticism from a well known former Monaghan player! And much more! It's a cracking listen - what a character!…
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Ciarán Frawley has been named at full-back in the Ireland team to play Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday at the Aviva stadium. The rest of the team is the same as the one that started the opening round win over France in Marseille while the uncapped Oli Jager is on the bench. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane on The Left Wing…
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Ireland's clash with Wales on Saturday is the main topic of discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. Jonathan Bradley joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to look forward to round three of the Six Nations and pick through the major talking points ahead of the Ireland team announcement. The lads also discuss Ireland's formidable…
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On this weeks show we address the difficulty we faced this past week in gaining Media access to O'Moore Park. We dissect where the wheels came off the wagon for Carlow against Laois with Billy O'Loughlin. We give the results and fixtures of the newly formed Carlow Football Leagues as well as Camogie and Ladies Football. We discuss the topic of gett…
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On the latest Left Wing, Ireland and Leinster prop Andrew Porter joined Sinéad Kissane in studio where he spoke openly about his self-doubt and his questions over whether he was cut out for professional rugby after he returned home from Ireland’s World Cup exit last October. Porter - an ambassador for the Irish Cancer Society - talked about the hel…
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Hugo Keenan's replacement at fullback is a big topic of discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Cian Tracey joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to go over all the main talking points after round two of the Six Nations. Jack Crowley's performance, the major TMO controversy and the standard of this year's competition are all on the age…
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When it comes to Carlow v Laois in footballing terms, there are very few Carlovians who have as much experience in both counties set ups than our very own Mick Kehoe. We get some insight on how Laois might generally size Carlow up. We ask if Carlow are best primed to do it this time around. We look at possible match ups and speak about new talent o…
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Ireland recorded their second consecutive bonus point win in the 2024 Six Nations scoring six tries - including a brace from Dan Sheehan and a first ever international try from Jack Crowley - in a 36-0 over Italy. Rúaidhrí O’Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game at the Aviva Stadium to discuss the performance whilst we also ge…
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Ireland head coach Andy Farrell has made six changes to the team that started the record-breaking win over France and he's selected Caelan Doris as captain for Sunday's Six Nations game with Italy at the Aviva stadium. Some of the changes to the team were injury-enforced. On today's episode of the Left Wing, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join S…
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This week Kevin McDonald was announced as the new Carlow Senior Hurling Captain. Kevin joined us for an exclusive wide ranging chat. We spoke about what type of captain he will be. The dynamics of his household when MLR play St Mullins. His versatility. Why MLR can't quite make a SFC Final. Would he be interested in playing county football. Winning…
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Luke Fitzgerald, Cian Tracey and Will Slattery break down Ireland's record-setting win over France on the latest episode of The Left Wing. Andy Farrell's men were ruthless in Marseille on Friday night and the lads pick out a number of areas where they felt Ireland got the upper hand. Luke and Cian heap praise on the Irish attack and say that France…
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Ciaran Cunnigham join us to discuss: Carlow v Waterford - Carlow v Laois - Goalkeeping - Competition for Number 1 - Video Analysis & more ★ Support this podcast ★Kevin Regan
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Ireland produced their best ever victory in France with a stunning 38-17 win over Les Bleus in the opening game of the 2024 Six Nations in Marseille. Andy Farrell's team scored five tries with Joe McCarthy producing a man of the match performance. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey joined Sinéad Kissane after the game at the Stade Velodrome to refle…
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We're back with a brand new season of The Left Wing Back! Carlow footballer Shane Clarke and Carlow hurler Jack McCullagh join us to tee up this weekends league games with Waterford and Kerry respectively. Lots of good stuff in here! Massive thanks to Detail Menswear, Padraic Dunne Motors, Ray Whelan LTD, Murray's Bar Ballymurphy, Earth Spa's and P…
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Today's Left Wing podcast comes to you from inside the Stade Velodrome on the eve of Ireland's Six Nations opener against France in Marseille. Sinéad Kissane and Rúaidhrí O'Connor were at the captains’ run and Peter O'Mahony's press conference today for the final build-up to a game that's been billed as the championship decider. Join us again on Fr…
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The Ireland team to play France in Friday's Six Nations opener in Marseille has been named. On today's episode of the Left Wing podcast, Rúaidhrí O'Connor joins Sinéad Kissane from Ireland's pre-Six Nations base in Portugal before they leave for France to discuss the big talking points of Andy Farrell's selection, including starts for Joe McCarthy …
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Ronan O'Gara breaks down France vs Ireland on the latest episode of The Left Wing ahead of Friday's Six Nations showdown. The La Rochelle head coach joined Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to look ahead to the blockbuster opening game as well as delve into his coaching journey in France. Luke and Will then preview the Six Nations along with Jonath…
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The final round of the Champions Cup pool stage and round of 16 ties are up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing podcast. Jonathan Bradley joins Luke Fitzgerald and Will Slattery to pick through Ulster's heavy defeat to Harlequins and to assess whether the northern province is better off in the Challenge Cup. Munster's collapse aga…
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The launch of the 2024 Six Nations took place at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin today. Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Dave Kelly joined Sinéad Kissane on the Left Wing podcast to discuss the big talking points of the day as Peter O'Mahony spoke for the first time since he was announced as Ireland captain. And head coach Andy Farrell discussed the debrief…
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It's the final weekend of pool games in the Champions Cup and on today's episode of the Left Wing podcast, Rúaidhrí O'Connor joins Sinéad Kissane to go through the team announcements from the provinces including the selection of the fit-again Harry Byrne at outhalf for Leinster against Leicester Tigers at Welford Road. Munster host Northampton at T…
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With Peter O'Mahony named as the new Ireland captain for the 2024 Six Nations and Andy Farrell naming the 34-man squad for the upcoming tournament, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Cian Tracey join Sinéad Kissane on the latest Left Wing to talk about O'Mahony's promotion and the squad make-up. They also discuss the players who've missed out on selection in Fa…
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Munster's big win, Ulster's collapse and all the Champions Cup talking points were up for discussion on the latest episode of The Left Wing with Luke Fitzgerald and Cian Tracey joining Will Slattery. Jack Crowley's man of the match performance helped Munster beat Toulon and Cian says it was ideal preparation for Ireland's Six Nations opener against…
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A big weekend of Champions Cup action is coming up with all four provinces taking on French opposition in round three. Munster have Peter O'Mahony back for their trip to Toulon while James Lowe and Tadhg Furlong returns for Leinster who have Ciaran Frawley starting at 10 for the visit of Stade Francais at the Aviva stadium. Ulster are in one of the…
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The identity of Ireland's new captain is up for debate on the latest episode of the Left Wing. Luke Fitzgerald, Rúaidhrí O'Connor and Will Slattery go through all the candidates ahead of next week's announcement, and also discuss who might make the cut for the Six Nations squad. Andy Farrell is set to be named Lions head coach later this week, but …
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The New Year's Day inter-pro derbies are up for discussion on the first Left Wing podcast of 2024. Will Slattery and Luke Fitzgerald digest Ulster's shock win against Leinster at the RDS and Connacht outlasting Munster in a rain-soaked Sportsground. Luke was impressed with Billy Burns' kicking display and thinks that Jacob Stockdale could be making…
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