Changing rules to suit elite football teams endangers competition

Finding its top clubs struggling in European competition, the Premier League might react by easing the strain for them on the domestic front – but this will only reduce their competitive edge.

sport1The Arsenal blogger Andrew Mangan (better known as Arseblog) made an excellent point recently – upon Arsenal’s inevitable elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Monaco – about the way wealth is distributed (and redistributed) between the haves …


Trinity end long wait for Gannon Cup success

All eyes were on Trinity as they blew UCD out of the water in the 2015 Colours Boat Races.

sport1Trinity Rowers (DUBC and DULBC) defeated eternal rivals UCD on Saturday evening in the annual Colours Boat Races on the Liffey. Rowing from O’Connell Bridge to St. James’ Gate, Trinity won all four races on the day, despite UCD having …


The problem with media coverage of tragedy in the sporting sphere

The way tragedies involving sporting stars are reported does no good for no one.

sport1“France is in mourning after three of its leading sportspeople were killed along with their film crew and pilots,” wrote the Guardian this Monday morning, reporting on the tragic deaths of 10 people in Argentina after an aerial collision between …


And the Oscar goes to… Qatar!

FIFA’s inevitable decision to hold the 2022 World Cup, in Qatar, in the winter shows them to be as out of touch as the Academy Awards, argues Louis Strange.

sport1On Sunday night, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences pulled off a rare feat of irony: the tragicomic, bloated farce of an awards ceremony which the Oscars has become (or has always been?) awarded the accolade of Best …


Fundamental tensions of society emerge at local derbies

This weekend’s sporting action showed that there is something primal about the meeting of two local rivals that goes against linguistic logic and beyond the confines of sport.

sport1This weekend saw a veritable feast of sporting rivalry in the football world, with Atlético vs. Real in Madrid, Spurs vs. Arsenal in London and Everton vs. Liverpool on Merseyside. There is something fundamental, something primal in the crude tribalism …


FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony nothing short of farce

The glitz and glamour associated with the annual Ballon d’Or award shows how out of touch FIFA is with reality.

sport1Here at Trinity News, we are, of course, well acquainted with shadowy, profit-oriented administrative bodies with little regard for those far beneath their lofty pedestals. So it is only natural that we would want to keep a watchful eye on …


Balance the key for Tony Smeeth

Heading up Trinity Rugby is a delicate balancing act for Tony Smeeth, DUFC’s director of rugby.

sport1Although originally hailing from the English West Country, Trinity’s director of rugby, Tony Smeeth, has coached at Blackrock College and further afield, having worked in the United States with the American national set-up at various levels and at different times …


The (not so) glorious art of diving

The Premier League’s “theatrical” side took centre stage this weekend, but it is what it reveals about the football world’s thinking which is really interesting.

sport1On Saturday afternoon, mid-way through the first half, part-time footballer and full-time afro-enthusiast Marouane Fellaini was strolling around the Emirates pitch, minding his own business, when this happened.

Most interpreted this as an unacceptable act of violence on Jack …