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Allianz Football Leagues – Celebrating 25 Years of Support

Kerry lead the all time leaderboard but Dublin are in search of first ever 5-in-a-row

The countdown is on to the start of the 2017 Allianz Football Leagues, which begin on February 4th and continues until the finals weekend on April 8/9, by which time 116 games across the four Divisions will have been played.

This year, Allianz celebrates 25 years of sponsoring the Allianz Leagues, making it one of the longest sponsorships in Irish sport.

Allianz Leagues Celebrating 25 Years

Kerry are is the most successful team in the competition with 19 Allianz Football Div 1 titles to their name and, boasting one of the greatest ever teams to talk to the field, landed fo...

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Antarctica: The Race

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision and is currently taking on the World Marathon Challenge. 7 marathons, 7 continents, 7 days, Sinead has successfully completed the first and second race. Here, she gives us an update on her incredible progress so far…

Hi everyone,

It's 9.16pm here and we have just arrived back to Chile, having just completed our first race in Antarctica. It was so tough, I can barely put it into words, but I am really happy with how I did, and that I did it. We finished the race in 5 hours 22 minutes.

Antartica race finish line

I have to admit; it was tough out there - seriously tough! I ...

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Departure to Antarctica

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision and is about to take on the World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons, in 7 days, across 7 continents. Here, Sinead gives us an update on her departure to Antarctica, and her first meetings with her fellow participants.

Hi everyone,

Well, today I’m feeling more like an explorer now than a runner, mainly due to information I got this morning at a meeting with the Antarctica Logistics Team, which was very interesting! We were on standby from 7pm last night, and our departure was all dependent on the weather conditions. But we just got the go ahead...

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First Stop: Santiago, Chile

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision. Yesterday, Sinead departed Dublin Airport destined for Chile, via Madrid, to take on the World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons, in 7 days, across 7 continents. Here, Sinead gives us an update on the first leg of her many flights.

Firstly, I have to say a huge thank you to everyone for their kind words leading up to my departure from Ireland yesterday afternoon. I’ve been so overwhelmed by all of the well wishes and messages on Twitter, especially after I spoke to Ryan on the Tubridy Show, and featured on RTE News last night! I just can’t b...

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Sinead Kane’s 7.7.7 World Marathon Challenge

Sinead Kane is an extraordinary young woman from Cork, who has just 5% vision. This January, Sinead will be taking on the World Marathon Challenge. Ahead of her departure to Chile on January 18th, we sat down with Sinead to hear what the race involves, and just what it was that inspired her to take part.

I was born blind, I didn’t choose it, but the most important thing is that I have a choice when it comes to how I live my life. I can either live it in a positive way, or I can live it in a negative way. If I think about the things that motivate me, then choosing to be visionary – rather than blind – is big factor. In ...

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Choose a Cross-Bred Rescue Dog

We asked practicing small animal vet and well known journalist Pete Wedderburn for his view on the best breed of dogs. Here’s what he had to say:

Pedigree breeds can be an excellent choice of pet, but as a vet, when I'm asked to recommend a breed of dog, I usually take a different view: my advice is often: "Choose a cross-bred rescue dog". By all means, look through the list of breeds to get some sense of the type of animal you'd like, but don't feel bound to choose a pedigree animal.

Ireland produces far too many dogs: every year, thousands of dogs are euthanased in local authority dog pounds because they're not wanted...

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