Niall O'Carroll

OPINION: Injury nightmare puts Munster in a precarious position

By Niall O'Carroll / January 8, 2020 /

The spectre of injury hangs over the Munster Rugby squad as they face into a season-defining trip to Paris needing to win to keep their European Cup ambitions alive. Unless JJ Hanrahan’s hamstring heals in a week, Munster appears to have no fit front line out half available after confirmation of Joey Carbery’s wrist injury.…

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Football needs massive changes to survive latest scandals

By Niall O'Carroll / December 11, 2019 /

Having written an article a couple of weeks ago about racism in football I find myself writing again on the topic. As Ole Gunnar Solksjaer said after Man Utd’s victory over Manchester City;  “We keep talking about it every bloody week. But he’s been caught on camera. He should, in my opinion, never be allowed…

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What happens when the heart just stops, but the body goes on living?

By Niall O'Carroll / November 28, 2019 /

They say an athlete dies twice. Well in my work and research I have had the pleasure to sit down with Olympic Champions, World record-holders and professionals from a host of sports around the globe. I have built a four-pillar transition model based on my findings from research which suggest that Planning, Support Structure, Education…

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“We all choke. Winners know how to handle choking better than losers.”

By Niall O'Carroll / November 27, 2019 /

The week Niall O’Carroll examines ‘choking’, the science behind it and what separates our responses. “And in the darkened underpass, I thought, ‘Oh God, my chance has come at last’ (but then a strange fear gripped me and I just couldn’t ask)” The Smiths, There is A Light That Never Goes Out “I mistimed it.…

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Niall O’Carroll: The “Why” Behind Boks & Irish Women’s Hockey Success

By Niall O'Carroll / November 6, 2019 /

In my day job, I met with a pharmaceutical company this week who specialises in cell research for the treatment of incurable diseases. Their mission statement was ‘To give people hope where none exists’. It struck me as being something that would make motivating your workforce relatively easy I would imagine. It struck to the…

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Glasshouse Reaction to Bulgarian Racism Highlights Workload Closer to Home

By Niall O'Carroll / October 23, 2019 /

“In this country American means white. Everybody else has to hyphenate.” Toni Morrison So this week’s article starts political for a reason. While I was deciding what I wanted to write about this week, and let’s face it the easy option would have been another Irish team capitulating in the face of expectation, a depressing…

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‘No Human is limited’ Ireland Need To Push Limits To Beat NZ

By Niall O'Carroll / October 15, 2019 /

‘No Human is limited’ so reads a blue band worn on the wrist of Eluid Kipchoge the first man in history to run a marathon in under two hours. Now whatever your thoughts are of the controversy surrounding this Nike branded event as detailed in the Economist, the words are interesting. “The mind is what…

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They say it matters more when there is money on it

By Niall O'Carroll / October 9, 2019 /

Betting companies have become a powerhouse in all sports sponsorship. Gambling has replaced cigarettes and alcohol as the main supporter of professional sport. At the 2018 Symposium on Match Manipulation and Gambling in Sport in Toronto, Richard McLaren, author of a report on state sponsored doping in Russia and David Howman, former Director of World…

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Ireland need to be fully switched on to get back on track

By Niall O'Carroll / October 3, 2019 /

The wonderful performance by an inspired Japan rugby team reminded me of why I love rugby so much. The Cherry Blossoms played with pace, passion, bravery and a lot of smarts. It was fascinating rugby and a defeat as an Irishman that I couldn’t get upset about. After all is this not how we want…

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World Rugby has to act fast or face the consequences

By Niall O'Carroll / September 18, 2019 /

I was very sad to hear the news of Chester Williams’ passing recently. There are few more iconic figures in South African rugby than the man Nelson Mandela chose to be the face to represent a new nation at the 1995 World Rugby Cup. In the movie Invictus, they re-enact the moment when Madiba visits…

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