From a sad loss in the GAA to a victory against the odds in Irish Rugby, and Texas running to Oscars dreaming, our round up of the sporting weekend on social media.
We have to start with the desperately sad news that Liam Kearns has died at the age of only 61. Offaly’s senior football manager and the man who brought Tipperary to the bring of an All Ireland Final. May he rest in peace.
Offaly GAA is devastated to learn of the sudden passing this evening (Sun., 12th March) of our senior football manager, Liam Kearns, R.I.P.
We extend deepest sympathies to Liam's wife Angela, daughters Rachel and Laura & all other members of his family.https://t.co/juvzRMxG4q pic.twitter.com/RiDZyP6ku6
— Official Offaly GAA (@Offaly_GAA) March 12, 2023
Ireland’s Guinness Six Nations win over Scotland was achieved against all odds with both hookers exiting the field through injury it was left to Josh Van Der Flier to take on lineout duties, the equivalent of asking David Clifford to take a spell in goals.
Is there anything the World Player of the Year can’t do? 🤯#TeamOfUs | #GuinnessSixNations pic.twitter.com/lOYbS7EGkI
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) March 12, 2023
Irish Gymnast Rhys McClenaghan was back on the World Cup Podium in Baku.
#Gymnastics Medal Alert! 🥈👏
Congratulations to Irish World Champion Rhys McClenaghan who has won Silver on pommel with a score of 14.933 at the 2023 FIG Apparatus World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan! This is McClenaghan's second silver medal in this world cup series🇮🇪 😎#TeamIreland pic.twitter.com/pZyunEJP3f
— Gymnastics Ireland (@GymnasticsIre) March 12, 2023
She belongs to Texas but she is also very much belonging to Ireland and Rhasidat Adeleke performed brilliantly throughout this college season.
#NCAA Indoor Championships | W 400m 🤘
Rhasidat Adeleke is the NCAA 400m National Runner-Up with her time of 50.45 🔥 She now holds the three fastest times in Texas history!
— Texas T&F/XC (@TexasTFXC) March 12, 2023
The World Cup and the Olympics might do it with cars but not with a Dublin Bus as was the case bringing the match ball onto the pitch for the Bohemians home game against Shelbourne in the League of Ireland Women’s Premier Division on Saturday.
🚌 ⚽️ pic.twitter.com/mpT2T5WjK4
— Bohemian Football Club (@bfcdublin) March 11, 2023
The biggest story of the weekend was about Gary Lineker and the rest of the BBC staff standing up for the right to free speech. We write elsewhere on Sport for Business today about the story and it’s impact or relevance to Ireland but this was an interesting take from Germany about language, politics and meaning.
As a German I can tell you this: when politicians speak in a language not dissimilar to that used in 1930s Germany, I recognise it. Why? Because I have been taught about it all my life—and that it needs to be called out and rejected. It’s a duty to do so, in fact. 🧵 https://t.co/l9SoW1Cdyj
— Prof Tanja Bueltmann (@TanjaBueltmann) March 8, 2023
The big event of last night was the Oscars and we learned that sport was a central part in the formative lives of two of those nominated for Best Actor
Best of luck to Colin Farrell and all the team from @Banshees_Movie at @TheAcademy Awards tonight! Pictured here with his winning relay team from @DublinCG at age 15🥇⭐️🥳 #colinfarrell #Oscars95 pic.twitter.com/Vx6Ox3xI6I
— Community Games (@CommunityGames1) March 12, 2023
On behalf of everyone in Kildare GAA we would like to wish the very best of luck to @mescal_paul @maynoothgaa at the Oscars tonight.
One of our own on the Red Carpet in Los Angeles…hard to believe! pic.twitter.com/E6NFHD4Wjb
— Kildare GAA (@KildareGAA) March 12, 2023
Irish Basketball is in a very good place at the moment and while the Irish movies did brilliant to get there but couldn’t grab the silverware in Hollywood, it was a different story at the March Madness NCAA Tournament.
Great achievement from @bronaghpc13, she continues to impress Stateside for @HCrossWBB – now a @PatriotLeague Championship MVP and a title winner🇺🇸🙌🏆 https://t.co/6xLBWvaM8U
— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) March 12, 2023