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Added Time: The Irish Times Sports Podcast

Every Monday, Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent talk sport - GAA, rugby, football and more - with their Irish Times colleagues and special guests. Supported by Fitbit.

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#61 Six Nations Special with Brian O'Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Gerry Thornley

As a bonus edition ahead of Ireland v France on Sunday, we present for your listening pleasure a live event held for Irish Times readers on Thursday night in the Land Rover showroom in Sandyford, Dublin. Malachy Clerkin was the MC as a panel consisting of Brian O’Driscoll, Jamie Heaslip and Gerry Thornley talked about the Six Nations, Ireland’s slump, the madness of Johnny Sexton and the genius of Joe Schmidt.


8 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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#62 Ireland's Cardiff Carnival, Wexford Beat Kilkenny, Ole's Man U

Back on track, sort of, for Ireland at the weekend, with two late French tries taking the gloss off an otherwise dominant afternoon. Gerry Thornley and Gavin Cummiskey are in studio to break down Joe Schmidt’s last ever Six Nations game at the Aviva and to look ahead to the showdown with Wales this coming Saturday.Manchester United's incredible win in Paris last weekend looks to have copper fastened Ole Gunnar Solkjaer's hold on the manager's job - or at least made it close to a certainty that he will get it. Patrick Madden from our online staff was in the Parc des Princes last Wednesday and reckons it's the right call for the club. We're not so sure...We also have some deep hurling chat and, given the week that's in it, a Lucky 15 to follow over the cliff on Day One at Cheltenham.All in your Monday edition of Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.First: Cheltenham5.30: Rugby25.00: Hurling35.00: Manchester United


11 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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#109 FAI in Crisis, Champion's Cup Review, 'In League with Gaddafi'

The grim reality of the FAI's catastrophic accounts was revealed last week to be even worse than everyone imagined. What sort of future can it have now? How will it get out from under its debt to become a going concern? Emmet Malone joins us in studio to try to make sense of the worst week in the history of the association.Gavin Cummiskey is in with us too, picking over a Champions Cup weekend that had wins for Leinster, Munster and Ulster. We also, despite our best efforts, get into some more World Cup fall-out - Gav was one of the journalists who sat down with Rory Best last week and his insights into the particular circumstances of that interview are well worth hearing.Finally, film-maker Kevin Brannigan pays us a visit to tell us about his documentary In League With Gaddafi which goes out on RTE One tonight. The story of a group of Irish soccer players brought by Brian Kerr to play a match in Libya in 1989 is a hell of a caper, including Charlie Haughey, guns, beef and even a little bit of football.All in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


9 Dec 2019

Rank #3

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#53 Rugby: Another 4 from 4, Shane Lowry, Hand-pass U-Turn & NFL spoilers

Another European rugby weekend, another four from four for the Irish teams, meaning all four provinces are through to the knock-out stages. With the Six Nations around the corner, the game couldn't be in better fettle - and neither could we. Gerry Thornley and Gavin Cummiskey are in studio to look back and look forward. Shane Lowry's win in Abu Dhabi on Saturday was a phenomenal show of bottle and guts, coming back from four shots down with six holes to go. Philip Reid joins us on the line to take about a career-changing victory for the big Offaly man. Sean Moran is in as well, walking us through Central Council's decision to bin the hand-pass restriction rule over the weekend. Was this inevitable and will the other four rules make any difference at all? All that plus the attendant madness of both NFL games on Sunday night going to overtime and the everlasting Tom Brady - check it out, your Added Time podcast with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.Timings:00:14 - NFL06:00 - Rugby25:53 - Golf36:33 - GAA


21 Jan 2019

Rank #4

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#21 Gerry Thornley on Ireland's Defeat Down Under & Hurling Championship with Sean Moran

Ireland have lost a rugby match for the first time since somewhere around the Mesozoic period. Gerry Thornley was in Brisbane to see the 18-8 defeat at the hands of Australia and joins us on the line to pick the bones out of it.The Munster hurling championship has entered the red zone and started shedding teams, with Tipperary and Waterford bounced out this weekend. Sean Moran was in Thurles for Tipp's madcap endgame defeat to Clare, in which Tipp exited the summer with their best performance of the season for the second year running.We also go deep into Leinster hurling, the scheduling wrinkles the GAA needs to sort out for next season and the Stephen Cluxton injury that has the potential to blow the football season wide open.All this in your Monday Added Time podcast with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.Timings: 03:19 Gerry Thornley on Ireland v Australia17:40 Malachy and Pat talk football 27:22 Sean Moran on the Munster hurling championship


11 Jun 2018

Rank #5

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#70 The Sunday Game Is 40 - with Joanne Cantwell and Rory O'Neill

DA! DA! DA! DA-DADA-DAAA!Play the music, play the games. The summer is with us and that means The Sunday Game. An Irish institution, it's 40 years old this season and there's a new presenter in the chair.Joanne Cantwell and programmer editor Rory O'Neill are in studio to bring us behind the scenes of the country's biggest GAA show. What happens when there's a big upset like Carlow beating Kildare and you've only sent one camera and no commentator? Why do people in every county think they're biased against them? And will they be attaching electrodes to Joe Brolly anytime soon?All this on your bank holiday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


6 May 2019

Rank #6

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#72 Saracens Squeeze Leinster, Munster Hurling, Hughton Sacked

In the end, Leinster's fifth Heineken Champions Cup final finished in their first defeat, squeezed till their pips squeaked by a Saracens side that is clearly the best in Europe. Gavin Cummiskey is in studio to tell us where it all went wrong and to sing songs of praise to an unstoppable Billy Vunipola.The Munster Hurling Championship is up and running and already there have been more home defeats than in the whole of last year's competition. Sean Moran was in Páirc Uí Chaoimh to see Tipperary find their mojo again and he joins us on the line.Plus we have plenty of Waterford v Clare and we wail our lament for poor sacked Chris Hughton.All in your Monday Added time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


13 May 2019

Rank #7

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#73 Munster Unravel, The Ulster Championship Delivers, Cork Mugs Limerick

The last knockings of the rugby season are upon us and Leinster are through to another Pro 14 final after their facile victory over Munster on Saturday. Gavin Cummiskey is in studio to dig through the unravelling of Munster's season and to look at where they go from here.The Ulster Championship has kicked into gear over the weekend and is delivering already. Paul Fitzpatrick of the Anglo-Celt newspaper joins us on the line to talk about Cavan's first win over Monaghan in 18 years on Saturday night.And in hurling, the All-Ireland champions Limerick are on the back foot already after Cork went to the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday and mugged them good and proper. Sean Moran was there for us.All this and the most boring golf major ever in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


20 May 2019

Rank #8

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#98 RWC: Can We Beat The All Blacks? Football: Dross in Tblisi, Switzerland Preview

It’s moving week for our rugby and soccer teams – by the end of it there’s a good chance we’ll have either have moved on or moved out. Gavin Cummiskey and Gerry Thornley check in from Japan, where the Rugby World Cup has been lit up by the hosts. How did nobody see Japan coming? Where do Ireland stand ahead of the quarter-final against New Zealand? Will the fact that this could be Joe Schmidt’s last week in the job have any effect? Emmet Malone is in Geneva as Mick McCarthy’s Ireland team prepares for the crucial Euro 2020 qualifier against Switzerland on Tuesday night. Here, too, there are questions. Will Aaron Connolly start? Why were Ireland so dreadful against Georgia? And are the nervy Swiss actually there for the taking? All this on your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and John O’Sullivan.


14 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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#52 Leinster's Depth Stops Toulouse, Ulster Stun Racing, Declan Rice, Woe for Spurs

You can't ask more from a rugby weekend than all four provinces winning and the chance of all four qualifying for the knock-out stage of European competition. Gavin Cummiskey and John O'Sullivan join us to talk about another few days of stunning success for Irish rugby.The field in the title race in English soccer got chopped from three to two yesterday with Tottenham's hopes surely zapped at the hands (and feet) of David de Gea and Manchester United. Emmet Malone is in studio to talk Ole v Poch, City v Wolves and the tale of Jose Mourinho and the 10 showers.Throw in some hot GAA penalty shoot-out chat and that's your Monday morning Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


14 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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#82 Shane Lowry's Momentous Week, Super 8s Review

The sun is out, the sky is high and Shane Lowry is the Champion Golfer of the Year. How's your Monday going? Could it be any better?Philip Reid was in Portrush for every stroke of Lowry's momentous week and from a service station somewhere in the north, he joins us to walk us through it all. Sean Moran and Eamon Donoghue in situ as well to break down the weekend that was in the Super 8s. Are Donegal and Kerry the only teams who might hold a candle in the Dublin wind? How many days have Mayo left in them? How steep is the learning curve for Meath and Cork?All dealt with in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


22 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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#28 Super-8s Come to Life, Crazy Day at Carnoustie

Now that's what Sundays in the summer are for. From Clones to Carnoustie, it was hard to know where to look at times, such was the sheer gut-gouging drama of it all. The Super-8s came alive, the British Open delivered yet another stellar final round and all you had to do was find a way to keep on top of it all.That's where we come in.Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey were in St Tiarnach's Park to see Monaghan dominate Kerry for 72 out of the 75 minutes and still not come out on top. Sean Moran checks in to break it all down, as well as the Dublin v Tyrone game in Omagh he was at on Saturday night.Philip Reid calls in from Carnoustie where he reported on a final round that saw seven different players lead the British open at one stage or another. Ruairí Croke manned the liveblog on Sunday afternoon and he joins us in studio where we talk Molinari, Rory, Tiger (!), Spieth and the countless other storylines from a mad day's golf on the east coast of Scotland.All in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey.


23 Jul 2018

Rank #12

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#30 GAA, Ireland's Hockey Heroines, European Athletics Championships

Nothing like a wholesome, happy sporting triumph to bring on a good dose of political cynicism. Sports minister Shane Ross couldn't even allow the Ireland women's hockey team make it through their homecoming parade without elbowing his way into the spotlight. Johnny Watterson is in studio to round off the good news story of the sporting summer with reality's cold, dead hand. As the GAA summer heads for the shore, Seán Moran joins us to talk about the Galway hurlers' stickability, the Galway footballers' mental collapse and Monaghan's ultra-professionalism. Checking in from Berlin, Ian O'Riordan breaks down the European Athletics Championships, with Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean the big Irish hopes for the week. All in your Tuesday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey.Timings:02:48 Seán Moran on the weekend's GAA18:30 Johnny Watterson on Ireland's hockey heroines31:50 From Berlin, Ian O'Riordan on Irish hopes this week at the European Athletics Championship


7 Aug 2018

Rank #13

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#83 Two Hurling Classics, Tipp v Kilkenny, Test Cricket at Lords

Hurling! Hurling! Hurling!Another Tipperary v Kilkenny final then, to end the decade. Boring? Anything but. After a weekend of eye-watering tension in Croke Park, Jackie Tyrrell joins us to gorge on a pair of stone-cold All-Ireland semi-final classics. How does Cody keep doing it? Why couldn't Limerick live with Kilkenny? What made Wexford tighten up with the line in sight? Where have Tipp found a bench from all of a sudden?Another momentous occasion took place at Lord's last week when Ireland played their first ever test match against England. Not alone that, they skittled England out before lunch on the first day before going on to play out a stunning, if weird, game that ultimately ended in defeat. Ger Siggins was there for the Irish Times and he's in studio to try and make sense of it all.All this in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.Hurling: 5.45Cricket: 27.45


29 Jul 2019

Rank #14

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#101 Nacewa's Cutting Criticism, Semi-Final Preview

The World Cup fall-out continues apace. After Isa Nacewa's cutting assessment of Joe Schmidt's final year, it feels like there is a lot of water to flow under the bridge before we can put the tin lid on Japan 2019. Also, there is the small matter of the semi-finals to dig through.Gavin Cummiskey is back from his travels, disappointingly with one arm as long as the other and a distinct lack of presents for the troops. We plough on, all the same, with him in studio and Gerry Thornley on the line to break down the timing of Nacewa's intervention and the extent to which he was talking for the current squad members with whom he is close.All in your Thursday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent


24 Oct 2019

Rank #15

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#77 Munster & Leinster Round Robins, Rossies Reign Supreme, McIlroy Disappoints

Let the bonfires burn. Roscommon are Connacht champions again and this time they went through Mayo and Galway to get there. Keith Duggan was in Salthill for the latest chapter in Anthony Cunningham's increasingly impressive coaching career and he joins us to talk about it - and also to pick over Galway's demise.In hurling, Sean Moran took in the ever-so slightly phoney war in Thurles yesterday between Limerick and Tipperary. Did it matter? Will it matter? And what of Saturday night in Parnell Park and Wexford Park? Exactly how difficult is it for pundits to know the permutations ahead of time?All in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Eamon Donoghue.Times:Golf: 00:14Hurling: 03:33Football: 23:54


17 Jun 2019

Rank #16

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#104 World Cup Wrap, Hockey Heroines

Some weeks, the whole thing is like trying to fit a quart into a pint pot. The amount of sport that fizzed around the place over the weekend is almost too much - but we've done our best in your Monday Added Time. Forgive us our misses.Gerry Thornley and Gavin Cummiskey run the rule over the World Cup final in our last rugby pod for, oh, a fortnight or so. South Africa are world champions but it's a complicated story to cheer for. Meanwhile, England look to have played their final in the semi-final - the lads assess the mental mistakes that led to their downfall.Mary Hannigan is in studio to break down a famous weekend for Irish hockey as the women’s team qualify for the Olympics for the first time. It's the end of a long road and Mary has been on it with them for over two decades of reporting on the Irish team. On a grey morning in Dublin, it's the brightest spot around.All this plus Katie Taylor's latest world title in your Monday Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


4 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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#24 Keith Duggan in Kaliningrad, GAA, Ireland's Greatest Ever Rugby Season

Ten days into the World Cup and, as the Flight of the Conchords lads would say, it's business time. Keith Duggan calls in from Kaliningrad ahead of Spain v Morocco tonight and to tell us about the different sides of Russia he has seen on his travels.Mary Hannigan is in studio to talk World Cup Celebrity Catchphrase, Doug from Bristol, Shirley Bassey and Roy Keane, God love him.Kerry and Donegal announced themselves in style over the weekend in the football championship. Ian O'Riordan was at the Ulster final in Clones and Malachy was in Cork for the Munster 'decider'. We break it all down guess at their prospects when they come to face the Dubs.And Gavin Cummiskey does his last bit of penance before heading off on his summer holidays, checking in to glory over the greatest ever season of Irish rugby after the series win over Australia last Saturday.All this in your Added Time podcast with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.Timings:03:59 First up, Keith Duggan reports from Kaliningrad12:05 On all the best and brashest World Cup telly, it's Mary Hannigan25:47 Ian O'Riordan on the weekend's GAA40:05 Gavin Cummiskey reflects on Ireland's stunning turn Down Under


25 Jun 2018

Rank #18

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#27 World Cup Hangover, Super-8s, Athletics: What's Gone Right for Ireland?

Like the day after the day after a wedding, the World Cup hangover has taken hold and left us with nothing but hollow, fear-filled regret. Or maybe that's just us at the Added Time podcast - everyone will have their own way of coping.To fill the void, even just momentarily, Emmet Malone joins us from Istanbul airport to break down a final that was in keeping with the rest of the tournament, given that loads of weird stuff happened and France just kept on keeping on to see it out.Ian O'Riordan checks in after another scintillating weekend for Irish athletics and tries to answer the riddle of quite how we became a world-dominating powerhouse all of a sudden (Hint: we probably poxed it a bit).If the first weekend of the Super-8s hasn't exactly set the world ablaze, it has at least set up what could be a barn-burning second weekend. Keith Duggan spent the full weekend in Croke Park and joins us to break down where Kerry in particular go from here.On top of that, there's an earth-shaking hurling quarter-final between Kilkenny and Limerick to break down as Brian Cody's men depart the championship in another blaze of glory.All in your Added Time podcast with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


16 Jul 2018

Rank #19

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#56 England's Revenge, Where Ireland Failed, Kerry Up and Running, SuperBowl Blues

Nothing makes a grim Monday morning grimmer than having stayed up deep into the Sunday night that preceded it watching the lowest scoring SuperBowl in history. But at least we have the rugby to cheer us up...Gerry Thornley and Gavin Cummiskey are in studio to pick over the entrails of a chastening weekend. Are we just bully-fodder now? Is it really such a great thing to be the best-behaved boys in the class all the time? And where now for Robbie Henshaw? So many questions that didn't exist this time last week.Kerry are up and running in the football league with two wins from two over northern counties, this latest one away in Cavan. Sean Moran was there to see it and joins us to run the x-ray machine over Peter Keane's young team ahead of a crunch tie against Dublin in Tralee next weekend.All in your Monday lunchtime Added Time, with Malachy Clerkin and Pat Nugent.


4 Feb 2019

Rank #20