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Everything on the line again for two high kings of hurling

Liam Sheedy's first year back managing Tipperary hunkers down to another All-Ireland final appearance against Kilkenny. He might wonder how much has really changed in his eight years away. Hurling, history shows, isn't inclined to move in mysterious ways. Limerick piped up with a first All-Ireland win in 45 years. Galway toasted a first MacCarthy Cup in 29 years. For all that, the decade ends in the same way it opened: Tipp and Kilkenny.

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The Rose of Tralee turns 60: Meet the trail-blazing women who dared to be different

She turns 60 in a couple of weeks and continues to divide opinion. Amid biting criticism, some of it justifiable, she persists, and still fetches over a million viewers across a two-night TV spectacle. For some she's a relic of outdated values, for others an exemplar of poise and confidence; but love her or loathe her, the Rose of Tralee is still a bellwether for Middle Ireland. With its flouncy dresses, party-piece jigs and earnest personal soliloquies, it is certainly, in part, anachronistic. In its confines many subjects have been verboten - incidentally or otherwise. For example, it seems especially odd that a subject as frequently discussed - outside of politics - as abortion was not raised until Brianna Parkins broke the fourth wall in 2016.

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'I'm always asking myself if I did the right thing' - Steven Van Zandt on Springsteen and leaving and returning to the E Street Band

Some big-name musicians approach the business of doing media interviews with the all the enthusiasm of someone expecting to have their toe nails torn off. Steven Van Zandt is different. Whether you know him as an essential part of the E Street Band, or the consigliere in The Sopranos or as Little Steven when making his own music, he couldn't be happier to shoot the breeze with a journalist.

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