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Chapter 51: JP “Pauly” Kinsella, What’s the Story?


This week Danny and Mero welcome Borough Boxing Legend, JP "Pauly" Kinsella to the podcast to talk all things boxing. 

Pauly is a highly regarded amateur boxing coach and in 2015 he was awarded a lifetime achievement award for his services to Irish amateur boxing in Ireland. Pauly is also the man behind one of the fastest growing schoolboy/girl boxing tournaments on the planet. The Monkstown Box Cup is in it's 4th year and this year will feature over 900 boys and girls up to 19 years of age from all over the world. It takes place from July 1st - 3rd in Holy Child Sports hall, Sallynoggin. 

We talk to Pauly about his life in and out of the ring, having represented Ireland at World and European level and narrowly missing out on Olympic Qualification. On top of all this we talk about the world of Pro boxing, Rio 2016 and the late, great, Muhammad Ali. 

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Chapter 50: Adam Redmond, What’s the Story?


This week Danny & Mero are joined by another borough boy done good, Adam Redmond. 

Adam is a sports journalist and writer for The Times Ireland & has featured in a load of Irish papers over the last 10 years. He is man behind rugby website tapandgorugby.com also. 

With the summer of sport ticking over the lads discuss Euro 2016 and make some predictions, including Danny's ridiculous notion Russia will do well. Mero is delighted with the Irish fans while Danny thinks it might be a little bit patronising at this stage. We talk English, Russian & Welsh hooligans as well as Irish hopes and chances. 

On top of the Euros we look at Irish rugby and discuss the historic win against South Africa and the real possibility of winning a test series against the Spring Boks. The under 20s are setting the World Championships alight, is there drugs in rugby? and we have a real chance of seeing an Irish rugby team compete at the Rio Olympics this summer. 

The Irish women's 7s team are just one tournament away from qualifying for the Olympics and that tournament just happens to be on Irish soil at the end of June. We have a quick look at what's going on when the Olympic Repechage comes to UCD next weekend. 

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Chapter 49: Alan Gernon, What’s the Story?


Its a summer of football in 2016 so Danny & Mero have hopped on the Euro 2016 bandwagon and got a football guest. 

Alan Gernon is a comedian, sports writer for Boylesports and an author. His new book "Retired: What happens to footballers when the game is up?" has been getting great reviews both home and away. From George Hook to Neil Delamere and from Keys and Gray to the House of Commons, Alan has been in demand following the release of Retired and for good reason. 

Bankruptcy, Divorce, health issues and prison are just some of the shocking outcomes for professional footballers when they hang up their boots. That might sound like hyperbole but Alan has some statistics to back it up, and they are shocking.  Nearly 50% of footballers face bankruptcy within 5 years of retirement. 33% will be divorced with a year of their playing days being up and up to 80% of retired ex pros suffer with osteoarthritis. 

These are just some of the areas Alan has covered in his book. 

Chapter 49 also includes Euro 2016, Football Manager, Summer BBQs, UFC 199, Muhammad Ali and lots more besides. 

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Chapter 48: Mark O’Connor, What’s the story?


This week Danny & Mero continue to celebrate the borough and Irish film as they welcome writer and director Mark O'Connor to Fitzpatrick Castle. 

Mark has given the world some of the best Irish cinema of the past decade with films like Between the Canals, Stalker and King of Travellers all gaining attention internationally. He has launch some of Ireland's best and brightest actors in Peter Coonan and John Connors and his latest offering, Cardboard Gangsters, is due for release this Autumn. 

Besides talking all things film the lads also spoke to Mark about his love of skate boarding and martial arts, while Danny talks about his recent trip to see Bruce Springsteen and Mero gives us the low down on how the Ballybrack Bulls faired in just their second season.