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FG senator wants ban on touts scrapped to protect jobs

A Fine Gael senator has called on Business Minister Heather Humphreys to abandon plans to prohibit the resale of sporting and entertainment tickets above face value. Ms Humphreys is planning to bring forward legislation which would clampdown on ticket touts cashing in on GAA matches and music concerts. However, Limerick …

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Huge crowds at funeral of ‘inspiration’ Dunlop

Thousands of mourners packed the quiet country road outside Garryduff Presbyterian Church to say goodbye to one of motor racing’s most loved sons – William Dunlop. They lined the route to the church from the Dunlop family home in Ballymoney, Co Antrim, to pay their final respects to the man …

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Dubs too hot to handle as Laois wilt in Croker clash

The Dubs rule Leinster football for a record eighth year in a row – with the Laois fans feeling the blues under azure skies. The Laois supporters admitted the match was probably a foregone conclusion before it had even started. As the temperature soared in Croke Park, their team found …

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Elverys owner in finance warning

The company behind sports retailer Elverys Intersport has warned that it is more difficult to obtain bank finance and make acquisitions. That comes amid substantial pressure on retail despite the strong economy. The company – West Roxbury Ltd – has just filed new accounts at the Companies Registration Office. The …

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Russia 2018: Chinese firms fill World Cup sponsorship gap

The value of World Cup sponsorship has dropped between the 2014 event in Brazil and this year’s in Russia, according to Nielsen Sports’ research. Fifa sponsor revenue fell from $1,629m (£1,214m) to $1,450m between events. Global market research firm Nielsen says the 2015-18 sponsorship cycle had been “a tougher sell” …

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The 1988 Boys in Green… where are they now?

From taxi driving to podiatry, Daniel McDonnell traces the steps of each member of the Irish squad after they featured in one of the most important chapters in the history of Irish international soccer Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ireland’s opening game at Euro ’88, a 1-0 victory over …

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