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Stephen Kenny has had a highly eventful time as Ireland manager with a penalty playoff loss, a pandemic, a covid close contacts crisis, a video storm, 8 games without a win and now he has lost his assistant coach Damien Duff. Ken journalist is on the case, and he has some strong leads.

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Paul O’Connell is maybe Ireland’s best ever forward, one of our best ever captains, a Lions captain, but besides a curtailed spell in Paris and some short stints in Ireland, he hasn’t got a very extensive coaching CV. We ask Shane Horgan and Gerry Thornley to predict how good he will be, and why.

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Plus there’s Roy Keane football manager, mighty Leinster, Connacht butchering a 15 on 13 overlap and Eoin McDevitt’s shredded sports calendar.

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