Year in Review 2008 - Sport

  • Kilkenny City resign from league

    Kilkenny City resign from league
    The eircom League of Ireland First Division will have a new look to it after confirmation today that it has lost one of its key members and will gain a new member ahead of the new season. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0118/kilkennycity.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Maria Sharapova wins Australian Open.

    Maria Sharapova wins Australian Open.
    Maria Sharapova sounded an ominous warning to her rivals after securing her first Australian Open title by claiming her best years are still ahead of her. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0126/sharapovam.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Novak Djokovic wins men%u2019s title.

    Novak Djokovic wins men%u2019s title.
    Tennis hot property Novak Djokovic broke through for his first Grand Slam triumph with a dramatic four-set victory over unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Australian Open. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0127/australianopen1.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Giovanni Trapattoni named as the new manager of Ireland.

    Giovanni Trapattoni named as the new manager of Ireland.
    The FAI has officially confirmed Giovanni Trapattoni as the new manager of the Republic of Ireland. At a press conference at the FAI headquarters in Abbotstown in Dublin, the FAI said Trapattoni will take over on 1 May when his contract with Red Bull Salzburg ends. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0213/ireland1.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Tottenham win Carling Cup

    Tottenham win Carling Cup
    England defender Jonathan Woodgate capped a remarkable Tottenham fightback with an extra-time winner over Chelsea in the Carling Cup final at Wembley today. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0224/carlingcup.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Cheltenham Festival

    Cheltenham Festival
    Denman at odds of 9/4, ridden by Sam Thomas and trained by Paul Nicholls has won the totesport Gold Cup in impressive fashion. The winner took over at the head of affairs with just over a circuit to go and he poured on the pressure up front. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/0314/denman.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Wales win Grand Slam.

    Wales win Grand Slam.
    Wales, with passion and flair in abundance, secured their 10th Six Nations grand slam with a 29-12 win over France to cap a remarkable renaissance under coach Warren Gatland. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/sixnations/2008/0315/wales_france.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • McDowell wins the Ballantine's Championship

    McDowell wins the Ballantine's Championship
    Ireland's Graeme McDowell emerged victorious in a play-off with India's Jeev Milha Singh to win the Ballantine's Championship. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0316/mcdowell.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • St Vincent's and Portumna have won the All-Ireland club finals.

    St Vincent's and Portumna have won the All-Ireland club finals.
    St Vincent's carved out a gritty win to claim the AIB All-Ireland senior club football title for the first time since 1976. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2008/0317/clubfinals.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • O'Sullivan resigns as Ireland coach

    O'Sullivan resigns as Ireland coach
    Eddie O'Sullivan has resigned from his position as Ireland coach. The 49-year-old, who took up the role in 2001, was under pressure after Ireland exited last autumn's World Cup at the group stage and then could only manage fourth place in the RBS 6 Nations. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/sixnations/2008/0319/osullivane.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Hear The Echo wins Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National

    Hear The Echo wins Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National
    Hear The Echo bounced back from a couple of disappointing efforts to run the race of his life and land the Powers Whiskey Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/0324/heartheecho.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Timmy Murphy on Comply Or Die won Grand National at Aintree

    Timmy Murphy on Comply Or Die won Grand National at Aintree
    Timmy Murphy gave the David Pipe-trained Comply Or Die a superb ride to win the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree. full story
  • Damien McGrane won the Volvo China Open today

    Damien McGrane won the Volvo China Open today
    Damien McGrane admits he has fulfilled a childhood dream after securing his first European Tour title with an impressive nine-stroke victory at the Volvo China Open today. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0420/mcgraned.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Tipperary edge out Galway to claim Hurling League title

    Tipperary edge out Galway to claim Hurling League title
    Tipperary were crowned NHL Division 1 champions for the 19th time after edging Galway in this afternoon's hotly contested final at the Gaelic Grounds. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2008/0420/tipperary_galway.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Darren Clarke won the BMW Asian Open by a single stroke

    Darren Clarke won the BMW Asian Open by a single stroke
    A superb birdie putt at the final hole secured Darren Clarke an emotional first victory on the European Tour in five years as the Ryder Cup star won the BMW Asian Open by a single stroke. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0427/asianopen.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Derry comeback outguns Kerry in League final

    Derry comeback outguns Kerry in League final
    Derry kicked the final four points of this Parnell Park decider to see off Kerry and lift their first NFL Division 1 title since 2000. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2008/0427/derrykerry.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Leinster Magners Lge Champs

    Leinster Magners Lge Champs
    Leinster's coronation as Magners League champions came a week early as Michael Cheika's side proved far too strong for the Newport-Gwent Dragons in tonight's title decider at the RDS. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2008/0503/leinster.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Lawrie continues Irish streak

    Lawrie continues Irish streak
    Dubliner Peter Lawrie made it three Irish wins in a row on the European Tour today when he beat Ignacio Garrido at the second hole of a dramatic play-off for the Spanish Open in Seville. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0504/lawriep.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan wins World Championship

    Ronnie O'Sullivan wins World Championship
    Ronnie O'Sullivan completed a memorable season by winning the 888.com World Championship crown for the third time with a comfortable 18-8 success over Ali Carter at the Crucible Theatre. full story
  • Declan Kidney named Ireland coach

    Declan Kidney named Ireland coach
    The Irish Rugby Football Union has announced that Declan Kidney has been confirmed as the new head coach of the national team. full storyTARGET="_blank"
  • Man United League title

    Man United League title
    Record-holder Ryan Giggs marked a lifetime's loyalty with the best present possible as he delivered another Premier League title to Manchester United. full story
  • Zenit St Petersburg win UEFA Cup

    Zenit St Petersburg win UEFA Cup
    Zenit St Petersburg won their first ever European silverware after ending the dreams of Rangers in the UEFA Cup final in Manchester on Wednesday. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0514/rangers_zenit.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Portsmouth win FA Cup

    Portsmouth win FA Cup
    Kanu was Portsmouth's hit-and-miss hero again as his first-half goal won the FA Cup for Harry Redknapp's team, who had just enough Premier League pedigree to see off Championship outsiders Cardiff. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0517/cardiff_portsmouth.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Manchester United won the Champions League

    Manchester United won the Champions League
    Manchester United won the Champions League by beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a breathless final had finished 1-1 after extra-time in Moscow. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0521/chelsea.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Celtic Scottish Champions

    Celtic Scottish Champions
    Celtic striker Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink's 20th goal of the season against Dundee United at Tannadice handed the Parkhead side their third Clydesdale Bank Premier League title in succession. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0522/celtic.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Munster were crowned European champions

    Munster were crowned European champions
    Munster landed their second European title in three seasons to give Declan Kidney a dream send-off. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/2008/0524/munster_toulouse.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ana Ivanovic claimed her maiden grand slam

    Ana Ivanovic claimed her maiden grand slam
    Serbia's Ana Ivanovic claimed her maiden grand slam title when she beat Russian 13th seed Dinara Safina 6-4 6-3 in the French Open final. full story
  • Nadal takes French Open

    Nadal takes French Open
    Rafael Nadal underlined his status as the undisputed king of the claycourt as he destroyed Roger Federer in the final of the French Open. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0608/frenchopen.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Yeats completes a hat-trick of wins in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot

    Yeats completes a hat-trick of wins in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot
    Yeats secured his place in the history books as he became only the second horse to complete a hat-trick of wins in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/0619/yeatsascotgold.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Spain win Euro 2008 final

    Spain win Euro 2008 final
    Spain finally ended their 44-year wait for a trophy when Fernando Torres's exquisite first-half goal gave them a deserved 1-0 victory over Germany in a fast and furious Euro 2008 final. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/euro2008/2008/0629/germany_spain.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Aidan O'Brien and Seamus Heffernan teamed up to win another Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby

    Aidan O'Brien and Seamus Heffernan teamed up to win another Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby
    Aidan O'Brien and Seamus Heffernan teamed up to win another Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby as Frozen Fire came out on top in a messy renewal of the Curragh Classic. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/0629/irishderby.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Venus wins Wimbledon

    Venus wins Wimbledon
    Venus Williams claimed her fifth Wimbledon title by defeating sister Serena in a hard-fought final on Centre Court on Saturday. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0705/wimbledonw2.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Nadal wins Wimbledon

    Nadal wins Wimbledon
    Rafael Nadal claimed his first Wimbledon title in epic fashion on Centre Court with a five-set victory over world number one Roger Federer, which will rank as one of the greatest Grand Slam finals. full story
  • Padraig Harrington wins Irish PGA at the European Club

    Padraig Harrington wins Irish PGA at the European Club
    Open champion Padraig Harrington cruised to a morale-boosting four shot win in the Ladbrokes.com Irish PGA at the European Club. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0712/irishchampionship.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • McDowell wins Barclays Scottish Open

    McDowell wins Barclays Scottish Open
    Graeme McDowell will finally consent to being measured for his Ryder Cup uniform after the biggest win of his career at the Barclays Scottish Open. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0714/mcdowell.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Ireland's Padraig Harrington defends Open title

    Ireland's Padraig Harrington defends Open title
    Harrington two putted for the win and is congratulated by his family. What an achievement by the Dubliner. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0720/matchtracker.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Spain's Carlos Sastre wins Tour de France

    Spain's Carlos Sastre wins Tour de France
    Spain's Carlos Sastre wrapped up his maiden Tour de France triumph on Sunday following the final stage of the race into Paris. full story
  • Olympics opening

    Olympics opening
    The eyes of the world gazed in awe on Beijing as a stunning opening extravaganza heralded the start of the Olympic Games. <a href='http://http://www.rte.ie/sport/other/2008/0808/olympics.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Taylor gold at Euro Champs

    Taylor gold at Euro Champs
    World and European lightweight champion Katie Taylor won her third major title after she claimed gold at the European Union Championships in Liverpool. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/boxing/2008/0809/taylor.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Harrington wins third Major

    Harrington wins third Major
    Padraig Harrington broke a 78-year European jinx as he won the 90th US PGA Championship at Oakland Hills to claim back-to-back majors after a nerve-wracking duel with Sergio Garcia. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0811/harringtonp.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Bolt 100m gold

    Bolt 100m gold
    Usain Bolt of Jamaica produced a stunning performance to win the men's 100 metres Olympic title in a new world record time of 9.69 seconds. full story
  • Phelps makes history

    Phelps makes history
    Michael Phelps completed his quest for eight gold medals at a single Olympic Games in yet another world record time as the United States trumped the rest of the field to win the 4x100 metres medley relay. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/other/2008/0817/phelpsm.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Bolt does double

    Bolt does double
    Jamaica's Usain Bolt blazed to victory in the 200 metres final in a world record 19.30 seconds to secure the first men's Olympic sprint double since 1984. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/other/2008/0820/bolt.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Lynch banned

    Lynch banned
    Four horses have been banned from competing in Thursday's Olympic jumping competition for doping, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced on Thursday. Denis Lynch's mount Latinus is one of those banned. full story
  • Barnes bronze

    Barnes bronze
    Ireland's Paddy Barnes has lost to China's Shiming Zou in the semi-finals of the Olympic Light Flyweight semi-finals by a massive but misleading 15-0. full story
  • Sutherland bronze

    Sutherland bronze
    Britain's James DeGale cruised through to the middleweight final of the Olympic boxing competition on Friday and said afterwards it had been as easy as it looked. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/other/2008/0822/sutherlandd1.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Egan silver

    Egan silver
    Irish light heavyweight Kenny Egan lost his gold medal fight to Xiaoping Zhang by 11-7 at the Worker's Gymnasium in Beijing. The eight time Irish national champion put up a brave effort but some controversial judging made it very difficult for the 26-year-old, and he never got back on terms after going behind early. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/other/2008/0824/egank_.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Clarke wins KLM Open

    Clarke wins KLM Open
    Darren Clarke on Sunday lifted the trophy which will surely bring with it an invitation from Nick Faldo to be part of his Ryder Cup team. A week after his 40th birthday Clarke captured his second victory of the season at the KLM Open in Holland - and did it by a commanding four-stroke margin. full story
  • Irish Olympians return home

    Irish Olympians return home
    Ireland's Olympic team has been welcomed home by hundreds of people at Dublin Airport. full story
  • Kilkenny champions again

    Kilkenny champions again
    Waterford endured a nightmare afternoon at Croke Park as arguably the greatest Kilkenny team of all-time secured the Cats' first All-Ireland three-in-a-row since 1913. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/0907/kilkenny_waterford.html?gaa' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Serena claims US Open

    Serena claims US Open
    American Serena Williams won her ninth grand slam title by beating tenacious Serbian Jelena Jankovic 6-4 7-5 in a high-quality US Open women's final. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0908/serena.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Federer wins US Open

    Federer wins US Open
    Roger Federer powered to a fifth successive US Open title with a straight sets victory over Andy Murray at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/tennis/2008/0909/usopen.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Cork take Camogie title

    Cork take Camogie title
    A crowd of 18,727 watched on at a wet Croke Park as Cork dug deep to finish five-point winners over Galway in this afternoon's Gala All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship final. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/0914/cork_galway.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Tyrone take Sam

    Tyrone take Sam
    Tyrone simply wore Kerry into the ground as a priceless goal from Tommy McGuigan and a string of late points inspired Mickey Harte's side to their third All-Ireland title of the decade. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/0921/tyrone_kerry.html?gaa' TARGET="_blank"
  • US win Ryder Cup

    US win Ryder Cup
    The Ryder Cup returned to American hands in Muhammad Ali's home town as Nick Faldo's plan to 'float like a butterfly and sting like a bee' went up in smoke. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/golf/2008/0921/rydercup2.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Eircom Lge Cup final

    Eircom Lge Cup final
    A Sammy Morrow hat-trick helped Derry City secure a fourth Eircom League of Ireland Cup in a row with a 6-1 defeat of battling but inexperienced Wexford Youths at Ferrycarrig Park. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/0927/wexford_derry.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ladies football final

    Ladies football final
    Cork captured a fourth successive TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship crown as Ulster champions Monaghan were put to the sword at Croke Park. full story
  • Galway Antrim join Leinster

    Galway Antrim join Leinster
    GAA delegates voted this morning to include Galway and Antrim in a restructured Leinster Hurling Championship. Dublin, Wexford and Offaly all spoke against the move at today's Special Congress at Croke Park. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/1004/gaa.html?gaa' TARGET="_blank"
  • Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp

    Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp
    Zarkava wrote her name into the record books with a stunning victory in the Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/1005/zarkava1.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Bohs champions

    Bohs champions
    Bohemians are the new eircom League of Ireland champions after a dramatic victory over outgoing champions Drogheda at a packed United Park. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/1010/droghedaunited_bohemians.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ireland clinch International Rules series

    Ireland clinch International Rules series
    Ireland's Gaelic football stars fired four goals to the Australian net as they recaptured the Cormac McAnallen Cup in thrilling fashion with a 57-52 second Test victory in Melbourne. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/championship/2008/1031/internationalrules.html?gaa' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ireland win ICC Intercontinental Cup final

    Ireland win ICC Intercontinental Cup final
    A century from Niall O'Brien sealed a third successive victory for Ireland in the ICC Intercontinental Cup final at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth with victory over Namibia on day four. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/cricket/2008/1102/ireland_namibia.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Hamilton becomes F1 Champion

    Hamilton becomes F1 Champion
    Lewis Hamilton on Sunday realised his childhood dream, and with added poignancy at the home of his all-time hero in Ayrton Senna. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/motorsport/2008/1103/hamiltonl.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Ireland RLWC ends

    Ireland RLWC ends
    Ireland's fairytale World Cup run came to grief on the Gold Coast in their semi-final qualifier, leaving Fiji to face champions Australia in Sydney next Sunday for a place in the final. full story
  • Dundalk First Div Champs

    Dundalk First Div Champs
    Robbie Farrell hit four goals as Dundalk won the eircom League of Ireland First Division title in the most amazing of circumstances at Station Road. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/1115/kildare_dundalk.html' TARGET="_blank">full story</a>
  • Kiwis beat Munster at Thomond opening

    Kiwis beat Munster at Thomond opening
    Munster were heroic in defeat as they were narrowly edged out by New Zealand at Thomond Park. full story
  • Bohs do double

    Bohs do double
    Bohemians added the FAI Ford Cup to their Premier Division title after emerging victorious at the end of an thrilling contest with Derry City in difficult conditions at the RDS today. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/soccer/2008/1123/bohemians_derry1.html' TARGET="_blank"
  • Taylor retains World title

    Taylor retains World title
    Katie Taylor retained her World lightweight title with a classy 13-2 win over Cheng Dong of China at the 5th AIBA Women's World Championships in Ningbo City, China this morning. full story
  • Keane leaves Sunderland

    Keane leaves Sunderland
    Sunderland Athletic Football Club have confirmed the departure of manager Roy Keane. full story
  • Pat Smullen was crowned champion jockey in Ireland

    Pat Smullen was crowned champion jockey in Ireland
    Pat Smullen was crowned champion jockey in Ireland for the fifth time this evening. <a href='http://www.rte.ie/sport/racing/2008/1205/smullenp.html' TARGET="_blank"