Sporting fix of 2020

Shane Lowry

If the parade of games across the festive season wasn’t enough to tell you, sport doesn’t tend to have much respect for the crossing of one year into the next – but we do! So, while the action continues unabated, we thought this a good time to pause and size up some of the most notable appointments awaiting in 2020.


From continental showpieces and global showdowns to the renewal of rugby’s most storied tournament, here’s what we’re marking on our calendars for the coming year…



February 1st – March 14th


The annual tournament is always one to look forward to – but this year’s can’t come quickly enough for Irish fans! After the disappointment of Japan, it’s a chance to get things back on track, and with a new head coach and captain there’s loads of new plotlines to follow. Mind, we’re not the only side that’s seen wholesale changes, so we’re bracing ourselves for an even more compelling renewal than usual!



April 9th – 12th


It’s hard to recall the last time that the golfing landscape looked quite so exciting; Tiger well and truly back in the big time, McIlroy at the peak of his powers, some Irish company for him in the winner’s enclosure in Shane Lowry, and an almighty field of pretenders queueing up for a shot at the big ones. Of course, they don’t get bigger than the Augusta, Georgia extravaganza, where the fight for the green jacket promises to be one for the ages!


EURO 2020

June 12th – July 12th


With our partisan glasses on, it’s impossible to look beyond March 26th, when Ireland travel to Slovakia for their playoff semi-final. In the interest of completion, though, it’s probably best to focus on the main event – whether we’re involved or not! There’s games in Dublin – guaranteeing some level of Irish interest – but it hardly matters; once the action begins, and Europe’s finest are in action, we won’t be able to look away!



July 24th – August 9th


From the hockey field to the pommel horse, the boys and girls in green will be flying the flag against the world’s finest as the quadrennial spectacular reaches the land of the rising sun. Our medal haul is rarely massive, of course, but that hardly stops us from dropping everything to get rightly stuck in – and with the time difference, we’re preparing for more than a few early mornings as the greatest athletes on the planet strut their stuff!



October 18th – November 15th


We’re well aware that this country isn’t exactly cricket mad, but we also know that Ireland have a reputation for World Cup fireworks – and that tends to get everyone’s attention! The shortest form of the international game is always provides bang for your buck, too; sixes by the bucketload and wickets tumbling all around. And if the game still seems impenetrable, look on the bright side; you’ve got nine months to get up to speed!


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