Time Out - February 25: Sporting greats, Dates and a Quick Quiz Blitz to kick-start your day

FOUNDING FATHER: Members of the Ulster Council, the Ulster History Circle, The Irish News and other dignitaries at the unveiling of an Ulster History Circle blue plaque at The Irish News in Donegall Street, Belfast to commemorate Irish News journalist John McKay, who was one of the founding members of the GAA


The Irish News - Thursday February 25 2010: The Irish News and the GAA came together yesterday to celebrate a recently-discovered link which dates right back to the founding of the famous sporting organisation.

The life and times of John McKay – a former Irish News reporter, and one of the seven founders of the GAA in Thurles in 1884 – were fondly remembered as relatives of the County Down man joined dignitaries at an event organised in his honour.

A blue Ulster History Circle commemorative plaque, which recognises people who have made significant contribution to life in the north, was unveiled outside the paper's offices on Donegall Street in Belfast.

Ulster GAA president Tom Daly spoke of his delight that Mr McKay's “very special connection with The Irish News” has been celebrated.

McKay, who was born near Downpatrick, worked as a journalist for this paper, although it took quite an amount of detective work last year to discover his birthplace and his grave, in London.

Members of the Irish News and the Ulster History Circle attended the event, along with former GAA President Paddy McFlynn, Ulster Council secretary Danny Murphy, and officials from RGU Downpatrick GAC.

  • Herb Elliott


    Australian middle-distance runner, 1960 Olympic 1500 metres champion, who was never defeated in a 1500 metre race from 1957 until his retirement four years later, born 1938.

  • Jean Todt

    motor racing

    Former rally co-driver and president of the FIA since 2009, born 1946.

  • Shaun Goater


    Former Manchester City and Bermuda striker, born 1970.

  • Park Ji-sung


    Former Manchester United and South Korea midfielder, born 1981.

  • Chris Baird


    Former Derby, Fulham and Northern Ireland defender, born 1982.

  • Flavia Pennetta


    2015 US Open champion, born 1982.

  • Eduardo


    Former Croatia and Arsenal striker, born 1983.

  • Benji Marshall

    rugby league

    Wests Tigers half-back, born 1985.

  • Eugenie Bouchard


    2014 Wimbledon runner-up, born 1994.

  • 1952

    Five-time TT world motorcycling champion Joey Dunlop was born in Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. He started racing in 1969 and won a record 26 Isle of Man TT races, the first in 1977. He was killed in a road race accident in Tallinn in July 2000.

  • 1964

    Cassius Clay, later known as Muhammad Ali, became heavyweight champion of the world as an 8-1 underdog when he stopped defending champion Sonny Liston at Miami Beach in Florida. Ali died in 2016.

  • 1989

    Britain's Frank Bruno lost to Mike Tyson in his second attempt to win the world heavyweight title.

  • 2007

    Chelsea lifted the Carling Cup for the second time in three seasons thanks to a 2-1 victory over Arsenal. Didier Drogba scored both goals for the victors but the match was marred by a stoppage-time brawl that resulted in three red cards.

  • 2009

    Premiership club Sale appointed Jason Robinson as their new head coach.

  • 2010

    Wayne Bridge made himself unavailable for selection to the England national team, stating that his position in the squad was "untenable and potentially divisive". His decision came after newspaper allegations of a relationship between Bridge's former partner Vanessa Perroncel and England defender John Terry.

  • 2012

    Nathan Cleverly successfully defended his WBO light-heavyweight title by beating Tommy Karpency on points at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff.

  • 2014

    Bradford Bulls were docked six points by the Rugby Football League for going into administration.

  • 2018

    Manchester City beat Arsenal 3-0 at Wembley to win the Carabao Cup with goals from Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva.

  • 2019

    James Harden's streak of games with at least 30 points ends at 32 - the second longest in NBA history - as he scores 28 points in the Houston Rockets' win over Atlanta.

  • Where did Kylian Mbappe play his club football before moving to Paris St Germain?
  • Who has scored the most points in rugby for Australia?
  • What is the name of Tipperary GAA county ground?
  • Which English racecourse has hosted the British Grand Prix five times?
  • What is the current record time for the men's 100 metres in track and field?
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  • Monaco
  • Michael Lynagh (911)
  • Semple Stadium, Thurles
  • Aintree
  • 9.58 seconds (Usain Bolt)

Tuesday, February 25


    Champions League, Chelsea v Bayern Munich - BT Sport 2 1900; Championship, Cardiff v Nottm Forest - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football 1900.


    Women's ICC World T20, England v Thailand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0330 (Wed).


    Tour of UAE - Eurosport 1 1045.


    Players Championship - ITV4 1245, 1845.

Wednesday, February 26


    Champions League, Real Madrid v Man City - BT Sport 2 1900; Championship, Millwall v Birmingham - Sky Sports Main Event 1930; Middlesbrough v Leeds - Sky Sports Action 1940.


    Women's ICC World T20, England v Thailand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0600; West Indies v Pakistan - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0730; India v New Zealand - Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Cricket 0330 (Thu); International T20, South Africa v Australia - Sky Sports Cricket 1555, Sky Sports Main Event - 1600.


    Formula One, day four of testing - Sky Sports F1 0800, 1300.


    Tour of UAE - Eurosport 1 1045; Track World Championships - Eurosport 1 1730.


    Players Championship - ITV4 1245, 1845.

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