Thomas Hawkins

Thomas Hawkins

Thomas has contributed to the success of the Irish News sports section for many years through his roles as the paper's amateur boxing correspondent, freelance and staff sub-editing duties.


Took over the Sports Editor post in August 2000 and has successfully overseen the growth of the sports section and many changes to both format, design and content.


He has assisted in the smooth transition of the Irish News from a traditional broadsheet newspaper, through the introduction of the condensed Berliner-style paper to the present-day, popular compact format. He has led an award-winning reporting and sub-editing team during this time and is now looking ahead with confidence to developing the sports section even further.


In conjunction with The Irish News online / digital team and using the very latest media technology, he aims to highlight and promote the depth and quality of the sports section.
In so doing, Thomas and his sports desk team will play an integral role in helping to create a whole new generation of readers, and add an exciting chapter into the rich history of the success of The Irish News.

Thomas Hawkins's Twitter

  1. In tomorrow’s Irish News and on irishnews.com: Ulster return to action against Leinster at the RDS after… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  2. In tomorrow’s Irish News and on irishnews.com: @paddyc13 has scored more points for Antrim over two stint… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  3. In tomorrow’s Irish News and on irishnews.com: By January, Loughgiel and Slaughtneil will have contested… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  4. In tomorrow’s Irish News and on irishnews.com: James McCartan doesn’t promise trophies, what he does prom… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  5. Cunningham leaves with “no regrets” and feels he “got closure” after returning to Antrim over the last two seasons irishnews.com/sport/2021/11/…

  6. Time Out: Down lucky to have landed a man of James McCartan's calibre irishnews.com/sport/gaafootb…

  7. Brendan Crossan: Arrigo Sacchi - one of football's historic game-changers irishnews.com/sport/opinion/…

  8. St Patrick's, Donagh were 50 years old last month and one year after being relegated to bottom rung of Fermanagh’s… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  9. Time Out: Down lucky to have landed a man of James McCartan's calibre irishnews.com/sport/gaafootb…

  10. The passion he has for his county, his track record of success and experience of having been there and done it make… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  11. Cunningham leaves with “no regrets” and feels he “got closure” after returning to Antrim over the last two seasons irishnews.com/sport/2021/11/…

  12. No complacency from NI against North Macedonia: Sarah McFadden @NorthernIreland @FIFAWWC #GAWAtwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  13. "God knows where I would have been or been doing if it wasn't for Seán Mellon" via @CahairOKane1twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  14. Armagh 'open to suggestions' on moving club games away from Sunday @Armagh_GAA irishnews.com/sport/gaafootb… pic.twitter.com/jJm82YrvFN

  15. The 140-day wait: McCartan appointment ends 'frustrating' process for Down @OfficialDownGAA @neil_loughrantwitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  16. James McCartan return 'a brilliant choice' for Down insists Benny Coulter @OfficialDownGAA @BennyCoulter82twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  17. James McCartan has returned for a second spell as manager of the Down senior footballers with Aidan O’Rourke confir… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  18. News: @OfficialDownGAA are to appoint James McCartan as senior team manager with @Armagh_GAA All-Ireland winner Aid… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

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  19. James McCartan will be ratified as new @OfficialDownGAA boss tonight, with Aidan O’Rourke as head coach. McCartan l… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  20. France striker Karim Benzema has been given a one-year suspended prison sentence after being found guilty of conspi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  21. Belleek future looking brighter - and firmer - on and off the pitch. "From it was first created it's always been a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  22. McKenna brothers will be 'boxing superstars' predicts Mick Hennessy. “It doesn’t matter what hell-hole it is or ho… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  23. Kenny Archer: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was so short of what Manchester United required. If Ole truly loved Manchester U… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  24. Steven McDonnell: International Rules may have its critics, but I will always cherish memories. Here are the 15 bes… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  25. “To have two incredible, world-class fighters with so much potential is mind-blowing really. I see serious, serious… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  26. “Pro boxing is appealing to me. I was thinking about it, but the Olympics is something I’ve always dreamed of. I wo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  27. “I remember watching Crossmaglen play Slaughtneil at our pitch thinking ‘wouldn’t it be class to be part of somethi… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  28. "It's a life-long club dream to be a senior hurling club. That's all we have ever wanted, all we've ever dreamt of,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

  29. Queen's Ashbourne Cup heroes prepare to reunite 30 years after breakthrough triumph #camogie @QueensCamogietwitter.com/i/web/status/1…