The Off The Ball team pick the best sporting interviews of 2015

Newstalk's sports department pick out some of the pieces they enjoyed most on the show

BY Raf Diallo 15:10 Thursday 31 December 2015, 15:10 31 Dec 2015

Adrian, Cian, Joe, Mick and Wooly

A year flies by so quickly that you almost forget some of the moments that fill the gap between January 1st and December 31st.

It was another unforgettable year of sport as Ireland won a Six Nations before dropping out of the World Cup at the quarter-finals again, while the football team went from unlikely Euro 2016 qualifiers to booking flights to France next summer and corruption scandals have sullied the beautiful game and athletics.

We've been following those stories and more on Off The Ball over the past 12 months and as we look to do a Dave McIntyre-esque dive forward into what's shaping up to be an exciting 2016, we've also been looking back at some the pieces and interviews that stopped us in our tracks for personal reasons on the show during the year.

Joe Molloy 

Joe on stage with Barnes at Vicar Street in May

"My choice is ... John Barnes at Vicar Street. He was a sublime player with an interesting career, going from Watford to Liverpool and then coping with a game-changing injury.

"He was a brilliant talker - funny, intelligent, strong opinions. He also talked about racism in the game and society, with incredible insight - and he held a room of 1,000 people with rapt attention all the while." 

Listen back to that John Barnes interview from May right here:


Nathan Murphy 

"My choice is ... the night Ireland beat Germany, reporting on the game for Off The Ball.

"There have been many forgettable nights reporting from the Aviva over the last few years but that one moment of magic from Shane Long made it all worthwhile.

Michael McCarthy 

"My choice is ... Martin Fletcher's story about the Bradford fire as my pick of 2015. What he lost that day is beyond my imagination ... his father, uncle, grandfather and brother. His revelations from years or research of a shockingly incomplete public inquiry was also just flabbergasting."

Listen back to that interview from April with Martin Fletcher right here: 


 Cian Murtagh 

 "My choices are ... three great interviews from way back in January which I kept a note of."

 And here are the trio of pieces:


Richie McCormack 

 "My choice is ... the piece Joe did with football writer Simon Kuper (who was at the Stade de France on the night of the attack there) the Sunday after the Paris attacks was great.

Listen back to that interview with Simon Kuper via the podcast player:

Also on the day of the Marriage Referendum results,  David Gough - the ref who had been stopped from wearing a Pride wristband - was on a panel in the results day show. 


Tommy Rooney

"My choice is ... Sean Boylan's in-depth interview. He just took over and was brilliant. 

Listen back to that summer interview right here: 


Raf Diallo

"My choice is ... Ger's sit-down with Ruud Gullit. An interesting guy and there were so many layers to the chat beyond just the football achievements.

Listen back to the Ruud Gullit interview below:


Daniel Kelly

"My choice is ... Peter Lawrie's with Joe and Nathan at the start of December. Lawrie failed to earn a Tour Card for 2016 after relying on invitations in 2015. We are so used to hearing about the glamour of the job, but it was intriguing to hear Lawrie speak about the reality to a golfer trying to earn a tour card.

Listen back to that interview right here:

Finally, thanks for listening in during the year and see you all in 2016!

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