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Pirate Irwin

Pirate Irwin

Pirate Irwin is a journalist with Agence France Presse , who has been based in Paris for 16 years having initially arrived for just a six month summer stay. Born in Ireland in 1965 and educated at Eton and Institute for Foreign Students in Tours after missing out on University by a large margin. His first name is a gift from his grandfather inspired by Radio Caroline but not appreciated by a Roman Catholic priest at christening. 
Serena wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon
Serena wary of Riske factor at Wimbledon
Serena Williams may never get a better chance of equalling Margaret Court's Grand Slam title record of 24 with the Wimbledon quarter-finals bereft...
'My goal is to win Wimbledon,' says teen Gauff after Venus shock
'My goal is to win Wimbledon,' says teen Gauff after Venus shock
Cori Gauff, at 15 the youngest ever qualifier for Wimbledon, is not content with just beating five-time champion Venus Williams — now she...
United's foundations at risk unless Solskjaer rids club of 'weeds'
United's foundations at risk unless Solskjaer rids club of 'weeds'
Ole Gunnar Solskjær said prior to the humiliating 4-0 thrashing by Everton there would not be wholesale changes to Manchester United personnel in...
Peace at last between 'Special One' and Wenger
Peace at last between 'Special One' and Wenger
Arsene Wenger received the Laureus Lifetime Achievement award on Monday but it was the glowing tribute from the unlikeliest of sources Jose...
Take a header at dementia
Take a header at dementia
Does heading a football give you dementia? That’s the question neuropathologist Willie Stewart is attempting to answer by comparing former...
Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona — reports
Pogba keen to leave United for Barcelona — reports
France World Cup star Paul Pogba is determined to end his fractious relationship with Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and move to Barcelona, according to British media reports on Wednesday....
Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon, Murray misses out
Serena Williams seeded for Wimbledon, Murray misses out
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams has been seeded 25 for this year's women's singles by the organisers despite being ranked 183 in the...
Ka-ching! It’s raining cash in the EPL
Ka-ching! It’s raining cash in the EPL
England’s Premier League clubs have spent more money than ever in the January transfer window, with initial estimates suggesting they had reached...
Five things we learned in the Premier League
Five things we learned in the Premier League
Manchester City notched their eighth successive Premier League win to maintain their five-point cushion at the top of the table as Manchester...
'Heartbroken' Makwala surges into 200m final, Van Niekerk double on track
'Heartbroken' Makwala surges into 200m final, Van Niekerk double on track
Botswana's Isaac Makwala admitted to being heartbroken and fuelled by anger as he ran two rounds of the 200 metres – one on his own – to reach...
Mourinho faces Chelsea, Lincoln dream of Arsenal
Mourinho faces Chelsea, Lincoln dream of Arsenal
Jose Mourinho will have to get past former club Chelsea if FA Cup holders Manchester United are to keep their hopes of retaining the trophy alive...
Olympics 2020: Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul bids too close to call
Olympics 2020: Madrid, Tokyo and Istanbul bids too close to call
All three bid cities were to have a final chance to woo the IOC members with a 45-minute presentation piece after which the first round of voting...