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With their toned physiques and beaming smiles, fitness models make the quest for enviable abs, and shapely arms look easy. Maria Tracey goes behind the scenes to talk to one Corkwoman Emma Murphy about the realities of creating such a body.

It’s 6am on a Monday morning, and while most of the city is still tucked up in bed, Blackrock’s Emma Murphy is commencing her first...

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Cork boss Jimmy Barry-Murphy says that Cork must “raise their game” ahead of the upcoming All-Ireland senior hurling final replay. “I thought Clare were fantastic the last day and I don’t see any reason why they can’t play as well again,” he said. “We have to...

Simon McBeth from eFlow with Gerard Murphy and Sean O’Brien of Skibbereen Rowing Club at the National Rowing Centre in Farran. Picture: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Cork has cemented its reputation as the home of Irish rowing after two local clubs took every title in the National League. Skibbereen won the woman’s Division One and Division Two, and the men...

Munster’s Tommy O’Donnell is to be out for up to three months after he suffered a knee injury in last week’s win over Zebre. The 26-year-old back-row saw a specialist this week after suffering a hyperextension to his left knee and initial reports suggest that he could be out for 10-12 weeks.

However, Ian Nagle, who was sent home from Italy with O’Donnell after he...

Supermodel Miranda Kerr does it; Madonna is a recent convert and even Victoria Beckham is a fan;  ballet has transcended the stage and is now becoming the workout of choice for anyone who dreams of supple limbs and toned muscles.

The movie Black Swan offered an insight into the murkier side of professional ballet, but the reality, in Cork at least, couldn't be more different.

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Munster head coach Rob Penney. Picture: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Two Italian games await Munster Rugby over the coming fortnight. Rob Penney’s side will be playing rounds two and three of the RaboDirect PRO12, squaring off against Zebre tonight, Friday at Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma at 7.30pm and Treviso in Stadio Monigo the following week on Friday, September...

Local running clubs are being asked to host 5km runs in the lead up to Christmas to help support a Cork-based charity working with the poor in Swaziland. The funds raised will contribute to the school fees and clothing of athletes from the Manzini Athletic Club (MAC), which was set up several years ago by Fr Martin McCormack from Ballydesmond.

Among the successful athletes coming out of...

Cyclists are to saddle up for the Eamonn Mac Memorial Cycle in aid of Cork Cancer Research Centre later this month. The cycle will take place in West Cork on Saturday, September 21st at 10.30am with options of a 100km or 200km route (one-way or return). The course, which starts in Dunmanway, takes in Ballineen, Enniskeane, Bandon, Innishannon, The Viaduct Inn, Cork City, Watergrasshill,...

Cork will be represented at this weekend’s All-Ireland Camogie Final by Castlelyons Camogie Club. The Under 10s side of the North Cork club will play half-time of the Junior All Ireland Camogie Final this Sunday in Croke Park as part of the Liberty Insurance Camogie Finals Mini-Games. The other teams involved include Treaty Gaels, Limerick; St Patricks Keady Camogie Club, Armagh and...

Golfers are set to tee off for the Ballincollig Business Association (BBA) annual golf classic at the Lee Valley Golf & Country Club next Thursday, September 19th.

The money raised from all of the golf classics organised by BBA has gone in the past to the installation of the festival lights within the town, their maintenance and also planned growth over the next number of years....

For Cork, it’s hoped this weekend epic clash against Clare will follow the same vein as the Munster senior hurling semi-final in June. On that occasion, Jimmy Barry’s Murphy side took the honours with a 0-23 to 01-15 victory over the Banner County, a scoreline that is hoped to be replicated at Croke Park on Sunday, this time for the All-Ireland hurling final.

If so, it means...

Capacity for rugby legend Ronan O’Gara’s testimonial dinner in Cork Hall next month has been increased, with two rooms now to be used. The decision to use the Millennium Hall, adjacent to the main hall for the night of Thursday, October 24th, brings the number of seats from 600 up to 840. 

“The demand for tickets underlines the remarkably high esteem in which...

Munster will kick off their RaboDirect PRO12 campaign this Saturday in Musgrave Park. Rob Penney’s side won just two of their four home games played at Musgrave Park last season and will be looking to improve on the home tally this year by getting off to a positive start on Saturday at 7.15pm. 

Penney outlined that he is looking to improve on last year’s position in the...

Carlton Cuff (13), UCC Demons, in action against Mateusz Rudak (24), Bord Gais Neptune during the 2012/13 basketball season.

Cork basketball sides Bord Gais Neptune and the newly named, C&S UCC Demons will be competing in a re-invigorated Irish basketball league this year. Formerly known as the SuperLeague, the Basketball Ireland Premier League is now expanding from...

Yoga Republic's invigorating workouts take place in the great outdoors. Maria Tracey grabs her yoga mat, and finds out why fresh air is key to this fresh approach... 

It’s a concept that's been popular in sunny hot spots like LA and Sydney for years. But now local yogi Sackies Skalkos has brought outdoor yoga to Cork, with his studio Yoga Republic running regular free classes...

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