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Fin’s Fables: Surviving the Cut

By Fin Ruane The retirement of Stephen Hendry during last season’s World Championship raised quite a few eyebrows. The seven-time world champion stunned the snooker community with his announcement after his quarter-final defeat to Stephen Maguire. Many thought, including myself, that he still had a lot to offer the game[Read More…]

Fin’s Fables: The Season So Far

By Fin Ruane So three months into the new snooker season and with the first ranking cut off last weekend it’s time to run the rule over the winners, movers and shakers of the 2012 /2013 season. With qualifiers starting for the Wuxi Classic and Australian Open just a couple[Read More…]

Fin’s Fables: Life on the Tour

By Fin Ruane The first time I watched any of the boys play at a ranking event venue was October 1990 when myself, Ken Doherty and a sizeable contingent from Ilford travelled up to see Stephen Murphy play John Parrott in their pre-televised match of that season’s Rothmans Grand Prix.[Read More…]

Fin’s Fables: The Professional Years

By Fin Ruane The year was 1990 and the number of registered professional snooker players stood at 128. The governing body WPBSA held all the strings and had the final say on who would and would not be allowed to join their exclusive club. Amateur snooker was thriving and every[Read More…]

Fin’s Fables: The London Years

By Fin Ruane England in 1988, and particularly in London, was a hotbed of snooker, some of the world’s finest snooker talent converged there to improve and fine tune their skills. Ilford and Barking Snooker Clubs in Essex were just two of the many gathering points for a new breed[Read More…]

Fin’s Fables: The Beginning

By Fin Ruane My first memory of being around snooker was the World Amateur Championship in Dublin in 1974. I was five years of age and my dad who was chairman of RIBSA at the time brought me to a match. To say I was captivated by the game is[Read More…]

Big Interview: David Hogan

With the golden generation of Irish snooker well and truly behind us, thoughts turn to the new breed of players from the Emerald Isle emerging through the ranks. Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien are having decent campaigns so far this year but their careers are nearing an end while stalwarts[Read More…]