Enda McElhinney

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Irish-based sportswriter Enda McElhinney has been writing on top-level sports for more than a decade, featuring on many websites, including The Telegraph and Planet Sport.

Enda's passion for sports and successful betting comes across in his writing and he has covered GAA, Horse Racing, Football, Golf and Snooker.

Born and bred in Co Donegal, Enda's colours are nailed to the Tir Conaill mast and he has of course taken great joy in the return of the Messiah-like Jim McGuinness to the scene in 2024. He'll be watching with interest to see where the journey takes his home county during the second coming of the Glenties Bainisteoir.

Outside of hoping for that Donegal resurrection, Enda has been a long-time admirer of the great Dublin juggernaut and their approach to Gaelic football.

While Donegal cannot be described as a hurling stronghold, Enda joins the majority of Irish sports fans in being held enthralled by the modern incarnation of the hurling championship, where one great contest seems to be consistently followed by another each summer.

Enda's sporting passion extends to another great staple of the Irish landscape – horse racing. He classes himself first and foremost as a fan of National Hunt racing, that great winter pursuit, and is a fully subscribed member of the Cheltenham Festival countdown team – it's never too soon to start counting down the days until mid-March in the Cotswolds.

While Cheltenham is the mecca for any jumps fan, Enda can point any fan of jumps racing towards Leopardstown in early February and the Dublin Racing Festival – Ireland's pre-eminent Cotswolds trials meeting, laced with quality on the track and much more financially negotiable off it for punters.

An admirer of many of the modern-day greats in jumps racing, he cites Denman as the horse that helped him fall in love with all things Cheltenham and will be forever indebted to 'The Tank' as such.

As with many raised in Donegal, the green and white hoops of Glasgow Celtic have a strong pull at the heartstrings as Enda's football team of choice, while's he's an avid follower of golf and a long-suffering weekend warrior on the links at Portsalon GC, doing his level best to maintain a respectable handicap on the course.