Brian Kerr and the Saturday Night Lights

Kerr is an accomplished manager I found myself accidentally tuning into Brendan O’Connor’s Saturday Night Show last night when I switched the TV on. I caught the introduction which promised interviews with Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon, an African Irish-speaker and most importantly, the former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr. O’Connor’s style is distinct, but it’s uninspiring and surprisingly […]

Farewell, Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens It was with great sadness that I learned of the death of Christopher Hitchens. Even when embattled with cancer, his scholarly integrity shone through as he continued to churn out column after column of thought-provoking polemic. I credit him, among others, with having inspired me to put my thoughts to writing, to discuss, to argue, to have principles […]

This article appeared on SportsNews Ireland on December 8. I have since learned that Brian Kerr has not even made the IFA’s shortlist. Interesting indeed! Who should be the next Northern Ireland manager? The BBC has reported that the Irish Football Association has narrowed down its preferences to a shortlist of six men, with Jim Magilton, Michael O’Neill, Iain Dowie, […]

Reduced Rooney Ban an Education

Rooney lashes out. As England fans rejoice at the news that Wayne Rooney’s 3-match ban has been reduced by one game, the rest of the football world can learn an important lesson: the squeaky wheel gets the oil. Recently, the [English] FA kicked up a massive fuss when FIFA told them not to adorn their shirts with poppies for the […]

Glasgowbury Taking Submissions

Ash at Glasgowbury I asked “What’s small but massive?” in a previous post. The answer is Glasgowbury. If you’re a fan and practicioner of local Irish music and if you like the sound of being a part of an event that has collected various Irish Festival Awards, including winning the Best Family and Best Service categories for three consecutive years, […]

Northern Ireland fans Over the past two weeks, The Irish Football Association (IFA) has once again come under public scrutiny following comments from former Northern Ireland international Paul McVeigh, who criticised the association’s decision to use the anthem ‘God Save the Queen’ before games. The former Norwich man said, ‚ÄúNorthern Ireland, as long as it continues with that anthem, will […]

No Easy Draws

European Championships Trophy The Republic of Ireland will learn its Euro 2012 fate tomorrow as the group-stage draw takes place at the Palace of Arts in Kyiv, Ukraine. Below is a run down of the seedings. Pot 1: Poland (A1)*, Spain, Netherlands, Ukraine (D1)* Pot 2: Germany, Italy, England, RussiaPot 3: Croatia, Greece, Portugal, SwedenPot 4: Denmark, France, Czech Republic, […]