“That was certainly one of those moments”

On the day that the Republic of Ireland face Germany in Euro 2016 qualification, it is only right to reminisce on that moment when 21-year-old Robbie Keane snatched a draw from Die Mannschaft at the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan. Ironically, the goal itself represents an enduring victory for the reviled ‘Route One’ brand of football but, when all […]

Sporting administrator or celebrity?

The recent appearances of Football Association of Ireland (FAI) chief executive John Delaney in the media have been perplexing to say the least. An administrator at the head of a major Irish sporting body, he has suddenly morphed into a celebrity and one cannot help but view the grotesque transformation as a cynical ploy. In the immediate aftermath of the […]

One of the complaints levelled against the League of Ireland is that the ‘product’ isn’t enough to entice supporters through the turnstiles. Those who might otherwise be persuaded to attend a game in Ireland’s domestic league, it is said, are not going to be attracted to half-full, semi-delapidated venues in order to watch the average game in the SSE Airtricity […]

The ‘real’ Roy Keane

Amid the inevitable furore and the tiresome lampooning that surrounded the launch of his new book, there were a few small moments in particular that revealed so much about Roy Keane. I had contacted Orion weeks in advance of the launch of The Second Half to enquire about potential serialisation only to be told that there would be none prior […]

There are many things that one could say are wrong about the League of Ireland and how it functions as the top-level competition for football in the country. However, over the past week, two announcements from Munster show that some clubs and communities are working together with the hope of reaping positive rewards. With special guest Roy Keane in attendance, […]

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane has today announced plans to establish an MLS franchise in Birr, Co. Offaly. In a sensational move, the Republic of Ireland international is set to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham by founding his own club in Ireland. The club will be called the Birr Icedogs and plans are afoot for the construction of […]

Brand new League of Ireland podcast

I recently had the pleasure of being a guest on the first edition of Goal.com’s brand new podcast dedicated to Irish domestic football, the League of Ireland GoalMouth. Bohemians striker Steven Beattie talks to host, Dave O’Grady about his career, which has seen him go from Puerto Rico to Iceland, while Ronan Murphy and I discuss the latest talking points […]

Tremendous skill by Keane

A ball is lofted high into the area. Robbie Keane spots the pass and sets forth, determined. His run is timed perfectly; he’s got time and an abundance of space as the ball drops into his feet. What happens next is truly magnificent. Sensing the imminent threat of Tijuana’s defenders as they close in, Keane contorts his body. He appears […]

That’s football for you

When football supporters pack themselves into stadiums, there is an inevitable outpouring of emotion. They clap in appreciation of that speculative 30-yard shot, seethe when a decision goes against their favourite player and erupt with joy when the ball finds the back of the net. A repertoire of songs and chants reverberates around the ground for 90 minutes. Some of […]

Shirking responsibility

I recently came across an article in the Galway Independent in which the president of the GMIT Students’ Union was complaining about promotions that were being run by nightclubs, pubs and off-licences in Galway to coincide with an unofficial ‘RAG Week’ that was occurring in the city. It was “grossly irresponsible” said GMIT SU president Sam O’Neill, for these outlets […]