After Dundalk defeated Cork City at Turner’s Cross a few weeks ago, I had a brief conversation with a couple of Lilywhites supporters about how their fortunes have turned around in the space of two years. “It’s Stephen Kenny,” enthused one fan. “He’s great.” He then leaned in closer, adopting a slightly more serious tone. “I really think he could […]

The deliberate success of Cork City

Last night Cork City took advantage of Dundalk’s slip up in Bray to go one point clear at the top of the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. A rather incredible, if fortuitous, goal from Billy Dennehy gave John Caulfield’s side the three points and it was richly deserved. Amazingly, the league will now be decided on the final day as the […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

It did not take long for the rumour mill to spark into life following the news that David Jeffrey would step down as manager of Linfield at the end of the current season. One potential candidate, according to reports, is former Blues striker Glenn Ferguson, who now manages Ballymena United. The recently retired Northern Ireland international, David Healy, has also […]

After working on his literary debut for a number of years, Cratlagh Wood native William Paul Boyce decided to be proactive and publish without external agencies Ernest Hemingway said, in an interview with the Paris Review, that “once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure only death can stop it.” For Donegal author William Paul Boyce this sentiment […]