Erin in the Lion’s Den Luke Kelly’s poem, For What Died the Sons of Róisín, which appeared first in The Dubliners album Revolution in 1970 is perhaps most resounding over 40 years later, in 2012. “To whom do we owe our allegiance today To whom do we owe our allegiance today To those brave men who fought and died that […]

A Rocky Road to Recovery

“This man shouldn’t be playing football. He’s made an almost Lazarus-like recovery from a ruptured artery. Lazarus was a great man but he couldn’t play football like Shane Duffy.” – to paraphrase Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh On a fine summer’s day on the coastal town of Malahide outside Dublin, the Republic of Ireland senior squad were preparing for a behind-closed-doors friendly. Having […]

Why Devine’s Right

“I’m overwhelmed and honoured to be in the position of manager of Derry City Football Club. It’s a club that is close to my heart and it has been since the first time I walked in the gates for the game against Home Farm in 1985.” – Declan Devine  Just a few short weeks after Stephen Kenny decided to quit […]

 This article appeared on SportsNews Ireland Back in early November, when Michael O’Neill was first linked with the Northern Ireland job, alarm bells were ringing in Derry. It seemed certain that, in light of their remarkable European and league success, Shamrock Rovers would be seeking the best manager in Ireland. And his name was Stephen Kenny. Sure enough, as O’Neill […]