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 […]

The Rest of the Time

The Rest of the Time Warm cheeks, relaxed, Worries take the back seat The sporadic burstsAnd sustained intoxication There are times,When we ask the important questions The rest of the timeWe are too busy. Just too fucking busy. Ryan Kelly – 15.01.13

Parity of Esteem? No Surrender!

Shards of broken glass lay strewn across the floor and the baying mob thronged outside the door. The vicious barking of expletives filtered through the sound of alarms and then came the shrill, maniacal cry of “No Surrender!”  The fallout of the decision by Belfast City Council to only fly the British flag from the council building on designated days, […]

After watching Derry City’s 1-1 draw against Shelbourne yesterday afternoon, here are a few thoughts that came to mind. Rory’s Return  Source Rory Patterson played 70 minutes for Derry City against Shelbourne upon returning from injury. It was his first competitive game in quite a while – the striker had remarkably not played since the 3-0 home loss against Drogheda […]

What can we learn from Alex Bruce?

“I’m very flattered,” he gushed about being wanted by two international teams. “But I think I’m going to pick the Republic[of Ireland] purely because I think they are a better team. That’s no disrespect to Northern Ireland.” So said 21-year-old Alex Bruce in 2006. Five under-21 caps, one “B” cap and two senior caps later and in 2012, the same […]

My drum’s better than your drum

The leader of the British National Party (BNP) is stirring the pot again. This time, Nick Griffin’s abrasive remarks have been aimed at Irish republicans, or, as he calls them, “Fenian bastards”. After attending the Ulster Covenant march in Belfast yesterday, Saturday September 29 (a commemoration, one hastens to add, of an effective threat of violence way back in 1912), […]

WHEN Sunderland winger James McClean made the decision to play for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) rather than the Irish Football Association (IFA)*, there was uproar. Zealous fans of the IFA decried what they saw as an indefensible, traitorous act. They judged him, levelling scurrilous and unfounded accusations towards the player, branding him a “Judas” and a bigot for […]

Like Arnie, I’m back.

A couple of months can sometimes seem like a long time. After several months flying under the radar, I intend to blog regularly in the coming weeks and months. Stay tuned.

AFTER announcing that he would take a ten per cent pay-cut, the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), John Delaney wasn’t commended. Instead he was met with an outpouring of scorn, derision and pure contempt. Even though, as Delaney is keen to point out, the salary reduction is a voluntary one – his third in total, no […]