60 Years? So What?

Try as I might, I cannot understand the fawning over the Queen of England. Political leaders from the DUP, UUP, SDLP, Alliance and TUV praised Elizabeth II for, well, managing 60 years on the throne. Some spoke of how much respect she deserved. David Ford described her as a “rock of stability”, while the volatile dissenter Jim Allister said: ” […]

Daylight Robbery at the Brandywell

Daniel Lafferty recently joined English Championship outfit Burnley from Derry City in a deal thought to be in the region of £150,000-£200,000. The move is a great loss for Derry City, both in terms of the loss of Lafferty’s talent and the pittance which they received for his services. Here is a left-footed 22 year old former under-21 international who […]

Hey, that’s OUR money!

Did you hear the news? That’s right, some Derry “wan” won the lottery – “a cool €5,482,894” from a €12 ticket bought in Donegal. Lucky bugger, aye, but that’s our lottery. What’s a bloody northerner doing crossing the border, using our Euros to buy things in our country? He shouldn’t have been in the country in the first place at […]

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 […]

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, […]