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March 28, 2017 (No Comments) by Evan Coughlan

Ever since Conor McGregor billion-dollar-strutted his way out of the Octagon in November 2016, after becoming the first two weight world champion in UFC history, he has had a lot to say about the man he wants to fight next. You’d be forgiven for thinking ‘The Notorious One’ wanted to complete his trilogy with Nate Diaz or move up another weight division and take on Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley, but no, McGregor has his sights set on another man, in another sport entirely! And that man just so happens to be one of the greatest boxers of all time, Floyd Mayweather. With a boxing bout between McGregor and Mayweather looking […]

March 27, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The classic lyrics from The Clash must be running through Wayne Rooney’s mind all this season. Let’s not forget, this man is going to be a legend of Manchester United, winning everything that is there to be won for the club, and breaking Bobby Charlton’s goal-scoring record in the process. He has been a leader for United for years, and yet at the ripe old age of 31, Rooney has been consistently linked with moves away to China, the US, and just about every other place players go to watch their careers die. When Wayne gets a chance to sit back and think long and hard about where he is […]

March 25, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Stan Wawrinka was choking back the tears as he offered his opinion on Roger Federer. At the age of thirty-five, the Swiss had just beaten him to secure the Indian Wells title. He’s the oldest player to ever win the tournament. Yet another record attached to the name of one of the greatest of all time. “He’s laughing, he’s an asshole but it’s OK.” As Stan Wawrinka jokingly delivered this line, it was hard not to feel a genuine pity towards him. While he has enjoyed success on the court that many of his peers would be jealous of, particularly later in his career, I’m sure he looks at his […]

March 24, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry
FAI Top 5 Prospects For The Republic Of Ireland In 2016

There appears to be a pretty limited amount of potential in the Irish footballing pool at the moment. Each and every time a new messiah comes along, it’s only a matter of time before they are found wallowing about as a squad player in an underachieving championship team. This is most evident in the fact that there was only one player under the age of 21 in the squad for the recent WCQ against Austria. It’s not all bad though, here are some of the uncapped players who could make an impact in the next few years. Daryl Horgan – (Preston North End) So not exactly a child at 24 […]

March 23, 2017 (No Comments) by Ryan Corry

As it stands, Ireland are in a very healthy position in Group D, sitting top of the table, unbeaten in four games including a tough trip to Serbia. However, the worst is still yet to come, with Wales in the Aviva Stadium our next port of call on Friday, while being in the middle of the worst injury crisis we’ve seen in years. At this stage, the mind games between the two sides have been strictly corporate with the FAI offering an ‘insulting’ amount of tickets to Welsh supporters, who expected 10% of the allocation but were in fact offered a mere 6%. This might be a masterstroke and give the makeshift […]

March 22, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

I don’t like to be a promoter of stereotypes, but there are certain things that spring to mind when we think of China. Chop sticks. Jackie Chan. Three-in-ones. That place that you wouldn’t willingly bring your dog. But, football? Nah, no way. I couldn’t think of anything less Chinese than the beautiful game, could you? Well maybe, I dunno, unpolluted air? (OK, I have realised that not only am I a promoter of stereotypes, I am also quite a racist.) The Green Eyed Monster But recently, China is one of the hottest topics amongst football fans. Astronomical money is being pumped into Chinese football, meaning that some of the best […]

March 18, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Well, this hasn’t exactly gone to plan, has it? Back in November, when Ireland were beating everything the southern hemisphere was throwing at them, it all looked rosy for Joe Schmidt’s charges. We sent the Aussies, South Africa and those fearsome All-Blacks packing, and boy did it feel good. We even made a documentary about the New Zealand match. A documentary. After winning what was essentially a friendly match. And losing to the same team the next week. A fu*king documentary. At the start of the competition we had high expectations for Ireland’s chances in the 6 Nations, flash forward a few months and there aren’t too many Irish production […]

March 17, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

Friday 17th March, on the traditional day of St. Patrick, is the date for the AIB GAA football club championship final, as Slaughtneil of Derry take on Dr. Crokes from Kerry in Croke Park (TG4, throw-in 5pm). This is the day when a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears, mud, more sweat, and what feels like 5,400 laps of pitches culminates in the final battle to decide which team is the best in the nation in 2016/17, all while everyone else plays the next season’s league games. But let’s not focus on that. It has truly been a rollercoaster ride this season in the latter stages of the championship. Favourites […]

March 16, 2017 (No Comments) by Dean Fitzgerald

The Europa League this year has been unusual to say the least. In the past couple of years, a big-named team has emerged as winners in the form of Sevilla, Chelsea, Atlético Madrid and FC Porto. However, in the 2016/17 edition of the Europa League it’s difficult to say that there are multiple teams of real pedigree remaining. Manchester United are obviously an exception as a big team, but with the other ‘big names’ being Roma, Lyon and possibly Schalke 04, it’s hard to argue for the prestige of the competition. Nevertheless, a guaranteed place in next year’s Champions League is up for grabs and each of the last 16 […]

March 15, 2017 (No Comments) by Andy Leech

Oh, I do fancy a flutter, don’t you? It’s Cheltenham week, oh course you do! And what a glorious time it is. Surely ‘tis the only week of the year where it’s quite acceptable to stroll into a bookies at half one on a Wednesday afternoon and precede to spend the remainder of the day there. You might even see your wife’s number appear on your phone, but you needn’t worry. Other days, you might be forced to pick up and instantly think of an excuse as to why you didn’t come home for lunch: “Sorry, love, I had to work right through” or “Sorry, dear, the boss wanted to […]

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