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Plat’s That, No Euros for Ireland

There’ll be no repeat of the scenes in Poland last summer on the cobbled streets of Temple Bar. Unless Dublin is included in Michel Platini’s Euro vision. Ireland’s joint bid with Wales and Scotland to host the 2020 European Championship is dead before it got off the ground. UEFA have granted Platini’s wish to spread […] Continue reading →

Breen Hits Rock Bottom

Sadly, it was inevitable. They’d hovered at the bottom since early in the season and finally the Gary Breen XI have dropped to the foot of the Copa del Póg Mo Goal table. Perhaps there’s a reason Trapattoni won’t watch our players in the Premier League. They’re not very good. Continue reading →

“You Can Flick Your World Cup”

It was the hand-shake that tremored around the world. Now two giants of Irish football have been reduced to miniature. To celebrate Diarmuid O’hAinle’s stunning book on arguably the national team’s most momentous period, the 2001 Lansdowne Road embrace between Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane has been depicted in Subbuteo form. Continue reading →

Papering Over the Craic

It’s been a rough week for Irish football but a worse one for the people who report on it. The sports hacks as a collective have taken a PR battering and they’ve reverted to their defensive mode by blaming the FAI for the fiasco. Meanwhile, the public remains in the dark. Continue reading →

Time We Sprung the Play-Off Trap

GIVEN the law of averages we’re due one, aren’t we? No, I’m not talking about a smile from Mick McCarthy, or an expression from Trap that doesn’t leave the nation baffled (cats in bags – what?), but a win in a play-off. It doesn’t have to be a nine-goal thriller. Or even a thriller, for that matter. At this stage there aren’t many people who wouldn’t take a scrappy affair as long as it ends with us packing our bags (without cats please, Giovanni) for Poland and the Ukraine next Summer. Continue reading →

Pride, In the Name of Duff

It’s time to ditch the cynicism. While England debates whether John Terry is deserving of her captaincy, a much-maligned Irish football team has more important responsibilities; two games to revive a nation that has been kicked from pillar to post and that is crying out for something to restore our battered pride. Continue reading →

Keep them Rovers Rollin, Rohan

The gaze of the footballing press continues to focus on Shamrock Rovers as the countdown to their White Hart Lane meeting with Spurs continues. In particular, former Tottenham player Rohan Ricketts has figured prominently as he prepares to return to his old stomping ground in the hooped shirt of Ireland’s history makers. Continue reading →

Good On Paper: Game of Column Inches for Trap’s Ireland

IRELAND’S quest for victory in Europe no doubt begins with a great deal of goodwill from the worldwide footballing family. The fall-out from Paris generated a tremendous amount of sympathy towards the Irish team and fans, most notably from the French people. However, the saying goes that sentiment means nothing in sport and no one will be more aware of that than Giovanni Trapattoni. Continue reading →