Okey Doke: Mural Tribute to Bill O’Herlihy

Dublin’s Phibsborough’s newest landmark. In a collaboration between Póg Mo Goal, The Back Page, and the superb Omin, the Irish graffiti writer and illustrator has created a wonderful tribute to RTE’s much loved broadcaster, the late great Bill O’Herlihy, in advance of the bar’s upcoming Italia 90 Day.

League of Ireland Season Closer

It was a rollercoaster season in the League of Ireland with Dundalk returning to the top of the pile, and St Pat’s finally ending their cup hoodoo. Soccer Republic recaps a vintage year on Ireland’s domestic front, with no shortage of stunning goals

We’ll Leave It There So

He’s been the steady hand guiding generations of football fans through some of the most heady days in Irish sport. After decades on our television, and 36 years tearing his hair out with everyone from Denis Irwin to Don Givens on RTE’s football panels, Bill O’Herlihy is embarking on his final World Cup as anchor. ybig.ie look back at some of Billo’s memorable moments.

Keane: “LOI Players Will Get Chance”

Roy Keane has said, with the fitness levels now in League of Ireland football, the international management will be keeping a close eye on the domestic game. The Irish number two also spoke last week about almost signing for Cork City.

Happy Birthday Liam Brady

Today’s marks the 58th birthday of Liam Brady. From signing as a teenager with Arsenal, to his wavy-haired international début at Dalymount, to his time as a star of the title-winning Juventus, Brady is considered among the greatest players ever to emerge from this island. As a pundit, he is a key member of RTE’s legendary panel. Chippy, we salute you.

Ireland on Film: Glory Days Revisited

The match action itself has been re-run many times. Now for your viewing pleasure, we’ve unearthed some lesser known footage of the television coverage surrounding Ireland’s remarkable early successes under Jack Charlton. Beginning with the official film of Euro 88, followed by ITV’s coverage of the game with England when Liam Brady reveled in putting Brian Clough straight. From there, we move onto the heady days of Italia 90 qualification through to the finals themselves when RTE’s pioneering coverage rewrote the manual on football punditry.

Pelé, the Nickname, and Jimmy Magee

He was born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, but is known throughout the world simply as Pelé. The origin of the nickname given to the man who just celebrated his 73rd birthday is far from certain, but, as ever, an Irish footballing myth gained legs over the years. With a movie on his life now shooting in Brazil, could the story make it to the big screen?

Comedy Show but Who’s Laughing?

It was a question posed by Bill O’Herlihy; was Friday’s defeat in Cologne as bad as the 6-1 loss in Dublin at the beginning of the campaign? Eamon Dunphy said it was worse. His colleagues Liam Brady and John Giles avoided giving a direct answer. And Noel King’s reaction to the RTE panel points to a disconnect that’s anything but funny.