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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| June 22, 2017

The forgotten many So, Enda is gone, and in his stead is some young fella, a gay lad apparently, one from out foreign. Mental. And this new chap is very hard to read, so hard that most of us have chosen to keep our powder dry, not quite affording him a honeymoon period, but certainly […]

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Marmite McGregor talking his way to fortune

Marmite McGregor talking his way to fortune

| June 22, 2017

There’s an unwritten rule in Irish sport, it goes a little something like this: ‘Should one of our people reach the pinnacle of their sport they automatically become a national hero.’ It doesn’t matter if the sport in question is something we’ve never even heard of or don’t properly understand; if an Irish person is […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| June 15, 2017

Burn notice It begins with an overheard conversation in the post office, two old dears breaking the news before it’s even broken: “They’re giving it lovely for the weekend,” says the first. “Are they?” asks the second, agog. “They are. 22 degrees,” the other replies proudly, as if she’d arranged it all herself. You scoff […]

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O’Neill’s charm starting to wear thin

O’Neill’s charm starting to wear thin

| June 15, 2017

In the end it was another point gained, another tentative step towards our first finals in sixteen years. Our unbeaten record was preserved, our chances of topping the group and qualifying automatically, intact. But by Christ, it was a tough watch. I don’t normally envy those men forced to miss the football because of some […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| June 8, 2017

When no means no As I tumbled into the back of the taxi, all arms and legs, a drunken mess, and barked out my destination to the stoical driver, I heard a noise coming from the other side of the cab; I had a travelling companion. “Who are you?” I asked, sniffing the air like […]

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Just who’s in charge here?

Just who’s in charge here?

| June 8, 2017

In almost a century of Olympic competition Ireland has won 31 medals. Of those, 16 have come in boxing. Fighting is in our blood, we’re good at it. We might not be the fastest runners in the world, the greatest swimmers, or the most powerful, but stick us in the squared circle and we’ll give […]

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Wounded lions limping to New Zealand

Wounded lions limping to New Zealand

| June 1, 2017

It takes a lot for me to get excited about a rugby match. Yes, I’m a weirdo and I probably shouldn’t even be here in the sport pages upsetting you all. But hear me out. The game you were reared on may list low in terms of my favourites, but, as a committed fair-weather fan, […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| June 1, 2017

Take the power back Remember those ads from last year, the ones bearing the tagline ‘As Irish as’? For those who’ve forgotten, they featured Irish people being impossibly Irish and poked fun at our innate peculiarities. One centred around our inability to take a compliment, another highlighted how difficult we find it to effectively end […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| May 25, 2017

The final insult There are certain situations in life where all but the very worst of behaviour can be excused. Times when you can claim royal treatment due to a specific set of circumstances. Like, for example, when you’re sick; a bad dose of man-flu allows the afflicted party to carry on like a whining […]

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Beyond the neon runes

Beyond the neon runes

| May 18, 2017

The special one A midfield scrum, the kind you only ever see in a junior soccer game. A dozen or more boys, hacking at the ball, one another, and thin air, each one more desperate for possession than the last, that same desperation their undoing. And then one emerges from the pack, leaving the hatchet-men […]

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