Monthly Archives: May 2013

Cities of no angels with laws unto themselves

Just like Dublin and Cork, Keith Barr and Dinny Allen played by their own rules. They tell Ewan MacKenna about the punches thrown, dreams lost and found, men made and friendships forged The founding fathers would never have expected it to be like this. Keith Barr is sitting in the corner of Hayes Hotel in […]

The White man’s burden

An unfulfilled snooker genius, Jimmy White has battled through booze, bankruptcy and cancer but still considers himself lucky, as he tells Ewan MacKenna Being Jimmy White. An existence spent scuttling between the seldom-used backrooms of dank, dreary bars, midday promotions in village bookies and cubicles with just enough room to slide the cue all the […]

One-track Eddie: What you see is what you get

After living a life surrounded by beautiful woman, extravagant comforts and the pleasures that come with celebrity status, Ewan MacKenna takes a glimpse to see what’s left under the Ulster man’s bonnet True story. Eddie Irvine pulled up a stool at the exclusive Cipriani Bar in Manhattan one evening back in 2006 and began to […]

‘I didn’t expect a white-ass motherf**ker in here…’

Although Roy Jones jnr was pound-for-pound the best fighter of the ’90s, he never became the star he might have as his notoriously difficult personality got in the way of public acceptance. Ewan MacKenna got a taste of it…   Ed Keenan asks for a quick word as Roy Jones jnr leaves his five-star London hotel and […]