Monthly Archives: March 2015

Home was where the heart was, now it’s where the head is too

Where once intercounty brought out what was best about Gaelic games, it’s move towards pseudo-professionalism has left many disillusioned and heading to their clubs, writes Ewan MacKenna. By some industry estimates, around 140,000 adult tourists crushed their way into Dublin on Tuesday, looking to entangle themselves with anything Irish – be it as ludicrous as leprechauns, […]

Medalling Affair

Ireland sold out for a single piece of bronze, but those with respect for sport and an understanding of history know Cian O’Connor was never and will never be a hero, writes Ewan MacKenna It was back in June when World Anti-Doping Agency director-general David Howman addressed a select crowd in Croke Park about the […]

Waiting game comes before the beautiful game can return

Louis Van Gaal’s spending may have outstripped his results thus far but given the state Manchester United were in, patience is needed and not just money, writes Ewan MacKenna In a dimly lit room at the Carrington training ground early in the season, Louis van Gaal sat across from Gary Neville for an interview with […]

A land of beaten dockets

Ireland has a gambling problem but with all the main stakeholders cashing it regardless of real cost, it’s left to those with an addiction to fund it before being forgotten, writes Ewan MacKenna. Just a couple of years ago, a friend of mine would pass many an evening by getting online and throwing down money so […]

Think this is rugby country? Then think again…

Despite all the on-field success, rugby hasn’t built on its promise as below the elite players it struggles badly and away from the elite classes there’s rightly still a stigma, writes Ewan MacKenna Fair play to the lads, they’d the uniforms down. Dubarrys, chinos, Polo t-shirts, the lot. But the act went above and beyond. There […]