Born in Athy, Co Kildare, Ireland, Ewan went to Brazil a year in advance of the 2014 World Cup and forgot to come home. And with the Olympics around the corner, why bother at this stage?

A former Irish Sports Writer of the Year, he writes for the Sunday Business Post and Sunday Times and contributes to the New York Times, Bleacher Report and ESPN in the United States, The Independent and The Blizzard in the United Kingdom and The Examiner in Ireland along with radio stations Newstalk and Today FM. He has also written the autobiographies of Kenneth Egan, Bill O’Herlihy, Oisín McConville and Darragh Ó Sé and is currently working on a book about the Copa Libertadores (although he’s famously slow with these things).

Feel free to contact him at ewanmackenna@hotmail.com or at twitter.com/EwanMacKenna but be warned, he’s the sort that wears a cowboy hat.


  1. enjoyed very much today’s article on Senna in the Examiner, Also Irish and living in Sao Paulo,, would like to meet.

  2. Tess Anderson · · Reply

    Gosh – when one reads all the horror stories (he writes) about Brazil, Brazilian football, Brazilian people, Brazilian culture, one can’t help but wonder why people from the UK hate them so much. On my last trip to London, I was horrified by the people sleeping (and peeing) on the sidewalks – including pregnant women. Was once at a football match in England where some nasty people started a huge fight and we fled in fear. Perhaps if we are patient enough, England will win something in the next 50 years.

    1. Presume you’re Brazilian Tess. A) I’m not from the UK. B) There are huge problems. C) Brazil and its resources should be beyond saying, “they are worse”. But the truth is Brazil – a country deep in my soul and my homeland for some time – needs to wake up, grow up and stop being so childish and blaming others. Right now it’s a serious mess.

  3. Always had suspicions about Nike far too much money involved

  4. Hi Ewan,

    Do you have an email address that I can contact you at please?



  5. Hey, Ewan,

    We had words on twatter a few years ago – I’ve long since left – and I disagree with you on most things sport-wise BUT, you are one of the few voices speaking reason right now. Keep it up. You have my respect and I appreciate your comments.



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