Larry Ryan - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LARRY RYAN: Dreams shouldn’t be make believe

It’s a dream come true.

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LARRY RYAN: Shocking scenes in Kerry

We are used, now, to dealing with complex matters of identity. We are not easily shocked.

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LARRY RYAN: O’Neill needs to sell us a dream to cling to

Messi gave up processed food this season, we heard this week from nutritionist Giuliano Poser, seemingly the true driving force behind Barcelona’s surge out of pre-Christmas lethargy to intestinal purity and treble glory.

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LARRY RYAN: Billo was simply the best

Billo was a man who truly made himself at home on telly, and invited us all in.

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LARRY RYAN: Finding meaning on Premier League Survival Sunday

We have missed the pageantry badly this last three years. The classic imagery: a small boy’s little face creasing in a flood of tears; an obese, topless man convulsing in triumph.

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LARRY RYAN: Sport left deflated in a toilet

Sometime in the future, when professional sport has been closed down altogether, people will probably look back at the time America’s finest legal minds produced a rebuttal website on behalf of the New England Patriots that contained these sentences:

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LARRY RYAN: Revamping the whole sporting devotion business

Brian O’Driscoll… Pray for us… AP McCoy… Pray for us… Henry Shefflin… Pray for us… Ruby Walsh…. Pray for us.

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LARRY RYAN: Nigel Pearson victim of empowerment age

Some of us felt this golden age of controvassy might have peaked the morning we learned Roy Hodgson had been found wanting on the tactical half-time comedy front, and had landed in the ‘race-hate mire’ for telling a joke about a monkey in space.

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LARRY RYAN: Deflating the Wenger aura

Amid all the mind games and wars of words and controvassy and flashpoints we are treated to year in, year out in the Premier League, there is something unique and intriguing about this particular enmity.

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LARRY RYAN: Raheem Sterling’s high jinks a legacy of Liverpool’s old Spice Boys

The pipes, the pipes are evidently calling Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling,

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LARRY RYAN: Reanne Evans misses her big break

Come back John Virgo, all is forgiven.

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LARRY RYAN: Selling gaelic games to the right buyers

It must be 15 years now since sportswriter Paul Little, noting a general disenchantment with the state of Gaelic football, compassionately pointed out a handful of small but significant tweaks that would fix the game overnight.

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