Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

HOT SEAT: Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane in relaxed mood at a press conference ahead of the USA game. David Maher

LIAM MACKEY: A quiet word about Keano

And so it seems we have to talk about Roy – again.

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Traffic congestion and queues at the turnstiles were blamed for seats being empty at last night's match. Picture: Sportsfile

LIAM MACKEY: Scotland v Ireland: The night wee Jimmy was all at sea

Watching Roy Keane and the Irish players striding into Celtic Park past the statue of Jimmy Johnstone was to be reminded that, to paraphrase Martin O’Neill, some pre-match "distractions" are definitely more distracting than others, writes Liam Mackey.

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Gary Mackay, 1990

LIAM MACKEY: Gary Mackay recalls the goal that made him an Irish hero

On the 27th anniversary of Scotland beating Bulgaria to send Ireland to Euro ‘88, honorary Irishman Gary Mackay recalls the goal that made all the difference — and the case of whiskey that got away!

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LIAM MACKEY: Time to revisit Irish glory days

Excuse me while I remove this bit of grit from my eye.

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The Dundalk team celebrate after the game. Picture: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

LIAM MACKEY: Wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time

Quoting Van Morrison, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: "wouldn’t it be great if it was like this all the time..."

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LIAM MACKEY: United take the role of giantkillers

Manchester United versus Chelsea at Old Trafford — tomorrow’s game, as we’ve come to expect, is being billed as a ‘Super Sunday’ occasion, one of those blue-chip Premier League match-ups, two big title rivals of the modern era going head to head again in of the great football theatres of the world.

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LIAM MACKEY: Critics have no answer for O’Neill

Now that we’ve all just about re-entered earth orbit after that ‘I-saw-it-with-my-own-eyes-and-I-still-can’t-believe-it’ final act in Gelsenkirchen, it’s time to draw breath and ponder a couple of the deeply philosophical questions posed by Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Germany.

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LIAM MACKEY: Plenty of twists left in Keane’s tale

And so there was one more leak. On the day that was in it, there just had to be.

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LIAM MACKEY: Another ’welcome to Chel’ for Arsene

The Galatasaray supporters in the Emirates the other night were certainly doing their best to try and import a little of that old ‘welcome to hell’ spirit from Istanbul to north London.

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Alan Mathews

LIAM MACKEY: Hoops lie in wait as UCD face testing Tallaght trip

Tonight’s SSE Airtricity League action is all on the east coast, with the main focus in the Premier Division on the battle to escape relegation.

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LIAM MACKEY: Putting the oops in Hoops

"In association football, a goal celebration is the practice of celebrating the scoring of a goal."

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Wes Hoolahan

LIAM MACKEY: Hoolahan set for swift recall

While next month’s European Championship qualifiers against Gibraltar and Germany might be just three days apart, the gulf in standard between Ireland’s opponents is about as wide as it gets in international football, running all the way from unranked minnows to the champions of the world.

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LIAM MACKEY: Dublin derby set to reach fever pitch

Pitch perfect will be the order of the night for Bohemians, Shamrock Rovers and, of course, Dalymount Park itself as the rescheduled Dublin derby – controversially postponed last month because of concerns about the playing surface – finally goes ahead.

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane watch from the sidelines during Ireland's European Championships qualifier against Georgia

LIAM MACKEY: Tbilisi TV hits spot RTÉ fails to reach

So there I was in my hotel room after the match in Tbilisi, killing the hour before heading to the airport by idly channel-hopping in search of BBC World or CNN.

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LIAM MACKEY: O’Shea: Success breeds success

John O’Shea hopes Ireland’s win in Georgia on Sunday can be like the victory over Armenia four years ago — a springboard to launch a successful European Championship qualifying campaign.

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LIAM MACKEY: ’Best ever’ Dunne will be a big miss

In the week that was in it, and with the long awaited Euros kick off now just 24 hours away, a conversation with Kevin Kilbane could only begin with one question: was he too now ready to come out of international retirement?

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Tom Cleverly: At 25, can still make up lost ground in his career

LIAM MACKEY: Caught in the act of United drama

Manchester United are haunted by many things these days, not least the ghosts of times past.

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