Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

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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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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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UEFA President Michel Platini attends the UEFA Champions League draw ceremony in Monaco yesterday.(AP Photo/Claude Paris)

LIAM MACKEY: Europe is where the real premier class shows, writes Liam Mackey.

Do you remember the World Cup, the big football thingy in Brazil just a couple of months ago?

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Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane: Record of one win in seven friendly games is 'frankly dismal'

LIAM MACKEY: The shock of the familiar

So it’s business as usual, as in business unusual, across the Irish Sea, the fledgling new Premier League season having already sent the back pages into overdrive with LVG’s nightmare start at Old Trafford, Liverpool prepared to swap frying pan for fire as Balotelli replaces Suarez and, simply stinking the whole place out, the Malky Mackay scandal.

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LIAM MACKEY: Clicking of the turnstiles pays for league overheads

I’m not trying to claim an assist, you understand, but I’d just like to state for the record that I’d raised the subject of overhead kicks at Turner’s Cross last week some time before Colin Healy lit up the night with his sensational exhibition of that fine art.

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LIAM MACKEY: New ball game for US and us

A small, brown-skinned, wise-cracking guy in his mid-20s from Michigan, his name was Alex, and he kept the passengers on the funicular going up to Rio’s Christ The Redeemer statue royally entertained with stories of his adventures as one of the thousands of USA supporters who’d made the trip to Brazil for the World Cup.

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LIAM MACKEY: Brazil living the nightmare all over again

Brazil has been numbed by the 7-1 humiliation to Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday night.

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LIAM MACKEY: Brazil desperately need a new phenomenon

There were just a handful of us in the lift coming down from the press box in the Corinthians Arena in Sao Paulo last week when the doors opened and in walked... ‘O Fenomeno,’ I heard myself involuntarily mutter under my breath.

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The Christ the Redeemer statue on Corcovado Hill with, in the background, Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium which will host the World Cup final on July 12. Picture: Getty Images

LIAM MACKEY: The big man and the mountain

Top o’ the world, ma! And top of the World Cup too. Yes, I finally did it.

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