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Andy Townsend

LIAM MACKEY: Pole-axed: The story of what might have been

Andy Townsend might struggle to remember Ireland’s 3-3 draw away to Poland in 1991 – the last competitive meeting between the two countries – but it’s a game which is lodged firmly in your humble correspondent’s memory banks.

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Jamie Carragher

LIAM MACKEY: Jamie Carragher: I’d love to see James McCarthy in the Red corner

Jamie Carragher, a childhood Everton supporter turned Liverpool legend, says that the one player currently in blue he’d love to see playing in red is Irish international James McCarthy.

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LIAM MACKEY: Little bit of magic proves Messi the main man again

When Cristiano Ronaldo collected his third Ballon d’Or in January, it was to almost universal acclaim, based on a recognition that the award had indeed gone to the greatest player on earth in 2014, as evidenced by his Champions League medal and a staggering 56 goals for Real Madrid.

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NAILING HIS COLOURS: Former Irish international and Galway supporter Paddy Mulligan on his way to a Galway SHC game at O'Connor Park, Tullamore. Picture: Ray McManus

LIAM MACKEY: The Liam Mackey Interview: Paddy Mulligan

On the eve of his 70th birthday on St Patrick’s Day, Chelsea, Shamrock Rovers and Ireland legend Paddy Mulligan takes an eye-opening trip through his footballing past.

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Damien Duff

LIAM MACKEY: Damien Duffer: a star is born again

On a number of levels, what a lovely surprise that was to see Mr Damien Duff turning up all hale and hearty on RTÉ’s ‘Soccer Republic’ the other night.

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LIAM MACKEY: Harry Kane able but not willing for Ireland, says Martin O’Neill

At this late stage in the saga, it hardly required official confirmation that the trail had gone cold but, yes, just for the record, Martin O’Neill did concede yesterday that Irish interest in Harry Kane is definitively over.

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John Caulfield

LIAM MACKEY: ’The Rebel One’ with a cause to show Cork City second to none

Like Jose Mourinho, John Caulfield knows how to look after his own constituency, says Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Misadventures in the Euro zone

The business end of the Champions League has been less sweet 16 and more a knockout for England’s elite this week, another chastening trial for the self-styled ‘greatest league in the world’. 

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Roy Hodgson

LIAM MACKEY: Roy roos the day as our Roy stays low-key

Once again, it was all about Roy on our television screens this week. But this time it was not Yer Man, it was Yer Other Man, says Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Gaizka Mendieta sees the flaws of the greatest league in the world

In Irish football’s roll call of arch-villains, he might be more Toto Schillaci than Thierry Henry, but as the man whose penalty finally did for Mick McCarthy’s team in that epic match in Suwon at the 2002 World Cup, Gaizka Mendieta always carries an extra little bit of baggage with him whenever he touches down at Dublin Airport. 

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Denis Irwin in Dublin yesterday for the announcement that the Setanta Sports pack will broadcast every single live game from both the Champions League and the Europa League from the 2015/2016 season

LIAM MACKEY: Denis Irwin says Seamus Coleman needs move to top four

As Denis Irwin waxes lyrical about Seamus Coleman, the thought strikes that no matter how far the Donegal man progresses in football, he’ll still have some job on his hands to be recognised as Ireland’s best ever right full, writes Liam Mackey.

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Brendan Rodgers.

LIAM MACKEY: Believing the hype for another flurry cross the Mersey

Football fans of all stripes and none will need no telling that, of late, the quality of Mersey has been strained, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Upbeat Martin O’Neill stands by Roy Keane

Martin O’Neill was in the Aviva Stadium press room yesterday to mark the announcement of SPAR as the official convenience store partner of the FAI, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Team spirit key to José Mourinho’s mind games

The self-styled ‘Special One’ has been able to manipulate some of the biggest egos in football in large part by having the most well-developed ego of them all, says Liam Mackey.

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HOME THOUGHTS: "Cork was my preference over any other team. It was a very easy decision to come home," said Liam Miller. Picture: Larry Cummins.

LIAM MACKEY: Liam Miller: Homecoming ‘easy decision’

"We did forty press conferences last year and the crowd was never as big as this," said John Caulfield with a grin at Cork’s International Airport Hotel yesterday, as a big media contingent turned up to greet Liam Miller on his official touchdown for Cork City. This story is enriched with multi-media content

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LIAM MACKEY: The night Cantona went from Red Devil to game’s diabolique

It was 20 years ago tomorrow, mon dieu, says Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Crossing the divide to learn how to talk a good game

No matter how successful they might go on to be in management or anything else associated with the game - Liam Mackey writes - I’ve yet to hear a former footballer suggest that his new career ever comes even close to replicating the buzz he experienced as a player.

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Aiden McGeady celebrates after scoring against Georgia during Ireland's opening Euro 2016 Group D qualifier in Tbilisi last September.

LIAM MACKEY: Seven ambitions for Martin O’Neill’s Ireland 2015

Can Ireland grab a ticket for Euro 2016 in France?

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LIAM MACKEY: The End of the World (Cup)

It’s no small irony that the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil, although almost universally hailed as one of the best tournaments ever, is destined to retain a unique place in football history, not for all its great games and great goals, but because of one match when, to put it at its mildest, the sublime gave way to the ridiculous.

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