Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Don’t write off Martin O’Neill after one freak occurrence

I can only bow down to the prophetic powers of those who say they saw Tuesday night’s Aviva apocalypse coming, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Once more across the narrow divide that is agony and ecstasy

AS the haunted demeanour of Slaven Bilic in recent times painfully testifies, failure can take a heavy toll in football. But success brings its own difficult challenges too — just ask Giovanni Trapattoni.

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LIAM MACKEY: Benno’s drive to inspire the City pathway

There are veterans and then there are footballing veterans. At the ripe young age of 36, Alan Bennett chuckles when this ageing correspondent’s dodgy back elicits an involuntary groan as I attempt to sit down beside him.

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LIAM MACKEY: The Culture Club and the Crazy Gang now one and the same

I caught a television programme during the week about football’s greatest upsets and, it surely goes without saying, I drank deep and enjoyed it immensely.

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LIAM MACKEY: Cork City’s success has been the story of a squad, a staff and a club – including the supporters

When it comes to Cork City and League of Ireland titles, it seems that twelve is the magic number.

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LIAM MACKEY: Hold onto your Panama hats

“GOL! GOL! GOL-GOL-GOL-GOL!! HAMEZ MAKLAINES!!! GOL! GOL! GOL!!!!” Which is how George Hamilton might have sounded in Cardiff had he donned a Panama hat.

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LIAM MACKEY: There may be trouble ahead

With Kevin Doyle's retirement after considering the health implications of concussions, one can’t help wondering if the fact that he finished his playing career in the United States, as opposed to in Britain, is a key reason why he found experts in the field who were ready to advise such decisive action, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: The bottom line on World Cup qualification

So then, what do we call the squeaky bum time which precedes the squeaky bum time? asks Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland missing ‘world-class’ Coleman, reckons O’Neill

“That’s great news, great news for himself, and great news for his club.”

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LIAM MACKEY: It might be later rather than sooner but England will still leave Europe

After Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with three wins on the trot, 10 goals scored and none conceded, one of the club’s most distinguished old boys was invited to add his voice to a swelling chorus of popular and critical approval. 

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LIAM MACKEY: O’Neill has earned a free ride on this rollercoaster

According to the record books, the Kingda Ka in New Jersey is the biggest rollercoaster in the world.

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LIAM MACKEY: I’ll gladly give you all my clichés for three precious points

In the end, I suppose we’ll all be happy if the result is a repeat, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Wayne Rooney international retirement: With or without Roo...

Wayne Rooney has said that one of his few footballing regrets is not to have been on a successful England team. This week, Rooney announced his retirement from the national squad, writes Liam Mackey

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