Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: All the pressure's on Man City in riches v rags clash against Leicester

In a Premier League awash with money, Manchester City v Leicester is probably as close to a riches v rags contest as we’ll get.

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LIAM MACKEY: The gaffers who came back from the dead

This very weekend back in 1999, Glenn Hoddle was a dead man walking as manager of England, an ironically appropriate condition for him to find himself in, since it was a newspaper interview in which he had amplified his belief in reincarnation which had put him on the front as well as the back pages and brought him, as an international gaffer, to an authentic point of no return.

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LIAM MACKEY: Premier League title-race makes glorious viewing from the neutral corner

‘Tis the season to be neutral, payback time for those of us who could never could quite commit to an English club in our formative years.

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LIAM MACKEY: Looking forward to a bloated feast of soccer at Euro 2016

There is never a good reason not to watch a football match, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Packie Bonner reflects on Ireland's past tournaments and looks forward to Euro 2016

From Germany in 1988 to Japan/Korea in 2002, goalkeeping legend Packie Bonner reflects on the ecstasy, the agony, the comedy and the uproar of Irish football’s big tournament experience — and the lessons to be learned for France 2016.

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LIAM MACKEY: When Brian Clough promised a miracle, and delivered

few years back I asked Roy Keane at a press conference if he thought it was inconceivable in the modern game that a team might ever emulate what his old club Nottingham Forest achieved between 1977 and 1980 when, having confounded all predictions by winning the First Division title as a newly promoted side, they then they proceeded to stun the whole world of football by claiming back to back European Cups.

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LIAM MACKEY: Dalymount Park: The home of Irish football was a field of dreams

For Dalymount Park, the fervent hope must be that we can soon be calling it the once and future home of Irish football.

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LIAM MACKEY: Chelsea and Jose Mourinho - It takes two to untangle

Compliments to the season: the Premier League’s relationship to anything at all resembling ‘the greatest league in the world’ might exist primarily in the minds of the television brand masters but, credit where it’s due, the 2015/16 model is the gift that just keeps on giving.

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LIAM MACKEY: There are no easy draws for Irish football

Somewhere back in the mists, around about the time Giovanni Trapattoni was finally hitting the wall as Ireland manager, a cosy consensus took hold that whoever replaced the Italian was bound to have not just a better time of it, but an easier time of it.

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LIAM MACKEY: Time to play 'spot the underdog' in this crazy Premier League season

You don’t hear a lot about ‘The Tinkerman’ anymore. But then you don’t hear much about ‘The Special One’ either.  

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LIAM MACKEY: A night to forget as Louis van Gaal plan unravels again

Manchester United’s swash has well and truly buckled.

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LIAM MACKEY: Memories of the pressing game with Con Houlihan

Just when you think you’ve heard all the Con Houlihan stories, along comes one from way back in the day about the time he and sportswriting colleague David Faiers were in Paris for France versus Ireland in the rugby.

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LIAM MACKEY: Faraway hills happily greener since Euro qualification

What a difference qualification makes. 

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LIAM MACKEY: A time to laugh, a time to cry amid football's triumph and tragedy

The final whistle had barely blown in the Aviva on Monday night when a colleague in the press box received a text from a family member: “F**k Isis – I’m going to France!”

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LIAM MACKEY: A hotel room with a view into Bosnia's war-torn history

Warmth of reception at Holiday Inn makes up for lack of heating in a hotel that used to be regularly hit by shells and peppered with bullets throughout the bloody three-year siege of Sarajevo, writes Liam Mackey.

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