Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Season to leave you singing the Blues

After last year’s feast, the famine…

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LIAM MACKEY: We need to talk about Jack

The news that Jack Grealish is to be a character’s name in the next outing by thriller writer and Aston Villa fan Lee Child added an appropriately dramatic twist to the week’s spiciest narrative.

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LIAM MACKEY: I promised you a football miracle

“At half-time,” Alessandro Ciotti recalls, “one of our fans was already on his phone looking for flights to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup. He wanted to get in first so that the prices hadn’t gone up too high.”

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John Terry scores Chelsea's second goal past Kasper Schmeichel in the Premier League game against Leicester. Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LIAM MACKEY: Raining on Chelsea parade

Chelsea brought out all that is characteristic in Shearer and Savage when they locked horns on the subject of the champions-in-waiting on Match of the Day at the weekend.

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INCREDIBLE: England goalkeeper Gordon Banks makes his famous save from a downward header from Brazil's Pele during the 1970 World Cup finals In Guadalajara, Mexico. Liam Mackey's love for the game was copperfastened by the tournament.

LIAM MACKEY: Days of miracle and wonder

Sensational breaking news on the home front: my seven-year-old daughter has suddenly discovered the beautiful game.

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LIAM MACKEY: FC Porto teach Bayern Munich the meaning of hubris

Hubris. Now there’s a word I really like, with its hint of a serpent’s hiss at the end offset by the near certainty that the slithery one is in for a nasty surprise.

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LIAM MACKEY: Fond farewell to a Ray of light

I have to say that Twitter comes into its own on sad occasions such as the passing of the great Ray Treacy and I’m sure it must come as some considerable consolation to his nearest and dearest to see the outpouring of affection and admiration on the internet which has shown no sign of drying up since the shocking news of his death emerged.

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LIAM MACKEY: Making the most of Manchester’s domestic dispute

All set for another Super Sunday, everyone? 

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland's draw with Poland raises more questions than answers

Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Poland last Sunday provided definitive proof that, just as we’d always suspected, the celebrated glass is indeed both half-full and half-empty at one and the same time.

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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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