Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Back on rocky road to the Euros

Ahead of the resumption of European Championship qualifying with the game against Gibraltar in Faro on Friday, the Irish team will get its first taste of its new training base when they commence preparations at Abbotstown on Monday morning.

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LIAM MACKEY: England’s best may miss final shake-up

In light of yesterday’s Champions League draw, there might be good reason for optimism English clubs will survive the marathon of the group stage but rather less grounds for confidence in the notion they will still be in the race for Milan when the sprint section turns into the final straight.

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LIAM MACKEY: Robbie Keane should enjoy cut at Gibraltar

Any of you mathematicians out there fancy decoding this little baby? (Deep breath): 0000011003210002002054031002651206140004.

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LIAM MACKEY: Time to stop trading on past glories

I’m willing to bet that even those green army veterans of Paris for whom Thierry Henry will always come complete with horns and cloven feet, can’t help finding themselves seduced by the Frenchman’s multi-walk-on role in the latest Sky Sports commercial.

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LIAM MACKEY: An oasis of footballing insanity

Back in 1990, when I’d just started out on the full-time football-writing beat, I happened to find myself in the old FAI headquarters on Merrion Square one evening in the company of various officials, guests and media folk.

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LIAM MACKEY: Irish clubs feel the pain of leaving the eurozone

Is there a handy Grexit-style word out there to sum up Irish football’s departure from Europe this week?

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LIAM MACKEY: Damien Duff will be at home with Shamrock Rovers

Short of Paul McGrath doing a Bejamin Button and reconstituting himself as the fabled ‘Black Pearl of Inchichore’, it’s hard to think of an Irish footballer whose appearance in the League of Ireland will generate more genuine delight than that of Damien Duff.

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LIAM MACKEY: The shadow of a caveman

Pope Francis is, or rather was, well known as a football man and, in particular, as a committed supporter of the San Lorenzo club in his native Argentina, so it rather came as a shock when he recently confessed that he had never seen his fellow countryman Lionel Messi in action.

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LIAM MACKEY: Martin O’Neill’s Ireland at tipping point

Martin O’Neill said earlier this week that defeat against Scotland today would leave Ireland with a mountain to climb in European Championship Group D.

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland lose the moral high ground

And so the ‘Hand Of Gaul’ turned into the ‘Hand-Out Of Gaul’.

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LIAM MACKEY: Gary Pallister: Roy Keane and I fell out for a year at Manchester United

He was ‘Pally’ by name but, where Roy Keane was concerned, not always pally by nature.

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