Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: It won’t be long now until the Euros kick-off...

For the newest generation of Irish football fans, Euro ‘88 belongs to the remote past. France 2016 will be their first time, and just maybe, let’s hope, the best of times too.

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LIAM MACKEY: Cork-born commercial director Ian Flanagan loving Leicester’s champagne season

Ian Flanagan, the Cork-born commercial director of Leicester City, allows himself a chuckle when I put him on the spot. 

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LIAM MACKEY: Martin O’Neill's contract should be bottom of Ireland's agenda

Whether Martin O’Neill is departing for Goodison or Roy for Parkhead should be the bottom of the agenda right now. Our focus should be on the Euros before us and not the World Cup ahead...

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LIAM MACKEY: Leicester Effect will outfox us all

With Claudio Ranieri’s brilliant band of merry men claiming the most unlikely of Premier League title wins, prepare to hear from all and sundry about the new cliche du jour, the Leicester Effect...

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LIAM MACKEY: Tony Cascarino: The Ice Cream Man cometh again

All set for the big one tomorrow? The Super Sunday to beat them all?

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LIAM MACKEY: Referees deserve the appliance of science - and so does football

“I got to the age of 29 and got sent off, because a player kicked me and I kicked him back. I tried to get the referee to rescind the decision. The referee stopped me before I could go any further and said ‘if you think you can do any better, have a go yourself’.”

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LIAM MACKEY: Ireland’s own maestro John Giles still getting right to the point

Things were hot and heavy in the Vincente Calderon on Wednesday night and, for a time, threatened to get even hotter and even heavier in the Montrose cauldron, as Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady clashed on the merits, or otherwise, of Atletico Madrid’s 2-0 victory over Barcelona in the Champions League.

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LIAM MACKEY: It's squeaky bum time

photo in the papers on Thursday morning, from the previous night’s PSG-Man City game, pretty much sums up where we’re at as football negotiates the fabled run-in.

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LIAM MACKEY: Shane Duffy the good news story amid Ireland health warnings

Injury time – that’s where Irish football finds itself right now.

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LIAM MACKEY: When sorrow is tinged with joy at memory of Dutch master Johan Cruyff

The sad news on Thursday of the death of Johan Cruyff sent me back to David Winner’s Brilliant Orange, a book as unconventional and imaginative as the Dutch football culture which it investigates and celebrates.

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LIAM MACKEY: The highs and lows of professional football

Two products of professional football, Emmanuel Petit and Alan Dunne present a vivid contrast and although Dunne never reached the heights of the Frenchman, he still has much to be grateful for...

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LIAM MACKEY: 'If Leicester can do it...' - The triumph of little over large

Brian Carey likes to tell the story of an encounter a friend of his, a Manchester United supporter, once had with some Grimsby Town fans.

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LIAM MACKEY: New Euro 2016 rules could see referees send players off before the match even starts

Should an Irish player get sent off for fighting in the tunnel at the Stade de France before our Euro 2016 finals kick off against Sweden in June, I can tell you even now who’ll be to blame.

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