Liam Mackey

Soccer Correspondent

Liam Mackey: Stephen Kenny determined Ireland won't travel anywhere with backs against the wall

Liam Mackey: Stephen Kenny determined Ireland won't travel anywhere with backs against the wall

Apart maybe from the emergency task facing those gaffers, invariably specialists in the trade, who are parachuted in at close to the 11th hour to try and save a ...

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Liam Mackey: From Turner’s Cross to Anfield, longing for football's new old normal to return

Liam Mackey: From Turner’s Cross to Anfield, longing for football's new old normal to return

After months that felt like years of the small screen in our little home stadium being colonised by ‘Normal People’, ‘Better Call Saul’, ...

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Liam Mackey: Horse racing and me - A doomed affair from the get-go

Liam Mackey: Horse racing and me - A doomed affair from the get-go

The news RTÉ is to significantly expand its coverage of horse racing did not exactly spark scenes of wild celebration in this household.

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Liam Mackey: The other miracle of Istanbul

Liam Mackey: The other miracle of Istanbul

Monday will mark the 15th anniversary of one of the most sensational games of football ever played, the comeback of comebacks, the greatest Champions League final ...

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Liam Mackey: The day I found myself in seventh hell

Liam Mackey: The day I found myself in seventh hell

Liam Mackey describes the most unforgettable football match he's attended in his career

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Liam Mackey: Now that's what I call a double bill

Liam Mackey: Now that's what I call a double bill

A word to the wise: the palatial Mackey Towers will be a strictly no-go area for an hour this coming Thursday night. Severe anti-social distancing will apply and ...

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Liam Mackey on the night the Theatre of Dreams came true

Liam Mackey on the night the Theatre of Dreams came true

Today, May 3, is the 27th anniversary of the night Manchester United were crowned league champions for the first time in 26 years. LIAM MACKEY was in Old Trafford ...

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Liam Mackey: You can sometimes get what you want... and need

Liam Mackey: You can sometimes get what you want... and need

So I take it you saw the Strolling Bones on that One World gig?

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Liam Mackey on Norman Hunter: The show-stopper

Liam Mackey on Norman Hunter: The show-stopper

We all of us have our first FA Cup final, the one against which all the others which followed have to be measured. It might not have been the greatest ever, it might ...

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Liam Mackey: There will never be another Pele, said Pele

Liam Mackey: There will never be another Pele, said Pele

Liam Mackey revisits an encounter with one of the few people on the planet who can get away with referring to themselves in the third person.

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Liam Mackey: Throwing the book at Italia ’90

Liam Mackey: Throwing the book at Italia ’90

Liam Mackey recalls how his first assignment as a national football reporter 30 years ago opened his eyes to a literary sensation.

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Liam Mackey: The first time I met Keano

Liam Mackey: The first time I met Keano

In the first of a series of excursions into his football reporting past, Liam Mackey revisits a couple of memorable early encounters with Roy Keane. I might be a ...

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Liam Mackey: It’s timely to remember that all bad things must also come to an end

Liam Mackey: It’s timely to remember that all bad things must also come to an end

EVERYTHING comes with a health warning now.

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Liam Mackey: What Katie McCabe does next...

Liam Mackey: What Katie McCabe does next...

"We're just taking it one game at a time…" Can there be a more soporific, stultifying and soul-destroying nanny goat in all of football?

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Liam Mackey: The famine after the feast

Liam Mackey: The famine after the feast

Having spent lavishly on a team which could dominate domestically, the long-cherished recruitment of Pep Guardiola was designed to be the final key piece in realising ...

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Liam Mackey: All hail the King of Kings

Liam Mackey: All hail the King of Kings

My favourite football-related line this week appeared in an agency report from the United States which archly observed that a newly unveiled statue of Pele in Rio ...

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Liam Mackey: English head, Irish heart, or vice versa, the boy Jack Grealish done good

Liam Mackey: English head, Irish heart, or vice versa, the boy Jack Grealish done good

SHORT of some fiendish combination of brainwashing, kidnapping, bribery, rule-bending, and sending time’s arrow into reverse, Ireland’s only hope of ...

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Liam Mackey: You don’t hear much about the magic of the cup anymore

Liam Mackey: You don’t hear much about the magic of the cup anymore

SO, it was Man United against lower league opposition in the Cup, and it was a six-goal winning margin to boot but, really, it was the mud what done it.

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Liam Mackey: Teenage dreams so hard to beat

Liam Mackey: Teenage dreams so hard to beat

The Irish international centre-half is seated in front of the dictaphone, reeling in the years.

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Liam Mackey: The loving of Liverpool

Liam Mackey: The loving of Liverpool

The League of Ireland faithful might not care to dwell on the fact but there will be huge numbers of Irish football fans feeling they have real skin in the game ...

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Adam in the Garden of Eden

Adam in the Garden of Eden

For those with only a passing interest in football, it might have seemed as if Adam Idah came out of nowhere to dominate the sports headlines last weekend, as the ...

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Liam Mackey: VAR - Too much of a good thing

Liam Mackey: VAR - Too much of a good thing

Perfectly good goals disallowed. Travesties of justice waved on. Players and managers tearing their hair out. Supporters in uproar. Officialdom lambasted. The grand ...

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Liam Mackey: A tale of ‘Mad Dog’ and Irishmen looks back at League of Ireland players' time in LibyaThis story is enriched with multi-media content

Liam Mackey: A tale of ‘Mad Dog’ and Irishmen looks back at League of Ireland players' time in Libya

The name of the programme is In League With Gaddafi but In League With The Devil might have served just as well. Or, perhaps, even something along the lines of ‘Mad ...

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Liam Mackey: Say it quietly, but Leicester are title contenders again

Liam Mackey: Say it quietly, but Leicester are title contenders again

It was all sweetness and light between Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp at the Football Writers’ Awards dinner in Manchester last Sunday.

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Liam Mackey: Mick and Ireland play the waiting game

Liam Mackey: Mick and Ireland play the waiting game

It’s the European Championship Finals draw which puts the hype in hypothetical for Ireland and 15 other nations.

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It would be unfair to everyone involved to ditch Mick now

It would be unfair to everyone involved to ditch Mick now

The last time Ireland played in Slovakia was a Euro 2012 qualifier in Zilina in 2010.

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A night for head and heart, but mainly heart

A night for head and heart, but mainly heart

Well, yes, and here we go again… But before we get into ‘Dane-ja vu’ or even ‘Oh, Dane-ger here’ territory, a word of two about the ...

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True fan Aldridge still green and red all over

True fan Aldridge still green and red all over

With big matches looming for the two teams closest to his heart, there are a big nine days coming up for John Aldridge, striker turned pundit and still, after all ...

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FAI Cup final: Roving in the years

FAI Cup final: Roving in the years

“Santa Claus would come at Christmas and Rovers would win the Cup.”

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We’d still love Kerr to take role with FAI, says Mooney

We’d still love Kerr to take role with FAI, says Mooney

Noel Mooney has said that he would love to have Brian Kerr back working with the FAI but, having described him as “bitter” in a recent podcast, reiterated ...

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Flying by the seat of our pants

Flying by the seat of our pants

Dublin to Istanbul. Isanbul to Tbilisi.Tbilisi to Istanbul.Istanbul to Geneva. Geneva to London. London to Dublin.

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The road well travelled: Greetings from Tbilisi

The road well travelled: Greetings from Tbilisi

Greetings from Tbilisi where, after a long haul that saw us checking into our hotel at 4.30am, a modest proposal formed in my addled brain: I think Istanbul should ...

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Richard Keogh and the long road to redemption

Richard Keogh and the long road to redemption

That I can say I feel for Richard Keogh this morning is not the same as saying that he was not guilty of an appalling error of judgment, to put it at its mildest, ...

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Home thoughts from abroad

Home thoughts from abroad

It is with a certain amused disdain that I daily digest the dispatches from colleagues out beyond in the Land Of The Rising Scrum, with all that mildly anguished ...

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The day Benno officially joins the Cork City legends

The day Benno officially joins the Cork City legends

“Once the half-time threshold comes, I can officially step over then. From youth team to legends team – somewhere in there is a nice metaphor for life...or ...

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The agony and ecstasy of Ireland’s Alan Judge

The agony and ecstasy of Ireland’s Alan Judge

The agony and ecstasy riff is a familiar one in sport but rarely can it have had a more literal application than to the bittersweet situation in which Alan Judge ...

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Passion-killing: A murder most foul

Passion-killing: A murder most foul

“So what do you make of VAR?” the guy behind the counter in my local garage asked the customer in front of me in the queue.

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The more things change, the more they stay the same; provisional squad announced

The more things change, the more they stay the same; provisional squad announced

From the return of James McCarthy to the arrival of Troy Parrot, Nathan

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It's looking a lot like same again

It's looking a lot like same again

Appropriately enough for the season in which VAR takes its bow at the elite end of the English club game, the consensus is the new Premier League season will have ...

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I’ve a good feeling about this year, says Sean Maguire

I’ve a good feeling about this year, says Sean Maguire

It’s Thursday afternoon when I reach him on the phone, and Sean Maguire, just “chilling out” on a last day of rest before starting to climb the ...

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Looks like game over but City must believe it’s game on

Looks like game over but City must believe it’s game on

On the face of it, the failure of any of the four League of Ireland clubs to register a win on their first nights of European football this season doesn’t ...

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