Liam Mackey - Columnist - IRISH EXAMINER

LIAM MACKEY: Cork City’s success has been the story of a squad, a staff and a club – including the supporters

When it comes to Cork City and League of Ireland titles, it seems that twelve is the magic number.

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LIAM MACKEY: Hold onto your Panama hats

“GOL! GOL! GOL-GOL-GOL-GOL!! HAMEZ MAKLAINES!!! GOL! GOL! GOL!!!!” Which is how George Hamilton might have sounded in Cardiff had he donned a Panama hat.

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LIAM MACKEY: There may be trouble ahead

With Kevin Doyle's retirement after considering the health implications of concussions, one can’t help wondering if the fact that he finished his playing career in the United States, as opposed to in Britain, is a key reason why he found experts in the field who were ready to advise such decisive action, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: The bottom line on World Cup qualification

So then, what do we call the squeaky bum time which precedes the squeaky bum time? asks Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: It might be later rather than sooner but England will still leave Europe

After Manchester United began their Premier League campaign with three wins on the trot, 10 goals scored and none conceded, one of the club’s most distinguished old boys was invited to add his voice to a swelling chorus of popular and critical approval. 

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LIAM MACKEY: O’Neill has earned a free ride on this rollercoaster

According to the record books, the Kingda Ka in New Jersey is the biggest rollercoaster in the world.

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LIAM MACKEY: I’ll gladly give you all my clichés for three precious points

In the end, I suppose we’ll all be happy if the result is a repeat, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Wayne Rooney international retirement: With or without Roo...

Wayne Rooney has said that one of his few footballing regrets is not to have been on a successful England team. This week, Rooney announced his retirement from the national squad, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Roy to Man United: I gave a bad ball and shout was ‘how much?’

Time is a great healer, so they say, its medicinal properties strikingly on show on the box this week as Roy Keane and Kenny Dalglish amicably revisited the transfer row which had put them at odds with each other in the summer of 1993.

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LIAM MACKEY: A journey down the river of sport

“Ah, this is sure stirring up some ghosts for me…”

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LIAM MACKEY: 'I’m a footballer, get me outta here' - the modern wantaway player

In the modern game, when a wantaway player and a club lock horns, there is usually only one winner. But it wasn’t always so, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Changing of the guard as Irish legend Emma Byrne hangs up her gloves

After an honours-laden career, Emma Byrne has more than played her part with all she has done to promote and improve the women’s game in Ireland, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Andrews says O’Neill must strike while Maguire is hot

Keith Andrews has lavished praise on Sean Maguire, saying the in-form striker is exactly what Ireland are crying out for, as Martin O’Neill prepares to name his squad for next month’s games against Georgia and Serbia.

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LIAM MACKEY: Sean Maguire’s redemption song

It’s the earliest of days for Maguire at Preston, but already there are grounds for hoping he can add many more verses to the redemption song he began in Cork, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: When women got too big for their boots

Lily Parr. Remember the name, particularly because she should never have been forgotten in the first place, writes Liam Mackey.

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