LIAM MACKEY: So near and yet so VAR

The announcement of Arsene Wenger’s imminent departure from Arsenal may have come as a surprise/shock/relief/inevitability – dilute according to taste – but I don’t mind saying that it came as a personal hammer blow to me, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Man in the middle faces becoming hostage to fortune

In football, as in the world about us, the whistle-blower is never too far from the headlines.

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LIAM MACKEY: Battling for hearts and minds... and points

Our household’s resident young footballer found some rewarding consolation in defeat after the Irish women’s team lost 2-0 to the Netherlands in Tallaght last Tuesday night.

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LIAM MACKEY: Man City: Fabulous but flawed

Manchester City haven’t become a bad team on the back of one bad night at the office, writes Liam Mackey

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LIAM MACKEY: Green shoots offer World Cup consolation

My attention was caught t’other day by a piece in the paper headlined ‘World Cup: Ten Talking Points From The Midweek Friendlies’.

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LIAM MACKEY: Like a bet out of hell for Carlow man Tony O’Reilly

My gambling career, while undeniably short-lived, was pretty momentous.

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LIAM MACKEY: Just when things couldn’t get any worse for Man United...

Premier League clubs continue to discover just how punishing Brexit can be.

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LIAM MACKEY: Aligning goalposts across Ireland divide

After the big freeze, the thaw, but you suspect that not even the most advanced computer models could have predicted that the temperature of Irish football would rise as dramatically as it has done over the past few days.

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LIAM MACKEY: An Arctic blast from the past

Con Houlihan liked to tell the story of his first ever assignment as a sports reporter.

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LIAM MACKEY: ‘It was like the two weeks leading up an All-Ireland’

Right then, all set for the weekend’s big one in Blighty?

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LIAM MACKEY: It’s Miller time for all-time

It was an advertising slogan for beer which became the go-to headline to trumpet the latest achievement of one of the brightest stars in Irish football, writes Liam Mackey.

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LIAM MACKEY: Close encounters of the tetchy kind - the Martin O’Neill and Tony O’Donoghue grudge match

Martin O’Neill and Tony O’Donoghue seemed to attract most public interest than the inaugural Nations League draw, writes Liam Mackey.

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