If you would like to submit a contribution to our Readers Blog section then follow this link. Be sure to include your full name, address and contact number otherwise your submission will not be considered for publication. We will contact you prior to publication.

All Ireland soccer team argument has long history

The argument for an All Ireland soccer team has a long history. In the 1930s and well into the late 1940s and early 1950s, Northern Ireland selected players from the south.

Some time later, well known NI internationals spoke in favour of an all-island team. Derek Dougan and George Best come to mind. I suspect FIFA supports the current situation. Their policy seems to be one of ‘the more the merrier’. For example, the Faroes and Gibraltar played its first international soccer match as a new full member of UEFA recently. The Catalans would also like to break from Spain. More teams, more games to fill the gaps between TV advertisements.

Of course a major problem lies with the administrators and the rest of the hangers-on who manage to board the team plane for overseas junkets. An All Ireland team would mean at least half of these camp followers would lose their trips with business class pampering, swish hotels, etc. However, the worst feature would be the introduction of maudlin ‘Ireland’s call’ before kick-off.

Tony Kane
Fremantle
Western Australia


Lifestyle

Amid a flood of interest in the island nation in recent years, here’s a few under-the-radar wonders to help separate you from the herd.6 amazing off-the-beaten-track destinations in Japan

November weather leaving your skin dry and dull? Rachel Marie Walsh picks the best new products to keep it spring fresh.Product Watch: The best new products to keep your skin spring fresh

Here is a selection of hot, comforting desserts for a cold winter’s evening. The first is a luscious and decadent chocolate orange dessert that stays soft in the centre.Michelle Darmody: Comforting desserts for a cold winter’s evening

Jackie Turner, genetic counsellor, Clinical Genetics Centre for Ophthalmology, Mater Hospital, DublinWorking Life: 'I catch the quiet 6:15 train, a place to gather my thoughts and plan my day'

More From The Irish Examiner