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Brein McGinn

Brein McGinn
Brein is a second year DCU journalism student who is passionate about most sports but none more so than Soccer, Golf and GAA. Brein has covered games in Croke Park for a regional paper and reports on local club games when he's not in college. He also contributes to a weekly sports podcast with fellow Pundit Arena contributor Jack O'Toole and other members of DCUfm's Action Replay sports show.

Ireland’s Most Popular Sports Are Under Threat From American Football, But Why?

American Football DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 02: The Vince Lombardi Trophy is displayed on radio row on February 2, 2011 in Dallas, Texas. The Green Bay Packers will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

A golden-age for Irish sport is upon us. Our small-but-proud nation that traditionally enjoyed playing giant-killer is now beginning to reconsider its role among nations in global competition. Whether we fully realise it or not, Ireland is now being offered a seat at the top table of the sporting world. We’ve defeated the notorious ‘big three’ southern hemisphere nations in …

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Meath Select McEntee As New Manager

Ballyboden St Enda's vs St Vincent's Ballyboden St Enda's manager Andy McEntee

2015/16 All-Ireland football club winning manager Andy McEntee was ratified tonight by the Meath County Board to succeed Mick O’Dowd as the Royal County’s new senior boss. McEntee, a back-to-back All-Ireland winner as a player in ’87 and ’88 for the Royals was appointed in a board meeting in Seneschalstown earlier this evening. The position was also officially contested by U21 manager Sean …

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It’s Time To Talk About Ireland’s Other Golfing Olympian

Ireland Olympics Golf Power

Between a combination of  high-profile Rio absentees and the recent (much welcomed) solid play from Padraig Harrington, Ireland’s other male representative has been slipping under the nation’s radar. Currently making his living on the second-tier Web.com Tour, the world number 294 – a Waterford native – is far from a household name at the minute. However, thanks to his current form stateside, …

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Waterford – Where Do The Deise Stand Now?

If it wasn’t for an historic and epic U-21 Munster triumph this day last week against Tipperary in Walsh Park, the fog would be much denser around most thoughts and conversations south of the Suir on the prospect of facing Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Semi Final on Sunday in HQ. The doom and gloom, which is still there to some extent, would …

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An Anecdote To Explain Waterford Boss Derek McGrath’s Popularity

With competitive hurling back this weekend, Brein McGinn explains why Waterford boss Derek McGrath is so popular amongst both Déise supporters and hurling followers around the country. Hundreds and hundreds of post-mortems are commonplace across the country in the wake of every Gaelic Games Championship defeat, especially in public houses. When Waterford suffered their first defeat of last season at the hands of Tipperary in …

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Could Richie Hogan’s Simple Suggestion Save The Football Championship?

Championship Formats Should Be Changed Now Rather Than Later. Another season is under way in inter-county football, but the Championship structure will be placed under the microscope from people across the nation and come under scrutiny once again in a few weeks time. It has been well documented that there is a disease in inter-county football. A week hardly goes by …

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Allianz Football League Round Two Predictions: Divisions 1 and 2

COUNTY LAOIS, IRELAND - FEBRUARY 06: Action during The Allianz GAA National Football League match between Laois (blue) and Meath (green/yellow) at O'Moore Park on February 06, 2011 in Portlaoise, Ireland (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/ Getty Images)

Competitive football’s return last weekend saw the Dubs defeat the Kingdom once again in a rematch of 2015’s All-Ireland final and three all-Ulster clashes as a few early markers were set down in the top two divisions. Here are predictions for this weekend’s second round of fixtures in Divisions 1 and 2. _____ Division 1 Saturday, February 6 Mayo vs Dublin, …

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Ireland’s Paul Dunne Is Now On The Golfing Radar

Last week’s tied-13th performance shows two things: 1- Paul Dunne is an incredibly talented golfer in unpredictable weather, and 2- Paul Dunne’s remarkable Open Championship at St. Andrew’s was by no means a fluke. Looking at his final round, some may see 5-over-par and think , “Ah, the poor young man bottled it again” after fading away on the final …

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Why Are Chelsea Obsessed With Signing Out-Of-Date Strikers?

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 27: Pato (R) of Sao Paulo fights for the ball with Jackson (L) of Palmeiras during the match between Sao Paulo and Palmeiras for the Brazilian Series A 2015 at Estadio do Morumbi on September 27, 2015 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

If you were to tell someone who has been switched off from the game of football for seven years that Radamel Falcao, Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres all have played for Chelsea at some stage, they may ask, “Have Chelsea dominated European football since I was last up to date?” The answer is no, they certainly have not. Chelsea may be the …

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