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Eoin Hallissey

Eoin Hallissey
A semi-retired Junior footballer, Eoin has recently graduated from Trinity College Dublin, having completed a degree in History & Political Science. A self-confessed sports and politics addict, he has a particular love for all things G.A.A. and soccer. Twitter: @ehallissey91

John Delaney Feature Is A Disgrace To Irish Football

Eoin Hallissey blasts the decision by one of Ireland’s media houses to run a multi-page spread and documentary about FAI CEO John Delaney. The Sunday Independent’s entertainment section has been elevated to a strangely prominent spot in the Irish sporting mind this week. A video feature, coupled with a multi-page spread in Life magazine has seen celebrity features writer Barry …

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Dundalk The Victims In UEFA’s Den Of Inconsistency

Eoin Hallissey discusses the controversial UEFA fine handed to Dundalk FC after their supporters waved Palestine flags during a recent Europa League match. Dundalk FC has been fined €18,000 by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Committee in relation to Article 16 (2) of their Disciplinary Rules (relating to flags that have been deemed by UEFA to be inappropriate) and Article 45 …

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Gambling – Modern Society’s Cancer?

When it comes to racing in Ireland, the odds are that someone, somewhere, is losing money they don’t have, for reasons they probably don’t even understand. Racing isn’t alone in this respect, and is certainly not the root of the problem. It is the impunity with which gambling companies act, preying on the vulnerable through the creation of false ideals …

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Premier League Is No Longer The Best In Europe

A league’s quality is often defined by its quantity of top players. When one looks at the Premier League, it’s clear to see just how far it has fallen. Eoin Hallissey discusses the alarming trend of top footballers choosing other European leagues to further their careers.   Where have all the good men gone? Where are all the greats? Ronaldo went to …

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Catalonia – The Greatest Team You’ve Never Seen

There are many great teams across the world of football, but is there an unknown team that could be better than any other? “Only people who have a state feel comfortable with their structures, with their national teams. In that case there is no politics. But in our case, I can’t support my national team – the Catalan national team …

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Bullets, Bombs, & Balls: The Struggle of Palestine Football

Eoin Hallissey gives us an insight into the struggles of Palestine football, as off-field matters continue to dominate the troubled landscape. Sport and politics do not mix. This is the official stance of the world’s sporting bodies, FIFA and the IOC foremost amongst them. The lack of self-awareness from these essentially political bodies is astounding if not surprising. International sport, …

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The Forgotten Final: Hoping For Anything But A Repeat

The solitary match up to have repeated itself in the history of 19 World Cup finals launches into its third act tonight. When Messi’s Argentina take on favourites Germany in the Maracana it will be the third time the Albicelestes have faced up to the men in white (although they may be wearing their alternate kit). In the 1986 and …

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The Heroin-Smuggling Homer: Trapattoni’s Greatest Foe

In the wake of Ireland’s play-off defeat in Paris, Giovanni Trapattoni walked into his press conference, turned to the Italian journalists present and uttered one word. “Moreno.” The Mediterranean throng nodded in silent understanding. Those who knew the veteran Italian understood his long-held grudge toward Ecuadorean referee Byron Moreno. Henry’s handball had been far from the greatest injustice which Trapattoni …

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Declan O’Sullivan: The Man Who Would Be King

*This article was originally published on July 10th, 2014, in the aftermath of Kerry’s annihilation of Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Declan O’Sullivan would go on to win his fifth All Ireland title that September.   In Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday Declan O’Sullivan gave an exhibition of the skills which have been evident throughout his time with the Kerry …

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Algeria’s Indelible Mark On Football History

The World Cup is all encompassing. For a month every four years, it provides legitimate reason for what may otherwise be seen as acts of sloth. Spending consecutive weeknights in a pub, avoiding the sunshine to stare transfixed at the television, putting every task imaginable on the long finger, all of this can be excused by virtue of the fact …

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