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Ireland Were Once Again Crippled By Fear Factor

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 11/6/2017 Ireland vs Austria The Ireland team Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

If you had offered Republic of Ireland supporters the chance to be placed joint top of their World Cup qualifying group with Serbia on twelve points after six games they would have bitten your hand off. But supporting the Irish football team is sort of like watching the film Groundhog Day and despite the promising group position, the same questions …

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Why Snooker Is Finally Emerging From The Shadows

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 01: Mark Selby of England poses with the trophy after beating John Higgins of Scotland in the final of the World Snooker Championship on day seventeen at Crucible Theatre on May 1, 2017 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images,)

In the height of the digital age it appears that on the surface there could be no game less appealing to app-obsessed millennials than snooker what with its players dressed in their finery competing in marathon matches with frames ranging anywhere from between five minutes to an hour (or longer if you’re Fergal O’Brien), and the sport itself demanding complete …

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Opinion: Big Sam – The Last Of The Great Football Characters

TRNAVA, SLOVAKIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Sam Allardyce manager of England looks on prior to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Group F qualifying match between Slovakia and England at City Arena on September 4, 2016 in Trnava, Slovakia. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

After sixty seven days, one victory, one pint of wine and a Chinese Sam Allardyce’s reign as England manager has ended in ignominy. When Big Sam was appointed just over two months ago there was that feeling of inevitability that he was not the man to rejuvenate the fortunes of the English national side much like Roy Hodgson and Steve …

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Tournament Football: Ireland’s Greatest XI Selection

Now that the dust has well and truly settled on the Republic of Ireland’s heroics at the European Championships in France and Robbie Brady can be content in the knowledge that he has earned himself a ‘Reeling in the Years’ clip to rival Ray Houghton’s and David O’Leary’s, it’s interesting to look back on the six major tournaments that the …

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Opinion: Carl Frampton’s Victory Earns Him A Seat At Boxing’s Top Table

Belfast’s Carl Frampton stepped up in weight class on Saturday night at the Barclay’s Centre, Brooklyn, New York to dethrone reigning WBA featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz and, in the process, write his name into the annals of Irish boxing history. Until last night ‘The Celtic Warrior’ Steve Collins was the only Irishman to have achieved world title success in two …

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Drake Slays Snakebite to Clinch First Kenley Cup

They say that in life three things are guaranteed; you live, you die and you pay taxes, well in the Kenley Cup, sponsored by Funmanway Zorbing and M & P O’Sullivan Cash and Carry, there is only one constant and that is that there will always be a fiercely competitive rivalry between players from the City and the South East …

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Andy Lee Has Chance To Box His Way Out Of The Shadows

This weekend against the backdrop of Conor McGregor mania, another Irish fighter faces into a massive world title bout albeit following a much more muted build up than last week’s UFC main event in Las Vegas. Andy Lee, unlike McGregor, is a boxer. Andy Lee, like McGregor, is a world champion. That is about the only similarity between two of …

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