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Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna
One of the country's top sports journalists, and a recipient of Irish Sports Journalist of the Year.

MacKenna On Monday: Football Cares About Customers, Not Fans

“By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing, kill yourself. It’s just a little thought; I’m just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day they’ll take root, I don’t know. You try, you do what you can. Seriously though, if you are, do. There’s no rationalisation for what you do and you are Satan’s little helpers. Seriously. …

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MacKenna On Monday: Hiring Of McCarthy Reeks Of Hasty Smokescreen

Wikipedia shouldn’t often be used as the be-all and end-all resource. But on this occasion, the mere index of the Republic of Ireland soccer team is as fitting a snapshot as it is frustrating. 1.5 The Charlton years (1986-1995) 1.6 Mick McCarthy era (1996-2002) 1.7 Decline… It helps along a train of thought that wonders if there’s a better living …

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MacKenna On Monday: Rugby The Game Of Ireland’s Elite

team of the year

That was good. Very good, actually. But stop right there and don’t dare go any further. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. We beg you. Please. For can you imagine this scenario as a glorious alternative to what inevitably plays out next? Fair, joyous talk of Peter O’Mahony being a monster, and Devin Toner and Tadhg Furlong running into the wall and it …

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MacKenna On Monday: Evil Triumphing By Sportspeople Doing Nothing

“I’m going to speak the truth when I’m asked about it. This isn’t for look, this isn’t for publicity or anything like that. This is for people that don’t have the voice.” – Colin Kaepernick On October 16th, the 50th anniversary of Tommie Smith‘s and John Carlos’s seminal moment subtly passed by all too quietly. That day in 1968 was, …

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MacKenna On Monday: Club Game The Soul Of The Sport

Last weekend, a tiny sliver of a story was predictably buried beneath so much quantity. It was from no more than the Limerick Junior A hurling final as tiny Tournafulla made the half-hour journey to Dromcollogher to win what they never had before. This was life rather than merely a game, and was captured superbly by Stephen Barr in the …

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MacKenna On Monday: In Defence Of Mixed Martial Arts

Anderson Silva McGregor

A column dragged from the file marked, ‘Things I Never Thought I’d Write’. In defence of MMA. A couple of weeks back, having wandered into the rafters of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas to watch the undercard of UFC 229, there was a moment that involved a brief contemplation of humanity. It came after Vicente Luque knocked Jalin Turner …

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MacKenna On Monday: What Do We Actually Want Our Games To Be?

In the superb 1970s movie, Network, the character Howard Beale tapped right into the heart of what was influencing the world and where it would all end up. A news anchor driven finally mad by all around, he previously professed the power of the box as a way into every living room, long before having an awakening and urging people …

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