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Luke O'Connor

Luke O'Connor
Currently studying Media and politics in DCU. Obsessed with the state of Irish soccer, especially league of Ireland. Man united supporter, massive Kildare GAA fan. Former St. Kieran's college cross country captain. Tweet on a wide range of issues from politics to sport. @LukeOConnor5

Is Mickey Harte Quickly Becoming Gaelic Football’s Arsene Wenger?

Allianz Football League Division 1, Healy Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone 12/3/2017 Tyrone vs Cavan Tyrone manager Mickey Harte Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

The All-Ireland semi-final which took place between Dublin and Tyrone was a travesty for Gaelic football. It displayed the gulf in class between Dublin and the rest of the country in stark terms. Dublin dismantled a hapless Tyrone team which were beaten into submission by a team brimming with attacking inventiveness married with a ravenous hunger when out of possession of …

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Five Reasons Kildare Can Be Competitive Against Dublin

Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Semi-Final, St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge 22/1/2017 Kildare vs Dublin The Kildare team stand for The National Anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

As we approach next weekend’s provincial finals there is an overriding feeling that both the Ulster and Leinster finals are mismatches.  The bookies have priced up the handicap market at a Dublin -9 points bet at even money, which on the face of it seems reasonable. Regardless, I see real concrete evidence that Kildare can give the All Ireland champions a …

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Wenger’s Tenure At Arsenal Has Been Laced With Success, But Is The Romance Gone?

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: An image of Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal is displayed on the match programme using the names of former Arsenal players during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

As a lover of English football, there’s something romantic about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s tenure in north London.  The man will undoubtedly go down as one of the great managers of English football. Wenger is a manager of unquestionable moral certainty in an era of football which is rife with financial doping. He’s someone who has professed his passion for English …

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A Bandwagoner’s View: The Rise And Rise Of Conor McGregor

12 December 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates defeating Jose Aldo to win the UFC Featherweight Championship title. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

As Conor McGregor scooped the top prize at last night’s RTÉ Sports Awards, this writer felt almost obliged to document the rise of the UFC champion from the perspective of the McGregor “bandwagon fan”. This is a new breed of fight fan which refers to the group of people who chart MMA only from the birth of McGregor’s UFC career. Which …

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Opinion: How The Cult Of Pep Guardiola Has Emerged From Myth

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Pep Guardiola’s large following among young coaches and fans of football has emerged from myth.   This has come about as a result of his tenure at Barcelona. He was parachuted into this job after a stint at Barcelona ‘B’, where he began to change the way the reserves approached playing the game. The fact that he got this job …

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Cork City Fall Short As Dundalk Edge Towards Historic Title Win

SSE Airtricity League Premier Divison, Oriel Park, Dundalk 11/10/2016 Dundalk vs Cork City Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Tuesday night’s eagerly anticipated duel between League of Ireland table toppers Dundalk and Cork City lived up to all expectations. The pace of the game was frenetic, borne from Dundalk’s exemplary pressing game in conjunction with Cork’s frantic attempts to pin Dundalk in their own half. The first goal came just seven minutes in after Dundalk won a dubious free-kick in a …

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Opinion: Mayo Players Must Bear Ultimate Responsibility For Failure To Get Over The Line

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 1/10/2016 Dublin vs Mayo Mayo team huddle Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Mayo GAA has often cast parallels with Shakespearean tragedy throughout a long and unrivalled history of near misses and disappointments. One of the most interesting aspects of Mayo’s defeat to Dublin in the All-Ireland final replay relates to Stephen Rochford’s decision to drop goalkeeper David Clarke, who was perceived a shoo-in before the game to win an All Star, in …

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