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Paul Hennessey

Dub, dad, writer, engineer, gooner, dreamer, insomniac, fan. Currently residing on the third shopping mall from the sun.

The Cross-Channel Conundrum – It’s Complicated

1971: Arsenal Football Club player Charlie George stands between George Graham and a fellow player who are holding the FA Cup on his head. (Photo by A. Jones/Express/Getty Images)

In this strange paradoxical little island of ours, it is a curious fact that you can make a pretty educated guess at an Irishman’s age by the English soccer team that he supports. For instance, there exists a thriving community of fifty-something Irish Leeds United fans, for the simple reason that they were at an impressionable age around the time …

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Dublin’s Win Over Mayo: A Change Of Perspective

All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final Replay, Croke Park, Dublin 1/10/2016 Dublin vs Mayo Mayo’s Keith Higgins, Aidan O'Shea, Colm Boyle and Seamus O’Shea after the match Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

The desperate pursuit of All-Ireland final tickets often throws up peculiar twists of fate. And so it was on Saturday, when I found myself in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Canal End of Croke Park, a veritable fish out of water, in the company of a 12-year-old sporting oracle, the son of a Mayo friend. His little sister was in …

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The Filtered Joy Of A Victorious Dub

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 28/8/2016 Dublin vs Kerry Dublin supporters celebrate Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

“The Dubs are back, the Dubs are back, let the railway end go barmy ’cause Hill 16 has never seen the likes of Heffo’s Army.” Here’s a statistic you may not know, or at least you may not have considered – in the 42 championship campaigns since that catchy little ditty, “The Likes of Heffo’s Army”, was unleashed on the …

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Opinion: Humility A Virtue For Patient Dubs

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final, Croke Park, Dublin 6/8/2016 Dublin vs Donegal Dublin's Ciaran Kilkenny Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

“Did you order the Code Red? Did you order the Code Red?” Most of us that were around in the nineties remember the key courtroom scene of the blockbuster film A Few Good Men. In it, Tom Cruise’s rookie lawyer taunts the belligerent Naval base commander played with simmering menace by Jack Nicholson, trying to get him to break and …

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