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Pádraic Ó Ciardha

Pádraic Ó Ciardha
After three degrees and five years in college, Pádraic finally decided that it was time to get serious with his life. He now uses his MA in Journalism as an excuse to watch all the soccer, GAA, F1, golf and tennis he can. According to Pádraic, “It’s all research.” You can follow him on Twitter, @pociardha.

PA Sporting Rivalries – PSG v Marseille

On Sunday night, Paris Saint-Germain and Olympique de Marseille will meet in a duel between the two biggest teams in France. Like all great rivalries, PSG v L’OM is not just about football, it is a clash between political, economical and cultural identities, writes Pádraic Ó Ciardha. ‘Le Classique’s’ history is not as lengthy as some other famous derbies. With …

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PA Sporting Rivalries – USA v Russia

The schedule of Saturday’s Men’s Ice Hockey at the Winter Olympics sees a rematch of one of the most storied rivalries in the world. The United States and Russia face off in their second game of the group stages. Thirty four years ago, on the 22nd of February, 1980, these two sides clashed in what Sports Illustrated claimed was the …

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PA Sporting Rivalries – Ireland v Wales

This week’s edition of PA Sorting Rivalries looks at the relationship between Ireland and Wales. There was a time when Irish players and fans got on just fine with their Welsh counterparts. As the old saying goes, ‘The enemy of my enemy is my friend,’ and both Ireland and Wales were happy to unite in their hatred of England. It …

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Meet Your Irish Winter Olympians

When most Irish people hear the term ‘Winter sports’, they simply envisage playing football or hurling on wet, muddy pitches. However, around this time every four years, words like ‘halfpipe’, ‘salchow’ and ‘Giant-slalom’ start to slip into our vocabulary. Telling us why, is Pádraic Ó Ciardha. What is amazing about the Winter Olympics is that for 47 out of 48 …

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Steven Gerrard and the ‘Pirlo-role’

“Tactically, once he does more work on when to become the third man dropping in or pushing on, he’s got a great chance of playing that role to the level of a Pirlo or a Zanetti.” This is what Brendan Rodgers had to say last week about Steven Gerrard’s new role in Liverpool’s midfield. Both Gerrard and Rodgers now seem …

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PA Sporting Rivalries: Tom Brady v Peyton Manning

Pádraic Ó Ciardha will take a look at different sporting rivalries every weekend on PA, and first up is the great American rivalry between two NFL legends; Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. It is fitting that in the week this new column about sport’s greatest rivalries begins, we will be treated to another instalment of one of the most popular …

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