Home Pat O'Rourke

Pat O'Rourke

Pat O’Rourke has been a journalist for 18 years and is currently news editor of Northside People east edition. In the past he has worked as a sport reporter with the Irish Daily Star (Junior Soccer), Drogheda Independent and Dublin People.

Opinion: Why Rooney’s Career Should Not Be On The Wane

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 19: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 19, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

As the fallout continues from the Wayne Rooney ‘drinking at a wedding’ story, is there a wider issue at play here: the importance of the modern day footballer looking after themselves in a bid to prolong their careers? First and foremost, Rooney is human. He isn’t the first and definitely won’t be the last footballer to take a drink. Also, there …

Read More »

Opinion: Expanding The World Cup Further Would Be A Disaster

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - MARCH 18: FIFA president Gianni Infantino speaks during a press conference after the FIFA executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters on March 18, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Valeriano Di Domenico/Getty Images)

Fifa president Gianni Infantino has proposed expanding the World Cup from 32 to 48 teams. According to the BBC, Mr Infantino has suggested that 16 of these countries would be eliminated after a preliminary knockout round. This would ruin the World Cup. 32 teams at a World Cup finals is more than enough. As far as the beautiful game is concerned, the …

Read More »

Opinion: Europa League Safety Net Must Be Removed

BASEL, SWITZERLAND - MAY 18: Sevilla players celebrate with the Europa League trophy at the award ceremoy after the UEFA Europa League Final match between Liverpool and Sevilla at St. Jakob-Park on May 18, 2016 in Basel, Switzerland. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

If ever there was a football competition that needed an overhaul, surely it’s the Europa League. Europe’s secondary club football tournament, formerly the UEFA Cup and also an amalgamation of the old Cup Winners’ Cup, is now in its eight season under its current moniker. Between the qualifying rounds, groups stages, knockout stages, quarter-finals, semi-finals and eventually a final at …

Read More »

Is It Time To Ditch Modern Football’s Sweeper-Keeper Concept?

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola watches from the touchline as Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart keeps goal in the foreground during the UEFA Champions league second leg play-off football match between Manchester City and Steaua Bucharest at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England on August 24, 2016. / AFP / OLI SCARFF (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Pat O’Rourke discusses the ins and outs of the demands placed on modern day goalkeepers and whether or not the idea of having a sweeper-keeper should be abolished.  What do you want most from the man between the sticks of your favourite football team? Do you want a goalkeeper who is competent, cool under pressure, commands his penalty area, deals adequately …

Read More »

Opinion: Why All The Fuss Over Transfer Deadline Day?

Wolverhampton Wanderers End of Season Dinner

The countdown is on for the next transfer deadline day with football managers up and down the UK scrambling to make those final additions to their squads in the hope they’ll yield rich dividends on the pitch. Transfer deadline day has become something of a mini soap opera within a greater soap opera, with millions of pounds being lodged into …

Read More »

Premier League: Power Is In The Supporters’ Hands

MIDDLESBOROUGH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Middlesbrough Fans at the Riverside Stadium City during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Stoke City on August 13, 2016 in Middlesbrough. (Photo by Steve Welsh/Getty Images)

It’s back. A new Premier League season has begun and fans can breathe a collective sigh of relief now that their fix has been fixed. For the next nine months they’ll go through the full gamut of emotions while following the trials and tribulations of their respective clubs. There will be the highs of the last-minute winner in a key …

Read More »