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Brexit and borders: why Europe badly needs Euro 2016

Football fans can be tedious at the best of times, but we’re rarely as sanctimonious as when discussing the social, cultural and political importance of our game. You thought that 22-year-old’s inability to clear the first man with a corner … Continue reading

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This isn’t a revolution. It’s a mess.

Richard Boyd-Barrett says it’s a political earthquake. He made the claim having just been elected to the new Dáil in the Dun Laoghaire constituency, a constituency which saw the combined vote for centre-right parties rise from 28,223 in 2011 to … Continue reading

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The sad tale of Roberto Mussi and the Labour Party

In his hometown of Massa, Roberto Mussi is still viewed with hatred and derision. People spit on him when he walks by. Shopkeepers refuse to serve him, and little children cry when his name is mentioned. Mussi played right-back for … Continue reading

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Let’s not pretend the 1916 Rising was about water charges or smashing the patriarchy

Which moment of the 1916 Rising will you most celebrate: the bit when The O’Rahilly charged down Moore Street shouting about Irish Water, or the bit when Padraig Pearse used his last breath to berate the British for the lack … Continue reading

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Giving ourselves a plaque on the back

Sports fans are prone to wild exaggeration. It only takes the emergence of a fresh-faced 19-year-old with the ability to kick a ball accurately over 30 yards for millions of otherwise sane people to declare a new deity. The Superbowl … Continue reading

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Reflections of a rugby rebel: What next for Ireland’s anti-rugby movement?

During my time in secondary school I founded a subversive, underground organisation whose members were sworn to secrecy and vowed to use all means necessary in pursuit of its goal. We were determined, passionate and idealistic, traits born from a … Continue reading

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Scotland v Ireland: A brief explanation

Ireland take on Scotland in a European Championships qualification match tonight. I’ll be watching the game with some Belgians so I’ve been thinking about how best to explain it to them. I think I’ve got it: First there’s the Irish. They’ll … Continue reading

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