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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
10 Mar 2015

TWO weeks from now, with the Six Nations done and dusted, Ireland’s footballers will be in town to command the limelight ahead of the key Euro 2016 encounter with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on March 29. Wes Hoolahan probably wishes it was tomorrow. After missing November’s defeat to Scotland with a frustratingly timed injury,…

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Hugh Farrelly Aviva Rugby Blogger

Paul O’Connell: Lock of ages

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
9 Mar 2015

THERE will be a great deal said and written about Paul O’Connell this week with the 35-year-old poised to win his 100th cap against Wales – and so there should be. You can be certain the Ireland captain will be trying to deflect attention to focus on keeping the team on track for the Grand…

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Five reasons to get involved in the new SSE Airtricity League season

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
3 Mar 2015

THE winter hibernation is drawing to a close for the match-going Irish football fan. After a lengthy build-up, we can now say that Ireland’s key Euro 2016 qualifier with Poland takes place this month rather than describing the Aviva Stadium encounter in distant terms. Minor injuries now become significant to Martin O’Neill because the recovery…

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SCHIMDT’S MOST SIGNIFICANT WIN

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
2 Mar 2015

AS part of their build up to the big game in the Aviva, the BBC delved into their archives and brought us footage from the England-Ireland Five Nations clash at Twickenham in 1988. It was arresting viewing. The first thing that struck you was that, even though there were some giant physical specimens on show (Wade…

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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
24 Feb 2015

AS Everton piled the pressure on in the final stages of Sunday’s Premier League encounter with Leicester, Seamus Coleman didn’t have to worry about whether to stay back or go forward. With Leicester dropping deeper, Coleman pushed on to the extent that he was effectively functioning as a right sided attacker when Romelu Lukaku’s header…

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Hugh Farrelly Aviva Rugby Blogger

HEAD TO HEADS: SCHMIDT GIVES IRELAND THE EDGE

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
23 Feb 2015

THE intrigue ahead of next weekend’s Six Nations showdown at the Aviva brought to mind an interview with former All Black-turned-pundit Justin Marshall in the build-up to New Zealand’s clash with Ireland at the same venue in 2010. Intelligent, articulate and forthright, the suave former scrum-half made for good copy and cut a relaxed figure…

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BY this stage of the FA Cup, references to the ‘magic’ of the competition tend to be worn out. The debate about the status of the trophy in the modern climate is vexed at this stage. What cannot be disputed, however, is this tournament’s ability to bring players back to life and remind the floating…

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The unbreakable Johnny Sexton

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
16 Feb 2015

There are few in the world of rugby who could have done what Johnny Sexton managed last Saturday. His recall to the Ireland team to play France had been well flagged but, as well as the considerable psychological and playing challenges of returning as chief playmaker following 13 weeks away from competitive action, there were late outside obstacles flung in his path.

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Questions for Ireland ahead of France showdown!

Hugh Farrelly
Aviva Rugby Writer
9 Feb 2015

IRELAND’S Six Nations opener in Rome was a trifle underwhelming, no point in pretending otherwise, but victory was all that really mattered and if it happened to arrive in drab circumstances, so be it. There has been some concern, and indeed anger, expressed at Ireland’s less than compelling first-up performance – particularly against one of…

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The road to the Aviva

Alan Cawley
Aviva Soccer Blogger
6 Feb 2015

With their goal now firmly in sight, all roads heading towards The Aviva Stadium are being occupied by junior clubs the length and breadth of the country as we enter the business end of this years FAI Junior Cup. Quarter final places are up for grabs this weekend as players managers and staff alike start…

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What new faces could emerge across the next 12 months

Daniel McDonnell
Aviva Soccer Writer
3 Feb 2015

It’s a long winter for Martin O’Neill with a protracted build-up to the March 29 encounter with Poland allowing him plenty of time to scout a variety of options that could strengthen his squad across the year.

There is a natural curiosity from supporters about what new faces could emerge across the next 12 months but O’Neill is unlikely to blood a proliferation of uncapped individuals in a pivotal year for his tenure.

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