Author: eoinmccall

The Problem With Anti-Irish Racism

You call it sectarianism here, I call it racism. If a black man is abused, you are not just abusing the colour of his skin, you are abusing his culture, his heritage, his background. It’s the exact same when I get called a Fenian, a pauper, a beggar, a tarrier. These are people with a sense of entitlement or superiority complex… – Neil Lennon,  November 2018 For the first time, the Football Association (FA) has decided to look into the racist abuse suffered by James McClean throughout his 7 years in English football. Surprisingly, nobody at the FA or...

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Fear and Loathing in Rural Ireland

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive. …” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about 100 miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?” – Fear in Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter...

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A Very Messi Situation

On the 3rd of March 2013, Danny DeVito tweeted, “Antonin Scalia retire bitch”, referring to the late United States Supreme Court Justice. The tweet has gained over 10,000 retweets in five years. More information on the meme can be found here. The time has come for myself, an Irishman who has never visited Argentina, never mind have any ties to the country, Sports Editor of this very publication, to send the following message out. Lionel Messi retire bitch. At the risk of sounding like a polemicist, the performances from the Argentine no.10 have been nothing short of a disgrace. On Saturday...

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Football’s Coming Home?

God is in his heaven and all is right with the world, today is such a day. A cloudless June sky, the oxon reposed in the shade of the mighty British Oak, the reek rising from a million barbecues and England beginning its World Cup Endeavour. This is how The Telegraph hysterically wrote about England twelve years ago, but if we look around the media landscape of today we see that it is “all changed, all changed utterly.” This England team, is completely devoid of all hype and jingoism, and is merely a football team, a very good one...

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World Cup 2018 Is Here

I went to see my doctor earlier today, he took notes of symptoms, took my bloods and then came back to me with some chilling news. “Son, I’m afraid you have a full-blown case of World Cup Fever.” Something I could never have imagined as Ireland’s World Cup dreams evaporated before me with the crushing 5-1 playoff defeat to Denmark in Dublin last November. That night was probably the saddest I’ve ever been in my entire life, I felt like I had been in a car crash. I wanted to leave the ground at 4-1, but my legs simply...

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