Author: Eoin McCall

Liverpool’s Victory shows the Importance of the Collective over the Individual

“The socialism I believe in isn’t really politics. It is a way of living. It is humanity. I believe the only way to live and to be truly successful is by collective effort, with everyone working for each other, everyone helping each other, and everyone having a share of the rewards at the end of the day. That might be asking a lot, but it’s the way I see football and the way I see life.” – Bill Shankly. Nothing about the events of Tuesday night make sense. From the very nature of 22 men kicking and chasing a...

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An Idiots Guide to the 2019 Grand National

It’s that time of the year again, the city is heaving with activity as The Grand National, takes place tomorrow at Aintree. As I said in last year’s preview with “forty runners and thirty fences, it would be easier to pick the lottery numbers than accurately predict the race.” However, having said that, I did predict the winner Tiger Roll last year. Here are my 5, completely unscientific and not to be trusted Tips (Horses with cool names and colours). Please remember to only gamble what you can afford to lose in the spirit of an enjoyable afternoon and if your...

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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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