The Spanish Football Podcast Live #TSFP

Spanish football has been an interest of mine, ever since I first watched the Galacticos of Real Madrid back in the 1990s with Beckham, Raul, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. Zidane's winning goal in Hampden Park, Glasgow in 1998 against Bayer Leverkusen stands out, even though it's 20 years ago. So it was nice to go … Continue reading The Spanish Football Podcast Live #TSFP

College memories: my biased football referees thesis

It's funny how things come out of the blue. Last week, I was reminded of months of slogging at a keyboard, writing a thesis about football referees, back in 2004 as part of my parting shot to university life. First off I was at a talk in the Science Gallery hosted by Ger Gilroy of … Continue reading College memories: my biased football referees thesis

What’s your favourite sports book?

Over Christmas I got to read two great sports books. As it turned out, both were Irish sports books. Both were written by hurlers. Who were both from Clare. Both were nominated for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. Both were about what great things people can do if they put their minds … Continue reading What’s your favourite sports book?


 16 October 2010 - Catalunya Today was about fixing my puncture before heading to the Camp Nou at 8pm. Finding a bike shop which sold tubes was harder than it first appeared – and that’s with the help of the internet and las paginas amarillas (yellow pages) and Google. Most bike stores were closed or not answering … Continue reading Day 3: FC BARCELONA vs VALENCIA CF

Do you remember the 80s? (under 30s only)

Ok, so it's 9 years since 9/11 happened. Watching a documentary on it over the weekend, it still looks surreal. The little planes hitting the towers look like flies hitting sticks. Then you realise it's not from Independence Day or any other movie. It made me think of where I was that day? It's our … Continue reading Do you remember the 80s? (under 30s only)

Aviva Stadium: Ireland vs Argentina 0-1

Ireland lost 1-0 to Argentina tonight. So RTE will analyse why Kilbane isn’t Zidane and Keane isn’t Messi. But what else happened at the stadium? I mean how were the Mexican waves? What about the PA announcements? Or the queues for the toilets? Well, it was a better atmosphere than last week’s turncoat fest of Irish … Continue reading Aviva Stadium: Ireland vs Argentina 0-1

Aviva: the new Lansdowne Rd

Manchester United opened the new Aviva Stadium in style tonight, beating an Airtricity League selection 7-1. It was great to be there and see the stadium fill up, but the game itself wasn't more than a training run for Utd. They barely had to break a sweat, although Vidic looked like he could do with … Continue reading Aviva: the new Lansdowne Rd

El dia clave llega para el Barca

Subscribe to my blog at Este miercoles, en Camp Nou, el Barca remontara al campo para enfrentar el desafio principal del ano. Debe marcar dos goles para superar el deficit 1-3 del Inter. Tengo tantas ganas de ver el partido y estoy seguro de que el ambiente sea electrico. Ya el Barca ha pedido a los cules blaugranas que lleguen al campo una hora antes del partido para calentar el ambiente. Hay quatro palabras que resumen el partido: "Escencia" … Continue reading El dia clave llega para el Barca

Barca: another class

I'm just after watching Barca destroy Arsenal 4-1 (6-3 on aggregate) in the 2nd leg of the Champions League quarter final. What a performance. The Catalan press are describing Messi as a player "de otra galaxia" and the game as "una exhibicion de Messi" and certainly it was an incredible performance. This guy is only 22 years … Continue reading Barca: another class

Connemara Update: 20km done

Today I ran 20km, which is a first. I’ve only ever done 15km (and that was last Sunday). The route was from Ranelagh out to Dun Laoghaire. Leaving work I could see snow on the Dublin Mountains, but luckily enough it wasn’t that cold, once you got the heart beating. My goal was 85 minutes, which … Continue reading Connemara Update: 20km done