Féileacáin Bereaved Dads“Whether we say something or not, we’re here together and there’s this bond.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The charity Féileacáin, which supports parents who’ve lost a child around the time of birth, will host a very special football match in May. The players involved are all fathers who have lost a child through miscarriage or stillbirth. Evelyn O’Rourke went to one of the team’s training sessions, as she told Seán O’Rourke this morning. The Féileacáin dads’ team …

Footballer Keith Treacy“At the time, you’re in this bubble, you’re earning thousands a week, people are loving you, you’re signing autographs right, left and centre.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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By the time Dubliner Keith Treacy had done his Junior Cert, he’d already had interest from numerous football clubs in Britain and he and his parents had decided on Blackburn Rovers. The day before he was going away, he had a party in Fairview to send him off. He was 15. “We swiftly ended up down in the off licence …

Documentary on OneCigarettes and Samba

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The Republic of Ireland soccer team’s 1982 tour of South America was one of the most farcical episodes in Irish sport. Travelling during the Falklands War, the team had four games, three defeats, and two cancellations. But how did half the squad end up being detained by armed police? And how did a carpet salesman from Limerick end up sitting …

Diego Maradona“He’s a child in many ways. He’s a lost, vulnerable child who becomes well known.”

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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Pelé or Maradona? Most football fans will come down on one side or the other when it comes to which is the best player in the world… ever! The director of Senna and Amy (for which he won an Oscar) Asif Kapadia, like most people of a certain age, remembers seeing Maradona playing in the World Cup in the 1980s …

Paul Ferris on Newcastle United and beyond... ‘They’re looking at me thinking, God, he’s a footballer now, he’s made it, and I’m thinking well actually I’m crying myself to sleep every night.’

As heard on The Ryan Tubridy Show

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At 16, Paul Ferris from Lisburn had the football world at his feet when he became Newcastle United’s youngest-ever first-teamer.  Dubbed ‘the new George Best’, the dream came crashing down for Paul when a freak training accident knocked him out of the game forever.  He joined Dave Fanning on The Ryan Tubridy Show to talk about the twists and turns …

‘Poets should write poems about him. His football was very special.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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Very few people achieve the status of legend midway through their careers, whatever the nature of those careers. But it’s fair to say that Colm Cooper, now officially retired at the age of 33 from inter-county football, has been firmly ensconced on that pedestal for quite some time. As news of his retirement emerged throughout the morning, the list of …

Football legend, Ron Atkinson‘I left school at 15 and never worked since.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The list of well-known people who have ended, or nearly ended, their careers with ill-advised statements or actions is long and illustrious. Hugh Grant springs to mind, megastar actor, who nearly ended his career with a well-publicised liaison with Divine Brown. Remember that one? And with the United States election upon us, maybe some of you will remember the infamous …