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Ewan MacKenna

One of the country's top sports journalists, and a recipient of Irish Sports Journalist of the Year.

MacKenna On Monday: Manchester City Continue To Smugly Act Above The Law

There are stories. And then there are STORIES. For The Athletic, a publication with wonderful disruptive qualities, this was big. It wasn’t solely because their exclusive last week about Manchester City likely avoiding being thrown out of European competition had so much upside, but because of huge potential downside. After all, it’s not that long since leaked emails showed the …

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MacKenna On Monday: World Rugby’s Lack Of Contingency Plan Reeked Of Amateurism

Last September, with a year to go until tournament kick-off, World Rugby were busy ticking boxes. To mark the final countdown to their premier competition, they rolled out the usual stats from numbers of visitors to economic benefits. Chairman of the governing body Bill Beaumont added that he believed “in the tremendous opportunity to further the sport across Asia, and …

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MacKenna On Monday: In This Ireland, Sport Is Merely For Some

Poor, old Eddie O’Sullivan. If he thinks he got it bad around the 2007 World Cup – despite three Triple Crowns in the handful of years that preceded it, and a winning record that only Joe Schmidt has ever bettered in the role of Ireland manager – then little did he know what was to follow in recent days. The country has moved …

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MacKenna On Monday: Jim Gavin Can’t Be Considered The Greatest Given Dublin’s Advantage

‘You new models are happy scraping the shit, because you’ve never seen a miracle.’ Sappor Morton, Blade Runner 2049. In the immediate aftermath of the 2018 Champions League final, despite the undeniable excellence that was hugely worthy of respect, Real Madrid’s victory still grated a chunk. There was no talking down the crucial hardness of Sergio Ramos and brilliance of …

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