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Luke O'Connor

Currently studying Media and politics in DCU. Obsessed with the state of Irish soccer, especially league of Ireland. Man united supporter, massive Kildare GAA fan. Former St. Kieran's college cross country captain. Tweet on a wide range of issues from politics to sport. @LukeOConnor5

“My Motivation Comes From Will To Succeed” – Cross Country Star Tom O’ Keefe

In association with  As part of our search for the Vodafone X Irish University Sports Journalist Of The Year, Luke O’Connor interviewed Irish cross-country star, Tom O’Keefe. Luke O’Connor, along with three other finalists, is vying to be crowned ‘Vodafone X Irish University Sports Journalist Of The Year’. The final stage of the competition is a public vote. You can see the …

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Long Read: The Conflicting Tactics Underlining Argentina’s World Cup Quest

As the Argentinian national team reaches a crossroads in the side’s development, we take an in-depth look at the tactical history that has influenced the side’s style of play. As football fans all over the world look forward to the World Cup in Russia, there is growing consternation at the ineptitude of Argentina’s qualifying campaign. They collapsed over the finishing …

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Allianz Football League Division 1, Healy Park, Omagh, Co. Tyrone 12/3/2017 Tyrone vs Cavan Tyrone manager Mickey Harte Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Presseye/Lorcan Doherty

Is Mickey Harte Quickly Becoming Gaelic Football’s Arsene Wenger?

The All-Ireland semi-final which took place between Dublin and Tyrone was a travesty for Gaelic football. It displayed the gulf in class between Dublin and the rest of the country in stark terms. Dublin dismantled a hapless Tyrone team which were beaten into submission by a team brimming with attacking inventiveness married with a ravenous hunger when out of possession of …

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Bord na Mona O'Byrne Cup Semi-Final, St. Conleth's Park, Newbridge 22/1/2017 Kildare vs Dublin The Kildare team stand for The National Anthem Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Five Reasons Kildare Can Be Competitive Against Dublin

As we approach next weekend’s provincial finals there is an overriding feeling that both the Ulster and Leinster finals are mismatches.  The bookies have priced up the handicap market at a Dublin -9 points bet at even money, which on the face of it seems reasonable. Regardless, I see real concrete evidence that Kildare can give the All Ireland champions a …

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LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 15: An image of Arsene Wenger, Manager of Arsenal is displayed on the match programme using the names of former Arsenal players during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on October 15, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wenger’s Tenure At Arsenal Has Been Laced With Success, But Is The Romance Gone?

As a lover of English football, there’s something romantic about Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger’s tenure in north London.  The man will undoubtedly go down as one of the great managers of English football. Wenger is a manager of unquestionable moral certainty in an era of football which is rife with financial doping. He’s someone who has professed his passion for English …

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12 December 2015; Conor McGregor celebrates defeating Jose Aldo to win the UFC Featherweight Championship title. UFC 194: Jose Aldo v Conor McGregor, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, USA. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE (Photo by Sportsfile/Corbis via Getty Images)

A Bandwagoner’s View: The Rise And Rise Of Conor McGregor

As Conor McGregor scooped the top prize at last night’s RTÉ Sports Awards, this writer felt almost obliged to document the rise of the UFC champion from the perspective of the McGregor “bandwagon fan”. This is a new breed of fight fan which refers to the group of people who chart MMA only from the birth of McGregor’s UFC career. Which …

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: Josep Guardiola, Manager of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Southampton at Etihad Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Opinion: How The Cult Of Pep Guardiola Has Emerged From Myth

Pep Guardiola’s large following among young coaches and fans of football has emerged from myth.   This has come about as a result of his tenure at Barcelona. He was parachuted into this job after a stint at Barcelona ‘B’, where he began to change the way the reserves approached playing the game. The fact that he got this job …

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SSE Airtricity League Premier Divison, Oriel Park, Dundalk 11/10/2016 Dundalk vs Cork City Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

Cork City Fall Short As Dundalk Edge Towards Historic Title Win

Tuesday night’s eagerly anticipated duel between League of Ireland table toppers Dundalk and Cork City lived up to all expectations. The pace of the game was frenetic, borne from Dundalk’s exemplary pressing game in conjunction with Cork’s frantic attempts to pin Dundalk in their own half. The first goal came just seven minutes in after Dundalk won a dubious free-kick in a …

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