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Exclusive: Kevin Dyas On Leinster Club Final & Armagh Retirement

It has been a long and arduous road for Kevin Dyas, but this Sunday he will attempt to land one of his greatest achievements; a Leinster senior club championship. The Armagh star transferred to Kilmacud Crokes three years ago, having spent the last eight years living in Dublin and travelling north for club and county duty. Dublin clubs have come …

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Exclusive: Machida Is Faced With Carvalho, But Has An Eye On Mousasi

Bellator’s latest acquisition, the former UFC light-heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida, spoke exclusively to us here at Pundit Arena about his promotional debut and his plans for the future. Few names are as synonymous with the sport as Machida’s. From the moment he crane-kicked the legendary Randy Couture into retirement to his title-winning KO of Rashad Evans, Lyoto was front-and-centre through …

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A Long List Of MMA Predictions For 2019

As another year in the world of mixed martial arts comes to a close, I take a stab at predicting how the next year plays out in the sport’s upper echelons.  Last December, I brought you our first attempt at predicting how the completely unpredictable landscape of the sport would look after 365 days and while it was a tough task, …

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Five Players Who Could Benefit From Mick McCarthy As Irish Boss

With the Euro 2020 draw now made, Mick McCarthy will begin to plan his squad for March. A shrewd and blunt operator, McCarthy holds a much more no-nonsense approach to players not pulling their weight than Martin O’Neill. O’Neill was a manager of great loyalty and this was sometimes detrimental, selecting players who had drifted out of form despite shining …

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“I Want To Go Out & Put My Stamp On Games” – Andrew Conway

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Ireland winger Andrew Conway expects Andy Farrell to make a smooth transition to the role of national team head coach when he takes over from Joe Schmidt after next year’s World Cup in Japan. Following the New Zealander’s much-anticipated decision to step down at the end of his current contract with the IRFU, Farrell was immediately unveiled as his eventual …

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Tyson Fury On Brink Of Boxing’s Greatest Comeback

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Deontay Wilder will aim to rekindle America’s love affair with heavyweight boxing on Saturday when he faces Britain’s Tyson Fury in a high-stakes showdown of undefeated fighters. As the reigning World Boxing Council champion, Wilder is the latest custodian of a belt which has been worn by some of the heavyweight division’s most iconic names stretching back over more than …

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Most Attacked Sports Club In Ireland Guns For Maiden Ulster Crown

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This Saturday in Armagh, North Belfast club, Naomh Éanna will take to the field against Cavan’s Mullahoran for the right to call themselves Ulster champions.  However, it is difficult to talk about the success of this Naomh Éanna side without reflecting on the history of the club which is situated in Glengormley, a once predominantly Unionist area of Northern Ireland. …

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Exploring Irish MMA: Part VII – Brian Moore

In this, the seventh edition of Exploring Irish MMA, we speak to SBG Ireland featherweight Brian ‘The Pikeman’ Moore as he prepares for perhaps the biggest fight of his career to date. Moore’s only setbacks since signing for Bellator two years ago have come against the former two-time Bellator title-challenger Daniel Weichel and one of the brightest 145lb up-and-comers in …

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Greenlight: Aaron Connolly On Hughton, Hoffenheim & Irish Expectations

Pundit Arena caught up with Brighton’s underage hitman, Aaron Connolly, to discuss life under Chris Hughton, Irish ambitions and those Hoffenheim rumours. _____ “The Republic of Ireland have really struggled for goals since Robbie Keane retired,” is a narrative that Irish football fans are far too familiar with. Four matches in a row without scoring, 0.4 average goals per game …

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Bellator’s Brian Moore On Inspirational Irish Amateur Medal Haul

Ireland managed to take home the second-largest medal tally during this year’s IMMAFs and the inspirational performances from those who won has left many of the country’s mixed martial artists inspired, according to SBG’s Brian Moore. Moore spoke to us here at Pundit Arena MMA about how the medal haul by the Irish amateurs has sent a real buzz throughout the country’s …

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Fifteen Exciting Talents Mick McCarthy Could Introduce

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As Mick McCarthy prepares to begin his second reign as Ireland manager we take a look at 15 potential players the former Wolves boss could introduce into the Irish first team. _____ Talented Teenagers: Lee O’Connor (Manchester United) Manchester United youth captain Lee O’Connor has been making waves at underage level and was rewarded with a senior call-up in Martin …

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MacKenna On Monday: Hiring Of McCarthy Reeks Of Hasty Smokescreen

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Wikipedia shouldn’t often be used as the be-all and end-all resource. But on this occasion, the mere index of the Republic of Ireland soccer team is as fitting a snapshot as it is frustrating. 1.5 The Charlton years (1986-1995) 1.6 Mick McCarthy era (1996-2002) 1.7 Decline… It helps along a train of thought that wonders if there’s a better living …

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