Topic Archives: Sport

EU referendum & Euro 2016

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So far it’s fair to say that EU referendum debate hasn’t inspired many. Both sides have often been accused of ‘scaremongering’ over the potential impacts on everything from immigration to border controls and increased terror threats to the price of a nice bottle of wine. Meanwhile many of us across the UK and Ireland have more…

Young Life and Times Survey Results – Children and Young People Positive about Shared Education

The results of the 2015 Northern Ireland Young Life and Times (YLT) and Kids Life and Times (KLT) surveys were launched yesterday at Queen’s University Belfast. There were new questions this time about shared education, which revealed broadly positive experiences and expectations. There were questions about participation in sport, which highlighted areas which could be more…

No head injury is too severe to despair of, nor too trivial to ignore…

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Following a recent boxing match with Chris Eubank Jnr, Nick Blackwell was taken to hospital and placed in an induced coma because of ‘bleeding on the brain’. Thankfully he has since awoken from his coma. The skull is a rigid bony box which contains the brain, blood vessels and a small quantity of fluid. When injured, any more…

MustWatch: Crossmaglen, field of dreams…

Well worth – if you can get it on the iPlayer – but number five in the True North series on BBCNI focuses on Crossmaglen Rangers Gaelic Football Club and the passion it invokes and how an addiction to winning has helped transform the outlook of the local community. Not every GAA club is as successful more…

ICC World Twenty20: Bangladesh v Ireland

After defeat in their opening game against ICC World Twenty20 newcomers Oman, Ireland’s cricketers now face group favourites Bangladesh in a must-win match if they are to stay in the running for the Super10 stage.   Despite that favourite status, Bangladesh had a scare against the Netherlands in a narrow 8 run win and two of its more…

ICC World Twenty20: Ireland v Oman

The 2016 ICC World Twenty20 got under way yesterday in the host country, India.  The initial groups see the associate teams battle with lower ranked test nations for two slots in the Super 10 stage. The opening matches saw Zimbabwe defeat Hong Kong by 14 runs and Afghanistan overcame a spirited Scotland performance by the same margin. Earlier more…

Dungiven Sports Pavilion Development Rejected Again. But Why?

On Wednesday of last week, Causeway Coast and Glens (CCAG) council again rejected plans to build a £2.8M leisure facility in Dungiven, Co. Derry.  The majority unionist council voted 20-17 against the building of the facility on the basis that there was a funding shortfall.  On the face of it this would seem to be more…

Is BCC’s political football vote evidence of an Alliance shift?

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NO HALF WAY: Under Lord Alderdice they once were a party acknowledged by all in getting the two warring tribes to meet half way. It’s ironic now they themselves can no longer be seen to compromise with one of those sides for electoral reasons and is this the dawn of Alliance the tactical anti-unionists as more…

“I wish to propose a vote of congratulations to the Northern Ireland football team on their magnificent performance in the World Cup.”

Fascinating little snippet from the past (when only one team on the island was making it into international soccer finals). This in particular from one Senator Mallon: It is a real example of what a lot of fire in the belly can do as opposed to the great odds that the Northern Ireland team faced. more…

JDs Tips: This weekend in Spanish Football..

Celta Vigo v  Espanyol The performance level of Celta Vigo has dipped below the high standards they set early in the season. They still sit in 4th only 5 points  below Real Madrid.  They  tend to dominate possession at home and create chances  so expect them to control proceedings here.     They also leave the door more…

How many civic receptions does it take to make an NI controversy?

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HOUSE OF O’NEILLS: How many civic receptions does it take to make an NI controversy? An SDLP motion is to go before Belfast City Council next week proposing the two teams are honoured at a groundbreaking City Hall event. However, Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers questioned the motives behind the proposal

What on earth were they thinking: #Partitionists!!!

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I have nationalist friends who seethe at the idea that the Republic has no so easily segued to being called Ireland, and the rest of us being called Northern Ireland. Semantically it squeezes out the notion of a broader (non national) identity of Irishman or Irishwoman. Yet, that’s one of the outworkings of the Belfast more…

Casement Park Development: Further allegations at Assembly Committee Hearing

The BBC reports that GAA official, and independent Northern Ireland Policing Board member, Ryan Feeney, has threatened “immediate [legal] action” following further allegations by the chairman of the safety technical group, Sport NI’s Paul Scott, of pressure being exerted to drop concerns about safety at the controversial proposed £70million redevelopment of Casement Park in west Belfast.  more…

High Time Media Moved on from Indulging Pseudo-Controversy Surrounding James McClean and “Poppy Issue”

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The media don’t half like flogging dead horses. Right on cue, James McClean‘s move to West Bromwich Albion last week prompted talk in the Belfast Telegraph (not for the first time) of his repeated eschewing of the wearing of a political poppy on his various past clubs’ football jerseys around Britain’s celebration of its Remembrance Sunday each more…

Time for a level playing field for sports funding in Northern Ireland…

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In a country where sports / cultural funding is generally split along sectarian Lines, the 3,000 people who participated in the Gran Fondo yet again tells us loud and clear that sports participation in Northern Ireland bears no resemblance to the way our politicians allocate funding for sporting capital projects in Northern Ireland. Our politicians more…

FAI Still Not Convincing over €5M FIFA Pay-Out

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The Republic of Ireland football team extended their unbeaten run versus England to over 30 years with a friendly match draw in Dublin last Sunday. Thankfully, the affair was uneventful off the field and there was no repeat of the riotous scenes witnessed in the stands when the two teams last met on Irish soil back more…