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News in Brief : National Hero At The Centre Of Langer Row

guiForgive NIB for thinking Arthur’s Day in all its Guinnessy glory was over for another year last Thursday. Seems we were wrong.

The celebrations haven’t stopped in Kildare. A statue of the man himself has been unveiled to celebrate the first thirty years of his life spent in Celbridge. Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan was at the event declaring the Diageo name, sorry Guinness name, was known around the world and he hoped the statue would encourage people to drink more Guinness, sorry, visit the town. Although it’s Leixlip that claims the birthplace of the actual black stuff as that is where the first brewery, owned by Diageo, sorry Arthur, was established.*

Apparently Health Minister, and NIB favourite, James Reilly, wants the country to be tobacco free by 2025. Or at least that’s what his smiling face on the advertising says. Behind the scenes it’s highly unlikely the government would outlaw one of the biggest revenue earners and key tool in keeping the masses in hand. More likely is Ireland will become tobacco free, but we’ll all be addicted to million euro gold cigarillos made of ground up unicorn horns. Continue reading

New Dawn Beckons For Ireland As FAI Bid Ciao To Trap


The Football Association of Ireland have confirmed that Giovanni Trapattoni has left his role as national team manager following last night’s 1-0 defeat to Austria which ended any hopes Ireland had of reaching next year’s World Cup .

The 74-year-old and assistant manager Marco Tardelli have both departed by “mutual consent” after meeting with the FAI this morning.

Trapattoni was appointed manager in 2008 and came close to guiding the team to the 2010 World Cup finals, losing out to France in a tense qualifying play-off with many begrudging Thierry Henry’s infamous Hand Of Gaul. Continue reading

Fenlon Holds Off On LOI Raid For Now

Pat Fenlon has put potential moves for League of Ireland duo Ronan Finn (24) and Chris Forrester (19) on the backburner as he seeks to tie down three loanees this January.

The Hibernian supremo has revealed he is more concerned with securing the permanent signatures of Leigh Griffiths, Jorge Claros and Ryan McGivern before making a move for the duo, who still remain contracted to their current clubs.

Finn and Forrester both played key roles for Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic this season and have been the subject of much interest abroad. Fenlon is a known admirer of both, having worked with the latter at Bohemians.

However such is the state of the game in Scotland that Hibs transfer budget will only allow them to tie down the three loanees, with freescoring Griffiths the main priority. Fenlon may bide his time and move for the duo when their contracts run out next November although it may be too late by then as other clubs are circling the widely coveted duo.

PFAI player of the year nominee Finn is known to have spurned interest from Championship leaders Crystal Palace while Forrester is currently being headhunted by Sunderland, with Mick McCarthy also keen on taking the Dubliner to Ipswich Town.

But just how good are the duo and can they cut it abroad?

Here, ex League of Ireland star Alan Cawley reveals his thoughts on Ireland’s most wanted.

“I think both of them are very good, potential wise I think Forrester has a lot more to come considering he is much younger.

Finn needs to take control of games now that he’s maturing. He is at the age where I think he needs to move now.

If he is to make an impact across the water he can’t leave it any longer. How far do I think he can go?? Championship level is probably his best fit.

Forrester on the other hand can afford another year in the League of Ireland to get more experience and develop physically.

The most important thing for him next season is nailing down his preferred position. I don’t think he’s a winger.

His best position for me would be the point of attack in a midfield three. He is excellent technically and needs to be involved in the heart of the game, when out wide he drifts in and out of games. I think he could play in the Championship and maybe higher if with the right club.”

Fenlon Plans LOI Raid

Pat Fenlon is plotting a double raid on the League of Ireland this January as he seeks to bolster his Hibernian side.

The former Bohemians supremo is expected to launch a bid to take Chris Forrester from St Patricks Athletic and Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers. Both players remain under contract to their current club and will command a fee.

Hibs have enjoyed a great start to the Scottish Premier League this season and currently sit top, putting last year’s relegation dog fight and cup final heartbreak firmly behind them in the process. A source close to Hibernian revealed that the move for the duo is firmly in the pipeline.

“Pat obviously has great connections in Ireland and it is something the club have been working off. We have been examining numerous videos of players throughout the season and both Forrester and Finn excelled”.

Hibs will face a battle from Sunderland to net Forrester’s signature, with Martin O’Neill having watched the fledgling youngster in the Supersaints recent FAI cup final defeat to Derry City. It is also believed that new Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy may be considering a bid for the former Bohs ace, who he previously had on trial at Wolves.

However it is believed the Dubliner would favour a switch to Easter Road, where he would be re-united with Fenlon with the source adding “Pat’s knowledge and past experience of working with Chris will be crucial in his final destination”.

News in Brief:Keano’s Dog Barks From Beyond The Grave As Jedward Flop

In the news this week, Roy Keane’s dog, Triggs, has today (Friday) released his posthumous autobiography  chronicling the trials and tribulations of the famous pet and his owner. Written by Paul Howard (Ross O’Carroll-Kelly) ‘Triggs: The Autobiography of Roy Keane’s Dog’ lets us into the intimate world of one man and, his dog.

We learn of Triggs as ‘TV lover, hypochondriac, noted wit,’ as well as finding out what really happened with Mick McCarthy – Triggs initially learnt of his pet footballers resignation from the Irish Squad through papers and the television as he was lodged in a Manchester boarding kennel at the time. The book offers an interesting look at life for a key player in Irish soccer and Roy Keane’s life. Giving us paws for thought maybe?
We’re not mentioning Jedward this week. Well, ok, quickly. So we didn’t win Eurovision, did we really expect to? What must the rest of Europe think of Ireland and our terrible twins? At least more than poor old Humperdinck.
Music is a massive part of Irish culture and has been recognised as such by FAS, who are to launch a new course this year in Event Planning. The state training agency aims to introduce twenty new students to a course in everything from hiring security to setting up a festival site. Fantastic! You say, everyone loves Oxegen! And Slane Castle! Summer Sessions in Dublin, Flatlake in Monaghan … But hang on, haven’t they all been cancelled? If you throw enough mud at a wall it will stick and likewise it seems if you throw enough money at FAS (or Solas, as they are being re-branded) they’ll find more and more ridiculous ways to spend it.
A quick note on the fiscal treaty; the country has voted and the votes are being counted as we speak. We’re yet to see which way it will go but early polls suggest the ‘yes’ side is moving ahead.
Some parts of the country though are in reverse. Clones in Monaghan has recently re-introduced the Punt in an attempt to revitalise their ailing town and the financial market. Customers are invited to splash the old cash in return for Euro vouchers to be used in stores in Clones. The idea of …. to make the most of a legal loop-hole – meaning the Punt is still tender – offers a conversion rate of 1 Punt to 1 Euro 20. You may say they are literally punting for business!
That’s enough of the bad punts (punts, puns! Get it?!) No really. Enough. But in line with Irish culture, in the news this week, new research shows we think people ‘know us’ if they know how to make our preferred cup of tea, with one in five of us judging people on their tea-making skills. Hardly groundbreaking I’m sure you’ll agree, but the research has thrown up some other interesting statistics; eighty percent of Irish people drink tea everyday and of those eighty, thirty dread calls from the bank. So there we have it, scientific fact, Ireland hates its banks but loves its tea. As long as it’s wet and warm, we’ll never say no to a cup.
The country itself is also getting wetter  and warmer. Met Éireann have released a report that shows the temperature of Ireland has increased by 0.75 degrees over the last 20 years, while Valentia Observatory in Co Kerry has examined rainfall between 1981 and 2010, and the equivalent 1961 and 1990 and found an extra month’s worth of rain in recent years. Long, hot, music festival free summer stretching ahead?Alright I suppose, if you like piña coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Hearts win helps Hibs in relegation battle

It’s not every day that the green half of Edinburgh celebrates a Hearts victory, but there were extenuating circumstances at East End Park yesterday. With the Gorgie men fielding a weakened team ahead of next week’s semi-final against newly crowned champions Celtic, many Hibs fans feared the worst, but the Jim Jefferies factor failed to take effect, and despite a late rally, the Pars lost 2-1.

Yesterday’s result leaves Hibs knowing that victory today against Euro hopefuls Motherwell could be enough to, all but guarantee SPL status next season. Manager Pat Fenlon is taking nothing for granted however and wants to see his players continue with the belief they showed last weekend against Inverness, and not let their minds wander to next week’s semi-final against Aberdeen.

Fenlon told Hibs TV: “Since I’ve been here, we’ve had a game abandoned and lost 4-3 against Motherwell, so it’s been eventful– that’s for certain. But in both games we haven’t had the rub of the green, so maybe we’re due a little bit of fortune. Maybe it will be a case of third time lucky when we play them on Sunday. But we’re going to have to play well. They are a decent side – their league position tells you that and they’ve had a fantastic season. I’m sure they will want to continue that and get a European spot and put pressure on Rangers for second. It is going to be tough, but we’re looking forward to it and we will be aiming to carry the belief that we showed last week up at Inverness into the game.

“To me, tomorrow is a much bigger game than next week. The three points tomorrow are massive for us at this stage of the season and it’s really important that we get the win. Whatever happens the following week will happen.

“If we can get to the cup final it will be a massive plus for everyone involved with the club in every way, financially and for the players and supporters, but making sure we pick up league points is really where it’s at for us right now.”

Fellow Dubliner Matt Doherty is desperate to make amends for his last performance against the Steelmen earlier in the season at Fir Park. The on-loan full back said: We played against them away from home earlier in the season and that was a different experience altogether. We were a goal up in the first half and probably finding it relatively easy at the point, but then it just exploded in the second half.

“We ended up losing the match 4-3, and if it hadn’t been for my mistakes we probably would have won the game. I had a bit of a nightmare and we conceded two penalties because of it. But we’ve got to take the positives and the fact that we managed to score three goals against them should give us some encouragement going into Sunday in any case.

“Motherwell are a good team and they’re fighting for second place, never mind third in the league, so we know how difficult it will be.

“I got back into the team in the last couple of weeks, and it is obviously more enjoyable when you’re involved, rather than sitting on the side-lines waiting for your chance. But it’s a great place to be involved. The rest of the lads are great and it is always a pleasure to go into training.

“I have played centre back for Hibs and then I was moved to right-back, which is my main position. Now that I have been involved there I want to stay in the right-back slot and hopefully I will get a chance to do that”.

Doherty, who never played a competitive game for Bohemians before impressing Mick McCarthy in a pre-season friendly against Wolves, has been quick to praise his new team mates despite the negative reporting in the press. “Everyone in there is pretty confident in how they feel and what they want; there’s no group of people looking down on you because they think they’re more experienced or whatever. Everyone is just in one big unit and happy to work together to make sure the team stays up. It’s quite a good environment when you consider that a lot of us have only come into the team this season.

“A lot of us arrived at the start of the season and many went straight into the starting line-up. We started off well and managed to get a few results under our belts before it all started to fall away. But I think that everyone has gelled well now and we’re really starting to play like a team – and that’s got to be expected when you have so many new faces.

“At the end of the day, we’re all professionals and we’re paid to play in a team. It’s up to us to work hard to make sure that happens.

“It’s coming to the end of the season, there are not that many games left and there are a lot of bad things being written in the press by former players or whatever, so we’re taking quite a bit of stick.”

Sunday’s game will be shown live on ESPN with a 12.30 kick off.

McCarthy Sacked After Derby Day Humiliation


Former Irish manager Mick McCarthy has been relieved of his managerial duties at Wolverhampton Wanderers this morning following yesterday’s derby day humiliation at the hands of local rivals West Brom.

McCarthy, who had been in charge of the club for five years, saw his side trounced 5-1 by the Baggies at Molineux yesterday.

The result plunged Wolves into the Premier League relegation zone and prompted fans to protest outside the ground after the match.

McCarthy apologised for his team’s dismal performance and insisted he was the right man to lead Wolves to safety.

However, the Wolves board have opted to remove McCarthy from his post and now the task of recruiting a new manager must be a relatively quick process if Wolves are to secure top flight survival.

A club statement read: “The board took the difficult decision to terminate Mick’s contract after a run of form which has seen Wolves pick up only 14 points in the last 22 League games, after a promising start to the season, culminating in yesterday’s 5-1 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion”.

“Terry Connor will take charge of team training in the interim until a new manager is appointed.

“The board would like to place on record their sincere thanks and appreciation to Mick McCarthy and he leaves with the very best wishes of everyone connected to the club.

“The club will be issuing a fuller statement in due course.”

McCarthy is now believed to be a target for managerless Leeds United with the Barnsley natives ability at getting teams promoted been a key factor in their pursuit of his services.