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Symth Eyes Victory In Slovenia

2012 Algarve Cup - Algarve Women's Football Cup: Team Portraits and InterviewsVersatile midfielder Shannon Smyth wants the Republic of Ireland Women’s National Team to finish 2013 with a win when they face Slovenia in their FIFA Women’s World Cup Group 1 qualifier in Velenje tomorrow at 4pm (Irish time).

Sue Ronan’s side have lost just once in seven games this year after wins over Northern Ireland, South Africa and Slovakia and draws against South Korea, Austria and Croatia. The only defeat was a 0-1 loss to Finland in the play-off for seventh and eighth place at the 12-team Cyprus Cup in March. Continue reading

Four points a minimum from Euro double header

10 years to the day that Jason McAteer fired Ireland into a World Cup playoff against Iran, the current batch of Irish stars are training in Malahide ahead of a crucial European championships double header.

The boys in green sit atop Group B on goal difference, with Slovakia and Russia trailing behind Giovanni Trapattoni`s men.Ireland face both teams over the next week and a minimum requirement of four points should be enough for Trapattoni to earn his stripes and lead Ireland into a first tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

Slovakia visit the Aviva this Friday and Ireland will be confident of beating them on their home patch, despite squandering numerous chances to put them away in a 1-1 draw in Bratislava earlier in the campaign.

After the date with the Slovaks,Ireland travel to Moscow, which has proved to be an unhappy hunting ground in recent campaigns. After losing 3-2 to Dick Advocaat`s side in Dublin, Trapattoni will be keen to avoid defeat. There is hope for Ireland, who fell three goals behind in Dublin yet managed to claw two back.

Both Aiden McGeady and Shay Given should make the first team despite minor knocks.

Irish Eyes Are Smiling

With Ireland fresh off the back of four straight victories it will be a long wait until our next competitive match in September. Such momentum would have been pivotal to carry into our next two crucial qualifiers that will determine our faith yet as the players take a break Irish News Review looks back at the highlights of a memorable season.

A is for Andorra. Ireland were pitted against the European minnows yet again en route to Euro 2012. 

B is for Bratislava. Ireland earned a point away to Slovakia but could have emerged with a win had Robbie Keane not missed a penalty on the stroke of half time. 

C is for Cox. West Brom star broke into Ireland team at the end of the season featuring in the final four games and scoring against both Northern Ireland and Italy. 

D is for David. Millwall goalkeeper Forde makes his debut against Italy at the age of 31, becoming the country’s oldest debutant in the post war era. 

E is for England. Possible friendly with the old enemy has been muted but as of yet no date has been arranged. 

F is for Fifty. The number of goals Robbie Keane eclipsed this season, breaking Bobby Charlton’s record in the north west corner of Europe. 

G is for Glasgow. The birthplace of James McCarthy whose international allegiance was questioned prior to him lining out in a competitive match for Ireland. 

H is for Hunger. Something Shay Given has never lost while sitting on the Man City bench all season. The Donegal native has shown no sign of decline in his performances despite Roberto Mancini`s constant refusal to pick him. 

I is for Ignorance. The FAI`s inability to reduce ticket prices has often led to a large number of empty seats at the 50,000 capacity Aviva.

 J is for John. FAI chief executive tried to appease fans by laying on trains and drink in Slovakia. 

K is for Kevin Doyle.Ireland will be hoping the Wexford native will be fit for September`s crucial qualifiers against joint Group B leaders Slovakia and Russia.

L is for Liege. Goals from Keith Andrews and Simon Cox ensured a famous 2-0 friendly victory over Italy in Belgium. 

M is for Macedonia. Back to back victories over the Macedonians leaves Ireland in a three horse tie at the top of the Euro 2012 qualifying group. 

N is for Nations Cup. Ireland swept aside Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland to win the inaugural Carling Nations Cup.

 O is for O`Dea. Ipswich star slotted in comfortably in the absence of both Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger. 

P is for Pride. While some players have been questioned over their commitment to the cause, a new wave of talent is emerging that is hungrier than ever to wear the green shirt. 

Q is for Quality. While Ireland’s players are far from world beaters, the guidance of Trapattoni has gotten the best out of them. 

R is for Russia. The men from the Soviet Union taught the boys in green a lesson at the Aviva, a return date in September will define the group standings. 

S is for Seamus. Break out year for Everton star Seamus Coleman who has become a squad regular under Trapattoni. 

T is for Trickovski. The Macedonian star saw his penalty strike the crossbar in Skopje as Ireland earned a crucial 2-0 win. 

U is for Unbeaten. Great end of season form sees Ireland win four games in a row without conceding a goal. 

V is for Victory. To date Giovanni Trapattoni has a 46% win rate since taking over as Ireland manager in 2008.

W is for Walters. Stoke City striker pulls on the green jersey yet season ends in turmoil as he failed to show for end of season friendlies.

X is for X-Rated. Fiery Trap`s pitchside antics may not be too pleasing to parents ears. 

Y is for Yerevan. The Armenian capital where Ireland opened their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign. A Keith Fahey goal was enough to see Ireland take the three points 

Z is for Ze Hand. Thierry Henry`s cheeky handball that cost Ireland dearly hasn’t been forgotten, providing Trap with motivation to continue on until the 2014 World Cup as he has “unfinished business”.

Reichental`s Resurgence

In 2006 I had a very rare opportunity to interview a man who survived the Holocaust. As this Thursday, January 27th, is national Holocaust memorial day, I have decided to re-publish my article which was published in the Lucan Gazette newspaper some 5 years ago.

Reichental`s Resurgence

As i left school today,my thoughts go back to the suffering felt by the jews during the second world war.To think that millions of people died in concentration camps but today i have shook hands with and looked into the eyes that witnessed the most cataclysmic events ever unleashed by mankind upon mankind, yet Tomi Reichental lives to tell his tale.
Reichental was born in Piestany,Slovakia in 1935.He had “a nice life” there until 1939,when the new Slovak fascist government began to enact anti Jewish legislation.He and his family managed to avoid arrest and deportation for nearly two years and his father had to bribe many officials.Tomi,his mother and his brother,Miki went to Bratislava,the Slovak capital to meet their grandmother one day in 1944 and it was there that they were apprehended.They were sent to the concentration camp in Bergen-Belsen,where they faced selection,the cruelest way to set families apart.On one side,you had those who would live a while longer,on the other,those facing execution.Imagine been nine years old and not knowing if you would live to see the next day,that was the position Tomi found himself in.

Tomi`s brother,Miki,survived the selection as his mother lied about his age,claiming he was twelve and not thirteen,the age at which Nazi`s believe you become an adult.Concentration camps are “the closest thing to hell on earth” according to Tomi.He conjures up awful imagery of  “dead bodies stacked four foot tall”.You can also imagine people trying to escape by climbing the barbed wire fences only to be shot.One wonders what it must be like waking up and seeing bodies impaled on a fence like that.How Tomi survived on little amounts of food and in freezing temperatures i will never know.

On April 11th 1945,his suffering was over as English forces had liberated Bergen-Belsen.The gas chambers at Auschwitz were abolished when the Red Army moved in shortly after.
Thirty five members of his family perished,and he came to live in Ireland in 1960.He didnt speak about his struggle for over fifty five years.He said “i just couldnt.In the last couple of years,i realised that,as one of the last witnesses,i must speak out”.I could talk all day about the stories Reichental passed onto our students,but hopefully you will take enough out of this article to realise these events should never be repeated.
By Glenn Dowd

Coleman Rewarded With New Contract

Talented Irish winger Seamus Coleman has signed a new four year contract with Premier League side Everton.

Coleman, who joined Everton from Sligo Rovers in January 2009 has been awarded for his outstanding form this year, which has earned him rave reviews. The E60`000 that the Toffees paid to Sligo for the Donegal native is definitely one of the best Premier League bargains in recent years.

The Killybegs native has found the net five times this year, and will take on a more significattn role at the club now that influential midfielder Stephen Pienaar has been sold to Spurs.

Coleman has been called into the Ireland squad on one occasion but has yet to be capped. Irish manager Giovanni Trappatoni  was dealt with criticism in some quarters for not fielding Coleman in the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Russia and Slovakia.

Coleman, who helped guide Blackpool to the Premier League while on loan there last season, is bound to receive more chances to wear the green shirt in the not too distant future. His form combined with Greg Cunningham`s leg break and Kevin Kilbane`s move to League One side Huddersfield Town should see the caps begin to pile up for the rising star of Irish football.

Fighting Irish

The Emerald Isle has long been labelled the land of the warrior, owing to our ferocious strength derived from mythical heroes such as Fionn Mc Cumhaill. Yet as the country sinks perilously into the mire of economic depression, these traditions are been upheld as the Fighting Irish are emerging with the rapid growth of Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) in the country.

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