Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Road to Infinity War 2018

"There was an idea to bring together a group of remarkable people to see if we could become something more, so when they needed us we could fight the battles that they never could."

Friday, November 10, 2017

RE: Ronald Reng on Robert Enke, November 10th, 2017

Around this time of year I often think about Robert Enke and the tragedy which was his life. I think about it because his story had a visceral impact on me given the manner in which my own father passed away. 

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Split: every tale needs a good old-fashioned hero

I saw Split last week and thoroughly enjoyed it, but was one of those people left confused by the ending. I knew I was missing something, I just didn't know what, so I was forced to turn to Google for answers as, having followed the film well enough, I was at a complete loss as to the meaning of the final scene.

[serious spoilers for Split below; seriously, if you haven't seen it but want to see it, do not read this because you'll hate me for life]

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Black Mirror: just go back there a second, will ye?

Imagine possessing the ability to rewind and re-watch your memories? To cycle through the best and worst moments of your life as seen through your own eyes, as well as having some nifty playback functions, like pausing, zooming and even a lip reading tool. It sounds handy, right?

[spoilers for the Black Mirror episode 'The Entire History of You' below]

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Sherlock, let's leave it at The Final Problem

As the curtain came down on another Sherlock series, I had mixed feelings on how the season four finale came to its conclusion and switched the television off with one overriding feeling: I hope this is the last episode they make.

[a serious amount of Sherlock cross-season spoilers to follow, so if you haven't seen any of it but want to, do not read this post; you have been warned]

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Bicycle Giver

[NOTE: This post has been in my drafts tab for months. I no longer know how many or why I didn't publish it at the time. It has been left as is, aside from some little notes where appropriate. SPOILER: This post has nothing to do with bicycles or thieves of aforementioned non-existent bicycles]

I rarely have free time these days, what with shift work and important personal commitments. Though it's far from ideal, I generally don't mind. It's just life and I do enjoy mine when I can.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

For Extratime.ie, book review: Gods Vs Mortals: Irish Clubs in Europe

In light of Dundalk's recent European adventure, a review of a book chronicling the greatest exploits of all League of Ireland clubs in continental competition seemed appropriate. Paul Keane does an excellent job documenting ten such memorable occasions in his book Gods Vs Mortals.

Monday, August 15, 2016

For Extratime.ie, book review: A Life Too Short - The Tragedy of Robert Enke

Most people read the autobiographies of sports people to gain a better understanding of their heroes, to find out what makes them tick – what drives them to be successful. The importance of Ronald Reng's biography of German goalkeeper Robert Enke is not in how it captures him on the field, but in how it chronicles his life and his battle with depression off it.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

If Dundalk get Celtic, Aviva Stadium could work against them

Dundalk achieved one of the biggest results in the club's European history by seeing off BATE Borisov over two-legs to reach the Champions League play-off round. With Tallaght Stadium needing numerous upgrades to make it fit by UEFA standards to host a tie in this round, the Aviva Stadium is looking more likely to be used by the Lilywhites for their home leg, and this could be to Dundalk's detriment if they do indeed draw Celtic.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Decent week in Europe for the LOI sides

Three 1-1 draws, two away from home. Fans of Cork City and St. Patrick's Athletic would have probably taken score-draws from their first-leg jaunts to Sweden and Belarus in the Europa League. For Dundalk, the concession of an away goal means they face an uphill task when they go to Iceland - the home of ' The Mountain', Hafþór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson - for the second leg of their Champions League qualifier next week.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Denmark 1992 and Portugal 2016, not so different yet viewed differently

In 1992, Denmark achieved the seemingly impossible - they won Euro 92 in Sweden, a tournament they hadn't even qualified for and were only competing in by virtue of Yugoslavia's enforced withdrawal. In 2016, Portugal achieved the highly unlikely  they won Euro 2016 after finishing third during the group stage and ensured that France failed to win a major tournament which they were hosting for the first time since the 1960 European Nations Cup.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

For Extratime.ie: Flabbergasted Keegan rues Cherrie save

Wexford Youths boss Shane Keegan admitted he was “flabbergasted” to see his side lose 3-0 to Bray Wanderers – and he was left ruing an incredible Peter Cherrie save which took place 60 seconds before the Seagulls netted their third. 

Saturday, July 2, 2016

For Extratime.ie: Joe Doyle's on fire

Joe Doyle made history when he scored four goals during Cabinteely's 5-1 victory over Athlone Town in Stradbrook on Friday night – and he said he would be straight onto teammate Ben Hanrahan after the game.