Cathal Dervanby Cathal Dervan
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- Irish government to honor former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson
Next time it may well sail without them.
The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has a new marketing phrase and it works. They say that their green and now pleasant land is “made for golf,” and a quick trip North last week proved it.
The Americans and Canadians we bumped into at Castlerock, the hidden gem on the coastline that also hosts Portrush and Portstewart, certainly agreed on the golfing topic, but their knowledge of the FAI’s search for a new soccer manager left a lot to be desired.
Some months ago a trio of Dublin players attended a supporters night at the hotel that their county board has aligned themselves with in recent times, for a fee of course.
The Gibson Hotel is a fine establishment, situated in the heart of the city’s Docklands and next door to the O2 Arena that now hosts the country’s top concerts.
Many years ago the sports editor of a very well respected broadsheet newspaper offered some words of advice at the wash basin in the toilet of a Dublin pub – move to a bigger paper, and one with bigger words.
At the time I was the soccer correspondent for the Irish Daily Star and a bit of a young pup in an industry that had been populated by, shall we say, more elderly men.
The final whistle had only sounded when the first SMS message arrived from a desperate Dublin fan with the request that will be heard many times in the coming weeks – any chance of a ticket for the All-Ireland football final?
That’s what happens when the Dubs are still playing football on the second last Sunday in September. It’s also what happens when they’ve been involved in a game against Kerry that will live long in the memory.