Euro 2012

All Together Now: Ireland at Euro 2012

WORDS: SEAN DUFFY

The “sing-songs” of the Irish supporters in Poland highlighted the opportunity this tournament presented for cultures to come together and people to unite. For some of those who shared in the experience, it was hard to stomach accusations of a “win or lose, we’re on the booze” attitude…

National Dilemma: A French Revelation

WORDS: MATTHEW GOODING

When a Parisian romance led to marriage, Matthew Gooding began to fall in love with French football as well and, after years of supporting Paris Saint Germain, his affections for the national team have grown and grown. Last week, when his new darlings met his native England, he had a decision to make…

Irish Eyes: Roddy Doyle

INTERVIEW: DOMINIC BLISS

Football has been a part of Roddy Doyle’s life since the late Sixties and the Booker Prize-winning author has been going to watch his beloved Ireland play for decades now. Shortly before the start of Euro 2012, TheInsideLeft caught up with him to discuss major tournaments, the “Granny Rule” and how Italia 90 came to form the backdrop to one of his great novels… 

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