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Wednesday 19 September, 2018

'I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t conspired to indoctrinate my nieces and nephew with an allegiance to Mayo'

In his weekly column, Eoin Butler explores why adults feel inclined to pass on their love of a sports team to the younger generation.

Tuesday 11 September, 2018

'Ramos could have used his discretion to de-escalate the situation. Instead, he chose to escalate it'

Eoin Butler believes Serena Williams was well within her rights to take issue with Carlos Ramos’ umpiring.

Tuesday 4 September, 2018

'It’s galling to see how blasé the Dubs have become about winning All-Irelands'

Mayo native Eoin Butler hopes ‘the Jackeens will be knocked off their perch next year’.

Tuesday 28 August, 2018

Whatever 'it' might be, there is no denying Jose once had it, or that it has long since deserted him

We’re not witnessing the Mourinho of Porto or Inter anymore, writes Eoin Butler.

Tuesday 21 August, 2018

'The first person who introduced me to WhatsApp was the footballer Benoit Assou-Ekotto'

Eoin Butler on the joys of watching and discussing sport through different mediums.

Tuesday 14 August, 2018

'The most significant subplot unresolved may be whether Tyrone agree to participate in 'Up for the Match''

The Dubs’ invincibility is no great mystery, writes Eoin Butler in this week’s column.

Tuesday 7 August, 2018

'I’ve never heard Amhrán na bhFiann rendered as passionately as those Irish Liverpool fans sang You’ll Never Walk Alone'

Eoin Butler was one of 50-odd thousand fans who paid to watch the Premier League heavyweights in Dublin at the weekend.

Tuesday 24 July, 2018

'As far as I’m concerned, spite and personal animus are the lifeblood of the GAA'

Name-calling and animosity is a big part of Eoin Butler’s championship summer.

Tuesday 17 July, 2018

'Nothing can compete with a World Cup... Wimbledon, Brexit or my mother calling to tell me she’s fallen down the stairs'

This weekend’s juxtaposition of games, brought the summer of 1990 to mind for Eoin Butler.

Tuesday 10 July, 2018

Tuesday 3 July, 2018

'Being upset on Messi's behalf is like writing to celeb magazines lamenting Jennifer Aniston’s failed relationships' Column This post contains videos

'Being upset on Messi's behalf is like writing to celeb magazines lamenting Jennifer Aniston’s failed relationships'

Eoin Butler isn’t quite ready to start writing eulogies, for the Mayo footballers or for Lionel Messi.

Tuesday 26 June, 2018

'I think all of us Mayo supporters saw our footballing lives flash before our eyes in Semple Stadium'

The ‘true believers’ are on the road again with Stephen Rochford’s men, writes Eoin Butler.

Tuesday 19 June, 2018

'Look at rugby’s rankings below the top 8... Fiji, Tonga, Easter Island, Treasure Island and Love Island'

And Neil Francis thinks the GAA championship is uncompetitive, writes Eoin Butler.

Tuesday 12 June, 2018

'Watching England punch themselves in the nuts at major finals turned out to be a very close second to Irish success'

Eoin Butler is settling in for month of solid football-watching.

Tuesday 5 June, 2018

'We hoped for a Thrilla in Enniskillen to wipe that cocky smirk off Joe Brolly’s face... but he was right'

The RTÉ pundit did not hold back in his preview of Fermanagh v Monaghan, writes Eoin Butler.

Tuesday 29 May, 2018

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

'I'm convinced this Mayo side still has one big, narrow, All-Ireland losing performance left in us'

Eoin Butler kicks off his new weekly column with a tale of two sports.

Thursday 6 October, 2016

From "We spend mind-boggling amounts of public money on the Irish language. Cén fáth?" Opinion This post contains a poll

"We spend mind-boggling amounts of public money on the Irish language. Cén fáth?"

All-Gaeilge road signs in tourist areas; a fortune spent on translations for legislation drafted in English – Eoin Butler on why we need to talk about Irish.