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

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

Sep 19th 2018, 10:30 AM 12,744 Views 9 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 11th 2018, 9:22 PM 13,330 Views 46 Comments

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

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

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

Sep 4th 2018, 4:06 PM 19,335 Views 29 Comments

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

Whatever 'it' might be, there is no denying Jose once had it, or that it has long since deserted him
# You Know What Three Means
# You Know What Three Means

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

Aug 28th 2018, 4:28 PM 6,470 Views 10 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 21st 2018, 5:13 PM 27,999 Views 4 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 14th 2018, 6:12 PM 16,799 Views 24 Comments

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

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

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

Aug 7th 2018, 3:33 PM 20,568 Views 28 Comments

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

'As far as I’m concerned, spite and personal animus are the lifeblood of the GAA'
# WHAT TIL YERE U14
# WHAT TIL YERE U14

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

Jul 24th 2018, 12:10 PM 9,593 Views 11 Comments

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

'Nothing can compete with a World Cup... Wimbledon, Brexit or my mother calling to tell me she’s fallen down the stairs'
# Super 8s
# Super 8s

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

Jul 17th 2018, 3:09 PM 28,030 Views 24 Comments

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

'I’ve painted far too many sheep, barn doors and Ford Fiestas to stand in judgement over anyone else’s delusional optimism'
# England Expects
# England Expects

'I’ve painted far too many sheep, barn doors and Ford Fiestas to stand in judgement over anyone else’s delusional optimism'

Jul 10th 2018, 3:53 PM 28,668 Views 27 Comments

Eoin Butler on Slabhead, Southgate and Coming Home memes.

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

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

Jul 3rd 2018, 5:16 PM 8,250 Views 9 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 26th 2018, 3:56 PM 10,411 Views 6 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 19th 2018, 9:45 PM 69,730 Views 157 Comments

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

'Watching England punch themselves in the nuts at major finals turned out to be a very close second to Irish success'
# We're On Air Eamon
# We're On Air Eamon

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

Jun 12th 2018, 3:00 PM 34,299 Views 46 Comments

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

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

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

Jun 5th 2018, 3:00 PM 30,101 Views 29 Comments

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

'A roomful of blue rinse old ladies sat staring at us in silent horror. I don’t think they even realised there was a football match on'
# Euro Vision
# Euro Vision

'A roomful of blue rinse old ladies sat staring at us in silent horror. I don’t think they even realised there was a football match on'

May 29th 2018, 1:49 PM 10,658 Views 14 Comments

Saturday night didn’t go well for both Mo Salah and Eoin Butler.

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

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

May 22nd 2018, 12:58 PM 25,813 Views 19 Comments

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

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

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

Oct 6th 2016, 7:30 PM 30,291 Views 100 Comments

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.