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Paradise Lost.

In #rabble13, Blog, Illustration, Sport by Gearóid Ó'RíadaLeave a Comment

After the GAA’s recent €55 million deal with Sky Sports, All Ireland medal winner Gearóid Ó’Ríada takes a look at how an increasingly greedy guts GAA hierarchy is threatening the ethos of volunteerism at the grassroots of the national institution.

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Top-Flight Tossers.

In Blog, Culture, Sport by Niall McCabeLeave a Comment

It’s August and that means that the Premiership is back on. Disgusted with the ever increasing commodification of his first love, Niall McCabe gives the top-tier of English football a brutal and honest take-down. League of Ireland anyone? As the Giddy long days of summer turn inexorably shorter and the squirrels get ready for the nut bonanza that heralds a long and dark Winter, one beast trundles Balor like into view. This … Read More

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Old Habits Die Hard.

In Blog, Sport by Barry Sheppard1 Comment

Above:  Thomas Sweeney captured John Kavanagh, coach of Conor McGregor at SBG Gym. Read our previous feature on MMA here.   Given the GAA’s early attitude towards foreign sports, Barry Sheppard looks at the reaction of certain quarters of the GAA towards UFC and asks has nothing changed in 130 years?   Some have called it a rant. A pundit overstepping his boundary to comment on something he knows little about. This may be true; … Read More

Back In The Green.

In Blog, Sport by Sean Cooney1 Comment

Above: Photographer Keith Allison captured Tiger Woods back in July 2007.   Sean Cooney takes a look at last week’s US Masters and finds that the sports bankable image, put in turmoil by Tiger Woods, may have found a new champion embedded in an old cliche.   On the 26th of November 2009 a solitary golf swing, struck in anger, catastrophically altered the world of golf. Elin Nordegren, former wife of Tiger … Read More

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Playing As If The World Mattered.

In #rabble11, Culture, Highlights, History, Interviews, Politics, Sport by Turlough KellyLeave a Comment

No doubt the world of corporate sport is rotten. Witness a corruption beleaguered FIFA and the processes of displacement that unwinds anytime a major occasion sets down anywhere from London to Rio. Yet things can be different. Turlough Kelly chats to Gabriel Kuhn who has uncovered a beautifully illustrated history of activism in sports going way back. The book is full of extraordinary and arresting images, many from the early … Read More

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The Clash Of The Ash.

In Blog, Sport by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

Now We’re Hurling – Episode 1 from DCTV on Vimeo. Those grassroots media making die hards in Dublin Community TV have just upped this cut of an odd ball TV documentary that combines hurling with hip-hop. The series follows rabble’s favourite Kilkenny hurling nut Captain Moonlight as he traipses around Dublin’s concrete suburbs puzzling out the capital’s sudden passion for the puck. Along the way, he meets some familiar Dublin … Read More

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Wanna Kick-Off Against Racism?

In Blog, Sport by FedaynLeave a Comment

The good people of SARI (Sport Against Racism Ireland) are looking for 7-a-side teams for September’s ‘Soccerfest’ in Dublin. It’s going to be the 18th year of the festival, and it’s due to take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of September down in the Phoenix Park.  Deadline for registration is Friday 15th of August.  Here’s what their website has to say: Soccerfest is open to men’s, women’s, Under-13’s … Read More

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Sufferah Soccer.

In Blog, Culture, Sport by Rashers Tierney2 Comments

Despite poking my head in on a few matches – World Cup fever hasn’t gripped this rabbler. Here’s a stark dancehall reminder of the realities behind the spectacle, served up by legends like YT and Navigator. Anyone that’s been following the social consequences of the trophy chasing in Brazil will be familiar with the lyrical lacerations doled out. Talk about pooping on the big day. Props to Welfare for the digging. … Read More

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#rabbleReels: Alternative Football Heroes.

In Blog, Sport by Rashers Tierney1 Comment

This Al Jazeera commissioned series took a penetrating look at some players that gave a shit about more than just what happened on the pitch. Among the portraits are Rachid Mekhloufi,  who togged out for the Algerian national liberation team during the 1958 World Cup.  And of course, Brazil’s Socrates: who with his Corinthian teammates challenged government repression. They’d probably have a thing or two to say about the treatment dished out to favella residents … Read More

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Much Doge. Very Bobsled

In Blog, Sport by Fedayn1 Comment

The dogecoin subreddit raised $30,000 for the Jamaican bobsled team to go to the Olympics. Follow the thread here. Olympic Wow. Dogecoin is a crypto-currency, based on a combination of bitcoin, the popular digital money, and Doge, the internet meme that superimposes broken English written in Comic Sans onto pictures of Shiba Inu dogs. (via Guardian) On Sunday, news broke that the team had qualified for the Winter Olympics for the first … Read More