Why can’t Rafa be happy?

There is a school of thought amongst the dimmer elements of English football pundits that managerial mavericks such as Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will only ever truly ‘prove’ themselves in the British game if they were to achieve success with lower league teams such as Darlington or Gillingham. It’s the managerial equivalent of “Could…

Dermot Kennedy has been hiding in plain sight

Every now and again an Irish artist comes along and on first listen their music makes you sit bolt upright and say “holy shit”. Recent examples include James Vincent McMorrow and Hozier. Well, Dublin man Dermot Kennedy is one that will definitely make you say just that. Having heard his music for the first time…

Post fact reality, protest votes & Ireland’s Trump

It was, American President-elect Donald J Trump announced, a “movement”. During his victory speech at a rally in New York on Wednesday morning Irish time, Trump chose the word “movement” over “campaign” to describe what had seen him sweep (quite comfortably) into the most powerful political office in the world. We are perhaps more accustomed…

HOTD Podcast Episode 12

This week on the podcast, with Kev and Dara both away, Kevin Dooley rejoins the Hurlers on the Ditch as they discuss some of the amazing young underdog stories from the world of sports over the past year, their favourite ever players and they discuss whether Alan Shearer was bang on or talking bullshit when…

The Chicago Cubs: A Wait Off Their Shoulders 

When myself and the two Killians booked flights and accommodation for Chicago to go and see Ireland play the All Blacks in the city’s Soldier Field stadium, we figured we’d spend the week before the game wandering the city, pick up a hockey game, nothing major. We never expected to be in the city when…

HOTD Podcast Episode 11

For the first time since God was a boy, all 5 Hurlers have managed to get on the same ditch to record a podcast. The lads start off by discussing what’s wrong in Manchester, have a Trump vs Trump style debate on NFL vs NBA and finish off chatting about the lack of icons in…