Has Southgate singlehandedly saved the reputation of football?

A Different View with Dave O’Connell England’s football manager Gareth Southgate may be the man who goes down in history for achieving the impossible – and it’s not necessarily England winning the World Cup. No, this...

Beano’s big birthday bash is a chance to relive innocent days

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Even after all these years, you only have to see the cover and its famous masthead to guarantee a smile – because the Beano comic was part of all...

Coming to terms with sporting life as a perennial substitute

A Different View with Dave O’Connell There are few more futile roles in life than that of the perennial substitute; the guy who togs out throughout all four seasons, but who never gets anything more...

Picking up those threads of friendship right through life

A small group of old school friends gathered recently for a lovely night out. The first indication that we were now more than 35 years past the Leaving Cert was that food replaced pints...

A future where the AI man can deliver a bedtime story

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Those who made their mark in any form of the arts used to console themselves with the notion that – while they might not make tons of money from...

Size matters – but let’s not work ourselves into extinction over it

A Different View with Dave O’Connell Growing up, I didn’t know anyone who had size twelve feet; now there are shoes of that size scattered around our house like small canvass boats just waiting for...


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