Macdara Ferris

Senior Reporter

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Role: Senior Reporter

Start Date: Jan. 1, 2012, 10:44 p.m.


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Macdara Ferris is a contributor since 2007 to Hoops Scene (Shamrock Rovers' match day programme) and the co-author of Tallaght Time: Shamrock Rovers 2009 to 2012. He still believes that one day he will see Rovers win the FAI Cup. The first international game he attended was Luxembourg being dispatched 2-1 at Lansdowne Road by Jack Charlton's Ireland team.

He has been a writer with since 2012 covering the League of Ireland, the Irish National team and a few Champions League finals. He has also been known to pop up in far flung places like Ballybofey, Belfast, Berlin and Brazil to report for extratime.

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Oriel Park coaching team set to be confirmed

Dundalk are set to confirm their coaching ticket for 2019 this side of Christmas. The announcement is imminent that Vinny Perth will move up to fill the space in the Oriel Park dugout due to the departure of Stephen Kenny.

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Book Review: Fighter by Andy Lee (with Niall Kelly)

Fighter by Andy Lee with Niall Kelly is published by Gill Books.

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Tallaght Stadium set for fourth stand

South Dublin County Council are pushing ahead with plans to complete a fourth stand in Tallaght Stadium, as well as an upgrade to the existing west stand in the venue used by Shamrock Rovers.

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EURO 2020 Special Sportscast

We are back with a EURO 2020 Special Sportscast this week.

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UEFA approve new club competition

Amongst all the drama of Sunday’s EURO 2020 draw, details have emerged of a new club competition being organised by UEFA.

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Northern Ireland get unkind set of fixtures

Michael O'Neill got what he called a cruel group in the EURO 2020 draw on Sunday morning and when the fixtures were released on Sunday evening it got even worse.

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Seeing Shaun Maloney in opposition dugout will be strange for McLeish

Scotland manager Alex McLeish joked that he has a “spy in the camp” of Belgium for the upcoming EURO 2020 qualification campaign. Shaun Maloney, the 47 time capped Scottish international, has recently joined the Red Devils back room team.

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Bierhoff confident Germany can bounce back after difficult year

The German general manager Oliver Bierhoff acknowledged that it hurt to see his team as second seeds in Sunday’s EURO 2020 draw in Dublin.

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O'Neill laments 'cruel' draw as Northern Ireland drop into 'Group of Death'

The Republic of Ireland were originally drawn in the group however, with Dublin, Amsterdam and Munich all set to host matches in the EURO 2020 tournament, Mick McCarthy’s men moved into Group D as a maximum of two host countries ...

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Declan Rice being given time and space by Gareth Southgate

With Mick McCarthy set to meet Declan Rice in the near future, Gareth Southgate is giving the players some space to make what the England manager called a difficult decision.

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Drama in EURO2020 draw as Republic of Ireland avoid Germany and the Netherlands at Northern Ireland's expense

The EURO 2020 qualification draw on the banks of the Liffey threw up some drama on Sunday morning – especially for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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EURO 2020 Dublin draw details

If you've got questions on the EURO 2020 draw, well we have some of the answers

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Duff hopes something will happen with the Hoops in Glasgow

Former Republic of Ireland international and current Shamrock Rovers under-15 head coach Damien Duff is considering a move to join the Celtic coaching staff.

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National Football Exhibition to open as EURO 2020 draw comes to Dublin

To celebrate the hosting of the qualifying draw this Sunday, the FAI and Dublin City Council are hosting Street Legends Community Football events, as well as a National Football Exhibition.

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John Delaney: FAI talking to Stephen Kenny 'for quite a while' about taking over Ireland under-21s

With Sunday’s announcement of Mick McCarthy as the new Ireland boss, there were plenty of questions about the Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny as the FAI confirmed Kenny will succeed McCarthy after EURO 2020.

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John Delaney defends the development of Irish football

Last Sunday the Republic of Ireland were in Denmark on the eve of their final UEFA Nations League game – a match that would turn out to be Martin O’Neill’s final game in charge.

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Aaron McEneff signs for Shamrock Rovers from Derry City

Shamrock Rovers have added to their riches in midfield with the addition of Aaron McEneff to their squad.

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EURO 2020 draw explainer

So let us put the UEFA Nations League quickly behind us and focus firmly on EURO 2020 qualification which begins with the first qualifiers on 21 March 2019.

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O'Neill wants to forget Nations League was ever invented

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill joked that his team need to "to forget the Nations League was ever invented and go and be ready to play in March."

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UEFA Nations League Report: Northern Ireland 1 - 2 Austria

It was heartbreak for Northern Ireland as Valentino Lazaro scored a superbly taken winner for Austria in injury time to leave the home side with four defeats from four UEFA Nations League games.

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Gareth McAuley - Pulling up at Ibrox last weekend I felt like 18 instead of 38

While Michael O’Neill has brought in plenty of youth to his Northern Ireland team, there is still room for the wily old player where required and Gareth McAuley fits that bill.

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O'Neill focussed on finishing Nations League with a win

Northern Ireland come into Sunday’s dead rubber UEFA Nations League game against Austria in Belfast bottom of the group and without a competitive win in their last seven matches.

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UEFA Nations League Preview: Northern Ireland -v- Austria

Having lost all three games so far in the UEFA Nations League, resulting in relegation to League C, Northern Ireland will want to end their campaign at least on a high note with a win over Austria.

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Austria squad set for Belfast visit

Ahead of travelling to Belfast to take on Northern Ireland on Sunday 18 November, Austria will play Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna on 15 November.

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