Macdara Ferris

Senior Reporter

Macdara Ferris Info

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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Book Review: First Hand - My Life and Irish Football by Eoin Hand

Eoin Hand is a familiar name, face and a voice to all in Irish football. He played, managed and co-commentated on the game in Ireland – both the League of Ireland and the Republic of Ireland national team – but ...

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Will Denmark pay the penalty in playoff for over-confidence?

Denmark manager Age Hareide is confident that his team can progress through the playoff and reach Russia 2018 without requiring penalties.

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Postcard from playoff in Copenhagen - dour deadlock and dazzling Democrats in Denmark

03:13 was the alarm call on Friday morning to travel out for the first leg of the FIFA World Cup play-off between Denmark and the Republic of Ireland.

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Fireworks off the pitch but not on it in Parken Stadium - Reaction from Danish camp

There were fireworks above the open roof of the Parken Stadium on Saturday night ahead of kick off but it wasn’t a dazzling display on a difficult pitch as Denmark and the Republic of Ireland drew 0-0.

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O'Neill wary of Danish threat in Tuesday's tie

It is all to play for in the second leg of the World Cup playoff set to take place at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday night.

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World Cup Playoff Report: Denmark 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland

In reality the Scandi drama served in Copenhagen on Saturday night was actually a pretty tame affair.

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Inner belief to bring Russia reward for O’Neill

Martin O’Neill believes his team has shown great character to get themselves into this weekend’s World Cup playoff. In Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium on Saturday they now face their greatest test.

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Kasper Schmeichel: 'I'm sure we will see a little bit of Roy Keane's on-pitch persona in the Irish team'

The Danish keeper's father, Peter Schmeichel, soldiered with Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane during their time with Manchester United.

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FIFA World Cup Playoff Preview: Denmark -v- Republic of Ireland

We have known about the Denmark Viking raids to Ireland for over a millennium but it is their home form that Ireland are initially focused on this Saturday with the Russia World Cup play-off first leg in Copenhagen.

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O'Neill looking to lord it over his former tenant

Having got his side to the European Championship last year in France, Martin O’Neill is on the verge of progression to the World Cup in Russia next year.

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Hareide hoping for more happy days

When managing Brondby, Denmark manager Age Hareide he eliminated Shelbourne and when in charge of Rosenborg his team knocked out Bohemians – winning all four matches against the Irish teams. Now in this playoff, he comes face to face with ...

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Shamrock Rovers sign up midfielder Greg Bolger from Cork City

Bolger, who won the 2017 league and cup double with Cork City, will return to Dublin where he played for four seasons with St. Patrick’s Athletic prior to his time on Leeside.

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2017 Season Report Card - Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers showed improvement throughout 2017.

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2017 Season Report Card - Bray Wanderers

What a season it was for Bray!!!!!!

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Sean Maguire set for four months on the sidelines

There was huge disappointment for Sean Maguire, and indeed for Republic of Ireland supporters, on Saturday with the news that the Preston North End striker will be out for up to four months.

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O'Neill names provisional squad for 'tough' Danish test

Martin O’Neill has named his provisional squad for next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup play-off against Denmark.

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League Preview: Bray Wanderers -v- Shamrock Rovers

It was a season that started so brightly for Bray but if results don’t go their way it could see the Seagulls slip to sixth in the table on Friday evening after they play Shamrock Rovers (kick off 7.45pm).

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Shaw happy with Hoops hitting European target

With results having gone right for the Hoops, Shamrock Rovers have wrapped up European qualification for 2018 with three games remaining in the season.

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League Preview: Shamrock Rovers -v- Sligo Rovers

There was huge dissappointment for the Hoops on Tuesday night when they lost to Dundalk in extratime in the FAI Cup semi-final. The clock will now move on next season to 31 years since 24-times cup winners Shamrock Rovers last ...

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We're in the playoffs now - let's bring it on: Shane Duffy

For the Republic of Ireland, it was a win in Wales manufactured by a Derry trio. Martin O’Neill’s men earned the victory thanks to James McClean’s magic second half strike, with the foundation for the win coming from the clean ...

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Postcard from Cardiff - Pressure win lands playoff prize

It was a weekend that for this reporter began in Bristol and after a famous win in Cardiff may now end up in Moscow.

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O'Neill praises McClean and players' performance as second place and playoff secured

Just like he had done away from home in Vienna, Chisinau and now Cardiff, James McClean was on the scoresheet to help drive a determined Republic of Ireland side to victory.

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World Cup Qualifier Report: Wales 0 - 1 Republic of Ireland

James McClean was the hero once again for the Republic of Ireland as his goal earned the Boys in Green a famous away victory and a play-off for the Russia 2018 World Cup. His 57th minute goal was enough to ...

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Play-off permutations no distraction for Gunter

On the one hand, it is simple for Wales. Win and they guarantee themselves a play-off at a minimum or automatic qualification if that result is combined with a Serbian defeat.

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World Cup Qualifier Preview: Wales -v- Republic of Ireland

While Scotland’s draw against Slovenia simplied Ireland’s permutations – a win over Wales is the only result that would lead to a playoff – it isn’t quite so simple for Chris Coleman’s men. They can automatically qualify with a victory ...

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