Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna

Ewan MacKenna: A gambling addict with a bookie’s app is like a drunk with car keys

Ewan MacKenna: A gambling addict with a bookie’s app is like a drunk with car keys

Just a couple of years ago, a friend of mine would pass many an evening by getting online and throwing down money so as to make whatever sport was on TV more interesting. He was a suit-and-tie type guy – well-paid job, nice apartment, and generally g

Ewan MacKenna Don’t fall for the hype: this isn’t rugby country, and it never was

Ewan MacKenna Don’t fall for the hype: this isn’t rugby country, and it never was

The lads had their uniforms down to a tee. Dubarrys, chinos, Polo T-shirts, the lot. But their act went above and beyond. There they stood, in a bar on Baggot Street in Dublin, tipsy from an Ireland win in the Six Nations, and with more celebratory s

Ewan MacKenna: The beautiful game now mirrors the wider world: grotesquely unequal and ruled by the super-rich

Ewan MacKenna: The beautiful game now mirrors the wider world: grotesquely unequal and ruled by the super-rich

Depressingly – partly because it was so predictable, yet is so unstoppable – a report from January laid bare the direction in which the world continues to be headed. Before the international elite gathered for the World Economic Forum in Davos in Swi

Ahead by a mile

Ahead by a mile

The statistics make Tony McCoy beyond good, but it’s what lies behind them that make him truly great and truly different

Ewan MacKenna goes inside the murky world of football's transfer deadline day

Ewan MacKenna goes inside the murky world of football's transfer deadline day

The excruciating yet somehow smirk-inducing story from September 2009 went as follows. Jim White ...

Nobody in rugby wants to admit that this year’s Six Nations is just a World Cup warm-up

Nobody in rugby wants to admit that this year’s Six Nations is just a World Cup warm-up

There was one piece of insight in the lead-up to the Six Nations that stood tall above all others. Wasps and England back-row James Haskell was talking about an element of the Welsh approach those getting whirled up in the immediate hype don’t want t

Reaching for the stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Reaching for the stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship

Conor McGregor may be reaching for the stars in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but his antics and crude trash-talking demean his talents

Ewan MacKenna:  Darts was ridiculed for years as the pastime of alcoholic slobs, but it is now seen for what it is – a sport of rare drama and tension

Ewan MacKenna: Darts was ridiculed for years as the pastime of alcoholic slobs, but it is now seen for what it is – a sport of rare drama and tension

Each and every winter, around this time, I always get thinking of a small house tucked away in an...

Ewan MacKenna: Sportspeople can make an impact far beyond their craft, and that craft is not always positive

Ewan MacKenna: Sportspeople can make an impact far beyond their craft, and that craft is not always positive

If you don’t believe in the power of sport, you should consider the following two memories from...

Business of Sport: Ewan MacKenna: Women’s amateur boxing is so new as to be little more than an experimental sport with a handful of capable competitors

Business of Sport: Ewan MacKenna: Women’s amateur boxing is so new as to be little more than an experimental sport with a handful of capable competitors

The setting for the scene is the new bar at the back of the old boxing stadium. It’s early last...

Business of Sport: Ewan MacKenna 2014: the good, the bad and the John Delaney

Business of Sport: Ewan MacKenna 2014: the good, the bad and the John Delaney

In a year of glitches and glitz in Brazil, of slurs and speed in Sochi, we start our look back in...

Ewan MacKenna The confessions of a sports memoir ghostwriter: long hours, little reward, and four books not opened since I wrote them

Ewan MacKenna The confessions of a sports memoir ghostwriter: long hours, little reward, and four books not opened since I wrote them

It’s just after lunch back in 2010, but your day is already nine hours old due to catching the ...

Business of Sport

Business of Sport

Ewan MacKenna: Tennis is a big-ticket sport whose relationship with drugs has never been adequately addressed.

Business of Sport

Business of Sport

Ewan MacKenna: We made a sport of the Oscar Pistorius trial, and as the Blade Runner fell to earth, we forgot about his victim.

Ewan MacKenna: They’ve had a good run, but RTE’s trio of ageing pundits are increasingly out of touch with football as it is played today

Ewan MacKenna: They’ve had a good run, but RTE’s trio of ageing pundits are increasingly out of touch with football as it is played today

Business of Sport: The first down to greet you at reception was always John Giles.