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. In 2019 he finally got to see Rovers win the club's 25th FAI Cup. The first international game he attended was a scoreless draw against Belgium earned at Lansdowne Road by Jack Charlton's Republic of 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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From the Archives - LOI big part in having a good career

Roy Keane says the League of Ireland played a big part in his career.

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'I was doing stuff through Skype and it was hard on your own' - Sean Kavanagh on his lockdown injury rehab

The versatile Sean Kavanagh has emerged as a critical player for the Hoops in the last couple of campaigns since signing from Fulham.

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Negative COVID-19 results for Derry City, Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers and Bohemians

The first set of COVID-19 results for players and officials from Derry City, Dundalk, Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers after testing following their respective collective training sessions on Monday morning were all negative.

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Tallaght Stadium set for further expansion with new North Stand

South Dublin County Council are to press ahead with the development of a fourth stand in Tallaght Stadium.

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Home advantage to possibly disappear behind closed doors when League of Ireland returns

One the remarkable things about the resumption of football in Germany has been the quanity of wins for the away teams.

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Discretion with application of COVID-19 substitution changes

Only some league will be implementing the temporary COVID-19 rule changes around increased substitutions

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Parrott to miss Premier League restart due to surgery

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed their striker Troy Parrott has undergone surgery to remove his appendix

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Gallery: extratime in isolation

With long lense and camera in hand, our photography team have been out and about to capture some of those isolation training sessions.

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Everyone wants to get back playing as long as it is safe - Stephen Bradley

COVID-19 testing for the top four clubs will begin on Monday as part of the first tentative steps towards the return of the League of Ireland.

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Government establishes Return to Sport Expert Group

The government has established a Return to Sport Expert Group

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Football to re-start with top four League of Ireland competition

The FAI have announced their pathway for a safer return to football document

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The biggest factor is player safety - Greg Bolger

Hoops midfielder Greg Bolger cannot wait to get back playing

Read More Sportscast - Longford's Maiden European Voyage 2001 - The start of Stephen Kenny's managerial career

For our bonus pod this week, we bring you the second part of our look at two contrasting spells of Stephen Kenny's managerial career.

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Stat attack - performance analysis in the League of Ireland

The day of the data analyst has firmly arrived in football and in the League of Ireland.

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Five minutes from glory in the Gruenwalder - Shamrock Rovers' 1966 European tie with Bayern Munich

Shamrock Rovers v Bayern Munich in the 1966 European Cup Winners Cup

Read More Sportscast - Hoop Nightmares - Why didn't it happen for Stephen Kenny in 2012

In the first of these bonus shows, Declan Marron, Macdara Ferris and Andrew Dempsey look back over Stephen Kenny's failed tenure at Shamrock Rovers in 2012.

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No fear for Ronan Finn with Stephen Kenny appointment

For Shamrock Rovers captain Ronan Finn, there are no doubts for him that Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny will do well in his new role.

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Working from home Stephen Kenny Sportscast special

It is a Good Friday when a second Sportscast for the week drops into your podcast feed.

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Postcard from home - Ireland managerial video press conference

It should have been a bigger day for Stephen Kenny but with the whole world in a state of chassis, the unveiling of the Republic of Ireland manager didn’t reach the levels of previous appointments.

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'The Irish international job is the ultimate honour' - Stephen Kenny

Kenny was able to make it clear just how proud he is to become the boss of the Boys in Green.

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'A creative and inventive training ground coach with a high work ethic' - Stephen Kenny on Damien Duff

The new Ireland boss was clear he is very happy with the coaching team he has brought together

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extratimemachine minute-by-minute memorable matches.

With live football gone into hibernation, has been bringing you as-live minute-by-minute updates from a number of classic matches from seasons gone by.

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A walk back in time to Transport's FAI Cup win

Transport FC's solitary FAI Cup win came in 1950 and this is the story of what turned out to be a very memorable final.

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Aidan Price: 'We are trying to instill that in them, whether they've been with us since 12 years of age or just a couple of months, that it means something to play for Shamrock Rovers'

It has been quite the eventful start for Shamrock Rovers II. Before a ball was even kicked the second coming of a Rovers second team in the second tier of the League of Ireland provoked quite the reaction.

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