Author Archives: Aaron McAllorum


Like sports?

Love annuals?

Read on.

Ciaran writes:

The Second Captains Sports Annual, Volume 1 is the book you’ve been waiting for your entire life. Well, your entire life since you stopped reading sports annuals as a child.

A co-production between Second Captains and Sweatshop, there’s more feature writing and bad language than your old Shoot! used to contain but expect all the things that made those annuals the very last word in school-ground literary chic.

Printed and produced in Ireland and featuring design from Trevor Finnegan, cartoons from The Guardian’s David Squires and Ireland’s Colm Mac Athlaoich and writing from Ken Early, Eoin McDevitt, Amy O’Connor, Murph, and Simon Hick, among others.

This is the ultimate loving gift [purchase at link below] for the Second Captains fan in your family. Or a cousin you don’t really like.

To celebrate this week’s book launch we like to offer Broadsheet readers, three, yes THREE copies of the book. To enter, just complete this sentence:

“Well Brian, at the end of the day it’s a book of two halves and I deserve it because_____________________________________’

Lines MUST close at 5.10pm MIDNIGHT

Second Captains Sports Annual Vol 1


Free this afternoon?

The Republic of Ireland take on their Spanish counterparts at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin in a ‘do or die’ Euro 2017 qualifier.

Kick off is 2pm and the match will be broadcast LOIVE on Setanta Sports.




Final Score: 

Rep. of Ireland 0 Spain 3

Louise Quinn was named player of the match.

RTÉ match tracker
Football Association of Ireland



Brand New Retro‘s Brian McMahon will launch the Brand New Retro buke this Thursday at 6.30pm upstairs in the Workman’s Club [Wellington Quay], Dublin.

It’s the best of and latest greatest hits from the Brand New Retro site.

Brian writes:

After almost 5 years of digitising content for the time is right to bring these scans back to the format in which they first appeared, and the format in which they are best appreciated. Print. I am delighted to announce that the Brand New Retro book will be on sale from this Thursday. The book is a uniquely Irish compendium of over 700 images, adverts and articles featuring the best bits from along with lots of new scans. The book is a collaboration with my pal Joe Collins and is published through Liberties Press.


A night of Irish pop culture will ensue at MVP, Clanbrassil Steet, Dublin 8 tonight.

This Is Banter will be joined by Brian, Joe Collins and Sinead Kenny to talk about the motivation behind Brand New Retro and the early days of Irish pop culture and Life before the Internet.

Brand New Retro – The Book, November 2015 (update)

Previously: Brand New Retro on Broadsheet

Greystones golfer Paul Dunne has joined Europe’s elite golfers on the European Tour following his T13 finish at the PGA Catalunya today in Girona, Spain.

Fair play, in fairness.

Paul Dunne secures European Tour card (RTÉ Sport)



For the year that’s in it.

The Ludosport Lightsaber Combat Academy comes to Ireland.


Lorraine writes:

Follow in the footsteps of Obi Wan Kenobi and lean to the light side of the Force or emerge from Emperor Palpatine’s dark shadow as a Sith. Come to classes “Solo” or bring a whole “Empire” of friends.

Yes, yes we get it.

Classes attract a wide range of people; those who are interested in the fantasy element and those interested in the sporting side. So whether you’re a Star Wars or sci-fi fan, a fencer, martial artist or simply looking for a new fun way to keep fit Classes [details at link below] are suitable for all ages over 12, currently taking place in Dublin city and Bray with plans to expand to more locations in the New Year….

Ludosport Ireland (Facebook)

Pic Ludosport

Supergeezer (front left) and the men of steel this evening


The Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua, Dublin

The Republic of Ireland will join England, Wales and Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 in France next year.

Ireland beat Bosnia this evening at Lansdowne Road Nua 2-0 (3-1 on aggregate) in a play-off to secure their place at the finals.

UEFA EURO 2016 final tournament draw detail (UEFA)

Photo: Football Association of Ireland


Free Thursday?

Want to challenge your perception of masculinity?

Want to explore how men can build a strong team around themselves and each other to support one another through all life’s events?

Read on.

Oliver of Pieta House [self harm/suicide prevention centre] writes:

We’re hosting an event with called ‘The Bounce of the Ball’ in Dublin’s Chocolate Factory [King’s Inns]  on November 19th from 7pm to mark International Men’s Day and tie in with the work Pieta House do and, in particular, our Mind Our Men campaign.

Speakers on the night include Eoghan McDermott, Jack McGrath, Paul Flynn and Joe Caslin – each of them will discuss the ups and downs of life and how support is crucial when the bounce of the ball doesn’t go your way.

The Bounce Of The Ball (EventBrite)

Pieta House