Coffee with Creed: Episode 3 – Rocky III

Thursday, April 10th, 2014


Like we could pick any other scene for the title image. Welcome once again to Coffee with Creed, our analysis of race and politics in the Rocky movies.

Emmet Ryan is joined by Paul Fennessy of to discuss the contrasting portrayals of Apollo Creed and Clubber Lang in the third instalment of the Rocky saga. [...]

Coffee with Creed: Episode 2 – Rocky II

Monday, March 31st, 2014


In the second part of our series looking at race and politics in the Rocky movies, Emmet Ryan is joined by David Neary to discuss Rocky II.

This was the film where Apollo Creed, willingly or not, simply had to play the villain. In this episode we discuss how this was managed along with the change [...]

Coffee with Creed: Episode 1 – Rocky

Monday, March 24th, 2014


Welcome to a new series here on Coffee with Creed takes a look at race and politics across each of the Rocky movies.

Over the course of each episode I’m joined by a guest to discuss how these issues were addressed in each of the Italian Stallion’s movies. The title is named for the unique, [...]

Tactics not Passion: Scotstown rout Clontibret 2-16 to 0-7

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Scotstown ended a 20 year wait for a county title in Monaghan with an emphatic 15 point win in Clones. Emmet Ryan breaks down the strategic factors that led to a landslide victory.
A lone threat
We’ll get to Clontibret’s attacking inadequacy later but there was one aspect of the game where they caused problems for Scotstown [...]

Tactics not Passion: Western Gaels 0-9 St Brigid’s 1-13

Monday, October 7th, 2013

St Brigid’s secured a fourth consecutive county title on the back of some great passing in the second half. In a slightly shorter than usual column, Emmet Ryan breaks down the game’s strategies. In lieu of the extra words, we’ve got video analysis. Yes, I know. Contain your excitement. Or don’t. It’s entirely up to [...]

The beginning…

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Why is Action81 editor Emmet Ryan standing like a dope? All will be revealed on Tuesday.

The Gathering Bowl – Mini Movie

Monday, September 2nd, 2013

Tallaght Stadium played host to the first ever Gathering Bowl. The Greendell Falcons, from Winnipeg in Canada, took on the Bristol Pride. Watch our video with highlights and interviews from the game.

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The Tactics Board – Mayo vs Tyrone preview

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

For the latest edition of the Tactics Board, Emmet Ryan asked GAA fans on Twitter for aspects of the game they’d like see analysed. The people have spoken so Mayo’s goal threat, Tyrone’s attacking options from play, and the midfield battle are the focus of this All-Ireland semi-final preview.

Please vote for ‘Action81 – Waiting for [...]

Breaking down Sky’s ‘Alive and Kicking’ ad 21 years on

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

It’s a Saturday morning, the English Premier League (EPL) is back, and Emmet Ryan is feeling nostalgic. Let’s get into the time machine and see how Sky first sold the brand new product of Football in 1992.
Context is really important here. At the time this ad was nothing short of a breakthrough piece of marketing. [...]

Greetings Blog Awards Ireland Judges

Monday, August 12th, 2013

We’re up for awards, a whole pile of them, at the Blog Awards Ireland. In order to make it easier for judges to see just why we are the best in the game at what we do, we’ve put together the following to help you along. We have videos for Best Video Blog, Best Sport/Recreation, [...]