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If the Roy Keane of Saipan epitomised the Tiger era, today Stephen Kenny stands for a brighter Irish future

Eamonn Sweeney


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Shane Duffy celebrates after scoring against Luxembourg.Picture by Stephen McCarthy.

Shane Duffy celebrates after scoring against Luxembourg.Picture by Stephen McCarthy.

Shane Duffy celebrates after scoring against Luxembourg.Picture by Stephen McCarthy.

The Ireland gripped by the Saipan saga 20 years ago was very different from the one which will watch our Nations League campaign begin in Armenia next Saturday.

You could hardly get two more different characters than Roy Keane and Stephen Kenny. Yet both reflect the national zeitgeist in a way which means the debates surrounding them are about much more than football.


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