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Shane McDonnell

Shane is a secondary school student in Dublin. He is a devoted Shamrock Rovers & League of Ireland supporter but he enjoys discussing all levels of football. He believes he has a few interesting opinions to share. You can contact him on twitter at @Shanemcd07

League Of Ireland: Can We Produce Our Own International Players?

Shane McDonnell attempts to understand why there are no international players in the League of Ireland, and why there is no attempt to produce players capable of playing on football’s biggest stage. In the past two years, several former Irish internationals have returned to the League of Ireland to see out the remainder of their careers. Keith Fahey, Liam Miller …

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Shamrock Rovers 2-2 Dundalk: Red Cards, Penalties & Controversy

Friday night proved to possess arguably the most exciting game of the season so far. There were goals, red cards, penalties and controversial decisions on offer in a huge game at Tallaght Stadium between Shamrock Rovers and champions Dundalk. Shamrock Rovers vs Dundalk turned out to be arguably the game of the season so far with no shortage of drama …

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Limerick FC – What Went Wrong?

In 2012 Limerick FC were promoted from the First Division meaning they would compete in the top flight for the first time since their relegation in 1994, bridging a gap of eighteen years without Premier Division football. Following Limerick FC’s promotion back to Ireland’s top flight, followers and neutrals were optimistic to see how they would fair against the so-called elite of …

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Legends of the LOI: Shelbourne 1999-2006

The second installment in this series of articles from Shane McDonnell remembers the Shelbourne side from 1999 to 2006 who not also won 5 league titles and an FAI Cup, but made great waves in European competitions. The so-called “golden era” for Shelbourne football club really began in the season of 1999/2000 when manager Dermot Keely led the club to …

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Shamrock Rovers to play L.A Galaxy in February

Tuesday morning, Shamrock Rovers released the news that they will be playing against the American MLS champions, Los Angeles Galaxy. The match will be played on the 21st of February 2015 in Tallaght Stadium. The tickets for the match will go on sale early in the new year but a date is yet to be released by by the club. …

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LOI Premier Division 2015: Top 4 Contenders For The Title

Shane McDonnell has decided to give everyone a break from all the transfer news and manager movements and take a look at four of the teams he believes will contend for the Premier Division title in 2015. Dundalk were of course the champions at the end of the 2014 season, playing the most attractive football, had the highest fitness levels and the most talented …

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Is There A Future For Longford Town In The Premier Division?

Last season, Longford Town made the breakthrough they had been pursuing for years on end with little success – promotion to the SSE Airtricity Premier Division. In a race with Shelbourne, which lasted the majority of the season, with a few games left they pulled away and never looked back; finally securing the league title on the 3rd of October following a …

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Galway United F.C. – A New Era?

With Galway set to compete under the name Galway United F.C. next season, Shane McDonnell takes us from the beginnings of Galway F.C. to where they are now as a newly promoted Premier Division team.  At the beginning of the 2014 season, Galway F.C entered the first division in the place of the other Galway clubs, Mervue United and Salthill, and …

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