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Watch: Graham Burke’s Ten-Minute Shamrock Rovers Debut Saw Him Score And Get Sent Off


The new League of Ireland season began on Friday night and the early meeting of champions Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers proved as fiery as had been anticipated. Depleted though they were by several injuries, Stephen Kenny’s side were nonetheless able to grind out the win thanks to goals from Robbie Benson and Ciaran Kilduff either side of half time. The …

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Twitter Reacts As Munster Suffer Second-Half Collapse To Lose 30-21 To Scarlets

Guinness PRO12, Thomond Park, Limerick 24/2/2017 Munster vs Scarlets Munster's Billy Holland, Darren Sweetnam, Kevin O’Byrne, Conor Oliver and Duncan Williams dejected after the game

Munster lost further ground at the summit of the Pro12 table with a disappointing 30-21 defeat to Scarlets at Thomond Park on Friday night. Things looked to be going to plan for Rassie Erasmus’ side (shorn of their Irish international contingent) in the first half, as tries from Jaco Taute, Darren Sweetnam and Conor Oliver helped the Irish province on their way …

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GAA Elects New President At Its Annual Congress

2016 GAA Annual Congress, Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Co. Carlow 27/2/2016 A view of the stage ahead of today's Congress

The GAA has announced the election of a new president at its annual congress. Dublin native John Horan has won the vote, beating off competition from Sean Walsh, Frank Burke, Martin Skelly and Robert Frost for the right to replace Aogán Ó Fearghaíl from next year. In total Horan was elected the office with an overwhelming majority of 144 out of …

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New Jersey Looks Set To Be The Place To Be For Ireland Rugby And Football Fans This June

Irish Rugby And Football

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland are reportedly set to take a break from their World Cup qualification campaign this summer with a friendly in the USA. The Irish Independent are reporting that the FAI are in advanced talks for the exhibition match in New Jersey, which would pit Ireland against Mexico. The friendly, should it be confirmed, would take place …

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Claudio Ranieri Releases Emotional Statement In Response To Leicester Sacking

SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 22: Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Sevilla FC and Leicester City at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 22, 2017 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Claudio Ranieri has been speaking for the first time since losing his job as manager of Leicester City on Thursday. The Italian was given his marching orders less that 24 hours after a spirited 2-1 Champions League defeat to Sevilla, albeit with the reigning Premier League champions hovering precariously over the relegation zone and with just five league wins all …

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José Mourinho Posts Classy Social Media Tribute To Claudio Ranieri

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 24: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United (L) and Claudio Ranieri, Manager of Leicester City (R) embrace prior to kick off during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on September 24, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Leicester City’s sacking of manager Claudio Ranieri on Thursday evening evoked sympathy from just about ever corner of the football world. A steady stream of footballing personalities – managers, players, journalists – have been paying tribute to the now-former manager, and his fellow league bosses will undoubtedly have kind words to say about him in their pre-match press conferences on Friday. …

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