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The Town They Loved So Well: Derry, Ryan McBride and Martin McGuinness

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For very different reasons the sadly recently deceased Ryan McBride and Martin McGuinness were two of Derry’s most prominent and loved characters. McBride was an honest, whole-hearted and inspirational footballer for his beloved Derry City Football Club until his untimely and sudden passing last Sunday, aged just 27. He worked in a local public house and captained his boyhood club; …

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League Of Ireland: Winners And Losers From Matchday Four

SSE Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division, Maginn Park, Co. Donegal 13/3/2017 Derry City vs Dundalk Derry's Barry McNamee celebrates his goal with Nathan Boyle

The League of Ireland Premier Division matches came thick and fast this weekend as two full rounds of league fixtures took place over the course of four days. The normal Friday schedule was supplemented by another round on Monday, and it proved to be significant as champions Dundalk were humbled in Derry while Cork City moved three points clear at …

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A Potential Ireland B Team That Would Give Martin O’Neill Some Food For Thought

February 25th 2017, Preston, Lancashire, England; Skybet Championship football, Preston North End versus Queens Park Rangers; Preston North End's Daryl Horgan crosses the ball (Photo by Tim Williams/Action Plus via Getty Images)

With Ireland’s crunch tie against Wales fast approaching, Martin O’Neill will name his provisional squad this week. Provisional tends to be the key word when the Derryman reveals the consistently long list of players selected for international duty. It is usually a 40-man panel, reduced to 27 and then 23 for the match day. O’Neill is a loyal manager, meaning …

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Michael O’Neill Hits Out At FAI’s Recruitment Of Northern Ireland Underage Stars

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - NOVEMBER 11: Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on November 11, 2016 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Michael O’Neill’s has expressed his disappointment with the FAI over their pursuit for young Northern Irish players. His comments come in the wake of Jordan McEneff’s debut for the Republic of Ireland Under-16s. The Arsenal youth and his brother, Aaron of Derry City, both recently switched their international allegiances from Northern Ireland to the Republic of Ireland. “We know we will …

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Ireland Legend Robbie Keane Training With Shamrock Rovers

Shamrock Rovers Announce Friendly Against LA Galaxy, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 22/12/2014 Robbie Keane and Stephen McPhail, who has resigned with the club, today announced a friendly between their two clubs on February 21st 2015 Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Robbie Keane has trained with Shamrock Rovers this week as he continues his preparations for a potential move to a new club, according to the Irish Independent.  Keane retired from international football following last summer’s European Championships but has indicated a willingness to prolong his playing career. Ireland’s record goalscorer will hope to add to the long list of clubs he …

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Watch: Carlo Ancelotti Responds To Rumours Linking Seamus Coleman With Bayern Munich

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: Leighton Baines of Everton is mobbed by team mates including Seamus Coleman (top) after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on January 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti has distanced himself from a move for Republic of Ireland captain Seamus Coleman. With Philip Lahm coming to the end of his career, the Italian tactician could be in the market for a new right-back and Coleman is a man that has been touted as a target for the Bavarian giants, according to the Irish Independent. Brazilian full-back …

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The League Of Ireland’s Greatest Graduates: Paul McGrath

In part one of a series celebrating Irish football’s most successful League of Ireland graduates, we take an in-depth look at the role the LOI had to play in the early years of Republic of Ireland legend Paul McGrath’s career. From George Best and Bobby Charlton to John Giles, from Dixie Dean and Jimmy Johnson to Damien Duff, many of …

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