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Players To Opt For Other Nations Having Represented Ireland

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Bacary Sagna of Manchester City (L) attempts to black Lynden Gooch of Sunderland (R) shot during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland at Etihad Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Irish football has been long associated with the famous ‘granny rule’. FIFA regulations have served Ireland well with many recruits becoming key players in the past. However, in recent years some players have jumped back to the country of their birth with some Ireland born and raised players even opting to represent other nations. High profile players like Michael Keane, Patrick Bamford …

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Cork City Legend Colin Healy Calls Time On Lengthy Playing Career

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Final, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/11/2016 Cork City vs Dundalk Cork's Colin Healy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Former Cork City, Sunderland and Celtic man Colin Healy has announced his retirement.  Healy, who recently turned 37, calls time on a career which saw him represent Ireland 13 times whilst winning the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Cup with Celtic as well as the FAI Cup twice with Cork City. Last year’s cup triumph at the Aviva Stadium was …

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Cork City’s John Caulfield Fires Back At Stephen Kenny’s ‘Astonishing Attack’

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Dublin 14/4/2017 Bohemians vs Cork City Cork City manager John Caulfield

The rivalry between the League of Ireland’s top two clubs Dundalk and Cork City has escalated with John Caulfield’s response to Stephen Kenny’s remarks last week. Kenny gave an interview to Dundalk’s official website last week in which he bemoaned the lack of penalties his side have ben given in the past year, compared to Cork City’s thirteen in that time. In …

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Shamrock Rovers Leave Door Open For Robbie Keane To Join

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

If Robbie Keane wants to finish his career in the League of Ireland, Shamrock Rovers would welcome him with open arms. Since leaving LA Galaxy last year, former Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane has been linked with many clubs, yet the 36-year-old is still unattached and continues to train with Shamrock Rovers to keep himself in shape. According to …

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Exclusive: Tom Saintfiet On Why, Having Managed Eight National Sides, He Wants Limerick Or Sligo Next

Yemen's Belgian coach Tom Saintfiet reacts during his team's 21st Gulf Cup football match against Saudi Arabia in the Bahraini capital Manama on January 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MARWAN NAAMANI (Photo credit should read MARWAN NAAMANI/AFP/Getty Images)

In terms of managers with varied backstories, the League of Ireland has seen some interesting candidates down the years. West Ham hardman Julian Dicks’ took an interest in the Finn Harps position in 2014, to former Manchester United midfielder Andrei Kanchelskis throwing his name into the hat for both Derry and Shamrock Rovers – but Belgian national Tom Saintfiet has perhaps …

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Watch: Cork City’s Sean Maguire Continues Rampant Form With Smart Finish Vs. Derry

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 7/4/2017 Cork City vs Derry City Cork's Sean Maguire scores the third goal of the game

Cork City continued their blistering start to the season on Friday with a comprehensive 3-0 win against Derry City at Turners Cross. A 5,275-strong crowd witnessed John Caulfield’s side strengthen their position at the top of the Premier Division courtesy of a first half goal from Garry Buckley and second-half strikes from Karl Sheppard and Sean Maguire. Indeed it was …

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