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The Mixer: Owen Heary On How He ‘Absolutely Loved’ Playing In Europe

UEFA Champions League 1st Qualifying Round 2nd Leg Shelbourne 20/7/2005 Shels' Owen Heary celebrates scoring the first goal Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Finishing his playing days with seven Premier Division winners’ medals to his name as well as the 2001/02 PFAI Players’ Player of the Year gong, Owen Heary is rightly considered a League of Ireland legend.  But it wasn’t just domestically where he proved himself as a fine defender, the Dubliner also put it up to some stellar opposition in Europe, including …

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Athlone Town Scandal Goes Deeper As FAI Release Second Statement

Pre-Season Friendly 24/7/2010 Athlone Town vs Villareal General view of Lissywollen, Athlone Town Stadium

The issues concerning Athlone Town have become that bit more serious, as the FAI have announced that they are widening their investigation. The First Division side are already under suspicion regarding their 3-1 defeat to Longford Town last week, which saw a number of massive bets placed from overseas several bizarre occurrences, while the governing body also confirmed that it …

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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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Transfer Nightmare Could Prevent Wexford’s Ben Brosnan From Playing Inter-County Football

GAA Football All Ireland Senior Championship Round 1B, Innovate Wexford Park, Wexford 27/6/2015 Wexford vs Down Ben Brosnan of Wexford with Luke Howard of Down

Davy Fitzgerald and the Wexford hurling team are getting a lot of attention across the GAA world. Ultimately, his departure from Clare and appointment as Wexford manager has seen him bring two counties from Division 1B to 1A in successive years. However, this has somewhat overshadowed the work of the Wexford footballers this Spring. They have been in impressive form, …

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FAI Announce New Structure For League Of Ireland

Dundalk League of Ireland FAI

The FAI today announced a new structure for the League of Ireland. As part of the announcement of next season’s fixture-list, the association declared that the number of teams in the Premier Division will decrease. The Premier Division and First Division have been split 12-8 in recent times, but as of 2018 this will be 10-10. Therefore, 2017 will see …

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Rising Stars: Six League Of Ireland Youngsters Who Could Be The Next Big Thing

2016 UEFA European Championship Group E, Stade de France, France 13/6/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Sweden Ireland's Shane Long and James McClean Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With Dundalk currently flying high in the Europa League, the League of Ireland is enjoying a welcome spell in the limelight. Attention is being attracted from sources previously oblivious to the Irish domestic game. The league’s top young talents are constantly being drawn across the water to English outfits but there are now even clubs from further afield interested in …

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