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League of Ireland: Winners And Losers From The Opening Weekend

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Louth 24/2/2017 Dundalk vs Shamrock Rovers Rovers' Graham Burke is shown a straight red card by Referee Neil Doyle

After a winter hiatus, the League of Ireland kicked back into gear last weekend, with the game of the week taking place at Oriel Park with the meeting of champions Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. Stephen Kenny’s side ground out the win in a weekend that also saw FAI Cup holders Cork City earn three points in difficult conditions at Finn …

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Seven Uncapped Wildcards Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill Could Call On For Wales Clash

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 08: Chris Forrester of Peterborough United (L) and Willian of Chelsea (R) battle for possession during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Peterborough United at Stamford Bridge on January 8, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

It has been an impressive season for some of Ireland’s young guns this season. Irishmen in the Championship have enjoyed a fruitful term and will be pushing for international honours. Daryl Horgan and Conor Hourihane are two uncapped players who look very likely to make Martin O’Neill’s squad in a couple of weeks time. However, some other uncapped stars have put …

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Martin O’Neill Has Responded To Those Worrying Leicester Rumours

Martin O'Neill Republic of Ireland Press Conference, FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin 2/11/2016

Following Claudio Ranieri’s controversial sacking on Thursday, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was one of the first names tipped to replace him. The Derry native enjoyed a very successful five-year period with the Foxes in the late 1990’s. With the side dropping into the relegation zone yesterday, fans were begging for the club to go after a proven coach …

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Five Unique Options For Ireland At Problem Position Of Left-Back

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

With Robbie Brady suspended for Ireland’s showdown with Wales next month, we look at the Boys in Green’s options in the problem position of left-back. Although deployed as a midfielder at Euro 2016, Brady took the left-back slot against Austria in Vienna, where he picked up the booking which led to his suspension. Although Stephen Ward is the likely candidate …

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Watch: Aiden McGeady Scores Yet Another Screamer As Preston Beat QPR

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Aiden McGeady’s fine run of form continued today with a cracking goal against Queens Park Rangers. The winger has bagged some impressive goals in recent weeks during Preston’s post-Christmas purple patch. Irishmen Daryl Horgan and Greg Cunningham were also in action as Preston ran out 2-1 winners at Deepdale as Andy Boyle was left on the bench. Irish eligible Callum …

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Could Anthony Pilkington’s Form Put Him Back In The Frame For The Ireland-Wales Game?

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 17: Anthony Pilkington of Cardiff (l) is challenged by Craig Conway of Blackburn during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff City and Blackburn Rovers at Cardiff City Stadium on August 17, 2016 in Cardiff, Wwales.. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

It has been an impressive season for Irish players in the Championship. Conor Hourihane, Ryan Manning and Daryl Horgan have made great strides but one man has slipped under the radar. Anthony Pilkington, remember him? Lancashire-born Pilkington burst onto the scene with Stockport County and made the steep climb from non-league to the Premier League. He benefited from ex-Norwich boss …

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

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

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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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