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Preview: St. Patrick’s Athletic V Bohemians

Shed End Richmond Park

On Friday two of the League’s most famous sides, St. Patrick’s Athletic and Bohemians, will face each other and renew one of the League’s oldest rivalries. The rivalry itself, is more than meets the eye. Aside from the fact that these sides are victims of the infamous Liffey divide, both have been powers of the Airtricity League in recent decades. …

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FAI Ford Cup Preview: Drogheda United vs Derry City

Drogheda Fans

Drogheda United welcome Peter Hutton and his Derry City team to United Park this Friday night for the FAI Ford Cup quarter-final. Hosts Drogheda come into this game following a disappointing 1-1 draw at home to Athlone last Friday night while Derry come into it following a heavy 5-0 defeat against high flying Dundalk. Drogheda manager Damien Richardson must plan …

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John Delaney Feature Is A Disgrace To Irish Football

John Delaney

Eoin Hallissey blasts the decision by one of Ireland’s media houses to run a multi-page spread and documentary about FAI CEO John Delaney. The Sunday Independent’s entertainment section has been elevated to a strangely prominent spot in the Irish sporting mind this week. A video feature, coupled with a multi-page spread in Life magazine has seen celebrity features writer Barry …

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The Big Year Part Two: Northern Ireland and the 1986 World Cup

Mexico 1986

Conor Heffernan continues our journey into the history of football in Ireland. This week we remember Northern Ireland’s venture into the 1986 World Cup. 1986 was a fine vintage for Irish football both North and South of the border. Jackie Charlton was appointed Republic of Ireland manager and was about to herald in a new era of success for the …

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Five League Of Ireland Players Who Should Get A Call Up

Cork City v Dundalk

Inspired by an article on how ignorance towards the League of Ireland when choosing players for Ireland’s international side is wrong, Rob Lyons explores the possibility of today’s crop of players making it into the current Irish international set up. Here are five players who could make the step up to international football. 1. Richie Towell – Dundalk Known as much …

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Jack Grealish – Unjustified Hype?

Jack Grealish

The question of whether Jack Grealish will declare for England or the Republic of Ireland has been the focus of much attention in recent weeks. Brian Barry gives us his thoughts on the issue. Following the decision by Aston Villa not to send 19 year-old Jack Grealish out on loan, speculation that the England camp will come calling has arisen. …

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Three Conclusions From League Of Ireland Gameweek 27

Turners Cross 2

In the fallout of League of Ireland Gameweek 27 there has been goals, drama and heartache from all across the country. Conor Hayes discusses the main issues of the past week. _____ 1. Cork Refuse To Go Quietly It’s happened twice now. On two occasions the title race looked dead and buried and both times Cork City somehow claimed vital late winners at …

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Five Problems Facing The League Of Ireland

Cork City U19 Shels

In a passionate and strongly worded article, Maurice Gleeson discusses five problems facing the League of Ireland at present. 1. FAI The Football Association of Ireland have a lot to answer for with regards to the development, or lack thereof, of our domestic game. Full libraries could be dedicated to the FAI’s ineptitude and lack of serious support for the …

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International Ignorance Towards League Of Ireland Is Wrong

soccer pitch

Rob Lyons discusses the importance of a successful national league to improve Ireland’s international side. He argues that one must look at the domestic game first before following the tradition of looking to England for international stars. A quick skim through the full Irish international squad  sees many players that made their name in the League of Ireland before progressing to bigger leagues across Europe …

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Chelsea Keen On Young Ireland Prospect

Stamford Bridge

Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish is being watched by Chelsea with the London giants interested in the Irish under 21 international. Grealish is a Birmingham born player but qualifies for Ireland and has played for the Republic all the way up from under 17 level. The Daily Star reports that Villa have offered the eighteen-year-old a long term deal as his contract …

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