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Ireland’s John O’Shea ‘Distraught’ Over Sunderland’s Relegation From The Premier League

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: John O'Shea of Sunderland leaves the pitch following the full time whistle in the Premier League match between Sunderland and AFC Bournemouth at the Stadium of Light on April 29, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

While the other clubs to be relegated from the Premier League, and all the permutations that could come out of that for Republic of Ireland internationals, have yet to be decided upon, Saturday afternoon saw Sunderland, captained by John O’Shea, demoted to the Championship. The 35-year-old could well be facing into his final four games as a top flight player now …

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Seamus Coleman On The Exact Moment He Knew His Injury Was Serious

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 24: Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales (3) is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli and is sent off after a challenge on Seamus Coleman of the Republic of Ireland (2) during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Seamus Coleman has begun the long road to recovery following the horrific leg-breaking tackle he suffered in last month’s World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin. The Ireland captain has expressed his intention to return to fitness as the same player he was and has dismissed talk that an injury such as the one he has suffered means a player can …

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James McClean Details Two Shocking Encounters With Fans That Led To Sunderland Departure

Republic of Ireland and West Bromwich Albion winger James McClean’s continued refusal to wear the poppy on Remembrance Day is something that has turned him into a very controversial and, in some quarters, even hated figure in Britain. The Derry native, who played with Northern Ireland underage but later declared for the Republic of Ireland once he graduated to senior …

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Cork City V Bray Wanderers: The Most Unlikely Of Title Battles

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Carlisle Grounds, Bray 7/5/2016 Bray Wanderers vs Cork City Bray's Dylan Connolly with Steven Beattie of Cork City

Of all of the subplots forming in this latest League of Ireland Premier Divison season, Bray Wanderers potentially challenging Cork City and Dundalk for the title seems arguably the most surreal. Despite generally flirting with relegation, the Seagulls have maintained their Premier Division status for over a decade (though they had City’s demise to thank in 2009). However, something seems …

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How The Premier League’s Relegation Battle Could Affect The Ireland National Team

Brady Meyler Ireland

The Premier League relegation fight could have a big knock-on effect for the Ireland national side. The Boys in Green are well represented in England’s top flight, with Newcastle and Brighton set to bring several more internationals up with them next season, but depending on how the battle survival pans out, others could find themselves in the Championship in the …

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Preston Boss Simon Grayson Opens Up On Sean Maguire Interest

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Dalymount Park, Dublin 14/4/2017 Bohemians vs Cork City Sean Maguire of Cork City Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Having had a blistering start to the 2017 season following a breakout year in 2016, it is no wonder Cork City’s Sean Maguire has attracted admirers from England.  With eight goals to his name already this term, which included a five-game scoring streak at the start of the campaign, Maguire is now justifiably considered the League of Ireland’s hottest talent. …

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Relegation For Ireland’s Sunderland Duo May Bring About Contrasting Fortunes

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 02: John O'Shea of Sunderland arrives for the Premier League match between Sunderland and Liverpool at Stadium of Light on January 2, 2017 in Sunderland, England. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Sunderland’s 1-0 defeat to Middlesborough all but condemned them to a long expected relegation. Unfortunately, from an Irish perspective, this means two of Ireland’s most high-profile players in recent years will drop out of the top flight. Six years ago, John O’Shea and Darron Gibson were both crowned Premier League winners with Manchester United. Both had played Champions League football and …

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