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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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Martin O’Neill Insists Sean Maguire Doesn’t Have To Leave The League Of Ireland To Get International Caps

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Turner's Cross, Cork 28/4/2017 Cork City vs Bray Wanderers Cork's Sean Maguire celebrates scoring the first goal of the game with a penalty

Sean Maguire’s stellar form for Cork City this season has heightened calls for the striker to be included in the Irish national setup. The 23-year-old has scored nine goals in eleven Premier Divison games this season as John Caulfield’s side sit well ahead of the chasing pack at the top of the table, and Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has certainly …

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Martin O’Neill Will Not Involve New Players In Summer Friendlies

Celtic DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 28: Martin O'Neill, coach of Republic of Ireland gives instructions during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Iceland at Aviva Stadium on March 28, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

The Irish Independent has reported that Martin O’Neill will not blood any new talent in the upcoming summer friendlies against Uruguay and Mexico. The matches will mainly be used to give his first choice options some game time with the World Cup qualifier against Austria the main priority. Ireland play Mexico in the United States and Uruguay in the Aviva Stadium. “We …

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Robbie Keane’s Wife Claudine Hints At Potential Australia Move For The Former Ireland Captain

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - JUNE 18: Robbie Keane of Republic of Ireland applauds supporters during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Belgium and Republic of Ireland at Stade Matmut Atlantique on June 18, 2016 in Bordeaux, France. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Robbie Keane has apparently warmed to the idea of moving to Australia’s A-League. Keane has been a free agent since leaving LA Galaxy at the end of the MLS season, having scored 83 goals in 125 appearances for the franchise, and has indicated his willingness to prolong his career. The 37-year-old announced his international retirement last summer and while he previously …

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Ireland’s Best Sporting Double Acts

To celebrate Lottoland‘s Double Jackpot feature, we have racked our brains and searched the archives to pay tribute to some of Ireland’s greatest ever sporting partnerships, both past and present. A connection in sport that is like no other and is easily identified, if natural. 1. Robbie Keane & Niall Quinn – Irish Soccer. A strike partnership that will linger …

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Cork City Fans Prove They’re The Best In The Country Yet Again

UEFA Europa League Second Qualifying Round Second Leg, Turner's Cross, Cork 21/7/2016 Cork City vs BK Hacken Cork City supporters celebrate a goal

Average attendances in the League of Ireland have increased this year according to new data released the FAI. With the opening third of Premier Division ties now having been completed (as well as ten rounds of the First Division), the governing body have been able to obtain a decent sample size as to the popularity of live football this season …

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Premier League Duo Pursuing Future Ireland Prospect Ryan Manning

Premier League Duo Pursuing Future Ireland Prospect Ryan Manning

Ryan Manning’s impressive first season for Queens Park Rangers has attracted Premier League interest, according to The Mirror. The 20-year-old midfielder made the breakthrough at Loftus Road this season, with Ian Holloway promoting him to the first team in December. Manning has shown tremendous promise since given the opportunity and this has reportedly led to interest from fellow London side Crystal Palace …

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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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