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Top Five Irish Performers From Last Weekend’s Action

As the transfer window draws to a close, the new season has kicked off. Brian Barry looks at the top five performances by the Irish, cross-channel on the opening weekend. 5. Aiden McGeady (Everton) This is the season that McGeady’s Premier Leaguecareer looks set to take off, and it had the best possible start. It only took 19 minutes for the the …

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The Great Green Hope: Northern Ireland & The 1958 World Cup

“If you don’t believe you can win, there is no point in getting out of bed at the end of the day”- Neville ‘Big Nev’  Southall Irish football, as we have seen in this series, is a complicated affair often dominated by politics. Interspersed with the drama however is joy, ecstasy and delight. This comes most spectacularly in the form of tournament …

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Will The Real Ireland Please Stand Up?

Our historical and insightful look into the history of football on the island of Ireland continues this week as we examine the squabbling between the FAI and IFA as they battled to attract players. “It’s not that you shouldn’t be neutral. It’s that you won’t be able to stay neutral.” – Christopher Hitchens. In last week’s article we detailed the aftermath of the …

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Fight for your Right: The FAI Versus the IFA

Our journey into the foundation of Irish football continues as we discuss the repercussions for the FAI following the Home Nations’ decision to boycott the national side south of the border. “Politics: Who gets what when and how” – Harold Lasswel. In last week’s article we looked at the great split in Irish football between the FAI and the IFA, a …

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The Wind That Shakes The Goalposts: The Split In Irish Football

Our look at the establishment of Irish football continues as Conor Heffernan delves into the ramifications of the Easter Rising for the future of the game. “Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity” -Edwin Hubbell Chapin We finished up last week’s article with the establishment of the Irish Football Association and Ireland’s first …

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A Child Is Born: John McAlery & The Birth Of Irish Football

“Ah, Ireland… That damnable, delightful country, where everything that is right is the opposite of what it ought to be.” -Benjamin Disraeli. Ireland is a place of wow and wonder, of ups and downs, of success and failures. This is none more so true than of our national football team. We’ve gone from World Cup ’02 to Euro 2012. How …

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How Can We Improve Irish Football?

As another World Cup draws to its conclusion and with nations such as Costa Rica, Mexico and United States impressing, it is a fitting time to assess the state of Irish football.   It is twelve years since we have seen the Boys in Green compete at football’s biggest stage. While Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy are bright spots on the horizon, they seem to be …

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John O’Flynn Returns To Cork City

“When Johnny goes marching down the wing the shed is always going to sing” is a classic line from a Cork City chant that will need resurrecting once more with the recent announcement that John O’Flynn has returned to the Rebel Army.  For some fans he is considered one of the greatest strikers of ‘the golden generation’ of Cork City players. ‘Flynnie’ has …

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Genes, Pitches & Models: An Anecdotal Look at Grassroots Football

2004. Sometime in late August. Carriganard, Waterford. One of the biggest moments in a young Irish boy’s life is his schoolboy league debut. I’m ten years old, short and retaining some baby flab. I stepped onto Southend United’s pitch in Waterford and took my place at right back as my team, Tramore AFC, ran out 3-0 victors in the Waterford …

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