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The Experimental Starting XI McCarthy Could Choose Against Bulgaria

On Tuesday night, Ireland face their first non-competitive game of the second Mick McCarthy era when they take on Bulgaria at the Aviva Stadium. After a hard-earned point against Switzerland in Dublin last Thursday night, Tuesday’s friendly represents a chance for McCarthy to make some changes and rotate his team. The Irish boss has already outlined that there will be …

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Troy Parrott On U21s, Champions League Inclusion & Dealing With Hype

On Friday night, Ireland’s U21s picked up a 1-0 win over Armenia at Tallaght Stadium to keep their 100% record in European Qualifying alive. The scoreline may have been narrow but Stephen Kenny’s men impressed once again with their stylish, free-flowing and attacking brand of football in front of 3,500 fans in Tallaght. For Tottenham striker Troy Parrott, the game …

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If Ever A Man Deserved A Goal For Ireland, It Was David McGoldrick

How sweet last night must have been for Ireland’s number nine. For David McGoldrick, Ireland’s 1-1 draw against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium felt like a landmark moment in his near 15-year career as a professional. Coming off his debut month as a Premier League footballer, and finally featuring consistently at international level, the 31-year-old netted his first goal for …

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Four Exciting Ways Ireland’s U21 Could Set Up Ahead Of Qualifiers

Last week, Stephen Kenny named an incredibly exciting U21 squad ahead of Ireland’s upcoming European Qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden. The 22-man panel contains some of the most promising names in Irish football with the selection bringing with it a renewed sense of excitement that the country could be seeing shades of a golden generation coming through. With Kenny in …

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On This Day In 2001: McAteer’s Winner Against The Dutch Revisited

“Finnan facing Cocu…. a little cross in there.. and it’s come through here.. MCATEER!” _____ The Context On the first of September 2001, Mick McCarthy’s Irish side stepped onto the Landsdowne Road pitch to face European giants Holland knowing that they needed the most unlikely of victories to keep the spark of their World Cup dream alive. The Boys in …

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Mickey Burke Has His Say On The Future Of Football & Hurling

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All-Ireland final weekend is finally upon us. In two days, Dublin and Kerry go head-to-head in a Sam Maguire decider that means so much to both counties given what’s on the line. All week-long as part of of our Pundit Arena Roundtable we’ve been speaking to inter-county stars from each corner of the country and getting their thoughts this weekend’s …

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Emlyn Mulligan Has An Interesting Take On How To Fix The Super 8s

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Sure we couldn’t have a review of the 2019 season without speaking to someone from Leitrim.  The O’Rourke County had a year to remember gaining promotion from Division 4 of the Allianz Football League for the first time in 13 years while the hurling side collected Croke Park silverware by winning this year’s Lory Meagher Cup. When the topic of …

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Major History: How Heartbreak For Dublin Started A Blue Wave

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In association with For Galway and Cork, this must be the longest week of their lives as they gear up for this Sunday’s Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Football Final in Croke Park.  The two squads have trained all season long for their one shot at glory and a chance to write their names into the record books as All-Ireland champions. …

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Five Iconic Moments In Ten Years Of The Dublin/Kerry Rivalry

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Dublin and Kerry meet once again this weekend in what is sure to be a historic All-Ireland final. Either Dublin will become the first to complete the five-in-a-row or Kerry will pull off the game’s greatest win since Offaly denied the Kingdom in their own quest for five successive titles in 1982. It’s an age-old rivalry but it’s interesting to …

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The Under The Radar Irish Midfielder About To Be Given His Chance For Club & Country

On Wednesday afternoon, Irish U21 manager Stephen Kenny named his 22-man squad ahead of their upcoming European Qualifiers against Armenia and Sweden. The exciting squad contained a handful of players well known to Kenny’s side including the likes of Dara O’Shea, Caoimhin Kelleher and captain Jayson Molumby as well as some new but familiar faces like Nathan Collins and Michael …

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Michael Quinlivan On All-Ireland Final, Super 8s & 2019 Season

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As the days tick down towards the season’s end it gives us a chance to reflect on what has been an enjoyable season overall for Gaelic football. Whatever the outcome of Sunday’s final between Kerry and Dublin we know we are set for a historic occasion. Either Dublin complete the ‘drive-for-five’ or Kerry become the team to stop them just …

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MacKenna On Monday: Jim Gavin Can’t Be Considered The Greatest Given Dublin’s Advantage

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‘You new models are happy scraping the shit, because you’ve never seen a miracle.’ Sappor Morton, Blade Runner 2049. In the immediate aftermath of the 2018 Champions League final, despite the undeniable excellence that was hugely worthy of respect, Real Madrid’s victory still grated a chunk. There was no talking down the crucial hardness of Sergio Ramos and brilliance of …

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