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Greenlight: Conor McCarthy Keen To Prove Stephen Kenny Wrong & Earn 21s Spot

Cork City’s young defender Conor McCarthy did not mince his words when discussing his disappointment at missing out on Stephen Kenny’s first Irish U21s squad. “I was absolutely gutted.” He had every right to feel aggrieved. McCarthy was selected in Kenny’s home-based squad in February for a game against Ireland Amateurs and impressed in the victory, clearly feeling he had …

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Greenlight: Sean Murray: Watford’s Former Wonderkid Refinding His Feet At Dundalk

During the off-season, League of Ireland champions Dundalk sprung a surprise when they announced the signing of former Watford midfielder and ex-Irish U21 international Sean Murray. A name familiar to many thanks to his promising start in the game with the Hornets seven years ago, Murray found himself struggling for game time at Danish club Vejle Boldklub, when the call …

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Greenlight: Daire O’Connor On Catching Mick’s Eye & Being “The Irish Messi”

There’s a certain level of expectation that comes with being dubbed “The Irish Messi.”  Cork City midfielder Daire O’Connor is all too aware of his new moniker; he’s heard it from every second person ever since Pat Dolan likened him to the mercurial Argentine before the President’s Cup game against Dundalk. “Every second person I’ve met has brought that up!,” …

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Greenlight: Dara O’Shea On Captaining Ireland & Vidic Comparisons

In this edition of the Greenlight series, we spoke to Dara O’Shea who opened up on captaining Ireland, life on loan at Exeter and being a part of West Brom’s talented youth academy. “If you imagine the Ferdinand/Vidic partnership at Manchester United, Dara is very much the Vidic.” _____ 20-year old centre-back Dara O’Shea is in a unique position. With Ireland, he …

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Greenlight: Bayern’s Ryan Johansson: “My Heart Was Drawn To Ireland”

“It’s an unusual position to be in,” says 18-year-old Bayern Munich prospect Ryan Johansson of his multi-national eligibility. “The biggest thing in all of this is that it’s not really that relatable.” _____ To suggest that 2018 was a sombre year for Irish football would be putting it mildly. One win, four goals, Nations League relegation, a managerial sacking, and …

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Greenlight: For Aiden O’Brien ‘Irishness’ Was Never A Decision, It Was Natural

So often when it comes to ‘Granny Rule’ players and the Irish national team, many assume the situation is black and white. “We should be picking Irish born players who want to play for Ireland!” “He’s only picking Ireland because he’s not good enough for England!” Familiar cries of foul when talk of an English born footballer representing the country …

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