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Cork City Boss: ‘UCD Is Our Biggest Game’

Cork City travel to the Belfield next Friday night in search of another three points against UCD to keep their title hopes alive. Meanwhile Dundalk who are level on points with City, but have a far superior goal difference and an extra game on their side travel to Athlone Town before they face a quick turnaround in which they must host Shamrock …

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Liverpool’s Gerrard & The Top 5 Ruthless Career Endings

Inspired by Steven Gerrard’s recent poor form for Liverpool, David Sheehan focuses on some of the ruthless football career endings which have occurred over the years.  “Everything ends badly, otherwise, it would never end”  – Tom Cruise as Brian Flanagan in the film Cocktail. Rubbernecking. We’ve all done it. Straining your neck muscles to view the aftermath of a fender bender. Filled …

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Cobh: Rambling To Oblivion

In this week’s edition of ‘Hendo Blog’, Stephen Henderson looks back at a match he played against Cobh Ramblers as a youth in the Intermediate Cup and how the connection the club had with the community back in 1984 has since dissipated.  I had just turned 18 when I recieved a phone call from LOI legend the late Eric Barber asking …

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Cork City Qualify For Europe With Title Hopes Still Alive

Cork City made hard work of a 2-1 win over Drogheda United in Cork last night but with that the Rebel Army will be playing European football in Turner’s Cross next season following a long lay-off from continental competition.  Horrendous conditions were the back-drop to a night where Cork City had to grind out a 2-1 win, despite looking like casually coming away with a …

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Sky Is No Limit For Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish

As the interest continues surrounding Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish’s international future, a bizarre story has emerged; it is now understood that Grelaish and his whole family have been offered free flights by Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary should Grealish decide to play for Ireland, according to the Irish Daily Star. Apparently O’Leary made this unusual enticement to Grealish’s father and agent, Kevin, following Aston …

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World Cup Bound: The Irish Homeless Team

With just over two weeks to go before the beginning of the Homeless World Cup, the Irish Homeless team have flown to Chile to acclimatise, train and see the sights. It promises to be an exciting time for those involved and a time to finally put their training to the test. Ireland has a good reputation amongst the other nations at …

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Ireland’s 1990 World Cup Heroes – Where Are They Now?

Last week we looked at Jackie’s Army at the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. It was a time of great heroism for Jackie’s army but as the years have passed, time has forgotten the contribution of these great men. Today we honour their achievements by looking at the great squad and where they are today. Starting XI Packie Bonner …

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Three Conclusions From League Of Ireland Gameweek 29

With the season edging ever closer to its conclusion, Conor Hayes takes us through three of the key talking points from League of Ireland Gameweek 29.  _____ The timing of the FAI Cup semi-finals help no one A lot of grumbling could be heard from Ulster last week as the draw for the FAI Cup semi-finals placed both games in …

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Dundalk & Cork City: League Of Ireland Run In

As the League of Ireland Premier Division title race hots up, Rob Lyons discusses the intricacies of the remaining fixtures that Cork City and Dundalk must contend with going into the home straight, including a potential league title showdown between the two sides at Oriel Park on the last day of the season. As the situation stands Dundalk are on 63 points with …

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Football Must Hold Onto Its Identity

With coverage of football now spread across the globe more than ever before, Rob Lyons looks at examples of sponsorship deteriorating the very identity of clubs. The Collins English dictionary defines a club as, “a group or association of people with common aims or interests.” The common aim of a football club should be to win games but more importantly …

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Irish Football: Where Have All the Strikers Gone?

Brian Barry questions the depth of the Republic of Ireland squad in attack, as they prepare for the games with Gibraltar and Germany. In light of the opening group game, and Martin O’Neill’s latest squad announcement, this Ireland supporter is fully optimistic that the Boys In Green will qualify for France in 2016. However, in a squad which features many the exciting …

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Irish Football – Different Dictator, Same Tyranny

Maurice Gleeson blasts the current management team of the Republic of Ireland, and the effect their ineptitude is having on the Irish players. Gone are the days when Irish squad announcements filled fans with excitement. Nowadays they have become nothing more than a confirmation of the fact that we’re just not that good. They are a siren, warning us that an …

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Sligo Rovers Vs Drogheda: Dykes Hoping For Winning Start

Sligo Rovers start a new chapter in their history this Saturday night when Drogheda United visit the Showgrounds as local hero Gavin Dykes takes charge of the Bit O’ Red for the rest of the season. Sligo come into the game after beating Bohemians 3-2 almost two weeks ago. Dykes has a depleted squad to pick from with Alan Keane, John …

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Has He Blown The Final Whistle Yet? Jackie’s Army – Euro ‘88

This week, as Conor Heffernan continues his series on the history of football in Ireland it’s time to take a look back at Euro ’88 and the Republic of Ireland’s first ever taste of tournament football, under manager Jack Charlton.  Republic of Ireland fans have had to content themselves over the last few weeks with reading of Northern Ireland’s great achievements …

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Dublin Selected As Host City For Euro 2020

The Aviva Stadium, Dublin has today been accepted as one of the hosts for Euro 2020. It is a historic day for Irish football and Irish sport in general as Ireland is set to host its first ever major football tournament, alongside twelve other European cities.  Dublin will host four matches altogether, including three group games as well as a last 16 …

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Finn Harps 4-1 Avondale United: FAI Cup Quarter-Final Replay

Finn Park was the venue as Finn Harps overcame a possible FAI Cup upset following their drawn fixture in Cork. Nigel Hegarty was at Finn Park to see Harps win comfortably and proceed to the semi-finals.  After a feisty and somewhat uninspiring encounter between Finn Harps and Avondale United ended in a 1-1 draw in Avondale Park on Sunday, the Munster Senior …

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FAI Cup Replay – Dundalk Vs Shamrock Rovers Preview

Brendan Shiels previews the clash between Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers as they head into their FAI Cup quarter-final replay tonight. Oriel Park is the venue as the Lilywhites and the Hoops both aim to book a place in the semi-finals. It will be the second of four occasions the two sides will meet in the months of September and October with …

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Robbie Keane – Time to Say Goodbye

At 34, Robbie Keane has kicked off what is likely to be his final campaign in an Irish jersey. 135 caps and 62 goals; his record speaks for itself. But the Tallaght native is no longer the force he used to be, and judging by the Georgia game, his name does not inspire fear amongst the defences of Europe. Moving …

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