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Exclusive: Dundalk’s Fitness Coach On What Sets The Lilywhites Apart

SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Oriel Park, Dundalk 23/10/2016 Dundalk vs Bohemians Dundalk's Graham Byrne and manager Stephen Kenny celebrate winning the league after the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

The 8th of December 2016 signalled the end of a gruelling season for Dundalk. Ten months and 52 games later they again established themselves as the dominant side in Irish football after a phenomenal year. The Lilywhites successfully defended their league title, making it three in a row – only the third team to ever do so. There were question marks over …

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Championship Striker Jutkiewicz Indicates Willingness To Play For Ireland

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-JANUARY 2: Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City scores the first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brentford at St Andrews Stadium on January 2, 2017 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

Lukas Jutkiewicz could be in line for an Ireland call-up ahead of a crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales in March after registering his interest in representing the Boys in Green. The England-born striker has said that he would ’embrace’ the opportunity of pulling on the green jersey. Jutkiewicz, who plays with current international Stephen Gleeson at Birmingham City, joined the …

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Assessing Each Of Robbie Brady’s Possible Transfer Destinations

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Austria's of Ireland Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Since the opening of the transfer window, Robbie Brady has become the subject of a speculated bidding war. Expected to leave last summer, the Norwich City man was one of Ireland’s star performers at Euro 2016. The Irish Independent have linked Brady with moves to Leicester City, West Ham United and Crystal Palace while Newcastle-based outlet Chronicle Live have linked the Baldoyle man with …

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Martin O’Neill Targeting Another Irish-Qualified Striker

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-DECEMBER 17: Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City and Dale Stephens of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Andrews Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

Martin O’Neill’s search for a striker has led him to an unlikely source. The Ireland manager has spoken of his eagerness to find more options up front following the retirement of Robbie Keane. The Irish Daily Star (via the Irish Independent) have reported that O’Neill will attempt to encourage Lukas Jutkiewicz to switch allegiances to Ireland. The striker’s inclusion could soften …

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St. Pat’s Retain Potent Striker’s Services

Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup Semi-Final, Richmond Park, Dublin 2/10/2016 St Patrick's Athletic vs Cork City Christy Fagan of Pat's with Alan Bennett of Cork Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

League of Ireland Premier Division side St. Patrick’s Athletic have confirmed that striker Christy Fagan will remain at the club. The ex-Bohemians striker has signed a new two-year deal, which will see him continue his spell at Inchicore until 2018. The best striker in Ireland will play for @stpatsfc in 2017 & 2018! Christy Fagan remains a Saint! #Saints2017 pic.twitter.com/QQqhSBvLDk — …

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Rising Stars: Six League Of Ireland Youngsters Who Could Be The Next Big Thing

2016 UEFA European Championship Group E, Stade de France, France 13/6/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Sweden Ireland's Shane Long and James McClean Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

With Dundalk currently flying high in the Europa League, the League of Ireland is enjoying a welcome spell in the limelight. Attention is being attracted from sources previously oblivious to the Irish domestic game. The league’s top young talents are constantly being drawn across the water to English outfits but there are now even clubs from further afield interested in …

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Republic Of Ireland Extremely Well Poised In The Race To Russia

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria 12/11/2016 Austria vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's James McClean celebrates scoring the opening goal of the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

It was yet another eventful and successful weekend for Irish sport with victory for Conor McGregor over Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 while the Irish rugby team followed up that historic win against the All Blacks by dispatching of Canada. However, Irish sport’s performance of the week has to go to the international football team, who delivered yet another golden …

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Ireland: McCarthy’s Replacement Will Indicate O’Neill’s Intent

Republic of Ireland Training, Gannon Park, Malahide 6/6/2015 Manager Martin O'Neill with James McCarthy Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill’s Ireland travel to Vienna on Saturday to take on Austria in a vital World Cup qualifier at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion. Ireland are nicely placed at joint-top in the group with Serbia. Having steadily improved the team’s performances since his appointment, Saturday’s team selection will be a key indicator of O’Neill’s belief in this group of players. Austria really flattered …

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O’Neill & O’Donoghue’s Relationship Reminiscent Of The Cosell-Ali Dynamic

Three International Friendly, Turner's Cross, Cork 31/5/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Belarus Martin O'Neill announces his squad for Euro 2016 to RTE's Tony O'Donoghue Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Since Martin O’Neill took charge of the Ireland team there have been far more ups than downs. RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue has been there to cover them all. The pair’s post-match interviews have ranged from spiky disagreement to mutual jubilation. There is, though, an underlying mutual respect throughout. The RTÉ man isn’t afraid to ask difficult questions and O’Neill doesn’t hold …

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Ireland: The Myth That Martin O’Neill Doesn’t Trust Wes Hoolahan

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Stadionul Zimbru, Chisinau, Moldova 9/10/2016 Moldova vs Republic of Ireland Ireland's Wes Hoolahan Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Criticism when he’s out of the team and no praise when he’s in it. Martin O’Neill is getting hammered for a perceived lack of trust in playmaker Wes Hoolahan. But, the stats don’t back it up. Can we really summarise the Irish manager’s philosophy in the treatment of one player? Proof that Ireland are more than brute-strength and aggression, diminutive Hoolahan …

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Analysis: To Improve Ireland’s Style Of Play, Stephen Kenny Should Be Their Next Manager

The Republic of Ireland’s win against Georgia was not easy on the eye, Seamus Coleman’s scrappy winning goal summed the contest up but it was a case of job done. The Irish performance, particularly in the first half, drew widespread criticism from both fans and pundits alike. However, some context is needed when analysing the game. Georgia are very familiar …

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Here’s Who Ireland Need To Watch Out For Against Serbia

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 13: Valon Behrami of Watford battle for possession with Dusan Tadic of Southampton during the Premier League match between Southampton and Watford at St Mary's Stadium on August 13, 2016 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)

Much of the lead up to this opening group qualifier has been based around who will not be on show for Serbia but there are still plenty of names familiar to Irish fans that the Boys in Green will have to be wary of. Like Ireland, most of Serbia’s high profile players are based in England. Aleksandar Kolarov and Nemanja Matic are …

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Everything You Need To Know Before Ireland’s Massive Qualifier Vs Serbia

LILLE, FRANCE - JUNE 22: Robbie Brady of Ireland celebrates with team-mates James McClean and Stephen Ward at the end of the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E match between Italy and Republic of Ireland at Stade Pierre-Mauroy on June 22, 2016 in Lille, France. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

‘A nation holds its breath…’ As Ireland countdown to their massive World Cup qualifier with Serbia this evening, The Opel Jersey sat down with Serbian journalist, Milas Dusanovic (@SerbianFooty), to discuss the dangers that the opposition could present for Martin O’Neill’s men. ____ TOJ: There has been a lot of media coverage over the off-the-pitch issues Serbia faced in the …

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Republic Of Ireland Transfer Window Focus: Who Moved Where?

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 26: N Golo Kante of France and Jeff Hendrick of The Republic of Ireland fight for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 match between France and the Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Another hectic summer transfer window has come to an end and all the speculation can be put to one side until January at least. It was certainly eventful as the constant increase in transfer fees saw the Premier League spend sky rocket past the £1 billion mark. Paul Pogba’s world record move to Manchester United, John Stones’ £50 million move …

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Opinion: Is Ireland Making The Most Of Its Sporting Talent?

Guinness Series, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 22/11/2014 Ireland vs Australia Ireland flags at the game Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Colm O'Neill

‘Are we wasting our time playing football in Ireland?’ An absurd statement that can’t possibly have any base, foundation or logic to even consider the thought of Ireland without football, but nevertheless, should we focus our sporting talents somewhere else other than football? Football is the world game, the most popular sport in Ireland, at least by playing numbers, and …

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