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Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny Signs Contract Extension

DUNDALK, IRELAND - JULY 22: Dundalk F.C manager Stephen Kenny during the Champions League 2nd round qualifying game between Dundalk F.C and BATE Borisov at Oriel Park on July 22, 2015 in Dundalk, Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Ahead of tonight’s massive League of Ireland tie with Cork City at Oriel Park, there was some good news for Dundalk fans today. Manager Stephen Kenny, who has presided over the club’s successive domestic league titles in 2014 and 2015, has signed an extension on his current contract and is now tied to the club until the end of 2018. …

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Exclusive: Ex-Drogheda Man Graham Gartland Discusses Life As A Coach

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 03: Kyle Lafferty of Rangers tackles Graham Gartland of St Johnstone during the Co-operative Insurance Cup Semi Final between Rangers and St Johnstone at Hampden Park on February 3, 2010 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Hampered by injury that would bring his career to a premature end, Graham Gartland gave everything as a player with Longford Town, Drogheda United and St. Johnstone; amongst others. That same enthusiasm drives him as a coach, now heavily involved in the underage set-up at Shamrock Rovers. Here, he talks to Brian Strahan about the transition from player to coach, …

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Forrester’s Call-Up Shows League Of Ireland Is Still Viable Pathway

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 30: Chris Forrester of Peterborough United during the Emirates FA Cup match between West Bromwich Albion and Peterborough United at The Hawthorns on January 30, 2016 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Adam Fradgley - AMA/WBA FC via Getty Images)

There are many pathways into the Irish senior football team but not all of them are rewarding to late bloomers like Peterborough’s Chris Forrester. An attacking threat for St. Patrick’s Athletic last year and a holding midfielder for Graham Westley’s Peterborough this season, Forrester is the latest former League of Ireland player to be drafted into Martin O’Neill’s Irish squad …

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Exclusive: Jason McGuinness – ‘I’m As Fit As I’ve Ever Been’

Jason McGuinness, the authoritative and experienced St. Patrick’s Athletic defender, grew up with football an inherent presence in his life. Positive and appreciative, here he speaks to Brian Strahan and looks back on the solid base he received in life and football and how he wishes to develop that learnedness when his playing days end.   Affable and assured, McGuinness …

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Exclusive: Interview With MLS Referee Alan Kelly

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 23: Tomas Berger (C) of Plzen receives the yellow card from referee Alan Kelly (R) during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg match between FC Schalke 04 and FC Viktoria Plzen at Veltins Arena on February 23, 2012 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dennis Grombkowski/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Alan Kelly has gone from being the League of Ireland’s pre-eminent referee, to being voted the top referee in the MLS in 2015. Here, in an exclusive interview with Pundit Arena, he speaks to Brian Strahan about his playing days with Cork City, his refereeing background and his solid rise that saw one of world football’s fastest growing leagues, seek …

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One Minute Lowdown: Drogheda United 2-1 Waterford United

Drogheda United kicked off the 2016 First Division with a 2-1 win over Waterford United courtesy of goals from Sam O’Connor and Eoin Kirwan. It was Drogheda United who started the brighter of the two sides and they took the lead through Sam O’Connor just six minutes in to the league opener.  The goal came as Hyland played a perfect through …

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60-Second Interview With Sligo Rovers’ Gavin Peers

Having just re-signed for Sligo Rovers for the eleventh consecutive season, Gavin Peers speaks to Brian Strahan ahead of the new campaign. Brian Strahan: Sligo had a tough season last year. But with a new season, a new manager in Dave Robertson and some promising new signings, presumably it’s a positive vibe at present? Gavin Peers: Yes everyone is looking forward …

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Limerick FC Secure Signing Of Aaron Greene

Limerick FC have secured the signature of striker Aaron Greene. Greene, who is 26, has signed for the First Division side from St. Patrick’s Athletic. Limerick manager Martin Russell has heralded the arrival of the former Sligo Rovers and Bohemians front-man as a step forward for his side, who are building towards the new season and the prospect of a …

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Derry City Legend Farren: A Humble Man Whose Legacy Won’t Be Soon Forgotten

Brian Strahan looks back at the career of one of the greatest League of Ireland strikers of all time, Mark Farren, following his passing on Wednesday.  The 2006 League of Ireland came right down to the final day. The quartet that had broken comfortably away from the remaining teams consisted of Shelbourne, Derry City, Drogheda United and Cork City.  Cork City’s visit to …

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More is Less: Why Calls For A 16 Team League Of Ireland Need To Stop

League of Ireland fans love to debate format changes and potential improvements that could be made to senior football in this country. Their thirst for change is matched perhaps only by Gaelic Football followers. One of the more persistent suggestions by fans and even some clubs like Athlone Town is for the Premier Division to be expanded to include all …

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St. Pat’s Midfielder James Chambers Heads Stateside

St. Pat's midfielder James Chambers

United Soccer League side Bethlehem Steel have announced the signing of James Chambers from St. Patrick’s Athletic. The former Shamrock Rovers, Drogheda and Hamilton midfielder will join the team after he receives his International Transfer Certificate and P-1 Visa, according to the club’s website. The 28-year-old midfielder moves to America having won every trophy available in Ireland. At Shamrock Rovers he won …

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Bohemians Manager On Akinade: ‘He Needs To Have Ice In His Veins’

Bohemians manager Keith Long.

Bohemians manager Keith Long has said that the upcoming League of Ireland season will be a big year for 21-year-old forward Ismahil Akinade, following the Nigerian striker’s ten goals in 18 appearances for the Phibsborough club last season. Speaking after his side’s 3-3 draw with Cabinteely during a friendly in Ballybrack this week, Long was adamant that the young striker is …

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What Should The FAI’s New Year’s Resolutions Be?

With a reasonably well set feel good factor about Irish football lately owing to a glamorous European draw accompanied by play-off wins against Bosnia and Herzegovina plus a fine victory over the World Champions Germany, at face value Irish football is well placed for an assault at Europe’s premier tournament. Just like individuals, organisations around the country will be undertaking …

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Richie Towell Signs For Brighton And Hove Albion

Dundalk Town midfielder Richie Towell has signed for Championship leaders Brighton and Hove Albion. The Irish midfielder led the League of Ireland winners to a famous double this year. However, with messages from the Republic of Ireland management that they would take players based in England more seriously as far as international squad selection is concerned, a move was always likely. …

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A League of Ireland Anecdote by Lewis Kenny

Lewis Kenny. Most of you reading may not know who this guy is. But to a League of Ireland fan, he is better known as the Bohemians resident poet. His latest piece about the #GreatestLeagueintheWorld is gaining alot of traction online. Back in February of this year, Bohemians celebrated their 125th year in existence. Some feat by a League of …

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