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Mexico And Uruguay Friendlies Will Test Ireland

suarez Next month is a big one for the Republic of Ireland. A World Cup qualifier against Austria could go a long way to determining whether Martin O’Neill’s men advance to the finals in Russia next summer but two fixtures against Mexico and Uruguay precede that clash. It won’t be straightforward by any stretch but good performances in the friendlies from Ireland could set them up for a major qualifying scalp at the beginning of June. Continue reading →

Commemorating Superga and Il Grande Torino

grande torino ON 4th May, 1949, members of the Grande Torino football squad were among the 31 people who died in the Superga air disaster. Here, Italian football website The Gentlemen Ultra commemorates the tragedy with an extract from the book ‘Erbstein: the triumph and tragedy of football’s forgotten pioneer’, by Dominic Bliss. Continue reading →

Voices of the First Division

tolka park “The fact that it’s eccentric is part of the appeal”. The League of Ireland First Division often struggles for crowds and media attention but it still attracts passionate fans. Paul Cahill’s short film takes in Shelbourne versus Longford Town in the EA Sports Cup and gets the thoughts of Irish football diehards. Continue reading →

First Citizen of Football

higgin The Irish season kicks off with the 2017 President’s Cup this weekend, when League of Ireland champions Dundalk travel to FAI Cup winners Cork City in the curtain-raiser to the domestic campaign. The Irish version of the Community Shield was initiated to honour our football-loving first citizen, Michael D. Higgins. Continue reading →

Barcelona to Oriel: Dundalk’s Catalonia Supporters’ Club

dundalk barcelona Albert Isern and Marc Barrachina both live in Barcelona but had never met. By chance they both took an interest in Irish football just as Stephen Kenny was becoming the saviour of Dundalk FC. Captivated by their story, and impressed with the passion in the League of Ireland, they became fully-fledged Lilywhites fans and have founded the Irish champions’ most unlikely supporters’ club. Continue reading →