Cian Manning

Friday night lights return

Cian Manning basks in the warm glow of the League of Ireland’s return after two years of the public health crisis.

The Other Fergie’s Time

From Póg Mo Goal Issue 7. The Ferguson name is revered in football but Alex’s lesser known younger brother Martin cut his coaching teeth in Waterford, writes Cian Manning.

Let Erin Remember: Ireland at the 1924 Olympics

Barely three years after a bloody and violent war of independence, and less than 12 months after a bitter civil war, a football team representing a new Ireland walked out at the Olympic Games in Paris. Cian Manning looks back.

The Anatomy of Cork City FC

Cian Manning charts the journey from Cork City’s inception and introduction to the League of Ireland to their historic double winning campaign traced in six matches that include fixtures in the league, FAI Cup, UEFA Cup and even the Champions League.

Playing soldiers, Olympia versus Jacobs

The 1919/20 Irish League season took place during the country’s violent War of Independence and a Leinster League game between Olympia and Jacobs exemplified the tensions that existed in Irish society at the time. Cian Manning takes a look back.

O’Mahony to Maguire – Kilkenny’s Soccer Pioneers

With Sean Maguire named in the provisional Republic of Ireland squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers, if the young Kilkenny man sees game time, he’ll represent a major milestone for the game in his native county. Here, Cian Manning tells the tale of Matt O’Mahoney, Kilkenny’s original footballing flag-bearer.