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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 →

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

guinness main Football clubs which were formed from the employees of factories are commonplace around the world with teams like PSV Eindhoven, and Bayer Leverkusen. Ireland, too can, claim its share of such teams including St. James’s Gate from the home of the world-famous Guinness. Cian Manning tells the story of the first ever winners of the League of Ireland. Continue reading →

How the Rebel Army Saved Cork City

CorkCity Following their sensational FAI Cup win, we’re reposting this article looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, with the spotlight on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. Continue reading →

Treaty City to Three Lions: Big Sam in Limerick

sam allardyce At his first press conference as England head coach, Sam Allardyce referred to his first management job at the helm of Limerick in the League of Ireland. Travelling the country in a mini-bus with Father Joe Young, Allardyce not only led the Shannonsiders to promotion, but he had started out on the road to Wembley and one of the biggest jobs in world football. Cian Manning looks back. Continue reading →

Dundalk FC – The Captain’s Armband

dundalk 6 In sport, the captain’s armband is more than a piece of fabric. Its real weight, and everything it symbolises, is immeasurable. A badge of honour, an unspoken commitment and fearless leadership. Dundalk sponsor Fyffe’s latest video tells the story of the Lilywhites as seen through the eyes of club captains, past and present. Continue reading →

Next Jamie Vardy? Padraig Amond Interview

XBCTn7sp Padraig Amond is playing fantasy football at the moment. At the time of writing, the Grimsby Town striker has scored 36 goals in all competitions, his prolific form helping fire the Mariners to an FA Trophy final and the National League play-offs. Padraig chatted recently with Stuart Howard-Cofield, editor of daily fantasy football site Fanfeud about his career so far, football abroad, and what the future holds. Continue reading →

Leagues Apart – MLS and LOI

MLSVLOI As Cork City and Dundalk get set to do battle in the FAI Cup Final this weekend the MLS Playoffs are in full swing. The growth of Major League Soccer in twenty years and the attitude of its fans are in stark contrast with their Irish counterparts and the struggling League of Ireland. Continue reading →