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All You Need is Duff

Duffcover With Damien Duff joining Shamrock Rovers, the greater impact his stint in the Airtricity League will have will surely be a positive one. Can we expect more stars of Duff’s stature to follow suit and play out their last few years on home turf? Continue reading →

R.I.P. Ray Treacy

Unbenannt RTE’s Soccer Republic and Eamon Dunphy paid a moving tribute to former international Ray Treacy, who played for the Republic of Ireland between 1966 and 1980, managed Shamrock Rovers to the League of Ireland title, and through his business travelled the world with both the Irish team and fans Continue reading →

The LOI Goal Everyone’s Talking About

Unbenannt Just four games into the League of Ireland campaign and we already have a goal of the season contender, and as ususal it has come from St Patrick’s Athletic. The Saints have had an eye for the spectacular in recent years and now Greg Bolger can add his name to the list for this specatacular effort in the win over Derry City. Continue reading →

First Citizen of Football

higgins1 The Irish season kicked off with the second edition of the President’s Cup featuring League of Ireland champions Dundalk and the FAI Cup winners St Patrick’s Athletic 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 →

YBIG Football Show: Brian Carey & Mick Wallace

ybig crop More big games for Irish players in England after Stephen Quinn and David Meyler booked a place in the FA Cup final. On the YBIG Football Show this week, Dave O’Grady also spoke to former Ireland international Brian Carey, who’s currently the youth team coach at Blackburn Rovers and Wexford Youths supremo Mick Wallace T.D. Continue reading →

YBIG Football Show: Goalscorers

ybig crop In this week’s YBIG Football Show, Ireland’s Evertonians are chasing Champions League qualification. Dave O’Grady also talks to women’s international Stephanie Roche, discusses Chris Hughton’s sacking by Norwich and there’s domestic soccer in the LOI Goalmouth. Continue reading →

YBIG Football Show: Friendlies, Form and Rumours

ybig crop Shane Long shows respect to his former club by refusing to celebrate. Is this a good or bad trait in modern day footballers? Wes Hoolahan produces another fine performance for Norwich City and Irish fans will enjoy a Euro 88 reunion in Gelsenkirchen for the Euro clash with Germany. A packed YBIG Football Show this week features the new LOI GoalMouth segment as Dave O’Grady chats to Bohemians new recruit Steven Beattie. Continue reading →

Shamrock Rovers Tifo Display in Sligo

1383619_10153306220105858_1484275623_n Shamrock Rovers fans had an impressive display at the Showgrounds last weekend. The Battle of the Rovers in the FAI Cup semi-finals saw a large travelling support for the Hoops. Out west, there’s only one Roves however, with the Dublin side known as Shams in Sligo, a fact that was played up by the supporters of the Tallaght Stadium outfit. Unfortunately for them, they went down 3-0 as Sligo reached a fourth final in five years. Continue reading →

Fan Direction #2: Cork City FORAS

CorkCity In the second of our Fan Direction series, looking at the growing phenomenon of supporter-owned football clubs in Ireland, the spotlight is on Cork City. Borne from the official supporters club, the FORAS trust became the saviours of the southern giant as she flirted with extinction. The Turners Cross outfit are now the driving force in Ireland behind an EC initiative on football governance. Continue reading →

1913 – The Riot in Ringsend

jim larkin wide In the latest of our guest posts, Donal Fallon of the superb Come Here to Me website recounts an episode in the 1913 Lockout involving a football match between Bohemians and Shelbourne in Ringsend. Why did Jim Larkin’s paper denounce two players publicly as ‘scabs’ and call on workers not to attend the game unless to picket it? Continue reading →