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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 →

Soccer Stardom’s Cool for Cats

mikey drennan nextgen Best known as a conveyor-belt of hurling talent, Kilkenny can also boast a production line of soccer hot-shots. Aston Villa’s cat Mikey Drennan sits atop the NextGen scorers list having helped the Villans to the quarter-final stage of the elite competition. There’s a healthy Irish contingent at Villa Park not least in the youth sides […] Continue reading →

Taylor: Let Lims Entertain You

limerick thomond Limerick FC boss Stuart Taylor is promising that his Limerick charges, including Robbie Williams, will be ready to take centre stage in Thomond Park this weekend. The Blues boss says his side will be competitive on their return to top flight football as they welcome Cork City and the RTE cameras to the home of Munster rugby. Continue reading →

Guest Post: Derry’s Red Partisans

brandywell-2 Supporters of Derry City have recently started a new fans group going under the name ‘Red Partisans’. With links to Derry Anti-Fascist-Action, the group seeks to improve the atmosphere at matches whilst injecting a strong rejection of racism and the far right into the terraces. James Wright from football is radical caught up with one of their members, doherty-c, to discuss the formation of the group. Continue reading →

Champions League Final for Dublin?

dublin-event1 After successfully hosting the UEFA Europa League final in 2011, three-quarters of football fans now believe Dublin can form the back-drop for the biggest club competition of them all, the Champions League. Lionel Messi, meanwhile, has been voted the tournament’s best player of all time by fans here. Continue reading →

Foley Favours Euro Philosophy

dominic foley He’s played in the Premier League and in the League of Ireland at the height of the boom times. Spotted in a European tie, he went on to spend almost a decade on the continent where he experienced a new football philosophy. Now former Republic international Dominic Foley believes Ireland needs a culture change if we are to progress. Continue reading →

Ooh Aah Ref McGraith

damien macgraith The Boys in Green won’t be the only ones representing Ireland at Euro 2012 following the news that Mayo referee Damien MacGraith has been named in UEFA’s panel for the finals. What are the chances he gets a France game? Continue reading →

Moscow Men Out on a Lim

Lubos Kalouda The Airtricity League kicks back into action tonight with a renewed anticipation in seeing those players who might make their mark following James McClean’s internatioanl cameo on Wednesday. All eyes will be on Tallaght Stadium where Shamrock Rovers, the defending champions and Europa League history makers, have been busying attracting many of the big name transfers. But few are likely to raise as many eyebrows as Limerick’s recent recruits. Continue reading →

Keep them Rovers Rollin, Rohan

rohan ricketts wide The gaze of the footballing press continues to focus on Shamrock Rovers as the countdown to their White Hart Lane meeting with Spurs continues. In particular, former Tottenham player Rohan Ricketts has figured prominently as he prepares to return to his old stomping ground in the hooped shirt of Ireland’s history makers. Continue reading →

Having a Domestic: Reap What Eu Sow

rovers juve 1 wide DESPITE the virtual collapse of full-time football here, Irish clubs may never have a better opportunity than now to make the European breakthrough. The draws for next season’s cup competitions have put the group stages of the Champions League and Europa League within sight of Ireland’s participants. Continue reading →