New name, new crest, but a rich history to build on, Cian Manning tells the story of a proud League of Ireland tradition in Waterford.
A long winter is clearing as two clubs look to knock Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk off their perch in the shadow of a historic year for Dalymount Park. Gavin White previews the 2017 League of Ireland season ahead of the big kick-off.
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.
The new League of Ireland season has had its official launch ahead of the President’s Cup and first round of matches. SSE Airtricity have released their season promo to whet the appetite, championing the fact that so many current Irish internationals have come through the league.
The Opel Jersey’s Feargal Brennan examines the Irish fans’ connection to the current crop of international players, and the different aura around Martin O’Neill’s team today.
Ireland’s UEFA ranking in November of this year will determine where they are classified in the new UEFA Nations League. And how they perform in the new competition beginning next year could have a major bearing on the Boys in Green’s chances of appearing at EURO 2020 on home soil in Dublin.
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.
What a year it’s been for Irish football, both at home and at international level. The Boys in Green united the nation at Euro 2016, Dundalk raised the profile of our own league like never before, and individual players lit up the stage. Here’s ten of the best moments of the last year.
In November 1989, a young Roy Keane was handed his League of Ireland competitive debut sparking the career of one of Ireland’s greatest, and divisive, football figures. With two home-based players recently included in the international squad, Cian Manning looks back to where it all began for the Republic assistant boss.
Dublin-based photographer Tom Beary’s unique take on the 2016 SSE Airtricity League season viewed through his camera lens.