Irish football

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.

Treaty City to Three Lions: Big Sam in Limerick

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.

Dundalk FC – The Captain’s Armband

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.

Hand of History

The Irish camp is keen to dimiss it but for the French, it’s on everyone’s lips. We’re revisiting an extract from French Football Weekly’s Jeremy Smith’s interview with Phillipe Auclair, author of Thierry Henry: Lonely At The Top. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Henry is a divisive figure in French football. Perceived as aloof, an adversary of Zidane, and the apparent leader of a shameful strike at the 2010 World Cup, we look at the Frenchman’s standing in history, and that night in Paris.

Belgian View: Red Devils Fear Irish Trap

Belgium’s loss to Italy means they face Ireland in desperate need of a response. Francois Fourneau has the view from Red Devils fans who can’t wait to mix with their Irish counterparts, and though confident they can win, hold some fear of the Boys in Green.

Jon Walters: Ireland’s Warrior Heart

Shane Long’s sensational winner to down the world champions Germany secured his place in Irish sporting history forever but it is Jon Walters’ battling style which has become the symbol of the team.

One Island…Two Teams

With the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland appearing at a major finals together for the very first time, Discover Ireland have released this stunning promo video to wish the best of luck to both teams on the island.