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.
With Dalymount Park set to undergo redevelopment, the home of Irish football in its current guise is nearing the end of an era. Bohemian FC are asking supporters to play their part in saying goodbye to the old ground.
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.
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.
Not only is it the goal everyone is talking about but he’s the player everyone is taking notice of. Daryl Horgan’s second goal against Cork City capped a brilliant night for him and his Dundalk teammates. And all in front of the watching Martin O’Neill.
From the brink of extinction to history makers, Dundalk FC are writing new chapters in one of Irish football’s greatest ever stories. Gavin McLaughlin charts the Lilywhites’ incredible European saga.
The late Con Houlihan was a larger than life figure in Irish culture and journalism. His influence on sports writing was matched by a love for St. Patrick’s Athletic. Cian Manning profiles a literary giant.