League of Ireland

Dalymount Park, the End of an Era

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.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

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.

Top Irish Football Moments of 2016

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.

Roy Keane at Cobh Ramblers: ‘Kamikaze Man to footballer’

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.

How the Rebel Army Saved Cork City

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.

The LOI Goal Everyone’s Talking About

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.

Dundalk FC, Hail the History Makers, Yet Again

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.

Con Houlihan: St. Pat’s Intellectual

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.

Shels and Dalymount: Historical Romance Set to be Renewed

The complex history of League of Ireland clubs and their stadiums is likely to get a little bit more complicated with the revelation that Shelbourne look set to join Bohemians in Dalymount Park in the not too distant future, writes Gavin White.