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.
To honour our football-loving first citizen, the FAI have announced details of the President’s Cup which will see the League of Ireland champions play the FAI Cup winners a week before the season kick-off
“(I’m) prevented by the Constitution from talking about soccer managers’ decisions” – President Michael D. Higgins on the search for the new Irish manager.
To celebrate President Higgins’ 72nd birthday, we’re paying tribute to Ireland’s football-mad first citizen.
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“Something collective is happening and the people of the country will be behind them” – His words should be as true today as they were last summer.
The President was at Dalymount last week to take in Bohs and Derry. “Soccer is very important. If you took it out of Irish life, you’d have a great big hole.”