The Dermot Keely Column

A few days after the Best League in the World kicked off, I have to say first what a great feeling it was to be alive to watch a League of Ireland match on TV. The match itself and the coverage of it was top class, so too the amount of time given the game and League of Ireland in general. Continue reading “The Dermot Keely Column”

Conan Byrne ‘aiming for promotion’ with Shelbourne as the First Division kicks off

At the end of last season St Patrick’s Athletic winger Conan Byrne (pictured above with Ian Morris and Oscar Brennan) was forced to make the decision to leave the club he had served with distinction for 6 seasons. Continue reading “Conan Byrne ‘aiming for promotion’ with Shelbourne as the First Division kicks off”

Grassroots Solutions

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

A lot has been made of Declan Rice’s decision to declare for the English national team despite playing for the Irish national team from an under-age level all the way up to senior level. There have been various points debated here including the fact that once a player plays a match, even if it’s a competitive one or not and at senior level, should they be allowed to change allegiance. That is an article that can be written on it’s own, but instead I’m going to look a little deeper than that, and the root of the problem which lies in the lack of investment and infrastructure in our own grassroots game. Continue reading “Grassroots Solutions”

On-loan striker Williams the star as Athlone dump Dundalk out of the Leinster Senior Cup

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

In a game many observers felt would be a cakewalk for Dundalk, perennial First Division strugglers Athlone Town produced a worthy performance to dump the Lilywhites out of this season’s Leinster Senior Cup at Oriel Park last night. Continue reading “On-loan striker Williams the star as Athlone dump Dundalk out of the Leinster Senior Cup”

Longford Town boss Fenn says “We can get promoted”

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

Longford Town will kick-off their 2019 league campaign with a trip South to face Tommy Barrett’s Limerick side on Friday night, with Neale Fenn hoping that his side can challenge for at least a playoff place. Continue reading “Longford Town boss Fenn says “We can get promoted””

CEO of publishing house apologises for gaffe in league magazine

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

The CEO of one of Ireland’s leading media houses IFP Media, Rebecca Markey has apologised to fans of the GreatestLeagueInTheWorld after a major gaffe appeared in the Irish Daily Mail’s 2019 SSE Airtricity League preview on Friday. Continue reading “CEO of publishing house apologises for gaffe in league magazine”

Why City Success Can Be A Good Thing For Irish Football

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

It may seem strange to say that another club from another country could influence our league but let me explain how it could be a good thing. Continue reading “Why City Success Can Be A Good Thing For Irish Football”

New Derry signing Josh Kerr delighted with opening day win and a clean sheet

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

Derry City got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over promoted UCD, in front of a packed house at the Ryan McBride Stadium on Friday night. Continue reading “New Derry signing Josh Kerr delighted with opening day win and a clean sheet”

Official opening of Athlone Town’s new astroturf pitch

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

On Saturday, First Division side Athlone Town officially opened their newly laid Astroturf pitch in front of a large crowd at the Athlone Town Stadium. Continue reading “Official opening of Athlone Town’s new astroturf pitch”