Why no TV coverage??

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

Dundalk, the last team standing in European competition, play tonight in Tallaght, a beautiful stadium, which I believe shows our League at its very best but the match is not on TV. WHY?? This match is very much alive, and the winners will probably play AJAX – what a prize to play for! Continue reading “Why no TV coverage??”

Dermot Keely Column: A good week for Irish Football

What a good week for Irish Football. Two great performances from the best 2 teams in the country – Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers. Both teams showed their character and their self belief. Both teams gave away really early goals and both came back to draw and win respectively. These performances are great news for our league. People have to remember that at the moment it is Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers representing our League, but it will not always be these two teams, other teams will get a chance.. Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: A good week for Irish Football”

Memories of a great footballer, the FAI and Europe

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

It is with a heavy heart that I write this piece. I got the news yesterday morning that my old friend and fellow Dundalk player Jimmy Dainty has passed away. Jimmy, who was a smashing footballer, was also a wonderful person, although born and bred in England he loved Dundalk FC and the people of Dundalk, and this love was reciprocated. Continue reading “Memories of a great footballer, the FAI and Europe”

Dermot Keely Column: Something in the Air

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

It was interesting to read the ramblings of my former nemesis Pat Dolan in the Star last week. Just a week after Stephen Bradley’s comments about the current team v the Michael O’Neill team, but as usual Pat brought it to a new level. I’m happy for him that he seems to have found religion as he has gotten older and particularly St Anthony, who I believe you pray to if you have lost something. Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: Something in the Air”

Dermot Keely Column: Fixture fiasco

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

Sorry about the blog going missing over the last couple of weeks. Just been a busy few weeks, but as usual I never tire of League of Ireland. The games have come hot and heavy.  Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column: Fixture fiasco”

On the Road again – back in Dundalk

By Dermot Keely

Sorry about missing the blog – circumstances beyond my control unfortunately. Since my last blog I have been back to Dundalk. Whilst there I was able to attend the Dundalk v Derry City match with my old mentor Jim McLaughlin, glad to say he is in rude health and is in great form as well. Continue reading “On the Road again – back in Dundalk”

Hopefully change will Happen…..

This week I should be talking about League of Ireland football on the pitch. Dundalk’s late winner against Bohs, Derry moving to 2nd place, Rovers continuing their fantastic run of results. On Monday UCD beating Cork City and that’s without mentioning the First Division. But alas it is not to be. The shadow of John Delaney hangs over our League and the whole football network. The board have said they will resign – WHEN? John Delaney says he will “step aside” – NO NOT ENOUGH, he must go. Continue reading “Hopefully change will Happen…..”

Will there be change? – The Dermot Keely Column

Can someone explain to me why the League of Ireland clubs have to play so many fixtures in April?  It appears nonsensical that the clubs have to risk life and limb to fulfil a glut of fixtures. Continue reading “Will there be change? – The Dermot Keely Column”

Who are the April Fools?

By Dermot Keely (@keelysbar)

It’s now a couple of weeks into the John Delaney/FAI saga. We have seen a man resign from the post of CEO and be appointed to the position of Executive Vice President, a new post in an organisation permanently strapped for cash. An organisation that borrowed €100,000 from its own CEO but did not recognise this loan in their accounts. Sports Ireland now has reservations about said loan. Continue reading “Who are the April Fools?”