Forgotten Clubs – Drumcondra FC

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

For the first time we will be venturing into Dublin and looking at one of League of Ireland’s oldest and most successful clubs. Unfortunately, they are no longer present in the modern day League of Ireland but are still around at youth and intermediate level. Not only did this club have to compete with other Dublin clubs but they did it and won, creating history that will always be enshrined in League of Ireland folklore. This, of course is the story of Drumcondra FC. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Drumcondra FC”

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”

Football is your friend

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

We often see the footballing world as this fantasy world, one that most of us can escape to when our own everyday lives are getting on top of us. It gives our minds a release from the pressures of our own struggles. Yes, it can cause heartbreak, yes it can cause tears to flow, but it never lets you down in a way that it can’t be forgiven. Those magical moments it creates cancel out any bad feelings you had from the previous match. As I have recently learned from my previous interviews in my pieces on ‘Forgotten Clubs’, you don’t need to be winning or to be successful to enjoy football. And that to me is the greatest part of it. Continue reading “Football is your friend”

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?”

Joe Haverty: Irish Footballing Legend

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

In life you meet some incredible people. Some effect you in ways you don’t realise until you are little bit older to understand. You process what they have said years later, and when you do, you realise that they have taught you a life lesson that has helped you in your life and still do. One of those people in my life was an Irish footballing legend, but one that maybe some have never heard about. This was probably because the man himself wasn’t a flash and frills type person and just enjoyed talking about football. I will start off by talking about the facts, but please stay with me as I will tell you about the person. This is the story of man who played for Ireland, Arsenal and several League of Ireland clubs. That man was Joe Haverty. Continue reading “Joe Haverty: Irish Footballing Legend”

Dermot Keely Column – The Gravy Train Rolls On….

Sorry about missing the Blog for the last 2 weeks. Cheltenham week and St Patricks Day are huge on the Island of Lanzarote. We were flat out in the bar and when the work is there you have to take it. Serving as many pints as possible and not drinking them!! Unlike some we have to pay rent for the bar and our apartment etc, we do not have someone to pay OUR rent unlike our esteemed CEO (sorry EX CEO) John Delaney. Continue reading “Dermot Keely Column – The Gravy Train Rolls On….”

Forgotten Clubs – Monaghan United

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Monaghan United, known as ‘The magic Mon’s’, the feature club on the infamous ‘Rod Squad 2’ and the home of the famous Mon-Dog. That’s a lot to take in for relevantly small club. One that, like Kilkenny City AFC, didn’t enjoy much success on the pitch in it’s short time in the League of Ireland. But that didn’t stop it from making history in its own right, nor did it stop the club from creating fantastic memories for some of it’s fans. Here is the story of Monaghan United. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Monaghan United”

Forgotten Clubs – Kilkenny City AFC

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

When you hear the name Kilkenny, you automatically think of hurling. It’s like hearing the word wet and thinking water. But what about the other sports that play second fiddle down in the Marble County? A county that once played host to a League of Ireland club for years, unfortunately does not anymore. With a mixed history of highs and lows, here is the story of Kilkenny City AFC. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Kilkenny City AFC”

Forgotten Clubs – Cork Celtic

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

They say there is two sides to every story, well in the case of Cork football there are eleven, and I’m about to tell the story of the second one. I got the side of Cork Hibernians FC in my previous article and it painted a picture of just how big the derby game between them and Cork Celtic FC was back in the 60’s and 70’s. Now it’s time to get the point of view from Cork Celtic FC and see if it really was a big deal to them as it was to Cork Hibernians supporters. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Cork Celtic”