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”

Taking the Mick

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Do the FAI see our own national league as a joke, or do they even see it at all? It really doesn’t seem like it at times. The lack of advertisement from the FAI at the start of the new season, the lack of investment and funds given to the clubs and the lack of or no recognition of the league at all would suggest their minds are elsewhere when it comes to football on this Island. Their minds being on the bank accounts of each person that is on the board of the FAI or has anything to do with the Aviva Stadium. Continue reading “Taking the Mick”

Katrina Parrock: Pre-season

By Katrina Parrock (@KatrinaParrock)

The new season is quickly approaching; and my body is certainly feeling the effects of our pre-season schedule. I’m sure most soccer players will know where I’m coming from when the mere word ‘running’ is mentioned – the feeling of utter dread!   Continue reading “Katrina Parrock: Pre-season”

All-Ireland League? Yes or No?

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

I’ve seen and read a lot of articles recently about how we could promote the League of Ireland and how we can attract more people to games and take them away from their arm chairs from watching football on their TV screens. Continue reading “All-Ireland League? Yes or No?”

Forgotten Clubs – Cork Hibernians

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Nothing lasts forever, and sometimes that includes a football club. Unfortunately, over the many years that football has been played on this island, 39 clubs have fallen to this fate (some have been connected in some way or another). The cruel realties of financial restraint, lack of facilities or even in some cases lack of support have resulted in our league only having twenty football clubs currently playing in the Premier and First Division respectfully. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Cork Hibernians”

The Dermot Keely Column

First of all I’d like to apologise to all the holiday-makers who came into Keely’s Bar in Lanzarote to watch the recent League of Ireland matches which we are usually in a position to stream. Unfortunately due to an “upgrading” of  the site these matches were not available. Continue reading “The Dermot Keely Column”

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”

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”