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”

Finn Harps set to battle for points against the league leaders

Finn Harps will hope to take advantage of International call-ups to surprise Premier Division leaders Shamrock Rovers in the only game in the top division on Friday night. Continue reading “Finn Harps set to battle for points against the league leaders”

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”

Dundalk make a statement with big win over Waterford

Dundalk had a 4-0 win over Waterford at Oriel Park last night to send a statement to the rest of their Premier Division rivals, that they won’t relinquish their title easily. Continue reading “Dundalk make a statement with big win over Waterford”

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”