Stars of the League of Ireland and Women’s National League set to shine at FISU Summer Universiade in Naples

The 2019 FISU Summer Universiad (World University Games) will take place in the Italian city of Naples, and ahead of those games the Ireland Football Teams, both men and women, have been announced. Both squads are filled with talent from the League of Ireland and from the Women’s National League. Continue reading “Stars of the League of Ireland and Women’s National League set to shine at FISU Summer Universiade in Naples”

Forgotten Clubs: Brooklyn FC

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

This club has to be the most difficult one that I have written about in these ‘Forgotten Clubs’ pieces. There are many reasons for this, the fact it went out of existence back in the 1920’s, the lack of fans that are still alive today (If any) and the lack of information about the club itself, even on the internet. Even Wikipedia gave very little into the life of this club. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs: Brooklyn FC”

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”

Caulfield leaves Cork City by mutual consent

After 5 and a half years at the helm, John Caulfield has left his position as manager of Cork City. During his time as manager he guided the club the Premier Division title in 2017, along with FAI Cup victories in 2016 and 2017. They were also runners-up in the league in three consecutive years, from 2014-16 and again in 2018. Continue reading “Caulfield leaves Cork City by mutual consent”

Ciarán Kelly delighted with his first Senior goal for St Pats

By Gerard Mulreaney (@gerardmulreaney)

St Patrick’s Athletic won their third straight league game on Friday night, after beating UCD 2-0 at Richmond Park. Continue reading “Ciarán Kelly delighted with his first Senior goal for St Pats”

More clubs from more counties needed

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Maybe it’s because I have experienced it first hand, after talking to those who supported clubs down the country that have gone out of existence, but it just feels as though the League of Ireland is missing something. More clubs from these so-called smaller counties should be competing in our league. Continue reading “More clubs from more counties needed”

Forgotten Clubs – Kildare County

By Philip O’Rourke (@effect_phil)

Some clubs that I will cover in ‘Forgotten Clubs’ won’t have an illustrious history. Some may have been actually forgotten about. This can be said about the next club I am going to write about. Even the mention of this club’s name gets a reaction of, ‘Oh yeah, I forgot they were a League of Ireland club’. But for the fans of that club, it will never be forgotten. Continue reading “Forgotten Clubs – Kildare County”

Monday bonus for fans of the GreatestLeagueInTheWorld

It’s a Bank Holiday bonus on Monday, with four games set to take place in the Premier Division. All four games are intriguing in their own way. Dundalk look to keep pressure on leaders Shamrock Rovers by beating UCD, ahead of the big Dublin Derby clash with Bohemians on Tuesday night, Cork City hoping to halt their recent slide with a home game against Sligo Rovers, Finn Harps trying to kick-start their season against St Pats, while Derry make the lengthy trip to Waterford as their push for Europe gathers pace. Continue reading “Monday bonus for fans of the GreatestLeagueInTheWorld”

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…..”

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”