Note: This article was published in SIN's print edition before John Delaney's Oireachtas appearance on 10 April. By Mark Lynch With the recent international break leaving many fans feeling slightly less entertained than they would be with the usual hullabaloo of the club game, the FAI have stepped in to provide us with enough off-field distractions to shock and bewilder … [Read more...] about Latest FAI scandal putting enormous strain on camel’s back
By Markus Krug In a matter of minutes, Declan Rice went from the hope of a nation to a traitor in the eyes of many Irish football fans. When he issued a statement on his social media accounts on 13 February, informing the public that he would transfer his international registration from the Republic of Ireland to England, many were stunned but even more people were outraged … [Read more...] about Rice for England: Nothing more than a career move
Note: This article was originally published in SIN before Declan Rice announced his decision to declare for England By Darren Casserly Love it or hate it, the granny rule has played a key role in the Irish national team set up for decades. From Ray Houghton putting the ball in the back of the English net, to dreaming of a team of Gary Breens, there have been many great … [Read more...] about Should Mick McCarthy utilise the granny rule or focus on home grown talents?
By Darragh Burke Confidence on the ball, trust in your team mates and a plan to break down your opposition? These footballing concepts were seemingly alien to Martin O’Neill and his Irish squad. We’re more familiar with hoofing the ball as far up the pitch as possible, as we’re not good enough to actually pass the ball to each other. A group of players who have reached … [Read more...] about Stephen Kenny is an ideal future Ireland manager
By Darragh Burke There is fantastic news for football in the west of Ireland and for the country as a whole. The Comer brothers have announced plans to turn a 103 - acre site outside Athenry into a football centre of excellence. The facility will be the biggest of its type in the country and will feature six football pitches, a gymnasium, and apartments which will house the … [Read more...] about Plans for Galway United centre of excellence in Athenry should be welcomed