As autumn greeted winter last season, the League of Ireland world was wondering where Karl Sheppard would be calling home in 2018, when that – as it turned out – was much closer to the least of his worries. Cork City had made an astonishing impact, winning the league by halfway,
Less than 24 hours after he "heard a crack" in a tackle and suffered yet another horrific injury, Stephen O'Donnell observed an incoming call from an unknown number, answering gingerly. "Hello Stephen. This is Ruby Walsh. I just wanted to ring to sympathise about your knee." The Dundalk captain has his suspicions
Johnny Ward Sunday’s President’s Cup match was a game of two halves and four seasons. We had snow, sunshine, six goals and so much left for rumination. The competition, introduced in 2014, has developed into an endearing appetiser and Sunday’s game felt much closer to a league match than a pre-season irrelevance.
Johnny Ward Given the success Stephen Kenny has been at Dundalk, memories of the flop he was at Shamrock Rovers become more fleeting with each year. Kenny, it seems clear, never won over a dressing room of players and egos that preceded his arrival. The Hoops became another version of the rudderless
Johnny Ward In so many ways, Keith Buckley is everything that makes the League of Ireland unique, loveable and something worth cherishing in an era where elite team athletes seem to have ever less of a connection with the town and people they notionally represent. After playing for Bohemians against Shamrock Rovers