Stadium of Light

    Tolka Park looked brighter than usual to Blaise and myself as we approached it from Drumcondra Road last Friday night; we later heard from the lads that had come over from Bray for the friendly against Shelbourne that it seemed to shine brighter from the Clontarf side as well. The mystery

It’s Tolka Park but not as you know it

  Tolka Park looked and felt different for Friday’s First Division encounter between Shelbourne and AthloneTown. The normal advertising hoardings [Abbey Seals, Bus Eireann, Finian McGrath TD] had been covered up with UEFA ones and the UEFA cover-up even extended to fancy drapes over the dugouts; hopefully the goings on at

So long ‘Jayo’

As most readers will have seen, one of the most loyal servants of League of Ireland football has decided to retire from the senior game. Jason Byrne, 40 in February, will drop down to play with Bluebell United in the Leinster Senior League after 20 years banging in the goals

Goalkeepers are the Anchors of a football team

Saturday was a marathon session of League of Ireland football for me. I took in two games from two divisions, in two different counties and with two of my children accompanying me [but a different one for each match]. I saw 10 goals, including one by a veteran striker many

20 Leinster Senior Cups for Shelbourne now

It was great to see Shelbourne win the Leinster Senior Cup this week. To go to Oriel Park and beat Dundalk in any competition is a tall order; to deny them the silverware after a gruelling 120-minute contest on a cold night makes the achievement all the more heroic. I was

A stay of execution for Tolka Park

The news that the redevelopment of Dalymount Park is to be delayed for two years broke this week and meant different things to different people. Some people were annoyed at the delay, seeing it as putting the development in jeopardy – ‘’if it’s going to happen, what’s wrong with now’’