May 2013 News Archive

Stephen O'Carroll - RIP
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of long standing club member Stephen O'Carroll, who passed away on Friday last, following a lengthy illness. Stephen, a club member for more than twenty five years, was 61 and is survived by his wife Eileen, daughter Lisa and sons Stephen and Sean. Removal will take place to St Mary and St Andrew Church, Dollis Hill Lane, London NW2 6HE at 7.00pm on Thursday 13 June 2013. The funeral mass will be at 11.00am on Friday 14 June 2013, with burial at Hendon Cemetery, Hodders Hill Road, London NW7 1NB. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.

Ticket Application Process - Away Matches
The committee has reviewed the process relating to the purchase of match tickets for away fixtures in order to bring clarity and ensure greater efficiency. In future, away ticket applications must be made through the attached application form(s), within the specified deadline for each match and must be accompanied by the appropriate deposit. Please also be aware that tickets cannot be guaranteed for any match. The deadlines for ticket applications are:

1. Wales (19 July)

2. Austria (26 July)

3. Germany (30 August)

Club ticketing arrangements for Ireland visit to Wembley
The Club is currently finalising ticketing arrangements for the friendly international against England at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday 29th May 2013. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 15th March 2013. Application forms should be sent to Club Secretary Martin Prendergast at rissclondon@hotmail.co.uk

Battling Under 21s earn draw in Denmark...31/05/2013
The Ireland Under 21 side gave a resilient defensive performance to earn a scoreless draw with hosts Denmark in a sun drenched Fredericia this afternoon. Head Coach Noel King was delighted with the character of his charges, particularly following the forty ninth minute dismissal of left back Sean McGinty, who needlessly kicked at a fallen opponent, an act of crass stupidity. Second half substitutes, debutant full back Michael Harriman and goalkeeper Sean McDermott caught the eye while centre backs Anthony O'Connor and captain Shane Duffy formed a resolute partnership.


Ireland achieve deserved draw at Wembley...29/05/2013
Ireland played out a merited draw with hosts England at Wembley Stadium this evening. Whatever tension that prevailed in the build up to this friendly contest was released with both anthems receiving the requisite respect. The match itself was competitive but without any malicious intent and the supporters of both sides behaved with admirable decorum, both during and after the match. In essence, an enjoyable sporting occasion with Ireland much the happier with the outcome.
Ireland started brightly, playing with admirable confidence and took a deserved thirteenth minute lead when Shane Long leapt 'salmon like' to steer his header, from an excellent cross by 'man of the match' Seamus Coleman, to the top corner of the net. Sadly, the lead lasted but ten minutes, with a defensive error leading to the equaliser for the hosts. Ireland appeared to have legitimate claims for a penalty on the cusp of half-time when Robbie Keane was tugged in the penalty area following an Ireland corner. The hosts were the more dominant side in the second half and while they did have some chances, Ireland defended with great assurance. There were sterling performances from goalkeeper David Forde, growing more and more in confidence with each passing contest, James McCarthy, the most dominant midfielder on the pitch and the tireless Shane Long who ran the home defence ragged all evening. Ireland's players, management and fans will be happy with tonight's performance and more of the same in the upcoming trio of matches, would provide a summer of satisfaction.

Friday night jaunt, maybe joust, with the Journalists...24/05/2013
Subject to editorial deadlines and any late football related dramas, we hope to have a panel of Journalists in attendance at our meeting this coming Friday evening, to discuss and debate the issues surrounding our international team. In what will be something of a role reversal, members will have the opportunity to 'grill' our guests. Looking ahead to Wembley 2013 and a glance back to Lansdowne 1995, together with current managerial structures and personnel should be topical subjects. Amongst those who have agreed in principle to attend are:- Sunday Independent columnist Dion Fanning, Irish Times soccer writer Emmet Malone, Sunday Times (London) columnist Paul Rowan ( author of 'the Team that Jack Built') and our own Irish Post columnist Rob Brennan.


Happy Birthday wishes to Irish May celebrants...01/05/2013
Best wishes go to Under 19 international Sean Maguire of West Ham United who is nineteen today, while fellow U19 player Adam Evans of Burnley reaches the milesone on the 3rd. Good wishes also go out to the senior trio of Darren Randolph (12th), Andrew Keogh (16th), Wesley Hoolihan (20th) and David Meyler (29th) together with U21 goalkeeper Sean McDermott (30th).


Jolly jaunt with jovial Journalists...24/05/2013
RISSC (London) was delighted to welcome a panel of judicious Journalists to our recent club meeting at the Crown Moran Hotel, Cricklewood to discuss and debate the issues surrounding our international team. Our guests were :- Sunday Independent columnist Dion Fanning, Irish Times soccer writer Emmet Malone, Sunday Times (London) columnist Paul Rowan ( author of 'the Team that Jack Built') and our own Irish Post columnist Rob Brennan.


Battling Under 21s earn draw in Denmark...31/05/2013
The Ireland Under 21 side gave a resilient defensive performance to earn a scoreless draw with hosts Denmark in a sun drenched Fredericia this afternoon. Head Coach Noel King was delighted with the character of his charges, particularly following the forty ninth minute dismissal of left back Sean McGinty, who needlessly kicked at a fallen opponent, an act of crass stupidity. Second half substitutes, debutant full back Michael Harriman and goalkeeper Sean McDermott caught the eye while centre backs Anthony O'Connor and captain Shane Duffy formed a resolute partnership.