Final fourth round opening contest in FA Cup tonight...26/01/2015
The fourth round of the FA Cup continues at Spotland on Monday evening when League One side Rochdale play host to Stoke City. The Premier League side have Glenn Whelan and Marc Wilson in their squad, but doubt surrounds Jon Walters who is carrying a back injury.
More FA Cup action for Irish this afternoon...25/01/2015
The fourth round of the FA Cup continued this afternoon when League One promotion chasers Bristol City, who included Derrick Williams in their starting eleven, went down to a late goal from visitors West Ham United. Aston Villa had Ciaran Clark and Shay Given in their starting eleven which secured a two one victory over Championship challengers AFC Bournemouth, for whom Harry Arter was hoping for a lift following a disappointing midweek performance and today was joined by the veteran Ian Harte and another midfield hopeful, Eunan O'Kane. The third Sunday contest featured another Championship outfit, Brighton & Hove Albion, who have Chris Hughton in command, and they put in a brave performance before going down by three goals to two against visitors Arsenal.
FA Cup action for Irish on Saturday afternoon...24/01/2015
Among those in fourth round FA Cup action on Saturday afternoon were the Derby County trio of Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick, who played their part in defeating League One side Chesterfield and Eoin Doyle by two goals to nil at Pride Park. The meeting of Premier League sides Southampton and Crystal Palace saw Cork (Damian Delaney) triumph over Tipperary (Shane Long) as the visiting 'Eagles' secured a three two victory. Exciting or devalued may be the huge debating point tonight following the cup exits of Chelsea (Bradford City 2-4), Manchester City (Middlesbrough 0-2), Swansea City (1-3 at Blackburn Rovers) and Tottenham Hotspur (Leicester City 1-2).
Irish in Saturday afternoon Championship action...24/01/2015
There were differing degrees of disappointment for two members of our U21 squad in the Championship this afternoon. Captain Tommie Hoban of Watford was withdrawn at half-time as his side trailed by two goals to nil against bottom club Blackpool, for whom left back Charles Dunne was an unused substitute. Seven second half goals from the 'Hornets' may have clouded the thoughts of both young defenders. James McClean continued his central striker role for Wigan Athletic who lost by a single goal to Huddersfield Town at the DW Stadium. The hosts also had the consistent Chris McCann in their starting eleven, while wide midfielder Sean Scannell continues to catch the eye for the visitors.
New Irish signings absorb FA Cup atmosphere...23/01/2015
The fourth round of the FA Cup kicked-off on Friday evening when Cambridge United of League Two held Premier League Manchester United to a scoreless draw. While not involved in the actual contest, recent Irish arrivals, Rory Gaffney (ex Limerick) and Gearoid Morrissey (ex Cork City) would certainly have soaked up the electric atmosphere at a full house Abbey Stadium and now look forward to the Old Trafford replay.
Irish youngsters set out on the International road...23/01/2015
Ireland U15 Coach Colin O'Brien and his fledgling squad received a stern international rbaptism when they went down to athree one defeat at the hands of their counterparts from Scotland in Celtic Park, Killarney at 7.15pm on Friday evening. The two sides will meet again at noon on Sunday in Pat Kennedy Park, Listowel.
Championship clash of Ireland Heir apparents?...21/01/2015
The two men expected to be the front runners for the Ireland job when it next becomes available, Chris Hughton and Mick McCarthy, faced each other when their respective clubs, Brighton & Hove Albion and Ipswich Town met in the Championship this evening. The hosts emerged victorious by three goals to two with new short term contract signing Leon Best from Blackburn Rovers making his debut for the victors late in the second half. The visitors included Daryl Murphy, who scored again, Jay Tabb and Noel Hunt in their starting eleven while Stephen Hunt joined the fray with fifteen minutes remaining. New signing from Bolton Wanderers, goalkeeper Paddy Kenny was an unused substitute. Injury ruled out recent international debutant David McGoldrick.
Irish management on surveillance in Yorkshire?...20/01/2015
It is understood that our senior international management team was represented at Elland Road for this evening's Championship meeting of Leeds United and AFC Bournemouth, with visiting midfielder Harry Arter believed to be the subject of ongoing surveillance. There was bitter disappointment for the twenty five year old as his side went down to a one nil defeat and he was substituted around the hour mark.
January 2015 UK Transfer Window
The current UK transfer window opened on Thursday the 1st January 2015 and will conclude at 11.00pm on Saturday 31st January 2015. The Irish players detailed in the attachment, have been involved in some form of transfer during the first three weeks of this transfer window.
Seamus Coleman - An Irishman alone at Everton...19/01/2015
Seamus Coleman was the only member of the Irish quartet at Everton, in action for the club when they played out a scoreless draw with resurgent West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at Goodison Park this evening. Injury ruled out both James McCarthy and Darron Gibson while Aiden McGeady was suspended following his sending off last week.
More Premier League action for Irish squad members...18/01/2015
Struggling Hull City went down to a comprehensive three nil defeat against a buoyant West Ham United in the Premier League this afternoon. The visiting 'Tigers' had David Meyler and Stephen Quinn in their starting eleven, while Paul McShane was an unused substitute. For the hosts, Joey O'Brien was introduced from the bench on seventy six minuters.
Irish set for early Saturday Championship action...17/01/2015
Derby County were again in early Saturday afternoon Championship action, this time at home to Nottingham Forest, where they suffered a shock two one defeat. Ireland duo Cyrus Christie and Richard Keogh both started, while Jeff Hendrick was introduced from the substitute bench at the start of the second half. Struggling Millwall, with David Forde, their last line of defence, lost at home to Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town by three goals to one. The victors had Daryl Murphy in their side, together with midweek flu victim Jay Tabb, Stephen Hunt and Noel Hunt, who scored twice in the opening fourteen minutes. While Wigan Athletic have been struggling somewhat, the goalscoring form of James McClean, playing in a more central position, has been a positive and he scored the equaliser in a one all draw with visitors Blackburn Rovers.
Stephanie Roche loses out on Puskas Award...12/01/2015
Ireland Women's International Stephanie Roche has lost out to the World Cup goal from James Rodriguez of Colombia in the FIFA Puskas Award for goal of the year, following a worldwide poll of the top ten goals from the 2013/14 season. Roche is the first woman to ever make the top three in the FIFA Goal of the Year. The winner was announced at the FIFA Ballon d'Or awards ceremony in Zurich this afternoon.