Training continues at Abbotstown on Wednesday...25/05/2016
Another bright day and a much more robust training session took place at the NTC Abbotstown on Wednesday morning. Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers joined the group to cover the absence of David Forde and Keiren Westwood while both Ciaran Clark and Shane Long did participate although nursing minor injuries. James McCarthy again sat out the session and it would seem unlikely that he will be risked against Holland on Friday evening. It is likely that as little as just two final midfield calls need to be confirmed in Martin O'Neill's mind, although it does appear that he will defer the announcement of his final squad until after the Belarus match in Cork.
Open training session at the Aviva Stadium...24/05/2016
A vibrant mood prevailed in the sunshine at the Aviva Stadium this morning as the Ireland squad participated in an open training session followed by a meet and greet session with the public. The adjusted thirty man squad was not at full strength as David Forde, David Meyler and Keiren Westwood are involved in promotion play-off finals with their clubs this weekend while Kevin Doyle is not due in from the United States until the weekend. Ciaran Clark and James McCarthy sat out the training session with minor injuries.
FAI Cup second round replays played this evening...24/05/2016
The two second round FAI Cup contests requiring replays took place this evening, with Drogheda United going down by two goals to one against Derry City in United Park, while non-league Letterkenny Rovers exit the competition following a one nil defeat by Athlone Town in Leechview Park.
Martin O'Neill reduces squad to thirty...23/05/2016
Manager Martin O'Neill has reduced his original thirty five man Ireland squad for the upcoming friendly internationals against Holland and Belarus to thirty. Defenders Paul McShane and Alex Pearce together with midfielders Jonathan Hayes and Anthony Pilkington have been discarded but will remain on standby while injury rules out Marc Wilson.
Pre EURO 2016 Social function a roaring success...21/05/2016
A sold out attendance of 114 members, family and friends enjoyed our Pre EURO 2016 Fish & Chip Supper event at the Clayton Crown Hotel on Friday evening. Our special guest Steve Guppy, forwards coach with our senior international team and long time ally of Martin O'Neill, proved a wonderfully engaging visitor and provided an insight into the roles and contribution made behind the scenes to our qualification success and ongoing preparations for the upcoming European Championships. We also had the opportunity to share with Steve, memories of his own successful playing career highlighted by League Cup Final success with Leicester City in 2000 and a Scottish Championship medal with Glasgow Celtic in 2002. Steve was also a twice FA Trophy winner, at the start of his career with Wycombe Wanderers and towards the end of his playing days with Stevenage Borough. The latter success was at the new Wembley Stadium with Steve becoming the first ever player to collect winner's medals at both the old and the new stadium. During his time with Leicester City, Steve was capped once by England, playing in a two one succes over, ironically, Belgium. The evening was rounded off with a storming music session provided by 'Loose Covers' who travelled from Gloucester to entertain us.
2016 FAI Cup second round action on Saturday...21/05/2016
Seven further 2016 FAI Cup second round contests took place on Saturday. The first shock of the competition occurred at Finn Park, where non league Crumlin United, winners of the FAI Intermediate Cup in the Aviva Stadium last weekend, scored the only goal to defeat their Premier Division hosts Finn Harps. In another surprise, Letterkenny Rovers, defeated FAI Intermediate Cup finalists last weekend, earned a replay with a scoreless draw at First Division Athlone Town. Earlier in the afternoon, Limerick continued their winning streak with a five two success at Bluebell United while Cobh Ramblers overcame Cherry Orchard by two goals to one. St Patrick's Athletic crushed visitors Pike Rovers by eight goals to nil while Ringmahon Rangers emerged victorious by two goals to one in their all non-league meeting with Glebe North. Tonight in the Showgrounds, Sligo Rovers progressed to Round Three with a three nil victory over Cabinteely.
FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium this afternoon...21/05/2016
Wembley Stadium hosted the FA Cup Final between Crystal Palace and Manchester United late this Saturday afternoon and witnessed the 'Reds' come from behind to secure the trophy with a two one extra-time victory. Irish involvement was the domain of Corkman Damian Delaney who as expected was in his regular centre back position for the 'Eagles'.
Hampden Park the venue for Scottish Cup Final...21/05/2016
The Scottish Cup final between Hibernian and Rangers at Hampden Park this Saturday afternoon saw a dramatic finish as the Edinburgh side came from behind to secure an added time winner in a three two success. The victors had goalkeeper Conrad Logan on duty together with Glasgow Celtic loanee Anthony Stokes who scored two of their goals, while Robert Kiernan was in defence for the Glasgow outfit.
Opening contests in second round of 2016 FAI Cup...20/05/2016
There were eight 2016 FAI Cup second round contests played on Friday evening. Bohemian defeated Galway United by two goals to nil in Dalymount Park while Cork City scored four without reply against St Peter's (Athlone). Derry City and Drogheda United played out a one all draw in the Brandywell and Dundalk overcame Shelbourne by two goals to nil. UCD and Bray Wanderers served up a seven goal thriller at the Bowl, with the 'Students' emergimg victorious by four goals to three. Waterford United went down by two goals to nil against visitors Longford Town while Firhouse Clover went down to a three nil defeat at the home of their opponents Wexford Youths. Shamrock Rovers progressed to round three with a four nil success over Midleton at Tallaght Stadium.
Irish involvement continues in play-off semi-finals...20/05/2016
The second leg of the League One semi-final play-off between Millwall and Bradford City ended in a one all draw meaninmg the 'Lions' progress to the play-off Final following their three one first leg success. Irish involvement on Friday evening was extremely short, with only Shaun Williams receiving a few minutes gametime at the end of the match while David Forde and Aiden O'Brien remained on the bench.
Further Irish interest in play-off semi-finals...19/05/2016
Irish involvement in the play-off semi-finals continued on Thursday evening when the second leg of the League One semi-final between Walsall and Barnsley took place at the Bescot Stadium. Visitors Barnsley extended their three nil first leg lead with a three one victory to advance to the Wembley play-off final. Conor Hourihane started and Aiden White was an unused substitute for the victors.
Versailles set to be Ireland base for EURO 2016...18/12/2015
Ireland will be based at the Trianon Palace Hotel on the outskirts of Versailles during their EURO 2016 foray. Training will take place at the Stade de Montbauron, the home of AFC Versailles. Located on the Western edge of Paris, the city is best known as the location of the Palace or Chateau de Versailles built by King Louis XIV.