Premier League action set for Saturday afternoon...29/08/2015
With Martin O'Neill set to trim his Republic of Ireland international squad on Sunday afternoon, much interest will focus on those provisional squad members, and some who were not selected, in Saturday afternoon Premier League action. Aston Villa (Ciaran Clark, Mark Bunn) play host to Sunderland (John O'Shea) while AFC Bournemouth (Eunan O'Kane) welcome Leicester City to Vitality Stadium (Dean Court). Stoke City (Glenn Whelan, Marc Wilson, Shay Given, Stephen Ireland) take on West Bromwich Albion (James McClean) while the 5.30pm kick-off features Everton (Seamus Coleman, James McCarthy, Aiden McGeady) at Tottenham Hotspur.
English Championship action on Saturday afternoon...29/08/2015
The Championship continues on Saturday afternoon with Ireland Provisional Squad members set for action. Brentford (Alan Judge) host Reading (Paul McShane, Stephen Quinn, Simon Cox) while Hull City (David Meyler) entertain Preston North End. Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town (David McGoldrick) take on Chris Hughton's Brighton & Hove Albion. Derby County (Richard Keogh, Jeff Hendrick) went down to a two defeat at home to Leeds United in the early kick-off.
More Airtricity League action on Saturday evening...29/08/2015
There are two Airtricity League Premier Division contests set for Saturday evening with Longford Town playing host to Bray Wanderers at 7.30pm in City Calling Stadium while Sligo Rovers will welcome Shamrock Rovers to the Showgrounds fifteen minutes later.
Airtricity League resumes on Friday evening...28/08/2015
Following last weekend's break for cup action, the Airtricity League Premier Division resumed this evening with Bohemian holding leaders Dundalk to a two all draw in Dalymount Park while second place Cork City scored the only goal to defeat visitors Galway United in Turner's Cross. United Park hosted the relegation contest which saw Drogheda United defeated four one by visitors Limerick. St Patrick's Athletic suffered further disappointment following their cup exit of last week when they lost to the only goal from visitors Derry City in Richmond Park.
Friday evening Championship action...28/08/2015
Ireland manager Martin O'Neill is reported by the Association to have been a visitor to Ewood Park this Friday evening where Blackburn Rovers played out a scoreless draw with near neighbours Bolton Wanderers in the Championship. The viewing target was likely to be hosts centre back Shane Duffy who performed with reasonable assuredness.
Thursday night play-off in the UEFA Europa League...27/08/2015
Ireland striker Shane Long was a late substitute for Southampton who travelled to Denmark and lost to the only goal from FC Midtjylland in the second leg of the play-off round in the Europa League to exit the competition having played out a one all draw in the home leg.
Capital One Cup second round action this evening...26/08/2015
The remaining tie in the second round of the Capital One Cup between League One side Barnsley and Everton took place at Oakwell this evening. The match went to extra-time with the Premier League side eventually progressing by five goals to three. The hosts included midfielder Conor Hourihane in their starting eleven while U21 striker Conor Wilkinson, on loan from Bolton Wanderers, was introduced from the bench just before the end of normal time. Another loanee, eighteen year old Dan Crowley from Arsenal, was also in the starting eleven and scored the hosts third goal. Everton included Aiden McGeady in their starting eleven but he was withdrawn at half-time while James McCarthy was introduced from the substitute bench for the final ten minutes of extra-time.
Tuesday evening in the Capital One Cup second round...25/08/2015
The opening ties in the second round of the Capital One Cup took place this evening with several of our provisional international squad members involved. Qualified goalkeeper Mark Bunn started alongside Jack Grealish for Aston Villa who triumphed five three in extra-time against Notts County for whom former Villa junior Graham Burke was a scorer. Under 21 candidate Bradley Garmston started and John Egan was a late substitute for Gillingham who lost by two goals to nil at Birmingham City. Eighteen year old Adam McDonnell started alongside David McGoldrick, who scored, and Jay Tabb in the Ipswich Town side which prevailed by four goals to one after extra-time against Doncaster Rovers. Stoke City included Shay Given, Marc Wilson, Stephen Ireland and Jon Walters in their starting eleven at Luton Town who had Mark O'Brien in action. The contest finished one each after extra-time with Walters scoring for Stoke, who eventually went through by eight goals to seven in the penalty shoot-out with Walters and Wilson both successful. U21 midfielder Alan Browne started for Preston North End who defeated visitors Watford for whom Conor Smith started with Tommie Hoban an unused substitute.
Array of youthful Irish talent at the Madejski tonight...24/08/2015
This evening's U21 Premier League contest between Reading and Liverpool at the Madejski Stadium saw a whole array of Irish talent, all eligible for our U21 international side. The hosts had Sean Long, Pierce Sweeney and Shane Griffin in defence while Conor Shaughnessy started in midfield with Liam Kelly introduced as a second half substitute. The visitors had nineteen year old centre back Dan Cleary together with midfielder Alex O'Hanlon in their starting eleven as they went down to a two one defeat.
FAI Cup third round replay played this evening...24/08/2015
Athlone Town exited the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup at the hands of non-league side Sheriff YC in the replay of their third round Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup contest this evening. The sides played out a scoreless draw after extra-time with the visitors prevailing by four goals to three in the penalty shoot-out and they will now travel to Longford Town in the quarter-finals.
Irish in Sunday afternoon Premier League action...23/08/2015
The Sunday afternoon Premier League meeting of Everton and Manchester City saw both Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy in starting action for the hosts who lost by two goals to nil at Goodison Park. Watford played out a scoreless draw at home to Southampton for whom Shane Long was a twenty fifth minute introduction from the substitute bench while West Bromwich Albion, for whom James McClean started, went down by three goals to two at home to Chelsea.
FAI Cup quarter-final draw made this afternoon...23/08/2015
The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2015 Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup was made this afternoon. Tie of the round is the clash of Derry City and Cork City in the Brandywell while Premier Division front runners Dundalk have been drawn at home to Sligo Rovers. Premier Division Bray Wanderers will host non-league side Killester United while Longford Town will host the winners of Monday night's replay between Athlone Town and the other surviving non-league side Sheriff YC.
Premier League action set for Saturday afternoon...22/08/2015
Contests in the third series of Premier League fixtures took place this afternoon with Crystal Palace (Damian Delaney) defeating visitors Aston Villa (Ciaran Clark, Jack Grealish, Mark Bunn - unused substitute) by two goals to one. Norwich City (Robbie Brady, Wes Hoolihan) played out a one all draw with visitors Stoke City (Glenn Whelan who started, Marc Wilson and Shay Given - unused substitutes, Stephen Ireland - second half substitute). John O'Shea returned to the Sunderland side which drew one each with visitors Swansea City. Goalkeeper Darren Randolph started for West Ham United, while Josh Cullen was an unused substitute as visitors AFC Bournemouth with Eunan O'Kane in midfield, secured a four three victory at Upton Park.
English Championship action on Saturday afternoon...22/08/2015
The Championship continued on Saturday afternoon with two Ireland Provisional Squad members, Stephen Ward an unused substitute for Burnley who defeated visitors Brentford and Alan Judge by one goal to nil. Midfielder David Meyler was in the Hull City side which lost to a very late winner at Charlton Athletic while Greg Cunningham of Preston North End was forced off with an early injury as his side lost by two goals to one against visitors Ipswich Town for whom David McGoldrick started in place of the injured Daryl Murphy. Reading had Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn in their starting eleven with Simon Cox a late substitue as they were held to a scoreless draw at home to newly promoted MK Dons, for whom Samir Carruthers started. In the late kick-off, Cardiff City had Anthony Pilkington and Joe Mason in their starting eleven while Eoin Doyle was an unused substitute as their side secured a two nil victory over visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Remaining FAI Cup third round contests played today...22/08/2015
The two remaining third round contests in the 2015 Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup took place on Saturday. Non-league side Cockhill Celtic went down to a two nil defeat by Longford Town in the Charlie O'Donnell Sports Ground while fellow non-league outfit Cobh Wanderers also exited the competition, losing four nil to Sligo Rovers in St Colman's Park.
Irish in Friday night action in the Championship...21/08/2015
The Friday night Championship meeting of Birmingham City and Derby County had some degree of Irish involvement. Hosts midfielder Stephen Gleeson, believed to be on the international scouting radar, opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time but the visitors equalised midway through the second half. Richard Keogh skippered the visitors from central defence while Cyrus Christie, who has struggled to make the matchday squads in recent weeks, started at right back. Defender Alex Pearce was an unused substitute while midfielder Jeff Hendrick missed out following the dead leg injury sustained on Tuesday night.
Irish duo to clash in UEFA Women's Champions League...20/08/2015
Today's draw for the Round of 32 in the UEFA Womens's Champions League has paired Chelsea Ladies with Glasgow City, which should see Chelsea defender Niamh Fahey from Galway in direct opposition to her Ireland team mate at Glasgow, Denise O'Sullivan from Cork.
Injury roll call with 16 days to Gibraltar assignment...19/08/2015
The task of reducing the squad prior to their assembley in Dublin on Sunday the 30th August may be impacted upon by the already lengthening roll call of injury concerns. While Aiden McGeady and Marc Wilson have just resumed training following several weeks absence, the longer term injury afflicting Harry Arter remains unresolved. Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood was forced off on Saturday last while both Jeff Hendrick and Daryl Murphy suffered injury in league action with their clubs last night.
Irish - End of season releases and transfers
The end of season culling of players is in full swing and a significant number of Irish are among the casualties. The current UK transfer window commenced on the 1st July 2015 and concludes on Monday the 31st August 2015. Early events have seen a disappointingly high number of Irish players released by their clubs. Senior international Kevin Doyle has secured a contract with MLS club Colorado Rapids following his departure from Wolverhampton Wanderers, while Alex Pearce has joined Derby County from Reading at the end of his contract. Darren Randolph, who declined a new contract offer from Birmingham City, has joined West Ham United. James McClean is the latest current international to secure a move, with his switch from League One Wigan Athletic to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Stephen Quinn has secured a three year contact with Reading following his departure from Hull City and he will be joined by Paul McShane, who has made the same journey. Shay Given has moved from Aston Villa to Stoke City on a two year contract.
Club Membership - Applications and Renewals
The new Club Year commenced on the 1st July 2015 and individuals wishing to renew their membership are encouraged to complete the relevant documentation recently distributed by our Membership Secretary. New applicants are also very welcome and should use the application form which can be accessed on the left hand side of this screen.