The be-hatted and be-capped watching Ireland play Hungary in the Mardyke Arena, Cork, 1939.
Images from the last Ireland England friendly, February, 15, 1995.
We were going to win and all…
Dear Ireland fans,
Firstly, thank you for doing the country proud off the pitch in Poland in the absence of pride on it. From the funny flags to the emotional Fields of Athenry, the media all over Europe have commented on your undying support and good nature during this tournament.
Sadly, Ireland are out and I’m sure you’ll all be returning home tired and hungover. But you’ll still have that buzz, that feeling of belonging. That sense of collective identity and excitement that only live football can bring.
There is live football happening every week in your national league and it desperately needs your support. The Airtricity League of Ireland resumes this Friday so why not get your fix by getting out and supporting your nearest team. When Eamonn Dunphy outlined the future of the Irish team, he singled out players like Keith Fahey, James McClean, Seamus Coleman and Wes Hoolahan. All of them developed and grew in the League of ireland, and would not be where they are today without it. Who knows what future star you’ll be watching this week?
On the same day as Ireland’s Euro journey came to an end, Monaghan United were forced to pull out of the premier division.
League of Ireland is an integral part of Irish football and vital for the development of our future heroes. It needs all of us to get behind it and bring that world renowned passion
and support to the games each week. Real football, real fans and none of Trap’s negative tactics in sight ;)
Thanks in advance for helping to keep Irish football alive.
League of Ireland fan
This week’s fixtures:
Shelbourne v Shamrock Rovers (Thurs), St Pats v Bohs, Cork City v Derry, Drogheda v Bray, UCD v Dundalk
Hugh Travers writes:
A sneak preview of ‘Green Is The Colour’ episode 2 – RTE 2 at 10:25pm tonight. In 1949, Ireland became a Republic and were the first foreign team to beat England on their home soil – Unfortunately they forgot about this and if you go to a pub quiz in England you’ll be told that it was Hungary in 1954.
Scotland, Wales and possibly Republic of Ireland are considering making a late bid to host Euro 2020. The UEFA deadline for bids is midnight on May 15th, and as it stands only Turkey had officially put forward their interest.Now Scotland and Wales, who could possibly also include Republic of Ireland, have discussed the possibility of making a bid.
A source told the Press Association: “Discussions have taken place about bidding but we would not be able to bid alone. It may need to be three countries involved.”
At least they didn’t feel the need to rope in an Irish model merely to satisfy male picture editors and their
(Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland)