Fund Raising - Charity Quiz - Friday 27 January 2017
The Club's nominated charity for the year commencing 1 July 2016 is 'Beating Bowel Cancer' and we seek the continued support of our members, their friends and the broad business community, in order to raise funds for another worthy cause. Patron of the charity is another Irish footballing hero, Kevin Sheedy and our primary fundraising event, the Annual Charity Quiz, is set for Friday 27 January 2017.
Summer 2016 Releases and Transfers
The current UK transfer window officially commenced on the 1st July 2016 and is set to conclude at 6pm on Thursday the 1st September 2016. Once again, a significant number of Irish players have been released by their clubs. Top of the impact list at this early juncture are the moves of defenders Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa to Newcastle United for a fee in excess of £5 million, Marc Wilson from Stoke City to AFC Bournemouth for some £2 million and Daryl Murphy from Ipswich Town to Newcastle United for an undisclosed fee. Centre backs continue to be in demand, with Shane Duffy joining Brighton & Hove Albion from Blackburn Rovers who themselves signed Derrick Williams from Bristol City and and secured the season long loan of Tommie Hoban from Watford. U21 centre back Kevin Toner has joined Walsall on loan from Aston Villa until January 2017. Exciting wide player Callum O'Dowda has moved from Oxford United to Bristol City, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Charlton Athletic to Nottingham Forest, defender John Egan from Gillingham to Brentford and forwards Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City to Preston North End) and Anthony Stokes (Glasgow Celtic to Blackburn Rovers) all on three year contracts. The progress of twenty year old midfielder Jack Byrne, on a twelve month loan at Blackburn Rovers from Manchester City, is one to watch with interest.
Diminished squad begins to assemble in Dublin...28/08/2016
Serious injury doubts surround a number of the original twenty eight man Ireland squad announced last week by Manager Martin O'Neill for the friendly encounter with Oman followed by the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Serbia on Monday the 5th September 2016. Seamus Coleman, John O'Shea and Jeff Hendrick have been joined on the injury list by James McCarthy, all of whom would have been likely starters in Belgrade. It seems likely that reinforcements will have to be summoned and while the Oman friendly was intended as his international farewell, Robbie Keane may yet find himself on the plane to Belgrade.
Limerick secure Airtricity League First Division title...28/08/2016
Limerick secured the Airtricity League First Division title with a three two victory over UCD at the Bowl early this Sunday evening. The contest was broadcast live on FAI TV.
Sunday afternoon in the Premier League...28/08/2016
James McClean and his West Bromwich Albion colleagues played out a scoreless draw with visitors Middlesbrough in the Premier League early this Sunday afternoon while later at 4pm, Darren Randolph was on the bench for West Ham United who went down to a three one defeat at Manchester City.
Wexford Youths WFC complete European voyage...28/08/2016
Following two disappointing defeats, Wexford Youths WFC completed their maiden UEFA Women's Champions League adventure with an even more disappointing scoreless draw with ARF Criuleni (Moldova) in Ferrycarrig Park at 2pm on Sunday afternoon while the Group Seven decider went the way of BIIK Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) who defeated Gintra (Lithuania) by three goals to nil in the RSC Waterford at the same time.
Fewer Irish in Saturday Premier League action...27/08/2016
The number of Irish players involved in Premier League contests this afternoon was much reduced. Stephen Ward did return to the Burnley starting eleven for their three nil defeat at Chelsea. Harry Arter started for AFC Bournemouth in their one all draw at Crystal Palace, but new signing Marc Wilson together with Eunan O'Kane did not make the matchday squad. Also missing from the matchday squad were Everton duo James McCarthy and Darron Gibson whose side defeated visitors Stoke City by one goal to nil. Shay Given and Glenn Whelan started for the visitors while Jon Walters was a late substitute. Seamus Coleman is making slow recovery from his injury and must be a serious doubt for our visit to Serbia in nine days time. Injury also ruled out John O'Shea from the Sunderland side which drew one each at Southampton, where Shane Long was another late substitute. David Meyler retained his midfield position for Hull City who went down to an added time goal for Manchester United in the late kick-off.
Saturday afternoon performances in the Championship...27/08/2016
In the Championship, our two most creative talents, Robbie Brady and Wes Hoolihan both started for Norwich City who suffered a crushing three nil defeat at Birmingham City. While Shane Duffy has departed Blackburn Rovers for Brighton & Hove Albion, the Irish contingent has increased at Ewood Park with midweek signings Derrick Williams and loanee Tommie Hoban joining another loanee Jack Byrne together with Darragh Lenihan and Anthony Stokes in the squad to face visitors Fulham who scored a very late goal for victory. With the aforementioned Duffy suspended for the Serbia fixture and injury doubts surrounding John O'Shea, the failure of Ciaran Clark to secure a starting role for Newcastle United, who defeated Brighton & Hove Albion two nil in the late kick-off, is very disappointing.
Airtricity League contests on Saturday evening...27/08/2016
There were two Airtricity Premier Division contests played on Saturday evening. Steadily improving Bray Wanderers held high flying Derry City to a two all draw in the Carlisle Grounds, while the Showgrounds saw hosts Sligo Rovers come from behind in the 'Connacht Derby' to defeat Galway United by two goals to one.
The day of the Irish centre backs...26/08/2016
Centre backs continue to be in demand, with Shane Duffy joining Brighton & Hove Albion from Blackburn Rovers who themselves signed Derrick Williams from Bristol City and and secured the season long loan of Tommie Hoban from Watford. U21 centre back Kevin Toner has joined Walsall on loan from Aston Villa until January 2017.
Noel King announces U21 squad for UEFA contests...26/08/2016
Head Coach Noel King has announced a twenty one man squad for the upcoming UEFA U21 Championship qualifiers against Slovenia in the RSC Waterford at 7.30pm on Friday the 2nd September and four days later against Serbia in Novi Sad at 5pm (Irish time). Sean Kavanagh and Darragh Lenihan will miss the Slovenia contest through suspension.
Airtricity League action on Friday evening...26/08/2016
Following news of their Europa League Group draw, Dundalk travelled to Wexford Youths in the Airtricity Premier Division on Friday evening where another David McMillan goal secured all three points. Cork City maintained their challenge with a five two victory over basement side Longford Town. Finn Harps went down by two goals to nil against visitors Shamrock Rovers while St Patrick's Athletic succumbed to a single goal for Bohemian in Richmond Park.
Squad members in Friday night Championship action...26/08/2016
Derby County duo, Cyrus Christie and Richard Keogh started in their one nil defeat at Burton Albion on Friday evening in the Championship. Alex Pearce was an unused substitute while fellow international Jeff Hendrick remains on the injured list.
Dundalk in UEFA Europa League Group draw...26/08/2016
Airtricity League champions Dundalk have been drawn in Group D of the 2016/2017 UEFA Europa League together with FC Zenit St Petersburg (Russia), AZ Alkmaar (Holland) and Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Israel). The 'Lilywhites' will commence their campaign with a trip to Holland to face AZ Alkmaar on Thursday the 15th September 2016.
Wexford Youths WFC exit Women's Champions League...25/08/2016
There was bitter disappointment for Continental Tyres Women's National League Champions Wexford Youths WFC who exited the UEFA Women's Champions League following their two one defeat by Gintra (Lithuania) in Ferrycarrig Park this Thursday evening. In the other Group Seven contest, BIIK Kazygurt (Kazakhstan) defeated ARF Criuleni (Moldova) by three goals to nil in the RSC Waterford.
Oman friendly to be Robbie Keane farewell...24/08/2016
Robbie Keane has confirmed his retirement from international football and will don the Ireland jersey for the final time in the friendly international agaisnt Oman at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday the 31st August 2016.