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Dublin: 3 °C Thursday 18 January, 2018

Friday 3 November, 2017

Mark McNulty and Stephen Kenny's fake outrage are the only things selling the FAI Cup final right now

The reaction to the Cork goalkeeper’s remarks was inevitable, and it was disingenuous, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 28 July, 2017

The Emperor has no clothes: Bray should be apologetic and embarrassed, not defiant

Situation at the Carlisle Grounds is appalling, and really not funny, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 2 June, 2017

Lessons the League of Ireland could learn from the circus

In his latest column, John O’Sullivan looks at what he League of Ireland could learn from clowns.

Friday 19 May, 2017

The FAI fear unity among clubs — but some are too busy pointing fingers

Complaining that you’re not in the PCA helps no one.

Friday 12 May, 2017

'Every League of Ireland club is a couple of bad decisions away from going out of football'

Athlone investigation turns the spotlight back on the league’s financial pressures, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 21 April, 2017

Managers moaning is exactly what the League of Ireland needs

In his weekly column, John O’Sullivan makes the case for more off-the-field drama.

Friday 7 April, 2017

No surprise that LOI managers are getting sacked so quickly - it was inevitable

John O’Sullivan reflects on a turbulent week in the League of Ireland.

Friday 31 March, 2017

From unprecedented loss to collective pride: The League of Ireland really is a true 'football family'

‘Like any family, there are lows and highs and if we share in the loss, we also share in the good moments,’ writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 10 March, 2017

Cleaning up weeds and bird sh*t can earn League of Ireland clubs over €20,000

John O’Sullivan, former Cork City chairman and Limerick CEO, on the importance of making fans feel welcome.

Friday 3 March, 2017

Trump’s election and Brexit make more sense than the vote for the 10-team league

We’ve somehow arrived at a situation where 30% of the popular vote was sufficient to change its structure, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 24 February, 2017

The return of the LOI is like going back to school - it opens up a world of possibilities

‘Today, I’ll be sprinting back to the sport I love,’ writes our League of Ireland columnist John O’Sullivan.

Friday 4 November, 2016

Reasons to be cheerful about the League of Ireland despite the challenges

In his final column of the year, John O’Sullivan looks on the bright side.

Friday 21 October, 2016

Why the FAI Cup final is the perfect opportunity to bring the crowds back

John O’Sullivan believes 35,000 should be the target for next month’s showdown between Dundalk and Cork City.

Friday 23 September, 2016

Teams vs the silver screen: Is your League of Ireland ticket value for money?

Columnist John O’Sullivan assesses the arguments against splashing out €15 to see Irish football.

Friday 16 September, 2016

What does a player like Daryl Horgan have to do to get an Ireland call-up?

Dundalk’s European heroes have shown that they can handle themselves against top-class opponents, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 2 September, 2016

The leaked FAI letter shows what could be achieved when they communicate

The licencing programme ‘does some great work in on-going support to clubs and that should be acknowledged’.

Friday 19 August, 2016

'Get over yourselves and embrace the bandwagon, because we need their bums on our seats'

John O’Sullivan on the hypocrisy of complaining about the 30,000 people who showed up to watch Dundalk while we cheer on the rowers in Rio.

Friday 12 August, 2016

Soccer Republic debate between Kerr and the FAI felt like a 0-0 draw

League of Ireland columnist John O’Sullivan believes those passionate about the league need to make sure their anger doesn’t become noise.

Friday 5 August, 2016

'Instead of a standing ovation, John Delaney became Marie Antoinette'

League of Ireland columnist John O’Sullivan on why a measly injection of funding was the last thing clubs needed from the FAI.

Friday 22 July, 2016

'5,000 people stood in the rain, held their breath and watched a Portuguese referee'

Last night’s game at Turners Cross was a far cry from the darker days.

Friday 15 July, 2016

Why do bitter League of Ireland rivals support each other in Europe?

And there are more than just coefficient points at stake says John O’Sullivan

Friday 1 July, 2016

There's a lot of fluff written about supporters' trusts and they're no magic bullet

John O’Sullivan says that while there are positives to having fan-owned clubs, it doesn’t ensure they will be run properly.

Friday 24 June, 2016

Column: 'We shouldn’t let our kids grow up believing that football is a TV show'

Half of the players facing Italy were LOI graduates, why not invest half the extra prize money in our league?

Friday 17 June, 2016

Our reputation is keeping thousands of Irish fans safe - even if we never realise it

Irish football fans aren’t perfect but don’t underestimate the power of goodwill, writes John O’Sullivan.

Saturday 11 June, 2016

How can a League of Ireland club owe players money and still get a licence to play? LOI

How can a League of Ireland club owe players money and still get a licence to play?

Athlone Town faced with €1,000 fine as controversy over Waterford fixture continues.

Friday 3 June, 2016

Modern football is noise and the FAI and League of Ireland need to capitalise on that

John O’Sullivan believes the league can benefit from the positive reaction to this week’s international at Turner’s Cross.

Friday 20 May, 2016

'Nothing tests relationships between clubs like a cup weekend'

An undercurrent of mistrust has been evident in teams’ dealings with one another, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 13 May, 2016

It's an exciting time for Irish football, so why isn't it having a knock-on effect on our league?

Columnist John O’Sullivan asks why the FAI are currently so inactive in promoting the domestic game.

Friday 6 May, 2016

Rewards for doping in the League of Ireland are low - but culture still puts players at risk

“Temptation can’t really exist without reward,” writes John O’Sullivan in this week’s column.

Friday 15 April, 2016

Irish football may fear the GAA, but playing in winter is hampering our kids' development

Columnist John O’Sullivan believes its time for schoolboy leagues to move to summer football.

Friday 8 April, 2016

Roddy fine could be more 'Game of Thrones' than League of Ireland

Reaction to heavy-handed fine could prompt League of Ireland managers to band together, writes John O’Sullivan.

Friday 1 April, 2016

When it comes to League of Ireland jerseys, sometimes the numbers just don't add up LOI

When it comes to League of Ireland jerseys, sometimes the numbers just don't add up

John O’Sullivan breaks down the economics of jerseys, manufacturers, and players wanting snoods because they saw them on TV.

Friday 11 March, 2016

There's a reason Cork City fans might not want Leicester City to win the Premier League

John O’Sullivan warns of the dangers of ‘link-up’ deals between Irish clubs and their English counterparts.

Friday 4 March, 2016

'This weekend, full of hope, we can look forward to again being part of the #GreatestLeagueInTheWorld'

Our League of Ireland columnist John O’Sullivan believes there is good reason to be optimistic heading into the new season.

Wednesday 2 December, 2015

The rising tide in League of Ireland attendances isn't keeping all boats afloat

John O’Sullivan says the FAI’s figures for 2015 need to be broken down to be understood.

Friday 6 November, 2015

FAI Cup final's success has little to do with FAI and everything to do with people who actually care

In his latest column, John O’Sullivan criticises the association’s severe lack of promotion around this Sunday’s showcase.

Friday 30 October, 2015

A flare for the dramatic - can football balance safety with spectacle?

John O’Sullivan says we can’t stand over use of marine flares but other options are available.

Friday 23 October, 2015

7 things we learned about football in Ireland from Uefa’s latest report

John O’Sullivan takes a look at the state of the game according to the European governing body’s club licencing benchmark report.

Friday 9 October, 2015

'New funding will help produce future stars capable of performances like last night for decades'

Our League of Ireland columnist John O’Sullivan discusses the financial impact Thursday’s defeat of Germany will make to the domestic game.

Wednesday 30 September, 2015

10 changes I would make tomorrow to improve the League of Ireland

John O’Sullivan responds to the findings of the Conroy report with some practical suggestions of his own.

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