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Monday 12 October, 2020

Aaron Connolly rejoins Ireland squad for Finland game
# Saga Over
# Saga Over

Aaron Connolly rejoins Ireland squad for Finland game

Oct 12th 2020, 12:09 PM 26,722 Views 24 Comments

He and Adam Idah initially left the squad over Covid rules, but the revelation of a false positive test has allowed the pair to return.

Sunday 11 October, 2020

Kenny and FAI to review flight plans ahead of Helsinki trip
# Reaction
# Reaction

Kenny and FAI to review flight plans ahead of Helsinki trip

Oct 11th 2020, 9:00 PM 34,111 Views 25 Comments

The Irish boss lost five players over a single Covid positive test last night, with four players identified as close contacts because of seating on the plane.

Wales hold Ireland to another goalless draw
# Honours Even
# Honours Even

Wales hold Ireland to another goalless draw

Oct 11th 2020, 4:04 PM 40,307 Views 93 Comments

An understrength Irish side, weakened by Covid-19, showed more signs of encouragement but again failed to score.

Molumby starts as Kenny forced to make significant changes for Wales clash
# Chaotic Preparation
# Chaotic Preparation

Molumby starts as Kenny forced to make significant changes for Wales clash

Oct 11th 2020, 1:00 PM 13,650 Views 17 Comments

Jack Byrne is among just five outfield players on the bench.

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Five players withdrawn from Ireland squad for Wales clash due to positive Covid case
# Twist
# Twist

Five players withdrawn from Ireland squad for Wales clash due to positive Covid case

Updated Oct 11th 2020, 12:21 PM 84,700 Views 50 Comments

Meanwhile, the Covid test that led to Connolly and Idah missing play-off may have been a false positive.

Plane saga dominates build-up as Kenny searches for important win against Wales
# Preview
# Preview

Plane saga dominates build-up as Kenny searches for important win against Wales

Oct 11th 2020, 7:00 AM 29,193 Views 2 Comments

With the Euros dream dead, Ireland need to start getting results to improve their seeding for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers draw.

Saturday 10 October, 2020

David McGoldrick ruled out of Wales and Finland games
# Absent
# Absent

David McGoldrick ruled out of Wales and Finland games

Oct 10th 2020, 8:49 PM 11,291 Views 18 Comments

James McCarthy is also doubtful for tomorrow’s home clash with Ryan Giggs’ side.

Connolly and Idah missed Euro play-off as they sat in wrong seats on plane
# Out Of Position
# Out Of Position

Connolly and Idah missed Euro play-off as they sat in wrong seats on plane

Oct 10th 2020, 7:00 PM 95,391 Views 48 Comments

Another two Irish players also sat in the wrong seats, but none were told to move.

League of Ireland season extended in response to Covid outbreaks
# LOI
# LOI

League of Ireland season extended in response to Covid outbreaks

Oct 10th 2020, 1:28 PM 4,869 Views 0 Comments

The Premier Division will now finish up on 8 November, as outbreaks left the calendar too squeezed.

Daire O'Connor 'baffled' by surprise exit in week of upheaval at Cork City
# LOI
# LOI

Daire O'Connor 'baffled' by surprise exit in week of upheaval at Cork City

Oct 10th 2020, 7:30 AM 11,677 Views 7 Comments

The winger left Cork in mysterious circumstances at the start of a difficult week for the club.

Friday 9 October, 2020

Italy hopeful of fulfilling Irish U21 fixture following Covid quarantine in Iceland
# Uncertainty
# Uncertainty

Italy hopeful of fulfilling Irish U21 fixture following Covid quarantine in Iceland

Updated Oct 9th 2020, 8:38 PM 10,419 Views 8 Comments

The Irish squad left Dublin today for a game now shrouded in uncertainty.

Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan
# Analysis
# Analysis

Encouraging Slovakia performance proves Kenny's credentials and shows nonsense of succession plan

Oct 9th 2020, 1:39 PM 29,787 Views 51 Comments

Kenny showed last night the progress he has made with his players, but it’s too little too late for Ireland’s Euros hopes.

Connolly and Idah to miss Nations League games with Wales and Finland
# Absent
# Absent

Connolly and Idah to miss Nations League games with Wales and Finland

Oct 9th 2020, 1:19 PM 7,152 Views 9 Comments

The pair had to pull out of last night’s game in Slovakia as they were identified as close contacts of a Covid-positive member of the FAI staff.

Kenny: Slovakia performance proves quality of Irish players
# Reaction
# Reaction

Kenny: Slovakia performance proves quality of Irish players

Oct 9th 2020, 12:28 AM 9,547 Views 10 Comments

The Irish boss heralded his players for showing ‘tremendous qualities as Irishmen.’

Thursday 8 October, 2020

Connolly and Idah miss Slovakia game for sitting too close to Covid-positive FAI staff member on flight
# Late Drama
# Late Drama

Connolly and Idah miss Slovakia game for sitting too close to Covid-positive FAI staff member on flight

Updated Oct 8th 2020, 11:01 PM 57,354 Views 36 Comments

The players were found to be sitting 10 and 30 centimetres too close to the member of staff, and an FAI appeal to the HSE was unsuccessful.

Ireland's Euros dream over in shoot-out defeat to Slovakia
# Heartbreak
# Heartbreak

Ireland's Euros dream over in shoot-out defeat to Slovakia

Oct 8th 2020, 10:39 PM 52,614 Views 126 Comments

Matt Doherty and Alan Browne missed their penalties at the end of a goalless draw in Bratislava.

James McClean starts as Kenny names his team to face Slovakia
# Team News
# Team News

James McClean starts as Kenny names his team to face Slovakia

Oct 8th 2020, 6:35 PM 13,274 Views 21 Comments

Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah are late withdrawals.

Tuesday 6 October, 2020

4 questions for Stephen Kenny ahead of long-awaited Slovakia play-off
# Talking Points
# Talking Points

4 questions for Stephen Kenny ahead of long-awaited Slovakia play-off

Oct 6th 2020, 7:00 AM 8,660 Views 2 Comments

What should Kenny do with his selection and approach? And will Ireland’s poor away record be a problem?

Monday 5 October, 2020

Representing Ireland matters above all else for Callum Robinson
# Here's To You
# Here's To You

Representing Ireland matters above all else for Callum Robinson

Oct 5th 2020, 9:39 PM 21,119 Views 6 Comments

The West Brom striker is hoping to force his way into Stephen Kenny’s starting XI for Thursday’s Euro 2020 play-off with Slovakia.

Kenny says qualification for Euros would be an 'extraordinary achievement'
# Build Up
# Build Up

Kenny says qualification for Euros would be an 'extraordinary achievement'

Updated Oct 5th 2020, 8:00 AM 13,633 Views 14 Comments

The Irish boss nonetheless says his side won’t be cautious in Thursday’s playoff against Slovakia.

Sunday 4 October, 2020

Seamus Coleman likely to miss Slovakia playoff with hamstring injury
# Injury Blow
# Injury Blow

Seamus Coleman likely to miss Slovakia playoff with hamstring injury

Oct 4th 2020, 1:43 PM 3,900 Views 3 Comments

Elsewhere, Darragh Lenihan is out of the squad with injury, and has been replaced by Kevin Long.

Friday 2 October, 2020

Here are Dundalk's potential opponents in today's Europa League draw
# In The Hat
# In The Hat

Here are Dundalk's potential opponents in today's Europa League draw

Updated Oct 2nd 2020, 8:07 AM 32,672 Views 20 Comments

Arsenal, Spurs, Leicester, Roma, Napoli, AC Milan, Celtic and Rangers are among the high-profile names that may lie in wait.

Thursday 1 October, 2020

Giovagnoli wants to face Mourinho's Spurs as he guides Dundalk to Europa League
# Peers
# Peers

Giovagnoli wants to face Mourinho's Spurs as he guides Dundalk to Europa League

Oct 1st 2020, 10:31 PM 6,516 Views 1 Comment

The Italian has improbably presided over a run to the group stages of Europe’s secondary competition.

Dundalk beat Faroese KI to qualify for the Europa League group stages
# Forza Filippo
# Forza Filippo

Dundalk beat Faroese KI to qualify for the Europa League group stages

Oct 1st 2020, 9:24 PM 40,199 Views 46 Comments

Filippo Giovagnoli’s side were 3-1 winners at the Aviva Stadium tonight.

'I have a few knives in my back that I want to take away' - Dundalk on cusp of shock Europa League qualification
# Preview
# Preview

'I have a few knives in my back that I want to take away' - Dundalk on cusp of shock Europa League qualification

Oct 1st 2020, 8:00 AM 28,178 Views 15 Comments

Dundalk face KI of Faroe Islands in Dublin tonight, with the winner progressing to the group stages of the Europa League.

Wednesday 30 September, 2020

'Pressure is a privilege' - Giovagnoli admits Dundalk's Euro play-off is the biggest moment of his career
# Opportunity
# Opportunity

'Pressure is a privilege' - Giovagnoli admits Dundalk's Euro play-off is the biggest moment of his career

Sep 30th 2020, 6:00 PM 5,826 Views 5 Comments

The Lilywhites face KI of the Faroe Islands tomorrow night for a place in the Europa League group stages.

Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Kenny leaves door open to playing Doherty and Coleman in the same team
# Selection Conundrum
# Selection Conundrum

Kenny leaves door open to playing Doherty and Coleman in the same team

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 5:07 PM 20,555 Views 24 Comments

Stephen Kenny spoke to the press today as he announced a 25-man squad for an upcoming triple-header, one of which is the Euros play-off with Slovakia.

Irish U21 striker leaves Celtic on loan
# On The Move
# On The Move

Irish U21 striker leaves Celtic on loan

Sep 29th 2020, 4:42 PM 11,482 Views 2 Comments

Jonathan Afolabi will spend the season at second-tier Dundee.

'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'
# BTL
# BTL

'I cannot even begin to put into words what he was like when he lost his temper, it was ludicrous'

Updated Sep 29th 2020, 4:16 PM 64,050 Views 16 Comments

Daniel Taylor, a veteran of many of Alex Ferguson’s infamous press conferences, is our guest on the latest episode of Behind the Lines.

Monday 28 September, 2020

Serena overcomes patchy French Open start as Thiem aces Cilic test
# Roland Garros
# Roland Garros

Serena overcomes patchy French Open start as Thiem aces Cilic test

Sep 28th 2020, 5:03 PM 3,739 Views 0 Comments

Rafa Nadal, meanwhile, says he will defend his title in the ‘most difficult conditions’ he has ever met at Roland Garros.

Liverpool confirm loan exit for Loris Karius
# Moving On
# Moving On

Liverpool confirm loan exit for Loris Karius

Sep 28th 2020, 4:20 PM 10,500 Views 13 Comments

Kamil Grabara has also left on loan, confirming Caoimhin Kelleher’s status as third-choice ‘keeper at Anfield.

Saturday 26 September, 2020

Richard Keogh makes return to English football following dismissal from Derby
# Bouncing Back
# Bouncing Back

Richard Keogh makes return to English football following dismissal from Derby

Sep 26th 2020, 10:55 PM 21,554 Views 8 Comments

The Irish defender hadn’t played in a year, since leaving Derby having suffered a serious knee injury as a passenger in a drink-driving incident.

McClean returns to starting line-up in Stoke win

McClean returns to starting line-up in Stoke win

Sep 26th 2020, 5:21 PM 6,993 Views 1 Comment

Elsewhere in the football league, there were bittersweet days for Kieran Sadlier and Ryan Cassidy.

Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Irish international Arter joins Championship club in permanent deal
# Arter Effect
# Arter Effect

Irish international Arter joins Championship club in permanent deal

Sep 22nd 2020, 9:02 PM 15,957 Views 12 Comments

The midfielder has left Bournemouth for Nottingham Forest.

'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'
# BTL
# BTL

'In some ways, he was somebody who was desperate to be loved by everybody'

Updated Sep 22nd 2020, 8:04 PM 50,291 Views 20 Comments

Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan, authors of the remarkable Champagne Football, are our guests on this week’s Behind the Lines.

Friday 18 September, 2020

Holders Rovers to face Harps, Bohs to play Dundalk in FAI Cup quarter finals
# Draw
# Draw

Holders Rovers to face Harps, Bohs to play Dundalk in FAI Cup quarter finals

Sep 18th 2020, 10:31 PM 3,225 Views 0 Comments

Athlone Town, the last of the remaining First Division sides, will face Shels.

Bray make statement with Longford win as Caulfield's revival of Galway continues
# Wrap
# Wrap

Bray make statement with Longford win as Caulfield's revival of Galway continues

Sep 18th 2020, 10:19 PM 4,836 Views 2 Comments

Drogheda meanwhile were winners against UCD.

Thursday 17 September, 2020

Gary O'Neill hails Milan's quality and reveals Ibrahimovic's 'lovely touch'
# Souvenir
# Souvenir

Gary O'Neill hails Milan's quality and reveals Ibrahimovic's 'lovely touch'

Sep 17th 2020, 10:40 PM 18,003 Views 8 Comments

The Milan striker gave his shirt to Aaron Greene’s son after his side’s 2-0 win at Tallaght.

Bradley's main emotion is pride as Rovers are beaten by Milan
# Reaction
# Reaction

Bradley's main emotion is pride as Rovers are beaten by Milan

Sep 17th 2020, 9:42 PM 8,213 Views 7 Comments

The Rovers manager was impressed by his sides performance, sentiments shared by Stefano Pioli and Paolo Maldini.

Zlatan on target as classy Milan see off committed Shamrock Rovers
# Brave But Beaten
# Brave But Beaten

Zlatan on target as classy Milan see off committed Shamrock Rovers

Sep 17th 2020, 9:01 PM 50,426 Views 25 Comments

The Italians were 2-0 winners in the Europa League tonight.