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'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back'
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'We're all missing social contact, gatherings and friends now. Football will be important on our way back'

Mar 25th 2020, 1:11 PM 3,041 Views 1 Comment

John O’Sullivan looks at how this unprecedented period will affect Ireland’s top clubs and the people involved.

The time to halt the League of Ireland is now, but measures must be taken to protect clubs and players
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# Crisis

The time to halt the League of Ireland is now, but measures must be taken to protect clubs and players

Mar 11th 2020, 2:48 PM 4,586 Views 2 Comments

If plan B isn’t already in place, it might already be too late for some clubs, writes John O’Sullivan.

FAI should send message by refusing to enter into sponsorship deals with gambling companies
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# Opinion

FAI should send message by refusing to enter into sponsorship deals with gambling companies

Sep 6th 2019, 5:40 PM 5,707 Views 18 Comments

The League of Ireland needs protection in battle to maintain game’s integrity, writes John O’Sullivan.

'No matter how skillful or capable they are, there are idiots whose only card will be, 'Yeah, but they’re women''
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'No matter how skillful or capable they are, there are idiots whose only card will be, 'Yeah, but they’re women''

Aug 2nd 2019, 11:00 AM 14,943 Views 37 Comments

John O’Sullivan compares the battle women’s football and the WNL face post-World Cup, the common threads with the League of Ireland and the ignorance of the barstooler.

Qualities of those making the changes are key, not the noise of critics and opportunists sitting back
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Qualities of those making the changes are key, not the noise of critics and opportunists sitting back

Jul 19th 2019, 12:49 PM 4,749 Views 8 Comments

John O’Sullivan takes a look at the criticisms directed at the FAI and Cork City, who have both been in the firing line of late.

Realistic self-help approach could see Lucid's dream become a reality for Irish football
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# LOI

Realistic self-help approach could see Lucid's dream become a reality for Irish football

Jul 5th 2019, 12:40 PM 3,881 Views 4 Comments

‘The League of Ireland has unique challenges and positives which need to be understood and embraced,’ writes John O’Sullivan.

Waterford's Europa League woes keep the spotlight on FAI governance
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# League Of Ireland

Waterford's Europa League woes keep the spotlight on FAI governance

Jun 14th 2019, 3:31 PM 6,214 Views 5 Comments

‘The noise around Abbottstown may have died down, but the impact of their governance has not,’ writes John O’Sullivan in this week’s column.

The FAI needs a full-time executive board with appropriate governance... not a social club
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# Mansion House

The FAI needs a full-time executive board with appropriate governance... not a social club

May 31st 2019, 11:00 AM 4,132 Views 2 Comments

Today Shane Ross hosts a stakeholder event to kick-off a transformation of Irish football. Expect a lot of what, a little how and even less why, writes John O’Sullivan.

Caulfield's legendary status and passion might ultimately have been his downfall
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# LOI

Caulfield's legendary status and passion might ultimately have been his downfall

May 3rd 2019, 9:07 AM 5,980 Views 3 Comments

John O’Sullivan looks at the changing of the guard at Cork City.

We do not have the slightest idea what the League of Ireland will look like in 2020
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We do not have the slightest idea what the League of Ireland will look like in 2020

Apr 19th 2019, 4:25 PM 6,469 Views 3 Comments

John O’Sullivan assesses the impact of the ongoing FAI controversy on the League of Ireland.

Why Delaney's 'parish pump' political style has won him support around the country
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Why Delaney's 'parish pump' political style has won him support around the country

Apr 5th 2019, 12:03 PM 24,003 Views 39 Comments

However, the fact that the FAI boss has visited 2,000 clubs isn’t relevant to the issues up for discussion at an Oireachtas committee hearing next week, writes John O’Sullivan.

'The FAI have to open their books in a detailed and transparent way to those who are dependent upon them'
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'The FAI have to open their books in a detailed and transparent way to those who are dependent upon them'

Mar 22nd 2019, 3:36 PM 4,330 Views 3 Comments

John O’Sullivan reflects on the potentially serious impact rescheduled fixtures have on League of Ireland clubs.

Scaled-back Soccer Republic can be the League of Ireland's Football Italia
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# Tv Or Not Tv

Scaled-back Soccer Republic can be the League of Ireland's Football Italia

Mar 8th 2019, 10:32 AM 5,645 Views 10 Comments

John O’Sullivan discusses tailoring highlights to new fans – not the die-hards – and much more in his weekly column.

John O'Sullivan: Time for fans to weed out troublemakers from the league we all love
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# LOI

John O'Sullivan: Time for fans to weed out troublemakers from the league we all love

Feb 22nd 2019, 2:12 PM 11,714 Views 17 Comments

Name and shame those that make us uncomfortable at League of Ireland games.

'People who don’t understand the LOI can turn their noses up... but they’re the ones losing out'
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# League Of Ireland

'People who don’t understand the LOI can turn their noses up... but they’re the ones losing out'

Feb 15th 2019, 2:40 PM 12,064 Views 30 Comments

Love is in the air as John O’Sullivan welcomes a brand-new SSE Airtricity League season.

Don't expect Niall Quinn to be a white knight for the League of Ireland
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# Grassroots

Don't expect Niall Quinn to be a white knight for the League of Ireland

Jan 22nd 2019, 3:00 PM 34,198 Views 35 Comments

The former Ireland international’s proposals are not encouraging, writes John O’Sullivan.

Quick-fix appointment could waste a huge opportunity for Irish football
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Quick-fix appointment could waste a huge opportunity for Irish football

Nov 22nd 2018, 11:34 AM 5,623 Views 6 Comments

The FAI must resist the lure of a stop-gap hire for the senior manager’s role, writes John O’Sullivan.

'It’s unique, small, noisy, bonkers, heart-breaking and joyous in equal measure'
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'It’s unique, small, noisy, bonkers, heart-breaking and joyous in equal measure'

Oct 26th 2018, 8:00 PM 25,377 Views 13 Comments

In his final column of the season, John O’Sullivan outlines the reasons to be thankful for the League of Ireland.

One of the longest off-seasons in the world is killing Irish football
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# League Of Ireland

One of the longest off-seasons in the world is killing Irish football

Oct 12th 2018, 2:16 PM 10,757 Views 15 Comments

“It’s far too easy for a club to turn the lights out in September and do nothing until February,” writes John O’Sullivan.

'The Phoenix article reporting Limerick are facing a winding up order makes for dark reading'
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'The Phoenix article reporting Limerick are facing a winding up order makes for dark reading'

Oct 5th 2018, 4:55 PM 8,770 Views 9 Comments

As someone who spent 18 months working at the club, John O’Sullivan is saddened by their recent problems.

Those from Dundalk outraged over Turner's Cross ticket allocation are blaming the chair for stubbing their toe
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Those from Dundalk outraged over Turner's Cross ticket allocation are blaming the chair for stubbing their toe

Sep 21st 2018, 10:58 AM 7,410 Views 10 Comments

There has been back and forth about the away section ahead of tonight’s top-of-the-table clash, writes John O’Sullivan.

Cobh Ramblers' underdog run reminds us why the EA Sports Cup is worth loving
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# League Of Ireland

Cobh Ramblers' underdog run reminds us why the EA Sports Cup is worth loving

Sep 14th 2018, 5:37 PM 3,186 Views 2 Comments

A coin-toss shouldn’t decide the venue for a national final, writes John O’Sullivan.

'If the FAI have a primary responsibility it’s to protect clubs from themselves and their own bad decisions.'
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# LOI

'If the FAI have a primary responsibility it’s to protect clubs from themselves and their own bad decisions.'

Aug 31st 2018, 2:39 PM 4,038 Views 0 Comments

The Association can do plenty to boost the League of Ireland without allowing clubs to do damage, writes John O’Sullivan.

'Being invited to a party you don't want to attend is a pain': FAI have a long to-do list before third-tier plan
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'Being invited to a party you don't want to attend is a pain': FAI have a long to-do list before third-tier plan

Aug 24th 2018, 12:18 PM 7,324 Views 3 Comments

John O’Sullivan examines the FAI’s reported interest in creating a third tier in the League of Ireland.

European prize money is splitting the League of Ireland into haves and have-nots
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European prize money is splitting the League of Ireland into haves and have-nots

Aug 17th 2018, 6:01 PM 8,385 Views 25 Comments

Four clubs grossed €2.3 million while the rest of the league bent over backwards to accommodate them, writes John O’Sullivan.

'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'
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'It's as useful as being angry at those who miss mass each week while planning to see the Pope'

Aug 10th 2018, 9:30 PM 39,826 Views 49 Comments

There’s no point criticising football fans for attending the recent Aviva Stadium friendlies while ignoring the League of Ireland, writes columnist John O’Sullivan.

Communication shouldn't be so complicated for two organisations who share a canteen
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# LOI

Communication shouldn't be so complicated for two organisations who share a canteen

Aug 3rd 2018, 3:51 PM 9,442 Views 6 Comments

For the game’s senior bodies to ignore the standards they expect of others is pathetic, writes John O’Sullivan.

'Liam Miller deserves more than to be an excuse for people to have a cut off each other'
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'Liam Miller deserves more than to be an excuse for people to have a cut off each other'

Jul 27th 2018, 3:30 PM 28,001 Views 67 Comments

The recent debate over Páirc Uí Chaoimh has turned into a point-scoring exercise between fans of the two sports, writes John O’Sullivan.

'If the FAI want licensing to be taken seriously, they need to treat breaches more severely'
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'If the FAI want licensing to be taken seriously, they need to treat breaches more severely'

Jul 20th 2018, 12:29 PM 9,427 Views 8 Comments

Bray Wanderers and Limerick are entirely responsible for their recent late payment of wages, writes John O’Sullivan.

An emotional night with a relevance that went beyond the result
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# After All

An emotional night with a relevance that went beyond the result

Jul 15th 2018, 10:00 AM 30,142 Views 10 Comments

Ahead of Tuesday’s second leg, former Cork City chairman John O’Sullivan on the club’s Champions League tie against Legia Warsaw.

36 games into 31 weekends just doesn’t work - the LOI needs to get serious about scheduling
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36 games into 31 weekends just doesn’t work - the LOI needs to get serious about scheduling

May 4th 2018, 1:34 PM 3,622 Views 3 Comments

John O’Sullivan takes a closer look at the headaches caused by the League of Ireland fixture list.

Local heroes like Maguire can be the Messi or Ronaldo to a generation of Irish youngsters
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# League Of Ireland

Local heroes like Maguire can be the Messi or Ronaldo to a generation of Irish youngsters

Mar 16th 2018, 2:30 PM 4,729 Views 4 Comments

John O’Sullivan on why our rising stars are the League of Ireland’s most valuable asset.

This week's foreseen LOI postponements the right call, but what about last Friday night?
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This week's foreseen LOI postponements the right call, but what about last Friday night?

Mar 2nd 2018, 7:00 AM 3,899 Views 16 Comments

The postponement of the Drogheda United and Finn Harps fixture could have been avoided, writes John O’Sullivan.

'Some victories feel sweeter': Waterford's return, and the banner that sparked a rivalry
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'Some victories feel sweeter': Waterford's return, and the banner that sparked a rivalry

Feb 16th 2018, 2:23 PM 5,713 Views 3 Comments

The SSE Airtricity League is back – and so is John O’Sullivan’s column.

Dundalk's new owners look the part but past experiences leave cause for concern
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Dundalk's new owners look the part but past experiences leave cause for concern

Jan 26th 2018, 2:22 PM 9,274 Views 10 Comments

“For all the positives, you wonder if they’re mad,” writes former Cork City FC chairman John O’Sullivan.

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

Nov 3rd 2017, 12:07 PM 17,010 Views 45 Comments

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

The Emperor has no clothes: Bray should be apologetic and embarrassed, not defiant
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# League Of Ireland

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

Jul 28th 2017, 12:00 PM 21,403 Views 24 Comments

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

Lessons the League of Ireland could learn from the circus
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Lessons the League of Ireland could learn from the circus

Jun 2nd 2017, 1:57 PM 3,194 Views 2 Comments

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

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

May 19th 2017, 2:49 PM 3,768 Views 3 Comments

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

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

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

May 12th 2017, 3:00 PM 12,775 Views 8 Comments

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

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