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Ireland v Portugal – Preview, Predicted Teams

It is that most rare of occasions, an Ireland international week with a feeling of optimism leading into it. The recent victories over Azerbaijan and Qatar in the last international break have given Stephen Kenny some breathing space and the fact that Ireland finally recorded a competitive victory during his tenure has certainly eased the pressure on the manager. It …


Features, Irish Rugby, Rugby

Uninspired Ireland Falling Behind The Rest

The Ireland side named to face Japan on Saturday could hardly be described as experimental. While other sides have clearly got one eye on the 2023 World Cup, Ireland coach Andy Farrell has opted for experience. It is easy to forget that Farrell was under severe pressure prior to the away win over Scotland in the 2021 Six Nations and, …


The IRFU must improve women’s rugby in the country

Anyone that watched the Irish women’s rugby game against Scotland will have seen distraught players thrown across the pitch after their defeat. This was, without a doubt, grim viewing for the onlooking audience. Following this fall out in the World cup qualifier on Saturday, September 25th, many questions have been raised about the treatment of Women’s rugby in the country. …

Ireland Beaten By Spain In First RWC 2021 Qualifier

Spain 8-7 Ireland Ireland suffered a one-point defeat to a physically imposing Spain side in what was a poor start to their Rugby World Cup 2021 Europe Qualifier campaign on Monday evening. Adam Griggs’ side made textbook errors throughout the match as the Women’s Six Nations side failed to assert their dominance over the 2019-20 Women’s Rugby Europe champions. Spain …

Stephen Kenny and the Fan Base Split: Should Ireland Stick With The Beleaguered Manager?

Us Ireland fans are no strangers to last-minute losses and agonising draws. Ever since Thierry Henry handpassed the ball to William Gallas in 2009 to crush a nation’s hopes and dreams I have never felt comfortable when Ireland lead in the dying stages. So, when Ronaldo leapt like a salmon to head in the winner in Portugal last week I …

Narcis’sips Founder Cathal O’Reilly Talks Business, Carbon Footprints and the Sustainable Movement

2020 was a big year for reusable cup company Narcis’sips and its founder, Cathal O’Reilly. The Irish company, which pioneered the affordable reusable, appeared in GQ magazine and on national TV. As I sit down virtually with the young accountant on a Friday afternoon, he explains that Narcis’sips began as a side project, while studying for his accounting exams in …

League of Ireland Recap: Rovers Gain on Leaders While Cork Fall Further Behind

The SSE Airtricity Leagues continued last week with rounds three and four of the First Division and Premier Division, along with the rescheduled Derry City – Shamrock Rovers fixture. Local side Treaty United played a 1-1 draw against Cobh Ramblers with 10 men on Friday night in the First Division. Defender Charlie Fleming was dismissed after half an hour, with …

League of Ireland Recap: Treaty Win At Home As Three Go Top of Premier Division

The latest rounds of the League of Ireland saw the Premier Division get even tighter and a goal-fest in the First Division. Local side Treaty United got their first win of the season in their first home game with a slender victory over Wexford Youths. Anthony O’Donnell netted for the home side at Markets Field but a second-yellow for Clyde …

Republic of Ireland Draw with Qatar in Debrecen

The Republic of Ireland earned a draw against Asian Cup holders and 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar in Hungary tonight. Stephen Kenny’s side started strong with a goal from James McClean coming in the fourth minute but a decision almost went against them moments later when Qatari full-back Ró-Ró was fouled outside the box. The challenge could have earned the …

League of Ireland Recap: Treaty United Kick-Off While Finn Harps Go Top Of The Premier Division

The League of Ireland First Division kicked off the 2021 season this weekend while the Premier Division had its second round of games. Limerick’s new League of Ireland side Treaty United began life with a 0-0 draw in Bray on Saturday. The side earned the valuable point after midfielder Sean McSweeney was given his marching orders in the 65th minute …