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Cobh chairman Bill O'Leary hopeful ahead of League of Ireland restart later this month

Sat, Jul 04 2020

O’Leary, who was involved in the discussions of returning to play by representing the FDA in discussions with the FAI, ...

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Longread: Home games at the Cross and a famous night in Athlone - the story behind the Cobh Ramblers 2007 First Division title win

Fri, Jul 03 2020

Ramblers’ success in 2007 was not a surprise but was the culmination of years of hard work and foundations that ...

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Bray Wanderers launch fundraising campaign to aid club ahead of return to football

Fri, Jul 03 2020

The Seagulls follow in the footsteps of Sligo Rovers who have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help ...

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Sligo Rovers have raised more than 31K in the last 24 hours

Wed, Jul 01 2020

Yesterday was a day of joy and hope for many League of Ireland fans with the news that the League ...

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Defender Paul Cleary returns to St Patrick's Athletic following Wexford loan

Wed, Jul 01 2020

Cleary – a Leinster Senior Cup winner with St Pats – joined the Slaneysiders on loan prior to the start ...

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Hoops Head Coach Bradley happy to get football back on

Tue, Jun 30 2020

Shamrock Rovers Head Coach Stephen Bradley welcomed the announcement from the FAI on Tuesday of the resumption of the League ...

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Quinn confirms FAI Cup arrangements as football set to return

Tue, Jun 30 2020

As part of Tuesday's announcement of the return of the SSE Airtricity League, Niall Quinn, the FAI's Interim Deputy CEO, ...

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League of Ireland football set for July 31 restart

Tue, Jun 30 2020

The NLEC has ruled that the league will resume on July 31st with the league resuming as planned with two ...

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From the Archives - extratime.ie League of Ireland Attendance Report 2019

Mon, Jun 29 2020

For the third season in a row, the SSE Airticity League of Ireland has seen an increase in attendances. The ...

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Gallery: Athlone Town return to training

Fri, Jun 26 2020

Athlone Town returned to training on this week and on Wednesday evening our photographer Gary Shanahan took a trip out ...

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Finn Harps release historic Finn Park video as they continue attempts to raise 30K

Wed, Jun 24 2020

Finn Harps have released an iconic video featuring some classic moments from the past in the hope of furthering their ...

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From the Archives - Pay Flynn: Now that I see what Cristiano Ronaldo has done, it's nice for me to say to my kids that I kept him quiet. That tackle is something to own

Sun, Jun 21 2020

No stranger to capturing League of Ireland trophies during his playing career, Pat Flynn is also widely recognised as one ...

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FAI welcome Resilience Fund to aid recovery from Covid-19

Fri, Jun 19 2020

The funding will be made up of four separate allocations, the first being ‘funding of up to €40 million for ...

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From the Archives - Stephen Henderson: At times we feel like we are in an episode of Stranger Things!

Wed, Jun 17 2020

The Cobh Ramblers manager believes the success of Cork City doesn't and shouldn't benefit his side.

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Finn Harps announce fundraising campaign in the hope of hosting League of Ireland games when season resumes

Tue, Jun 16 2020

Finn Harps have confirmed their intention to apply to host a number of games when the League of Ireland season ...

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First Division Alliance 'increasingly positive about the possibility of returning to competitive action' in August

Mon, Jun 15 2020

The Alliance met with both Gary Owens and Niall Quinn this afternoon to discuss a return to action – and ...

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From the Archives - There is no loyalty in LOI - Greg O'Halloran Interview

Mon, Jun 15 2020

ExtraTime.ie caught up with Greg O'Halloran to hear his tales about his nationwide travels and passion for the beautiful game.

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From the Archives - LOI big part in having a good career

Sun, Jun 14 2020

Roy Keane says the League of Ireland played a big part in his career.

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FAI hold 'productive' meeting with all 19 clubs as talks are set to continue over the weekend on League return

Thu, Jun 11 2020

The association met with clubs this afternoon to discuss how a proposed return to League of Ireland football may look ...

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Gallery: Karl Moore training in Isolation

Wed, Jun 10 2020

All football in the Republic of Ireland has been given permission to resume training from Monday 15th June, however, many ...

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FAI publish return to play guide for clubs as football inches closer to a return

Tue, Jun 09 2020

The FAI have confirmed that in light of the recent changes to the government roadmap

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Micheal Schlingermann: The year out helped me mentally and to get set up with life after football

Mon, Jun 08 2020

Honing your skills, exuding patience and making the most of an opportunity when it comes is appropriate in all team ...

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From the Archives - Bazunu to Man City - A transfer that could change Irish football?

Mon, Jun 08 2020

It may well be the transfer that changes the structure of Irish football.

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From the Archives - Davy O'Connor: Depression stole me of confidence and self-belief - I was a waste of a tracksuit

Sun, Jun 07 2020

This year, O’Connor will run 247km in 72 hours, the number chosen to represent the 24/7 nature that mental health ...

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FAI steering group to meet to consider early resumption of football

Fri, Jun 05 2020

The FAI have this evening welcomed the speeding up of the Government’s roadmap and will now meet tomorrow morning to ...

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Athlone Town 'in no way supports, shares nor endorses any of the concerns expressed by Mr Morton' - Athlone publicly react to concerns raised by FAI Council member

Thu, Jun 04 2020

The Athlone board also said that the timing of the letter ‘is regrettable’ amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic which has ...

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From the Archive - Brendan Clarke: It was embarrassing. There was anger, hatred, every emotion, really

Wed, Jun 03 2020

Brendan Clarke's recollections of a commendable career to date.

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Where are they now? - UCD's 2009 First Division title winners

Thu, May 28 2020

They don’t get the crowds, nor do they get the plaudits they often deserve, but make no mistake about it, ...

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Gallery: extratime in isolation

Mon, May 25 2020

With long lense and camera in hand, our photography team have been out and about to capture some of those ...

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Irish Supporters Network find mixed views on behind closed doors return to action in latest survey

Fri, May 22 2020

52.7% of the 826 respondents said that they were for the behind closed doors proposed return to action, while 47.3% ...

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Quiz: How well do you remember the 2019 League of Ireland season?

Thu, May 21 2020

With talk in recent days and weeks as to how football will get back in some fashion, here’s a quiz ...

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Football to re-start with top four League of Ireland competition

Fri, May 15 2020

The FAI have announced their pathway for a safer return to football document

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87% of League of Ireland players back return to training and matches in PFAI survey

Fri, May 15 2020

The PFAI’s study collected the views of 285 players in a ‘return to play survey’ that recently took place

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Derry City encourage rivals 'to join in supporting the possibilities that an All-Island League would release'

Thu, May 14 2020

The club have also said that they are ‘impressed’ with the model proposed that brings together the two leagues to ...

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Famous faces continue to get behind #HeadsUpVariety challenge

Tue, May 12 2020

How would you like to win a football signed by Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo to name ...

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Longread: When the Students came of age - How UCD won the 2009 First Division

Mon, May 11 2020

In 2009 the First Division was potentially the strongest it had ever been as Dermot Keely’s Shelbourne and Liam Buckley’s ...

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FAI writes to Sport Ireland regarding the resumption of amateur adult and underage football

Thu, May 07 2020

The FAI have announced that they have written to Sport Ireland to try and get a better understanding of what ...

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King of the Island - extratime.ie Sportscast Season 8 Episode 16

Fri, May 01 2020

On this week's pod Declan Marron and Andrew Dempsey discuss the first King of the Island since Ruaidhri Ua Conchubair

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Tactics, Taxis and TU - Lee Steacy's Story

Fri, May 01 2020

Speaking with extratime.ie, the Dubliner explained how his career developed to the stage where he’s now playing some of the ...

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League of Ireland clubs receive working document on potential behind closed doors return

Tue, Apr 28 2020

The League of Ireland has been put on hold since March as a result of the current COVID-19 outbreak

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Extratime.ie Sportscast - Longford's Maiden European Voyage 2001 - The start of Stephen Kenny's managerial career

Sat, Apr 25 2020

For our bonus pod this week, we bring you the second part of our look at two contrasting spells of ...

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First Division Cobh Ramblers set to host online quiz fundraiser on May 1st

Fri, Apr 24 2020

The quiz will be hosted by comedian Andrew Ryan at 7:30pm on May 1st

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Longford's Byrne eyes the big prize as he steps up recovery from his latest long-term injury setback

Fri, Apr 24 2020

The injury was his second long-term setback – with his first coming in 2018 at Stradbrook against Cabinteely that left ...

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FAI to seek clarification from Department of Sport on mass gatherings ruling

Thu, Apr 23 2020

The FAI will seek meetings with Government and Department of Sport officials on new proposals to ban mass gatherings of ...

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FAI and NLEC hold 'productive and realistic meeting' to draw out road map for the return of League of Ireland football

Wed, Apr 22 2020

Delegates from both the FAI and the NLEC discussed the various options at length

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Third Level Education -- Different Voices

Tue, Apr 21 2020

Since January 2018, Tom O'Connor has spoken to a variety of voices throughout the league about combining education and football

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Extratime.ie Sportscast Season 8 Episode 14 - Using InStat in the LOI & Athletes on the Frontline

Mon, Apr 20 2020

Declan Marron, Dave Donnelly & Macdara Ferris speak to former UCD Manager Collie O’Neill about mounting issues in his last ...

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Long Read: The Flames and the Bagpipes - The Story behind Cabinteely's League of Ireland opener in 2015

Sat, Apr 18 2020

The manner in which Cabo found their way in the League of Ireland was quick, and potentially more surprising than ...

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How to help your League of Ireland club financially during the Coronavirus shutdown - a guide

Tue, Apr 07 2020

First-team and academy training has been suspended across the board as clubs put the health of their players and staff ...

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Galway United launch new online store as league shutdown hits revenue

Tue, Apr 07 2020

2020 club jerseys retail at €60 apiece for adults and €45 for children, while a range of training tops and ...

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