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Airtricity League Officially Launched

Players, managers and officials from all 20 teams were at the Aviva Stadium today for the launch of the 2015 SSE Airtricity League season.

The SSE Airtricity League Premier and First Divisions will commence on Friday, March 6, and a total of 330 league and play-off games will be played in addition to matches in the Irish Daily Mail FAI Cup, EA SPORTS Cup, President’s Cup, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League.

Among the highlights of the new season will be the return to the Premier Division of Longford Town and  Galway United and the arrival of a new club, Cabinteely, who will compete in the First Division.

Launching the 2015 season, the FAI’S Director of Competitions, Fran Gavin said: “There has been a huge amount of energy and passion going in to pre-season preparations all over the country and I want to compliment the clubs for the hard work being done. Clubs are nothing without their communities, and the energy to really engage the local community is vital all year round from each of our clubs if we are to continue to advance as a League.”

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director SSE Airtricity, said:  “For the 2015 season we want to focus in on the fans of the league, and use them as the driving force for our new creative #FanPoweredFootball. For us, it is the dedication of the fans, the players and all the clubs, which make the SSE Airtricity League what it is. Each season is filled with excitement and dramatic endings and I am sure this year will be no different.”

Fran Gavin also announced that the FAI is to undertake a consultation process for the SSE Airtricity League which will involve all stakeholders in the domestic game, the clubs, the media, the supporters, the general public and many other groups. The process will be headed Declan Conroy who led the successful Europa League and Euro 2020 bids. It will start next week and, as part of the process, every club will be met individually and the public will also be invited to express their views. The process will take a couple of months to complete and the details will be communicated to clubs on Monday. The pubic consultation will start from Tuesday, March 3.

“There are two objectives: to get views on how the clubs and the league currently operates and also to get opinions on how the clubs and the league can move forward. I am sure there will be lots of different opinions but we want to hear them. This League has a big heritage and we need to work hard and work together if we are to make it strong for the future,” said Mr Gavin.

SSE Airtricity are set to roll out a national advertising campaign which focuses on the availability of live football in Ireland using the slogan “Fan Powered Football” and will use the hashtag #FanPoweredFootball on their social media platforms when referencing the league.  A special promotional video was shown for the first time at today’s launch and can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxJBgvU4iok&feature=youtu.be.

RTE and Setanta Sports will also continue their live coverage of matches during the season and RTE has also committed to covering the SSE Airtricity League each week during the season through their popular football programme Soccer Republic which will commence on Monday, March 9, at 11:05 on RTÉ2.

The 12 clubs participating in the 2015 Premier Division will be: Bohemians, Bray Wanderers, Cork City, Derry City, Drogheda United, Dundalk, Galway United, Longford Town, Limerick, St Patrick’s Athletic, Shamrock Rovers and Sligo Rovers. The eight clubs participating in the 2015 First Division will be: Athlone Town, Cabinteely, Cobh Ramblers, Finn Harps, Shelbourne, Waterford United, Wexford Youths and UCD.

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League Of Ireland 2013 – The Highs And Lows

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The League of Ireland season is rarely boring and un-entertaining, 2013 was no different. We experienced many highs and lows with St.Patrick’s Athletic and Athlone Town among the most memorable stories as they won their respective leagues.

As ever there was no shortage of controversy as Waterford United endured a flirtation with the financial abyss as former manager Stephen Henderson sought to have them wound up in court before both parties ultimately made an agreement. The club also faced some lows on the pitch as they narrowly missed out on a play-off position in the First Division. Continue reading

Shamrock Rovers Confirm First Division Team

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Shamrock Rovers will field a team in the Airtricity League, First Division from the 2014 season, it has been confirmed today.

The FAI has today announced the eight teams that will contest the First Division next season, which includes the Shamrock Rovers second team. Continue reading

Daly Confident Of FAI Cup Success

dalyMick Daly is no stranger to the big occasions since he joined Drogheda United and heads into Sunday’s FAI Cup Final clash with Sligo Rovers full of confidence.

The Drogheda United star knows how if you fail to prepare, you can prepare to fail. But he insists the Drogs have thoroughly prepared and are fully ready to battle Ian Baraclough’s men at the Aviva. Continue reading

Ledwith Eyes Cup Treble To Combat Disappointing League Campaign

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Shamrock Rovers left back Danny Ledwith is eagerly anticipating tonight’s clash with Drogheda United, the same team they beat last weekend to take the EA Sports Cup crown.

The Hoops expected more from the league this year but their cup form has been what is keeping the squad going. Danny explains further; “The last five or six weeks have really help to rise the team spirt and morale with such a good run of wins as well as performances.”

“Obviously it has been a disappointing league campaign but we’re still pushing to finish as high as possible. A treble of cups and European football next season will make it a successful year in my eyes as it’s a new group of players and new staff.” Continue reading

LOI : Five Games Remain To Determine Destiny Of Dublin Trio

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Five games stand between destiny and fate as a trio of Dublin sides head into the final furlong in need of results for different reasons.

St Patrick’s Athletic now have their title destiny in their own hands having over come title rivals Dundalk last week. The Saints travel to Bray this evening looking to move six points ahead of the lilywhites before they face Limerick tomorrow.

Across the Liffey and the picture is far more gloomy with northside rivals Bohemians and Shelbourne battling to stave off the dreaded drop , something Bohs have and advantage in having thrashed their neighbours last time out. Continue reading

LOI : Saints And Dundalk Ready For Title Decider

loiA season defining weekend lies in store for the League Of Ireland with two key games that could determine the destination of the title and who is bound for the dreaded drop.

All eyes turn to Richmond Park this Friday as St Patrick’s Athletic host Dundalk in what is the biggest game either side has faced in a long time. Only goal difference separates these two title rivals who enjoyed mixed fortunes in last week’s FAI Cup games with  Pats bowing out to Shamrock Rovers while Dundalk walloped Shelbourne. The momentum appears to be with the lilywhites but few would bet against Liam Buckley’s side at home.

Elsewhere , the big Dublin derby between Shelbourne and Bohemians will go a long way to determining who is bound for the relegation trapdoor while Shamrock Rovers and Drogheda United take a break from league matters to contest the EA Sports Cup final. Continue reading

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