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Irish players in the SPL

Now that Dundee have finally been named as the team who will replace Rangers in the SPL, Irish News Review takes a look at the Irish players who will be plying their trade in Scotland’s top division this season. At the moment, there are 17 Irishmen in the various first team squads, and one waiting to hear whether he will be given a contract.

Dundee United lead the way with six, whilst St Mirren  have three. Hibs, Celtic and Inverness all have two Irish born stars on their books.

Regular updates will appear on Irish News Review on how each player is performing throughout the season.

Jonny Hayes (Born 9 July 1987 in Dublin)

Hayes is a creative midfield player who came to Aberdeen’s attention after several outstanding displays for Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He joined the Dons in the summer on a two year contract. He previously played for Reading, MK Dons, Leicester City, Northampton Town and Cheltenham Town before moving to Scotland in 2009.

Anthony Stokes (Born 25 July 1988 in Dublin)

Stokes is a natural goal scorer who has one year left on his contract with Celtic. He began his senior career with Arsenal, but established himself with a successful loan spell with Falkirk before signing for Roy Keane’s Sunderland in a £2 million deal. He struggled to hold down a place in the Sunderland first team, and moved to Hibs for an undisclosed fee, scoring 20 goals in his only full season. In 2010, he signed for Celtic and has scored 26 goals in 63 games to date. He has been capped four times for the Republic of Ireland.

Daryl Murphy (Born 15 March 1983 in Waterford)

Murphy is a winger / striker who will also start his last year of a three year contract with Celtic whom he joined from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee. He made an impressive start to his career in the hoops, but subsequently spent a year with Roy Keane’s Ipswich Town on loan. To date he has played 18 times for Celtic scoring 3 goals. He has nine international caps.

Sean Dillon (Born 30 July 1983 in Dublin)

Dillon is a right back currently playing for Dundee United. He was a youth player with Aston Villa but failed to make the grade there, returning to his homeland where he played for Longford Town and Shelbourne. He joined the Arabs in 2007 and has played 156 times, scoring 3 goals, and has one under 21 cap and one ‘B’ international cap.

Willo Flood (Born 10 April 1985 in Dublin)

Flood is a right winger with Dundee United having returned to the club after spells with Celtic and Middlesbrough. He started his senior career with Manchester City and joined Cardiff City for a reported £200,000 in 2006. During his time with the Bluebirds, he spent two loan periods at Tannadice.  To date he has played 86 times for United, scoring two goals. He has 11 under 21 caps.

Richie Ryan (Born 6 January 1985 in Tipperary)

Ryan is a midfield player with Dundee United. He joined the club in November 2011 from Sligo Rovers for whom he played 112 times, and to date has played 13 times for the Tannadice outfit. He started his senior career with Sunderland, making two appearances, and has played for Scunthorpe United, Boston United and Royal Antwerp. In 2010 he played in a League of Ireland XI.

Jon Daly (Born 8 January 1983 in Dublin)

Daly is a striker with Dundee United. He joined the Arabs in 2007 from Hartlepool United. He started his senior career with Stockport County, for whom he made 91 appearances over a seven year period. He has also played for Bury and Grimsby Town. Daly is highly regarded at Tannadice and is currently club captain. To date he has played 131 times for United, scoring 48 goals. He has 16 under 21 caps, scoring 7 times.

Tim Clancy (Born 8 June 1984 in Meath)

Clancy became Pat Fenlon’s first signing of the season and marked his debut against East Fife with a stunning free kick. He can play right back or centre half, and joined Hibs from Motherwell whom he helped to a Champion’s League place last season. Before that he played for Kilmarnock. He started his career playing for home town team Trim Celtic before moving to Belvedere in Dublin. His senior career started with Milwall but he failed to make a first team appearance, before moving to Scotland he played on loan with Walton & Hersham, Weymouth and Fisher Athletic. He has been capped at under 19 level.

Eoin Doyle (Born 12 March 1988 in Dublin)

Doyle is a striker with Hibs whom he joined from Sligo Rovers in January 2012. He was manager Pat Fenlon’s first signing for the club, and helped Hibs to last year’s Scottish Cup Final where he made an appearance from the substitute’s bench. Doyle also played for Shamrock Rovers and Shelbourne in the League of Ireland. To date he has played 14 times for Hibs and scored three goals.

Alan Maybury (Born 8 August 1978 in Dublin)

Maybury is a right back, currently doing pre-season training with Hibs, for whom he came on as a substitute in the friendly against East Fife.  His senior career started with Leeds United in 1995, and he spent 6 years at Elland Road, making 14 appearances. During that time he had loan spells with Reading and Crewe Alexandra before signing for Hearts. He made 112 appearances for the Tynecastle side before following manager Craig Levein to Leicester City. After three years he returned to Scotland, joining Aberdeen on loan before accepting a deal with Colchester United. In 2010 he joined St Johnstone and played 47 games over the following two seasons. He is currently out of contract, and Pat Fenlon is hopeful that funds can be found to secure his move to Easter Road. He has won ten international caps.

Aaron Doran (Born 13 May 1991 in Cork)

Doran is a right winger with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. He started his senior career with Blackburn Roves under Paul Ince and was described as a tremendous prospect, playing in pre-season games, but failed to make the grade and spent time on loan with MK Dons and Leyton Orient. He signed for Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2011 and to date had played 21 times scoring three goals. He has three under 21 caps.

Richie Foran (Born 16 June 1980 in Dublin)

Foran is a winger / striker with Inverness Caledonian Thistle having joined from Southend United in 2009. He previously spent three years with Motherwell and also played for Carlisle United as well as Darlington and Oxford United on loan. In Ireland, he played with St Patricks Athletic, Shelbourne and Home Farm on loan. To date he has played 115 times for ICT scoring 26 goals. He is an under 21 internationalist and has played nearly 350 games in the UK during an 11 year career.

Paul Heffernan (Born 29 December 1981 in Wicklow)

Heffernan is a striker who currently plays for Kilmarnock for whom he signed after being released by Sheffield Wednesday. He started his senior career with Notts County, scoring 35 goals in 100 games. He has also played for both Bristol clubs; Doncaster Rovers and Oldham Athletic in a thirteen year career which has seen him play over 300 times, scoring 94 goals. Last season with Kilmarnock, he scored 11 times in 29 games and has become a fans favourite at Rugby Park.

Darren Randolph (Born 12 May 1987 in Wicklow)

Randolph is a goalkeeper with Motherwell. He started his senior career with Charlton Athletic, making 14 appearances in six years. He also played for a number of clubs on loan including Welling United, Accrington Stanley, Gillingham, Bury and Hereford United before signing for the Steelmen in 2010. Since then, he has established himself as the clubs first choice keeper, making 75 appearances. He has ten under 21 caps and played as a ‘B’ internationalist. He has recently featured in Giovanni Trapattoni’s full squad.

Kurtis Byrne (Born 9 April 1990 in Dublin)

Byrne is a striker with Ross County.  He started his senior career with Norwich City before joining Hibs in 2007. He played in the double winning Hibs under 19 team and had spells on loan with Stirling Albion, East Fife and Alloa Athletic, before being released. His time at Easter Road coincided with Hibs having an abundance of forwards including Anthony Stokes, Derek Riordan, Colin Nish and Benji, limiting his chances. In 2011 he was snapped up by Ross County and has scored two goals in thirteen starts.

David Van Zanten (Born 8 May 1982 in Dublin)

Van Zanten is a right back currently on his second spell with St Mirren for whom he has played a total of 229 games, scoring seven goals. He joined the Paisley club in 2010 after short spells with Morton and Hamilton. Prior to that, he played 30 games for Hibs. He started his senior career with Celtic but failed to make the grade at Parkhead after signing form Tolka Rovers.

Jim Goodwin (Born 20 November 1981 in Waterford)

Goodwin is a midfield player with St Mirren. He started his senior career with Celtic for whom he made one appearance before being released in 2002. He then eight spent years in England, starting with Stockport County, then Scunthorpe, Huddersfield Town and Oldham, before crossing the border to sign for Hamilton. After a season at New Douglas Park, he signed for St Mirren and was appointed club captain. Earlier this year he was linked with Hibs, but chose to sign a new contract with The Buddies. He has played 48 times for St Mirren, scoring one goal. Goodwin has represented the Republic of Ireland at international level being capped at Under-16, Under 21, B level and at full international level.

Graham Carey (Born 20 August 1989 in Dublin)

Carey is a left sided attacking midfielder with St Mirren. He signed for Celtic from Shelbourne in 2005 and spent six years at Parkhead, playing one game. During his time there, he was loaned out to Bohemians, St Mirren and Huddersfield before being freed last year. Last season he scored two goals in 29 games for St Mirren. He has six under 21 caps.

Gavin Gunning (Born 26 January 1991 in Dublin)

A lot has been expected of the former Crumlin United star who joined Blackburn Rovers in 2008. After a number of loan spells including a stint at Motherwell the 7 times capped under 21 international was snapped up by Peter Houston’s side. He has gone on to solidify his standing with the Tannadice faithful making 28 appearances and scoring 2 goals to date.

Paddy Barrett (Born 22 July 1993 in Waterford)

Barrett is the sixth and final member of the Irish contingent at Tannadice. The 18 year old hasn’t made an appearance for the Arabs yet but he is expected to make the breakthrough this term.

News in Brief-Beauty Queen Stripped Of Crown While Murdoch May Lose More

This week Miss Ireland, Marie Hughes, has been stripped of her crown after ruling for less than a week. The cut off age for entering the competition is 24 – Miss Mayo Marie will be 26 at her next birthday. Initially the decision to dethrone Hughes sparked a rush to her defence. How had the judges let her get so far in the contest?

Turns out Marie’s conscience was not as clear as her complexion. Miss Hughes refused to give any interviews after being crowned on Saturday raising some suspicion. On investigation it was discovered, that on her application her age was listed as 21. 
After her true age was exposed her crown was handed down to runner up Rebecca Maguire, 20, from Belfast who will go on to represent Ireland in the Miss World Pageant while Marie was left to test her waterproof mascara on the front page of numerous newspapers. Is that fake tan I can smell or a reality tv career? A ‘tell-all’ magazine expose? It’s certainly not success!
An original copy of The Importance of Being Earnest by the eponymous Irish author Oscar Wilde has been sold at auction in New York for $362,500. The book, produced in 1899, contains a handwritten note to Robert Ross a lifelong friend of the author. Also auctioned this week was Edvard Munch’s The Scream that reached a massive $120million at auction, making it the most expensive painting in the world.
Just where does one find $120million to spend on a painting? One attendee of the sale explained what the painting meant to him:’For me, (it) shows the horrifying moment when man realizes his impact on nature and the irreversible changes that he has initiated, making the planet increasingly uninhabitable.’
Perhaps Rupert Murdoch may soon be screaming. Mr Murdoch has this week been labelled ‘not fit’ to run a major international organisation, by the Commons culture committee. The media mogul, 81, may now be regretting his impressive acting talents in front of Leveson when he played the part of a senile old sod. It seems his convenient inability to remember important details of his business may now mean, like Marie Hughes he is deposed.
If you can’t quite stretch to $120million, a housing estate in Cavan has been sold at auction at a more bank balance friendly €122,500 (practically pocket money). The lot which includes three unfinished houses and four acres has been bought by a builder from Northern Ireland who wants to remain anonymous. A secret owner at the old ghost estate? Sounds like a case for Scooby and the gang.
A 74 year old Meath woman was left un-fit to enjoy her Italian holiday after a sun lounger she was sitting on collapsed beneath her. Forcing her to spend the rest of her week inside after suffering a minor head injury. She was awarded €38,000 after suing a Dublin based travel agency that is bound to make her recovery all the sweeter as will the thought of plenty more holidays in the sun. Perhaps in the future she’ll play it safe and go ski-ing.
Andrea Corr has called her new baby daughter Jean. A fitting tribute to the Corr’s mother, Jean, who died of a rare lung disease aged just 57. Disappointing in the celebrity baby name stakes though. Thankfully, however Peaches Geldof has redressed the balance taken naming her new son, Astala Dylan Willow Geldoff-Cohen. Bob has shared his dislike of his daughters interesting choice saying: “What is he going to get called at school Ass or Stella?”

American Football Returns To Dublin

Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the historic return of American football to Ireland.

This September marks the return of The Emerald Isle Classic which will pit Notre Dame against the United States Naval academy at the Aviva stadium.

American football first arrived on these shores in 1988 when Boston College ran out winners over Army Black Knights. A year later and American football was back at Lansdowne Road when 45,525 watched Pittsburgh beat Rutgers 46-29.

Despite successive crowds exceeding 45,000 the Irish public would have to wait a further seven years before the NFL returned to Ireland. On that day Notre Dame toppled Navy in front of 38,651.

But now with the popularity of American football at an all time high amongst the Irish public, the NFL is returning to Dublin for the first time since 1996. Navy will take on Notre Dame in a repeat of their 1996 clash. The Maryland outfit will be looking to avenge their previous defeat when The Emerald Isle Classic resumes.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow starting at €35.

In addition to this NFL games will also take place at Páirc Tailteann in County Meath and Parnell Park and Donnybrook stadium in Dublin. Each venue will host two games, kicking off at 4pm and 7.30pm on Friday, August 31.

Tickets are on sale through priced €15 for adults and may be printed from home after purchasing.  Admission is free for children aged 12 and under and a €10 student ticket will be available at the venues on game day.

Participating teams and fixtures:

Páirc Tailteann:  7.30pm Notre Dame Prep (Arizona) vs. Father Judge (Pennsylvania)
4pm:  Game TBA
Parnell Park:  7.30pm Notre Dame High School (California) vs. Hamilton High School (Arizona)
4pm Game TBA
Donnybrook Stadium: 7.30pm John Carroll University (Ohio) vs. St Norbert College (Wisconsin)
4pm Loyola Academy, Chicago (Illinois) vs. Jesuit Prep Dallas (Texas)

Keane Leads Kerry To Victory While Dublin Get Up And Running

Kerry disposed of their Northern counterparts Down quite comfortably on a bitterly cold day in Newry beating them on a score line of 0-14 to 0-08. Down, who have had the upper hand on Kerry in recent years when it comes to the championship, could not live with Kerry in the second half as they upped the tempo with Barry John Keane impressive for the southerners. Kerry now lie second in Division 1.

Donegal welcomed Cork to tip of the country and proceeded to drive them out to sea or at least that’s where they seemed to be for large chunks of this encounter. In a dismal game, Donegal led at half time thanks to an early Michael Murphy goal, who seems to have returned to full fitness after injury forced him out of the league until now. Donegal tagged on two more points after this, however Cork were only capable of four points in the first half to leave Donegal with a slender one point lead at half time. Donegal proceeded to outscore Cork by five points to two in the second half to gain the win and increase their chances of survival.

Saturday evening saw Mayo maintain their impressive league record over the years and come away with a win from the Morgan Athletic Grounds, something of a stronghold for Armagh, with an impressive six pint win which leaves them in pole position in Division 1 with only 2 games played. Dublin also got their first points on the board with an Eoghan Ó Gara inspired victory over Laois in Portlaoise. That leaves Laois languishing in the bottom two after three games.

The pace and intensity was almost similar to a championship game with Kildare overcoming Meath in Navan to gain their first points of the year and get their league campaign back on track in Division 2. They came away with the narrowest of victories after scoring an impressive 18 points to Meath’s 2-11. Kildare were evidently the fitter team and always seemed to have an extra player running off the man in possession. However Meath’s Stephen Bray and Paddy Gilsenan were impressive for the Royal’s and almost did enough to come away with a victory however Kildare edged it with a last minute Ollie Lyon’s point.

Westmeath came away with the spoils in Mullingar and with that pulled off the shock of the the round in Division 2. The Lake County were impressive in a windswept Cusack Park as the highly impressive John Heslin scored 7 points to help Westmeath come away with their first victory of the year. Paul Bannon was responsible for the winning score to send the Westmeath faithful home happy.

Derry and Tyrone also came away with wins as Derry defeated Monaghan by 6 points. Monaghan have had a dismal start to their league campaign and need to markedly improve if they are to survive in Division 2. Tyrone defeated their neighbours Louth by two goals, however the Wee County put up a fight and John Devine, the Tyrone goalkeeper, was responsible for keeping Tyrone in the game.

The Weekends League Results in Full

Division One:

Armagh 0-11 Mayo 1-14

Laois 1-09 Dublin 1-14

Donegal 1-07 Cork 0-06

Down 0-08 Kerry 0-14

Division Two:

Meath 2-11 Kildare 0-18

Derry 0-14 Monaghan 0-08

Westmeath 0-14 Galway 0-13

Louth -013 Tyrone 2-13

Division Three:

Antrim 2-14 Offaly 1-08

Cavan -014 Sligo 1-08

Longford 0-16 Roscommon 2-08

Wexford 2-20 Tipperary 1-08

Division Four:

Kilkenny 0-04 Fermanagh 9-23

London 0-04 Carlow 2-06

Clare 0-10 Limerick 0-09

Wicklow 1-12 Waterford 4-07

Gardaì Recover Body In Search For Missing Man

Gardaí investigating the kidnapping of a man in Dublin just over two weeks ago have found a body in a remote area of Co Meath.

The body was discovered late last night in a field around 5km outside Trim by Gardaí who had been involved in a search.

Gardaí have been searching fields in Meath and north Dublin for Ciaran Noonan, who has not been seen for 16 days.

The 29-year-old father-of-one was attacked and bundled into a Volkswagen Golf by up to five men on Russell Avenue in East Wall at 4.45pm on 20 October.

The car involved in the incident was left parked at the Kellegland Apartments in Ashbourne, Co Meath, three hours later and recovered by investigating Gardaí. Mr Noonan had been living in Ashbourne for some time. Gardaí believe they have identified the man who was driving the car. However, efforts to find him have proven unsuccessful. He is known to Gardaí but is not regarded as a major gang figure.

Gardaí believe Mr Noonan’s abduction and his presumed murder are most likely drug-related.

Searches began in the area last Monday and were extended to lands around Dunboyne and Trim. Last night the body of a man was discovered in a ditch two fields in from the road, 5km outside of Trim.

The area has been sealed off pending the arrival of a State Pathologist.


Walsh Cleared After Groping Row

Pop guru Louis Walsh has confirmed that gardaí are no longer investigating allegations made against him.

Mr Walsh, the popular X-Factor judge and manager of both Westlife and Boyzone,had been accused of groping a man, Leonard Watters, in the toilet at the trendy Dublin nightclub Krystle, a spot he has frequented for over four years.

A whole host of stars from the music industry including Westlife lead singer Shane Filan and X Factor boss Simon Cowell have spoken out in support of the Mayo native, who is set to hit Irish screens this summer as the only remaining judge from last year on a new look X Factor panel.

In a statement today he said he is “outraged” at the allegations, which emerged last week – and that he won’t rest until he is vindicated.

Watters (24), with an address at Woodview, Navan, Co Meath withdrew his claims today against Walsh.

The allegations were first reported in The Sun last week.

In a statement released today, Walsh said:

“I have been informed by An Garda Síochána that I am now no longer under investigation.  I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.  While I obviously welcome today’s confirmation from the Garda that the matter has been dropped I remain outraged that this story ran in the first place in The Sun and I have instructed my libel lawyer to vigorously pursue legal action against the paper and they will also be taking action in relation to a number of other equally serious related matters”.
Walsh said that he is not going to let the incident rest until he has received total vindication.
“This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support and I am now just looking forward to getting back to work”.