• There are 11 Connacht players named  in the Rep of Ireland regional squad for a friendly match against Northern Ireland in Lecarrow, Roscommon.


    Kick-off is at 7:30 tomorrow.


    The representatives from Connacht are as follows...


    Mayo 4 Gary Cunningham. Cillian McGlade Darren Browne westport Gerry Canavan manulla


    Roscommon 4 Mick Corrigan (Boyle Celtic) Peter Farrell Jack Higgins (both Castlerea Celtic) M Heneghan (Glen Celtic)


    Galway 2 Andrew Connolly Gary Bailey (both Mervue Utd)


    Sligo/Leitrim 1 Conor Griffin (Carly Bohs)

  • Republic of Ireland striker Aaron Connolly is out of the upcoming games against New Zealand and Denmark.

    The Brighton and Hove Albion teenager was officially withdrawn from Mick McCarthy’s squad on Monday evening.

    Connolly had a scan on his injured groin in England on Monday afternoon.

    “Our team doctor Alan Byrne has spoken to the Brighton medical team and had a look at the scans,” McCarthy told the FAI website.

    “The scans have confirmed the groin injury and Aaron won’t be ready in time for New Zealand and Denmark.”

    The Irish boss will now work with the 27 players who reported on Sunday and won’t be calling any replacements into the squad.

  • The FAI will officially launch their Club Mark awards at lunchtime today.

    Mayo’s Achill Rovers is one of three clubs that have already completed the first stage of the Club Mark, and club representatives will be on hand at today’s launch at the National Sports Campus in Dublin to speak about how the award will help their club.

    Achill Rovers, Gweedore Celtic from Donegal and Waterford’s Park Rangers will be presented with their awards at the official launch.

  • Castlebar Celtic has been awarded the FAI Club Mark for best practice in governance, management and administration.

    In a statement on their Twitter Page the club thanked all of their coaches, volunteers, players, parents, supporters, sponsors and committee members who have contributed.

  • The Chair of the Oireachtas Sports Committee says funding should be restored to women's and youth football.

    FAI funding has been suspended while an independent audit of the organisations finances was carried out.

    The final report has been sent to Gardaí to determine if a crime has been committed.

    Committee Chair Deputy Fergus O'Dowd says he doesn't think funding should to be restored to the FAI yet.

  • Westport native Conor O'Malley has been called into the Republic of Ireland provisional squad for the friendly games against Celtic (May 20), France (May 28) and United States (June 2) by manager Martin O'Neill/

    The 23 year old Peterborough United goalkeeper O'Malley has started nine games this season for "Posh" and is one of four players to receive their first call ups alongside Graham Burke of Shamrock Rovers, Millwall midfielder Shaun Williams, and Preston North End forward Callum Robinson. 

    Previously with St Patrick's Athletic, Conor was a part of a talented and successful Maynooth University team before making the move across the water. 

    According to the FAI website some players "will drop out of the squad after the Celtic game on Sunday, May 20 in Celtic Park, while others will only report into camp ahead of the trip to Paris to take on France on Monday, May 28 in Stade de France and the home game against the United States on June 2."

    Republic of Ireland Men's National Team - Provisional Squad
    Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Colin Doyle (Bradford City), Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United), Ian Lawlor (Doncaster Rovers), Conor O'Malley (Peterborough United)
    Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie (Fulham), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), Alex Pearce, Richard Keogh (Derby County), John Egan (Brentford), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle United), Declan Rice (West Ham United), Kevin Long (Burnley), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Darragh Lenihan, Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Preston North End)
    Midfielders: Alan Judge (Brentford), Conor Hourihane, Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O'Kane (Leeds United), David Meyler (Hull City), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Alan Browne, Daryl Horgan (Preston North End), Callum O'Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (West Bromwich Albion), 
    Forwards: Jonathan Walters (Burnley), Shane Long (Southampton), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Aiden O'Brien (Millwall), Sean Maguire, Callum Robinson (Preston North End), Graham Burke (Shamrock Rovers)

  • The National League Executive Committee and the FAI hope to have a final recommendation on how to resume the League of Ireland before May 5th.

    A meeting today discussed a number of possible options, including the season resuming behind closed doors on June 19th.

    Another option is a June 19th return with capacities reduced to between 25 and 50 per cent.

    A deferral of action until September, with either a December or February finish were also discussed.

    St. Pat's have been forced to temporarily lay off their playing and coaching staff.

  • The semi-final draw for the SSE Airtricity League U19 & U17 cup competitions have been made.

    Bohemians are set to travel to Limerick whilst Dundalk or Finn Harps will host St. Patrick's Athletic in the U19 Enda McGuill Cup semi-finals.

    In the U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup semi-finals, Cork City will travel to Cabinteely whilst Bray Wanderers host Finn Harps.

    In the inaugural National U15 Cup, the second round and quarter-final draws have also been made. Dates and kick-off times for all fixtures will be confirmed at a later date. 

    SSE Airtricity League - U19 Enda McGuill Cup Semi-Final Draw

    Limerick v Bohemians
    Dundalk/Finn Harps v St. Patrick's Athletic

    Fixtures set to be played on 6/7/8 August.

    SSE Airtricity League - U17 Mark Farren Memorial Cup Semi-Final Draw

    Cabinteely v Cork City
    Bray Wanderers v Finn Harps

    Fixtures set to be played on 6/7/8 August. 

    SSE Airtricity League - National U15 Cup Second Round Draw

    Game 1 - Drogheda United v Shamrock Rovers
    Game 2 - Carlow-Kilkenny v Limerick
    Game 3 - Mayo v Derry City
    Game 4 - Bray Wanderers v Waterford
    Game 5 - St. Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers
    Game 6 - Finn Harps v UCD
    Game 7 - Kerry v Cobh Ramblers
    Game 8 - Cork City v Bohemians

    Fixtures set to be played on 18/19 August.

    SSE Airtricity League - National U15 Cup Quarter-Final Draw

    Winner of 7 v Winner of 2
    Winner of 1 v Winner of 6
    Winner of 3 v Winner of 5
    Winner of 8 v Winner of 4

    Fixtures set to be played on 25/26 August. 

  • The EA SPORTS Cup First Round ties that were due to take place on Monday, March 5 and Tuesday, March 6 have now been rescheduled until later in the month due to severe weather conditions.

    The rescheduled ties will take place across Monday, March 12, Tuesday, March 13, Monday, March 19, Monday, March 26, and Tuesday, March 27 and are listed below:

    EA SPORTS Cup - First Round
    Monday, March 12: Finn Harps v Mayo League, Finn Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 2)
    Tuesday, March 13: Wexford v Cobh Ramblers, Ferrycarrig Park, KO 20:00 (Pool 1)
    Monday, March 19: Galway United v Cockhill Celtic, Eamonn Deacy Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 2)
    Monday, March 19: St Mochta's v Drogheda United, Porterstown Road, KO 19:45 (Pool 3)
    Monday, March 26: Bohemians v Cabinteely, Dalymount Park, KO 19:45 (Pool 4)
    Monday, March 26: Bray Wanderers v Shelbourne, Carlisle Grounds, KO 19:45 (Pool 3)
    Monday, March 26: Waterford v UCC, RSC, KO 19:45 (Pool 1)
    Tuesday, March 27: Athlone Town v UCD, Athlone Town Stadium, KO 19:45 (Pool 4)

  • The Football Association of Ireland can confirm that all games scheduled to take place in the SSE Airtricity League this weekend have been postponed.

    Following a detailed monitoring process, where the FAI worked closely with all clubs, it was decided to postpone all games in the Premier and First Divisions due to current severe weather conditions and future forecasts from Met Eireann.

    Below is a list of rescheduled fixtures with kick-off times to be confirmed:

    SSE Airtricity League Premier Division
    Bray Wanderers v Waterford - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cork City v Bohemians - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Derry City v Dundalk - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Shamrock Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    St Patrick's Athletic v Sligo Rovers - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Limerick v Cork City - Changed from Saturday, March 17 to Friday, March 16
    Limerick v Waterford - Changed from Saturday, March 31 to Friday, March 30

    SSE Airtricity League First Division
    Athlone Town v Cabinteely - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Wexford v UCD - Rescheduled for Monday, March 19
    Cobh Ramblers v Galway United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Finn Harps v Longford Town - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date
    Shelbourne v Drogheda United - Fixture to be rescheduled at a later date

  • The FAI are facing a major decision over who takes charge of the Republic of Ireland for their European Championship playoff with Slovakia.

    The game was postponed for a second time yesterday, with internationals unlikely to be played before September.

    Stephen Kenny is due to take over from Mick McCarthy on August 1st.

    The FAI say the decision to delay the playoffs is the right one.

  • The FAI were forced to dramatically put the brakes on a return for elite underage football.

    Matches involving under-13 to under-19 age grades looked set to resume this coming weekend.

    However, the FAI have been informed that government guidance has forced the resumption to be put on hold.

    By contrast, underage inter-county games are being allowed to resume from next weekend.

  • The FAI have joined a working group looking at plans for the future of the League of Ireland.

    The group was initially formed by the then 20 league clubs last year without the association's involvement.

    Interim Deputy FAI CEO Niall Quinn says they'll now work collectively for the best future possible for our League and its players.

    Shamrock Rovers chairman Jonathan Roche has thanked the club's squad and management for agreeing to wage cuts.

    25 per cent cuts have been made across the club who say they cannot sustain their budget without matchday income during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    There have been no SSE Airtricity League games since the first week in March.

    The FAI and the clubs have provisionally agreed to restart the SSE Airtricity League action on 19 June, subject to the approval of the government and HSE.

  • The Football Association of Ireland have pushed back their AGM until September.

    Irish football's governing body say they've "rescheduled in line with COVID-19 restrictions" and say the move will allow time for auditors Grant Thornton to prepare accounts.

    The F-A-I has sought further financial assistance from the government to ensure their "continued viability".

    The association's board chairman Roy Barrett has also informed council members that an EGM will be held in the "near future" to make changes to their rule book and constitution.

  • The draw for the first and second rounds of the FAI New Balance Junior Cup have been made and there are some intriguing ties across the Connacht FA branches. Recently crowned Mayo Super League champions Ballina Town will face off against Castlebar Celtic in the tie of the round in Mayo after facing each other twice in the league, once in the Westaro Cup, and with a Connacht Gold Super Cup Final clash to come next month as well. In Sligo/Roscommon the meeting of Boyle Celtic & Carbury FC is the stand-out fixture between two sides that would harbour serious ambitions of going a long way in the competition. 

    The full list of fixtures are below. Ties to be played the weekend of September 29th unless otherwise stated.


    Partry Ath v Ballyvary Blue Bombers FC

    Ballyglass FC v Kiltimagh Knock Utd

    Glenhest Rovers v Conn Rangers FC

    Ballyheane FC v Claremorris FC

    Snugboro FC v Westport Utd

    Iorras Aontaithe FC v Swinford FC

    Achill Rovers v Straide & Foxford Utd

    Ballina Town v Castlebar Celtic

    Manulla FC v Fahy Rovers FC

    Ballina Utd v Crossmolina FC

    Bye to Round 3

    Killala FC

    Hollister FC



    St. Johns FC v Skyvalley Rovers FC

    Ballisodare Utd v Manorhamilton Rangers

    St. Peters FC v Shiven Rovers

    Rahara Rovers v Ballaghaderreen FC

    Strand Celtic v Merville Utd

    MCR FC v Ballinasloe Town FC

    Boyle Celtic v Carbury FC

    Castlerea Celtic v Ballymoe FC

    Moore Utd v Dysart FC

    Bye to Round 3

    Glenview Stars

    CP Ajax FC

    Real Tubber FC



    Round 1 (Weekend ending 16-09-18)

    Corrib Rangers v Maree/Oranmore FC

    Athenry FC v East Utd

    Galway Hibs FC v Tuam Celtic

    Round 2 

    Colemanstown FC v Galway Hibs or Tuam Celtic

    Renmore FC v Colga FC

    Corrib Rgs or Maree Oranmore v Corrib Celtic

    Claregalway Celtic v West Utd.

    Athenry FC or East Utd v Craugwell FC

    Cregmore/Claregalway FC v Galway Bohs

    Salthill Devon FC v St. Bernards FC

    Dynamoe Blues FC v Chois Fharraige FC

    West Coast Utd v St. Patricks FC

    Mervue Utd v Moyne Villa FC

    Renmore FC B v Loughrea Rams FC

    NUIG FC v Renmore FC B

  • FAI New Balance Junior Cup 2018—Round 2

    Partry Athletic

    11  v  0

    Ballyvary Blue Bombers



    0  v  1

    Kiltimagh Knock Utd


    Glenhest Rovers

    1  v  3

    Conn Rangers



    2  v  7



    Snugboro Utd

    0  v  2

    Westport Utd


    Iorras Aontaithe

    1  v  0



    Achill Rovers

    2  v  5

    Straide & Foxford Utd


    Ballina Town

    4  v  5


    Castlebar Celtic



    3  v  1

    Fahy Rovers


    Ballina Utd

    0  v  11



    Byes to Round 3-----Killala, Hollister

  • The Football Association of Ireland have launched the 25th edition of the hugely popular FAI Summer Soccer Schools in partnership with our title sponsor, the leading Irish sports retailer INTERSPORT Elverys.

    Republic of Ireland players Rianna Jarrett and Andrew Omobamidele were on hand at Abbotstown for the launch of the hugely popular programme which will see the INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools return to clubs across Ireland in July and August.

    The INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools cater for boys and girls aged 6 to 14 in a fun and inclusive environment, with training provided by FAI accredited and Garda vetted coaches.

    Last year’s programme was curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic as 13,000 children attended the schools at 175 venues around the country. All 2021 INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools, at over 300 venues, will be staged subject to strict COVID-19 protocols as issued by the FAI and Government agencies. 

    Speaking at the launch Ireland defender Andrew Omobamidele, called up to the Senior Men’s squad by Stephen Kenny this week, said: “I know from personal experience just how exciting it is to be part of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme. It was one of the highlights of the summer for me and I am delighted to be part of today’s launch.”

    Ireland Women’s team striker Rianna Jarrett said: “The FAI Summer Soccer Schools are such an exciting part of the summer for young girls and boys all across Ireland and the 25th anniversary promises to be extra special for our young players as they get back on a pitch at last.”  

    At the launch Anne-Marie Hanly, Senior Marketing Manager with INTERSPORT Elverys, remarked: “We are delighted to have partnered with the Football Association of Ireland on the Summer Soccer Schools initiative which is designed to get more children into football. It’s great to have organised sport back and we have exciting plans around our sponsorship of the 25th year!”

    Welcoming the launch, FAI Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Hill said: “ I know the news today that our FAI Summer Soccer Schools programme is going ahead will be welcomed by boys and girls all across Ireland with a real smile of relief and excitement as at last lockdown restrictions ease and our return to football gathers pace. And how great is it to be able to say that. Our thanks to our partner INTERSPORT Elverys who have supported us all the way in getting the schools back on and up and running and we really can’t do these special things without the help of our partners.”

    FAI Head of Grassroots Ger McDermott added: “I want to thank INTERSPORT Elverys for their ongoing commitment to our FAI Summer Soccer Schools. They have a great team at INTERSPORT Elverys and we very much look forward to working closely with them again in making the 25th anniversary staging of the FAI Summer Soccer Schools even better in the Association’s Centenary year.

    “I know there will be huge demand for all our dates this year and I want to thank all the parents and guardians who help to make this such a special event for our youngsters. Their co-operation last summer and the diligence of our venue coordinators, coaches and staff ensured that we adhered to the COVID-19 guidelines in exemplary fashion and kept our players safe. I look forward to the same commitment to our very strict protocols from all involved this summer.”

    The FAI is delighted to collaborate this year with Salesforce, the global CRM leader and their partner Tether for the INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools booking website. Bookings for the 2021 programme will go live from June 3rd. 

    For more information and to be in with a chance to win a place on the INTERSPORT Elverys FAI Summer Soccer Schools, visit... 

  • The FAI are targeting a June 19th return to action for the League Of Ireland.

    The sport is on hold in this country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    A tele-conference involving all 19 league clubs arrived at the target earlier today.

    Should the season resume on the appointed date, the Premier Division will conclude on the new date of December 4th, and the First Division the following week.

    The top flight has been trimmed from a 36-game to a 27-game season.

    The FAI Cup will go ahead, but the EA Sports Cup has been deferred.

  • The Football Association of Ireland held a meeting with the National League Executive Committee yesterday around the current difficulties facing their clubs and a return to action.


    Further talks will now place with all 19 SSE Airtricity League clubs today.


    It follows yesterday’s decision from LOI Premier Division club, Sligo Rovers, to temporarily layoff all their management, players and administration staff.


    In a statement the FAI says it remains committed to supporting their clubs and players during this difficult period and in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The FAI's National Football Exhibition is opening to the public in Sligo this Saturday.

    The exhibition is travelling to 7 venues across the country during 2019 and 2020 before returning to Dublin for the UEFA European Championships in the capital next year.

    It covers 60 years of the tournament, reliving some golden Irish footballing memories, discovering rare programmes, jerseys and memorabilia, and includes interactive stations with videos and quizzes.

    Sligo is the first venue outside Dublin to host the National Football Exhibition, and it will be on display at Sligo City Hall from this Saturday 16th February to the 28th.

    Opening hours are 10-5 on Saturday, 11am-3pm on Sunday and Monday and 11am-6pm from Tuesday to Friday next week.