Dalymount Park: the  ground will be redeveloped by Dublin City Council and subsequently shared by Bohemians and Shelbourne. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The club has survived an existential financial crisis but faces a real struggle this season

Both sets of players clash off the ball during Dundalk’s win over Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There was a red card and three goals in a cracker on newly-laid Oriel Park pitch

Stephen Bradley: brings his Shamrock Rovers side to Oriel Park for their opening  league game of the season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Bradley brings his new-look Hoops line-up to the home of the champions

Wolves youngster Connor Ronan in action against Wigan Athletic earlier this month. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland youth international faces ‘a good few months out’ with a stress fracture

Shelbourne chief executive Ollie Byrne is held back by a steward and goalkeeping coach Fred Davis during a clash with Drogheda United at Tolka Park in 2004. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Late 90s and early 2000s had an edge between Shels and Pat’s that’s missing today

Former Ireland Under-21 international Paul McCarthy, pictured after guiding Ebbsfleet to the FA Trophy in 2008, has died aged 45. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

Defender from Cork was a team mate of Roy Keane before career in England

Last season’s Airtricity League top scorer. Photograph: Inpho

‘I had offers to leave but I wanted to stay, to show people that I’m still getting better’

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is confident ahead of this season but still feels his squad needs a striker. Photo: Inpho

Dundalk manager in talks with former Northern Ireland under-21 Thomas Stewart

At the launch of the  Airtricity League season were, back row: Evan Osam, UCD; Paul Skinner, Longford Town; Colm Coss, Athlone Town; Ross Kenny, Wexford Youths; Adam O’Connor, Shelbourne and Daire Doyle, Cabinteely FC. Front row: Shane O’Connor, Waterford United and Christopher McCarthy, Cobh Ramblers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI’s Fran Gavin refuses to clarify how Airtricity League restructuring was agreed

Players from the 12 Premier Division teams at the launch of the SSE Airtricity League  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager accepts form in second half of last season has raised hopes at club

Israeli youth players from the Aroni Ariel football club attend a training session at their stadium in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel. At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement -- yet they have been called one of Israel’s ‘most important’ football clubs. That’s because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community. Photo: Joe Guez/Getty Images

Six Israeli clubs are based in West Bank settlements which are deemed illegal

Republic of Ireland Women’s manager Colin Bell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He worked with Liverpool manager while at Mainz and shares ‘high intensity’ mindset

A general view taken  August  2016 shows construction at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Photograph:  Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Council insist no significant progress has been made in relation to the rights of migrant workers

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork City boss believes Tallaght club have invested big to win the league

FAI chief executive John Delaney congratulates Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin after his election to the Uefa preidency last September. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

FAI boss is one of 13 candidates for eight positions on influential committee

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is looking forward to their opening Airtricity League Premier Division game away to champions Dundalk. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Dundalk will offer opening night test of credentials for Dubliners

Robbie Keane is not expected to sign with Dubai’s club Al Ahli. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Former Ireland striker had been pictured training with United Arab Emirates club

Only one League of Ireland player featured at Euro 2016 in Paris last summer. Photograph: Inpho

Payments relate to the use of players by national team for qualifiers or actual finals

Robbie Brady in action for Norwich City against Leeds United last October. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Irish strikers Conor Sammon and Eoin Doyle also on the move on transfer deadline day

Seamus Coleman, pictured at the launch of the SPAR Better Choices  campaign, believes Everton can still break into the Premier League’s top six. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland captain hails the League of Ireland as a good route into the Premier League

 Darron Gibson has completed his move from Everton to Sunderland. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

Ireland midfielder latest player to be re-united on Wearside with David Moyes

Aston Villa’s new signing Conor Hourihane. Photograph: Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Corkman has the most assists for a midfielder in the Championship this season

Cono Hourihane has completed a move to Aston Villa. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ireland youth international leaves Barnsley to be reunited with Villa boss Steve Bruce

Ireland’s Robbie Brady is on the verge of leaving Norwich. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Norwich’s deal with Londoners appears to have stirred Turf Moor club into action

Ryan Manning has been given a new two and a half year contract by Queens Park Rangers. Photograph: Getty Images.

Conor Hourihane and Robbie Brady edging towards transfer window moves

John Delaney: batted away the issue of the €5 million rather casually, insisting  concluding that the FAI  had issued a detailed statement about it at the time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Joint Committee on Sport learn little of any substance from meeting with FAI’s CEO

Patrick Bamford has returned to Middlesbrough on a permanent deal from Chelsea after an unsuccessful stint at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old has left Stamford Bridge and now could have a role to play for Ireland

Jason Byrne celebrates scoring a goal for Bohemians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 38-year-old is currently 14 goals short of the 235 goals scored by Brendan Bradley

 Robbie Brady is attracting plenty of Premier League interest. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

‘I’m not going into nuts and bolts but no deal for Robbie Brady is anywhere near done’

Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Allocations would usually be 10 per cent of the stadium but Wales got only about six

Preston North End’s Callum Robinson  celebrates after he scores his side’s second goal against Preston. Photograph: Clint Hughes/PA Wire

Manager praises Ireland midfielder’s ‘fantastic’ league debut for Championship club

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny who won the  SWAI Personality of the Year with Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty who won the  Goalkeeper of the Year Award during The SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Awards  at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Dundalk manager named personality of the year after brilliant campaign

Brentford’s Scott Hogan looks set for a Premier League switch during the January window. Photograph: Getty/Nathan Stirk

West Ham interested in striker who watched Eastleigh FA Cup win from the stands

It is an extraordinary image - a hint of Caravaggio meets COYBIG - as friends, family and fans, most of them utterly lost in the moment look on from close quarters while the pair kiss. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sports review of 2016: Goal brings a wide outpouring of joy and relief

Dundalk will begin the defence of their title at home to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI move marks victory for bigger clubs with increased gate receipts among the aims

Airtricity League director Fran Gavin said last week at the launch of the league’s ‘Brand Report’ that the board would vote on any changes at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo: Inpho

Board of the FAI is due to ratify a new league structure for 2018 at a meeting on Tuesday

Ireland stand for a minutes silence prior to their international friendly clash with Switzerland. Photo: Inpho

Meanwhile, all four UK football associations have been fined for their poppy displays

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Many of the author’s recommendations are let down by being so overwhelmingly obvious

FAI director of competitions Fran Gavin  declined to comment on the impending changes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Readoption of smaller top flight is hoped to be in place for start of 2018 season

Daryl Horgan: has been nominated for the SSE/Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association Personality of the Year award. Photograph: Dov Halickman/Inpho

Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle among the Personality of the Year nominees

Cabinteely chairman Larry Bass (right) with the club’s new manager/director of football Pat Devlin at a press conference in Dún Laoighaire yesterday.

Veteran’s appointment marks a shift in emphasis for a club with thriving youth set-up

Republic of Ireland Under-19 manager Tom Mohan: his side appears to have a particularly tough second round group with only one side progressing automatically. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Mohan’s side will take on hosts Belgium, Italy and Sweden while under-17s are drawn with Cyprus, Slovakia and the Faroe Isla(...)

FAI high performance director Ruud Dokter during the FAI’s Coach Education “Pathway” Launch at FAI HQ in Abbotstown. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Managers of children’s teams to be required to show evidence they have been Garda vetted

Niamh O’Donoghue, right, chairperson of the Women’s FAI, is due to join the FAI’s board under the terms of a merger agreement between the two football bodies. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Niamh O’Donoghue will break new ground when she joins football’s governing body

Daryl Horgan is a “forward-thinking player with a lot of goals. He makes things happen,” said Preston North End coach Simon Grayson. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winger follows team-mate Andy Boyle to English Championship side Preston North End

Preston have confirmed the signing of Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan. Photograph: Inpho/Dov Halickman

Winger follows Andy Boyle to Deepdale with the duo signing two-and-a-half year deals

Dundalk players celebrate their goal against  Maccabi Tel Aviv v Dundalk at the  Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Stephen Kenny likely to focus on rebuilding side as he pursues Champions League goal

Dundalk FC manager and Philips Manager of the Year Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk boss ‘hugely honoured’ to have beaten exalted competition for 2016 award

Dor Peretz of Maccabi Tel Aviv and  Daryl Horgan of Dundalk: “We try to play our game no matter where we are or who we are playing against.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s men look to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in crunch Europa League clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been named the Philips Manager of the Year for 2016. Photo: Inpho

Lilywhites manager has overseen a remarkable European campaign and league win

Sean Maguire will be staying with Cork City for another season after a fine 2016 campaign which saw him score the winner in the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Inpho/Tom Beary

Striker scored memorable late goal to give his side FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk

President Michael D. Higgins welcomed members of the 1991 FAI Cup winning Galway United team to Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Inpho

“He brought us into his library and we watched the goal on YouTube. That put the cap on it”

Martin O’Neill: his Republic of Ireland side will enjoy significant support in the away game against Wales in Cardiff.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two associations have reached a reciprocal deal in relation to the two qualifying games

 Kevin Doyle in action for the Colorado Rapids against Seattle Sounders  during the playoff. “To go through the season unbeaten at home was amazing.” Photograph:  Daniel Petty/The Denver Post/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland striker remains available for selection by Martin O’Neill

League of Ireland players endure low rates of pay, some of the shortest contract in any of the leagues surveyed and little or nothing by way of paid holidays, a Fifpro survey has found. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fifpro survey found League of Ireland players have some of the shortest contracts

Former first team manager at Bohemians football club, Roddy Collins. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club says board members at time of alleged abuse deny they were told by Collins

Bray Wanderers would like to move from move from the Carlisle Grounds to an as yet unidentified green-field site on the N11. Photograph: Inpho

Chairman suggests politicians come up with alternatives if they will not support move

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny reacts after a missed chance during the defeat at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Post-match reaction: Dundalk manager says team looked rusty during AZ Alkmaar loss

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon is dejected after the final whistle at Tallaght. Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s team fail to fire in Tallaght as Wout Weghorst’s early goal the difference

Uefa’s Frantisek Laurinec, Cllr Dermot Lacey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and FAI chief executive John Delaney at the launch of the Euro 2020 Dublin brand on Thursday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hosting of four matches in tournament good news for Ireland, says Shane Ross

Martin O’Neill with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Thursday’s Euro 2020 logo launch. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Argentina and Brazil ranked one and two in the world; Wales 12th, ahead of England

Nicola Coffey, Tallaght Stadium Manager at the stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shamrock Rovers, Europa League games and car boot sales – Coffey keeps them all ticking

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny during a press conference at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Dundalk manager hopes his side can hit Dutch opposition on the counter-attack

Dundalk’s right-back Seán Gannon. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Champions League qualification still the long-term target of League of Ireland champions

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is injured during their Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon. Photo: Getty Images

Welsh winger set for lengthy spell on sidelines but no danger of missing Ireland clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny during a pre-match press conference at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Airtricity League champions take on AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday

Shamrock Rovers Press Conference, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2016Shamrock Rovers Manager Stephen BradleyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘It’s Shamrock Rovers, we need to be up there challenging and we will be’

Martin O’Neill hopes Scott Hogan declares for Ireland. Photograph: Reuters.

Manager expecting to speak to 24-year-old English-born striker about teaming up with Ireland

Dundalk’s home ground Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kenny’s side to play Brentford in effort to retain match sharpness for Europa League

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick has developed into a key player in Martin O’Neill’s squad and has been helped by his move to Burnley. Photo: Inpho

Republic of Ireland seem to have drawn strength from their Euro 2016 exploits

Ireland’s Harry Arter in action against Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer during Ireland’s 1-0 victory. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder hoping to build on his first competitive international start

 James McClean celebrates after the Republic of Ireland’s win over Austria in the World Cup qualifier   at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager still believes Austria will have a say despite home defeat

 James McClean celebrates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s first goal in the World Cup qualifier against Austria   at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Winger’s third goal in two games puts Martin O’Neill’s side on top of Group D

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter starts for Ireland in Austria on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

McClean fit to start Austria qualifier with Martin O’Neill starting Brady at left back

Seamus Coleman at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager hoping his side can remain unbeaten in group going into 2017

In happier times: Coach Marcel Koller and David Alaba celebrate Austria’s Euro 16 qualifying win over  Liechtenstein last October. Photograph: Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ireland could hardly arrive in Vienna at better time with home side struggling for form

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the pre-match press conference at the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

West Brom winger has progressed through the week to shake off back problem

Harry Arter is in line to make his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland against Austria on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

James McClean and John O’Shea both expected to make Saturday’s World Cup qualifier

Jon Walters has scored 12 goals in 45 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill still on look out for a forward who is consistently clinical in front of goal

James McClean during training on Wednesday: the decision to let him and John O’Shea  take things relatively easy was described as “precautionary”.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Both trained lightly Wednesday and are expected to be available for World Cup qualifier

Ciaran Clark during training at Abbotstown: Ireland play Austria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, November 12  in Vienna. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill also has another goalkeeping option in Colin Doyle

James McClean was Ireland’s sole absentee from training on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s clash with Austria. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

West Brom winger looking to shake off a back problem ahead of trip to Austria

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Abbotstown on Tuesday where  he expressed concern over James McClean’s back injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Koeman taken to task for ‘overloading’ claims as James McCarthy row rumbles on

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has questioned Everton’s stance over James McCarthy. Photograph: PA/Brian Lawless

‘[Ronald] Koeman’s opinion is not an issue for me...I couldn’t care less to be honest’

Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty celebrates Seán Maguire’s winner in last Sunday’s cup final against Dundalk. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Success gives Stephen Kenny options not generally available to League of Ireland clubs

Chris Shields of Dundalk who was presented with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for October 2016 at Oriel Park. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Dundalk midfielder played a key role in the side’s retention of their league title

 James McCarthy will not feature against Austria on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton midfielder joins Stephen Ward on injured list but John O’Shea will travel

Cork City’s  Kevin O’Connor and goalscorer Sean Maguire celebrate with The FAI Cup  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI Cup success ensures the season ends on a high for John Caulfield’s side

Goalkeeper Mark McNulty and Cork City club captain Johnny Dunleavy celebrate withe the FAI Cup after their win after extra-time against Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk’s hopes of the double double ended after enthralling decider at the Aviva

Stephen Kenny of Dundalk FC  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kenny’s side will have to lift themselves again after midweek heroics in Russia

Cork City’s Sean Maguire will be looking to get one over on his old club Dundalk in the FAI Cup Final on Sunday. Photo: Inpho

The Cork City man was left out of the Dundalk squad for last year’s season finale

FAI must have known it was breaking rules despite causing little or no offence

 Wexford Youths manager Shane Keeganwill leave the club after tonight’s play-off with Drogheda. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Keegan will take over as Galway manager even if Wexford retain top flight status

Ronald Koeman: “We spoke to James and my advice to him is to stay here, train and get fit as soon as possible. But the final decision is down to the player.” Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

"First be fit, train with your club then you are ready for the national team. Not vice versa"

Stephen Kenny: We are a brilliant counter-attacking team’. Photograph: Mikhail Kireev/Inpho

Manager dismisses suggestion they are writing game off as a lost cause

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton’s complaints over treatment of James McCarthy described as ‘nonsense’

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson (centre) celebrates with team-mate Daryl Horgan (right) after scoring against Zenit St Petersburg  in the Europa League at Tallaght Stadium in October. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Robbie Benson likely to be ruled out by injury but may be available for FAI Cup final

Sunderland’s John O’Shea and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light. O’Shea had to be replaced before half-time due to a hamstring injury. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Martin O’Neill has more injuries to deal with as he prepares to name his squad against Austria

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland celebrates scoring the winner against Bohemians at Oriel Park on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brian Gartland and company happy to draw breath before trip to Zenit St Petersburg

The  start of last year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon: women are more disciplined than man where pace is concerned. They run a far more controlled race. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Irish runner and professor has analysed data from 150,000 Dublin City Marathon runners

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