Opinion

The latest Opinion stories on Extratime

The Galway Cup - A tournament of adventure

Sun, Jun 25 2017

On the hilly outskirts of Galway City, The Drom will play host to one of Ireland’s top youth tournaments as ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (June 23 2017)

Fri, Jun 23 2017

This week our hero has backed Dundalk, Limerick and Waterford.

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Panini launch 'Road to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia' sticker collection

Thu, Jun 22 2017

Growing up in the 1980's, the weekly pilgrimage a League of Ireland ground wasn’t the only vital football related journey ...

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Goal scoring per 90 mins in the League of Ireland Premier Division

Thu, Jun 22 2017

The League of Ireland has just resumed after what one could say is a mid-season break. With the league changing ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column - Week 18

Fri, Jun 16 2017

I hope everybody is nice and relaxed after the week break as we set about improving on our so far ...

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Garry Haylock: Should the league consider taking the top four teams and making them play off to win the Championship?

Thu, Jun 15 2017

Just imagine Dundalk, Cork, Shamrock Rovers and Derry City taking part (sorry Bray!): packed stadiums, live on TV and, hopefully, ...

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Cork City's Delaney and Cobh's Hunt scoop Extratime.ie Player of the Month awards for May

Wed, Jun 14 2017

The County Cork duo are the popular choices for the two gongs.

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Portsmouth and their Irish Contingent

Wed, Jun 07 2017

The city of Portsmouth, on England`s south coast, has long been associated with seafaring and naval training and all things ...

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Vote for the Extratime.ie Player of the Month for May 2017!

Tue, Jun 06 2017

Vote for your top performers in the Premier and First Divisions

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Gavin Peers: 'To lose in the last few minutes was devastating'

Sat, Jun 03 2017

It’s rare for any footballer to win every available domestic honour. It’s even more uncommon for a League of Ireland ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (May 19th 2017)

Fri, May 19 2017

Another week in which we failed to hit the jackpot. That line has been written way too many times this ...

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Garry Haylock: The raw talent is there in the League of Ireland but to compete at the top level requires more than just talent

Fri, May 19 2017

There has been an increasing clamour for players from the League of Ireland to be honoured with a call up ...

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Regardless of what you think of the First Division, it's difficult to win - Stephen Rice

Sat, May 13 2017

In addition to once gracing the League of Ireland as a player and being a former PFAI Chairman, nowadays, Stephen ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (May 12 2017)

Fri, May 12 2017

Cork City and Bray Wanderers to keep up good form in our weekly treble in association with Paddy Power.

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Garry Haylock: Sometimes when things are going so well, it can be a curse as well as a blessing

Fri, May 05 2017

There is so much luck involved in football that when you get such a good run of it, there is ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (May 5 2017)

Fri, May 05 2017

This week our enhanced bet with Paddy Power features Cobh Ramblers, Dundalk and Derry City.

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Extratime to abseil off Croke Park in aid of ISPCC

Fri, Apr 21 2017

On April 29th, ExtraTime.ie reporter Stephen Walsh will be abseiling down the side of Croke Park in aid of the ...

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Garry Haylock: Football has a habit of making clever people look really silly

Thu, Apr 20 2017

The rather contentious issue of penalties has dominated the headlines around the League of Ireland in the last few days. ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (April 14 2017)

Thu, Apr 13 2017

This week our enhanced bet with Paddy Power features three Munster sides.

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Aaron Cawley: Sligo's break with Dave Robertson the right choice for both parties

Thu, Apr 06 2017

While Robertson's departure was inevitable, it was still a shock, coming so quickly as it did after ye Galway match.

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Garry Haylock: What happens intelligent, resourceful businessmen when they become chairmen of football clubs?

Wed, Apr 05 2017

If I went to doctor who had spent 30 years practising medicine and told him that what he was doing ...

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Tom Clancy: Why Martin Russell's departure isn't a surprise

Tue, Apr 04 2017

Limerick won 30% of their Premier Division games under Russell, 16 times in 53 outings – which includes a 22 ...

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Garry Haylock: A clever manager will use the press to send messages to particular groups

Thu, Mar 23 2017

Players have also been known to try and use the press to their advantage - as I found out to ...

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Jim Warren: Tragedy shows the League of Ireland for the family it is

Wed, Mar 22 2017

No matter what your allegiance, no matter what your connection, the League of Ireland is a close-knit family as the ...

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Stephen Walsh's Betting Column (17th March 2017)

Fri, Mar 17 2017

Well for the fourth week in the row the column narrowly missed out on the perfect result with Bray Wanderers ...

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Garry Haylock: 'Rovers have the right idea: investing in youth pays'

Fri, Mar 10 2017

It’s something that won’t bear fruit immediately but Rovers have the right idea. Hopefully their fans will appreciate the investment ...

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Stephen Walsh Betting Column (Mar 3 2017)

Fri, Mar 03 2017

Stephen tips Cork City, Bray Wanderers and Longford Town to do the business.

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Home is where the heart is for League of Ireland's greatest goalscorer

Thu, Mar 02 2017

Brendan Bradley is a frequent visitor to Ballybofey but as a consequence of the era he played in many of ...

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Garry Haylock: 'I can only imagine what my career would have looked like if I had trained like players today'

Sat, Feb 25 2017

In the dark distant past, when I had more hair and less of a gut, my feeling approaching the first ...

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Garry Haylock: 'When I think back to when I was playing I can't help but smile at some of the shenanigans'

Fri, Feb 17 2017

It is easy to look back and smile and remember those occasions with fondness although it didn’t seem like fun ...

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Extratime.ie Top Articles of 2016 (10th to 1st)

Sat, Dec 31 2016

Macdara Ferris takes a look at what made the biggest impact on Extratime.ie with the public with the top 10 ...

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Extratime.ie Top Articles of 2016 (20th to 11th)

Sat, Dec 31 2016

Macdara Ferris takes a look at what made the biggest impact on Extratime.ie with the public beginning with the countdown ...

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Dundalk reflection - A Legacy

Sat, Dec 10 2016

Dundalk’s season has finally drawn to a close, an unsatisfactory ending in many ways. The most fitting conclusion would have ...

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Lilywhites know what they have to do heading to Israel

Sat, Nov 26 2016

During last night’s Europe League anthem at Tallaght Stadium, students from the De La Salle College in Dundalk kept up ...

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The Rituals of Football

Thu, Nov 10 2016

Ironing. There’s none to be done. Just about three weeks ago it was all I could do when City were ...

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So, what's cup final week all about?

Thu, Nov 03 2016

Having worked in football for over 17 years I was lucky enough to reach the FAI Cup Final twice, once ...

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Ducks, Pubs and Bucket Lists: Caoimhin Reilly reports from St. Petersburg

Thu, Nov 03 2016

St. Petersburg in November. With Dundalk. That’s crazy. It’s scarcely believable but here we are.

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Who will win the FAI Cup?

Sun, Oct 30 2016

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has recently described this current Cork City side as ‘exceptional’.

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"Here we go, three-in-a-row"

Sat, Oct 29 2016

“Here we go four-in-a-row,” uttered a delighted Dundalk fan as the masses of Louth men and women departed Oriel Park ...

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2016 Season - The Good, The Bad and The Very Ugly

Sat, Oct 29 2016

For many a club the 2016 season has been one to forget, while for others, it has been the stuff ...

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Are we seeing the greatest ever League of Ireland team?

Thu, Oct 27 2016

The question of just who is the greatest League of Ireland team is being posed quite a lot recently.

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ET Bitesize: Shh, We Didn't Say That

Tue, Oct 25 2016

Here at Bitesize HQ we're not afraid to hold up our hands and say, “boy, we got it wrong.”

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Midweek Fixtures Don't Work in the LOI

Mon, Oct 24 2016

Anyone who has ever waited for a bus feels like the normal Airtricity League follower recently. Games are coming in ...

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ET Bitesize: Salt and Finger

Thu, Oct 20 2016

I was all ready to dedicate this week's ET Bitesize entirely to the discussion of crisps. Ever since Stephen Kenny ...

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The fight for LOI supremacy in Sporting mad Dublin

Wed, Oct 05 2016

Since 2010, only one Dublin club has won the FAI Cup ,the winners of the League have been Dublin based ...

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Dundalk's Historic Victory - Four Years in the Making

Sat, Oct 01 2016

Having departed Alkmaar with a melted heart, Dundalk supporters left Tallaght Stadium last night with eyefuls of pride, and with ...

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Beckett, Cricket and The Void

Sat, Sep 17 2016

Let’s start at the end, where few stories have the decency to finish. Samuel Barclay Beckett died in Paris, aged ...

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Heroes, idols, trailblazers - a personal reflection from Alkmaar

Fri, Sep 16 2016

With a melted heart and bleary eyes, Dundalk’s raucous travelling contingent head back to the Oriel province having firmly fallen ...

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ET Bitesize: Mission: Virtually Impossible II

Wed, Sep 14 2016

Dundalk are good. This much we know.

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Dundalk's European dream & domestic fixture nightmare

Wed, Sep 14 2016

Undiscovered territory awaits Dundalk this week when they debut in the Europa League group stages with a trip to the ...

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