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Monday 30 January 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# League of Ireland

Last year
2022
# Off
League of Ireland fixtures and GAA matches fall victim to weather
Sligo v Bohemians and Longford Town v Cobh Ramblers are among the games to be postponed.
# Called Off
Opening game of the season at Finn Park falls victim to weather
The League of Ireland Premier Division meeting of Finn Harps and Drogheda United will be rescheduled.
# Compromise
'Fans need to understand that what we're trying to do is in the best interests of all concerned'
Pat Devlin discusses the Bray-Cabinteely merger and looks ahead to the new First Division season.
# Great expectations
Training with Phil Foden at Man City, returning home to Ireland and learning from Damien Duff
Aaron O’Driscoll is hoping to help Shelbourne enjoy a successful season on their return to the top flight.
# new dawn
'This will be the biggest day of my football life, hands down'
Damien Duff is embracing what he says is his most important challenge yet, while Shelbourne fans also fight to preserve part of club’s heritage.
# late developer
'I just shot up in size. I think I've grown from 5'7 to about 6'2'
Bohemians youngster Promise Omochere on coping with injuries and adapting his game after a late growth spurt.
# Ambition
Morris aiming to reawaken Irish football's 'sleeping giant'
After leaving Shelbourne, the coach has taken charge of Waterford ahead of the new season.
# a pair of kiwis
Sligo Rovers and Shelbourne sign New Zealanders ahead of opening league matches
21-year-old striker Max Mata joins the Bit O’Red, while Damien Duff has added 29-year-old defender Adam Thomas to his squad.
# Target man
Sligo boost attacking options with signing of Canadian striker Jordan Hamilton
The 25-year-old is a two-time MLS Cup winner.
# Relief
Fears allayed after Irish Serie A-bound youngster suffers injury
St Pat’s boss Tim Clancy says the decision to take off James Abankwah was only precautionary.
# Joy
Memorable return for Jack Byrne as Shamrock Rovers beat Pat's on penalties
The Ireland international scored the winning spot-kick after a tight President’s Cup final.
# Preview
Marquee signings Byrne and Doyle aiming to elevate Dublin rivals to new heights
Shamrock Rovers and St Patrick’s Athletic are set to compete in the President’s Cup this evening.
# Done Deal
Former Shamrock Rovers striker becomes Damien Duff's latest signing
Dan Carr has officially joined Shelbourne.
# New Addition
Dundalk sign Hibernian winger Steven Bradley on loan
The 19-year-old has been described ‘a bit of a throwback’ by manager Stephen O’Donnell.
# The42 Reads
How a one-month loan backed by Brian Clough started a remarkable League of Ireland career
From Derby County to Cork City, Alek Ludzik had a fascinating journey.
# Across the liffey
Ireland U21 full-back Lyons leaves Bohemians to join rivals Shamrock Rovers
The defender, who says his ambition is to play in the UK, has signed a multi-year deal with the Premier Division champions.
# Move
Dundalk sign Dundee United centre-back on six-month loan deal
Experienced defender Mark Connolly is returning to Ireland.
# as it stands
Cameroon held but Roberto Lopes' Cape Verde made to wait for last-16 spot
Meanwhile, Burkina Faso qualified for the knockout stages this evening.
# Latest addition
St Pat's add young Wolves full-back to their squad
Northern Ireland U21 international Jack Scott has joined the FAI Cup champions on loan.
# fan favourite
The Benin international who lit up Irish football
Romuald Boco recalls his League of Ireland days and the three times he played in the Africa Cup of Nations.
# APPREHENSION
'With trying to sign some guys in Ireland, when it comes to crunch time, they get scared'
Former LOI star Eamon Zayed on the challenges of starting up a new club in America.
# Sorry
Irish defender apologises for 2014 tweet
Portadown earlier this week withdrew a contract offer to Joe Gorman after a fan backlash.
# Setback
Disappointment for Dublin-born Roberto Lopes as Cape Verde beaten
Burkina Faso secured a crucial 1-0 win to keep their hopes alive.
# Unexpected
How a call from Africa saved an Irish footballer's career
Former Derry City and Shamrock Rovers striker Eamon Zayed reflects on his time playing with Libya.
# hot prospect
Shamrock Rovers youngster joins Brighton
Killian Cahill is set to link up with the Premier League side.
# the pilgrims
St Patrick's Athletic midfielder Lewis joins League One side on a free transfer
The 22-year-old has signed for Plymouth Argyle, following a successful season in the League of Ireland.
# Bizarre
Ex-Dundalk defender leaves new club hours after signing announced
Sonni Nattestad’s spell at FK Jerv was remarkably brief.
# Risk
'I was getting less money to take over Cork City than I was in Diageo'
John Caulfield on a League of Ireland career in which he’s frequently had to defy limitations.
# Green shoots
Doyle scores amid LOI rumours, Irish midfielder hits 4th goal in 5 games
Mark Sykes is in excellent form for Oxford.
# the new saint
St Johnstone confirm signing of Dundalk defender Daniel Cleary
The former Liverpool U21 defender has agreed terms until the summer of 2024.
# Pastures new
Drogheda's Daniel O'Reilly seals Scottish move
The 26-year-old defender has signed for Hamilton Academical on a free transfer.
All time
# High hopes
4 League of Ireland players who moved across the water in 2021 and 4 who could follow
Ross Tierney and others who have signed, or could sign, for British clubs.
# Looking Back
'We wouldn’t wear the club colours and if the ‘parkie’ came along we’d disappear'
Terry Palmer remembers his time at Shamrock Rovers.
# back at the town
Dundalk announce the signing of Ward, Canada international Twardek rejoins Bohs
It will be the 31-year-old’s third spell at Oriel Park.
# RIP
Tributes paid after former Athlone manager Eddie Wallace dies
The late coach also worked at a number of other League of Ireland clubs including Bray Wanderers, Cabinteely, UCD and St Patrick’s Athletic.
# schedule
Fixtures confirmed for 2022 First Division season
All First Division games will be available on LOITV next season.
# Ownwords
'You have to find the balance between loving football and being ruthless'
Four of the League of Ireland’s brightest hopes tell The42 about their first experience of professional football, and hopes for the future.
# looking ahead
Confirmed: 9 teams will compete in First Division next year
It was recently announced that Cabinteely and Bray Wanderers have merged.
# No regrets
O'Donnell insists he 'can sleep easy at night' over decision to leave St Pat's for Dundalk
The new Lilywhites head coach says his departure — which happened just days after winning the FAI Cup — was done with ‘absolute integrity’.
# standing out
Georgie Kelly and Stephen Bradley among the winners at PFAI awards
Gavin Bazunu and Dawson Devoy were also among those recognised.