December 2009 News Archive

Brazil confirmed as Spring friendly opposition...20/12/2009
AI Chief Executive John Delaney this evening confirmed that the Republic of Ireland will meet Brazil on Wednesday 3rd March 2010 in a friendly international. Speculation surrounding the location for the match continues, with Croke Park, Glasgow, London and Manchester all being touted as possible options. While the fixture occurs during a crucial club period, it is likely that Giovanni Trapattoni will view the contest as stage one on the EURO 2012 campaign.

St Ledger fallout disappointing for Ireland...19/12/2009
Recent media reports concerning the apparent falling out between Sean St Ledger and new Middlesbrough manager Gordon Strachan spell not only disappointment for the parties involved but also for Ireland. The mooted friendly against Brazil is in essence the start of preparations for EURO 2012 and Giovanni Trapattoni would surely be setting his plans in motion for the campaign. Should St Ledger find himself in limbo at his club, it will be disappointing for both him and Ireland, although it might herald the introduction of Marc Wilson who has been impressive in central defence for improving Premiership side Portsmouth. With central defence in mind, the loan move of Darren O'Dea from Glasgow Celtic to Reading has, after a bright early start, turned into disappointment with the young defender spending much of his time on the bench.

League of Ireland managerial merry-go-round ...19/12/2009
The annual managerial turnaround in the League of Ireland is again in gentle swing. The departure of Paul Doolin from Cork City was perhaps no surprise as the current situation within the club does not bode well for the future. There was some surprise at the departure of Ian Foster from Galway United to take up the reins vacated by Sean Connor at Dundalk while the confirmation of Pete Mahon as manager with John Gill as his assistant at St Patrick's Athletic was less so.

UEFA draws for U17 and U19 Women's Elite Stage...16/12/2009
The draws for the 2010 Elite Stage of both the U17 and U19 UEFA Women's Championships took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this morning. Our U17 side will compete in Group x to be hosted by Ukraine with Poland and Sweden making up the quartet. The U19s will contest Group 1 with hosts Sweden, England and Turkey, between 27th March and 1st April 2010.

Under 15 debutants held scoreless in Qatar opener...14/12/2009
A debutant Republic of Ireland Under 15 side opened their Middle East foray to Qatar with a scoreless draw against the Aspire Academy Under 16 side on Monday afternoon. Manager John Morling expressed his satisfaction with the discipline and organisation of the side against opponents who were from a year older age bracket. The sides meet at Under 15 level on Wednesday afternoon when the remaining squad members are expected to be in action.

Under 15 debutants make annual Qatar journey...12/12/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 15 squad, managed by John Morling, make the journey to Qatar to face the Aspire Academy Under 15 and Under 16 sides this week. This, now traditional, visit is taking place earlier than in previous years when the matches took place in early January. The squad of eighteen players will all be making their international debuts for Ireland.

Nightmare Under 19 UEFA Elite draw made this morning...08/12/2009
This morning's draw for the Elite Stage of the 2010 UEFA Championships at U19 level saw the Republic of Ireland drawn in a nightmare Group Three with current holders Ukraine who will host in Kiev between 26th and 31st May 2010, defeated finalists England and an emerging Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Under 17 UEFA Elite Stage draw provides opportunity...08/12/2009
The Republic of Ireland Under 17 side will face Austria, Finland and Greece, who will host Group Three in the Elite Stage of the 2010 UEFA Championships between the 19th and 24th March 2010, following the draw made this morning at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon.

UEFA draws for 2011 Qualifying Phase made today...06/12/2009
The draws for the 2011 Qualifying Phase of both the U17 and U19 UEFA Championships took place at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon this morning. Our U17 side will compete in Group 4 to be hosted by Malta from 25th to 30th September 2010 with Albania and Norway making up the quartet. The U19s will contest Group 10 with hosts Bulgaria, Luxembourg and Serbia, between 7th and 12th October 2010.

Terry Conroy - Special Meeting Guest
We were delighted to welcome Stoke City and Republic of Ireland legend Terry Conroy to our meeting last Friday evening. Terry was capped twenty six times by Ireland and was the scorer of the opening goal in our WC qualifying defeat of France, in November 1972. Highlight of his club career was of course the 1972 League Cup Final victory at Wembley, where he opened the scoring and later created the winning goal for his team. Terry was appointed UK Welfare Officer for the FAI in November 2008 and both members and guests listened to his analysis of his first year in that significant position. The audience was further captivated by Terry's many tales from his days flying the flank for both Stoke City and Ireland.

UCD collect Under 20 Championship Trophy...02/12/2009
The re-scheduled final of the U20 League of Ireland competition produced an eight goal thriller in the Belfield Bowl this evening with hosts UCD emerging triumphant against a gallant Salthill Devon side on a five three scoreline.