Thursday 21 September 2017

Hail Glorious Saint Patrick's

St Patrick's Athletic's victory in the Europa League showed the League of Ireland can still entertain.
St Patrick's Athletic's victory in the Europa League showed the League of Ireland can still entertain.

• It's been a tough time for the genuine Ireland football fan of late, with the Euro 2012 odyssey crashing on the hard rocks of reality and criticism, some of it justified, for the beleaguered FAI and their well remunerated CEO.

John Cuffe (Letters, July 26) bemoans the current status of the League of Ireland and hankers after the glory days of Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers and Cork Hibs, both domestically and at European level in the 1960s and early 1970s.

While I agree with much of his sentiment, the domestic game is sometimes an easy target and much of our best home-grown talent is snapped up by the Sky/Russian/Middle Eastern/oligarch-financed English Premier League.

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