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Other clubs in tale of woe

St James' Gate

Founding members of the league and champions in the 1920s and '30s, the Crumlin side were unable to fulfil their financial responsibilities and with-drew from the league in 1996, a year after being taken over by a consortium with big ambitions. Now competing in the Leinster Senior League.


The five-time league and cup winners had to merge with Home Farm in 1972 but their name was dropped from the ticket after just two seasons. Now exist as a Leinster Senior League club.

Kilkenny City

A yo-yo club for much of their existence, the Cats finally gave up the ghost of competing with hurling in the Marble city in 2008 and resigned from the league after joining in 1985.

Dublin City

Competed in the league between 1999 and 2006 before a lack of finance proved to be their undoing. Split from Home Farm Everton to go it alone and they played in the Premier Division in 2003 and '05 but pulled out in the middle of the '06 season.

Cork City

League champions in 2005 and FAI Cup winners two years later, financial and management difficulties in 2008 and 2009 followed the club into the new decade. The club failed to gain a Premier Division licence for last season, with the courts enforcing a winding-up order on holding company Cork City Investment FC Limited.

Irish Independent