Clubs must keep pace with social media or become forgotten forces

As we roll into week five of the new domestic football season, the usual surge in attendances associated with the start of a new campaign has once again been prevalent throughout the country. However, this year it seems to be different. Traditionally, the early season buzz would soon fade away, and quite rapidly in some cases, with only those maintaining a position at the top of the table maintaining any sort of swell in attendance and interest figures.

However, this season the general excitement levels and interest in the League of Ireland seems to have found an extended breath to kickstart the 2019 campaign. Already this season we have seen sold out signs erected at the likes of Dalymount Park, Richmond Park and this weekend it seems the Brandywell will do like wise as the defending Champions, Dundalk visit Derry City. But why the extended period of seemingly main stream interest in the league?

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Kenny backs Forrester to find his feet

St.Pat’s boss, Harry Kenny was asked on star signing, Chris Forrester’s slow start to life back in the League of Ireland, following Friday’s sickening derby day defeat at the hands of Dublin rivals and current league leaders, Shamrock Rovers.

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"We showed something different" says Hoops boss Bradley

Shamrock Rovers boss, Stephen Bradley expressed his natural delight on Friday night, after the Tallaght club overcame their Dublin rivals, St.Patrick’s Athletic, to retain an early grasp on pole position in the 2019 SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. An Aaron McEneff penalty was enough to separate the Capital clubs in front of a bumper crowd at Richmond Park.

Speaking to Between the Stripes TV reporter, Gerard Browne after the game, Stephen Bradley expressed his satisfaction in the manner of the “Hoops” display.

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BetweenTheStripes.ie launches online commentary service

On Monday evening, BetweenTheStripes.ie founder, Kieran Burke made a major announcement regarding a new layer of coverage coming to the Between the Stripes brand imminently. Already boasting the BetweenTheStripes.ie website, a weekly podcast and as of this season an online TV channel, BetweenTheStripes.ie is now set to add live online match day commentary to its ever growing arsenal.

Between the Stripes Match Day Live will come to followers of the domestic game via popular online audio streaming service, Mixlr and will feature a live game every week from around the country, with both the Premier and First Divisions of the League of Ireland covered.

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Gill praises players character after Tallaght stalemate

Following Friday nights scoreless draw at the Tallaght stadium between defending double champions, Dundalk and 2019 title hopefuls Shamrock Rovers, “Lilywhites” first-team coach, John Gill praised the charterer of the Dundalk players, stating “We came up to the home of Rovers, we took the game to them and it says a lot about this group of players that we are disappointed we haven’t come away with three points.”

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McEneff reveals Panenka thinking

A former player coming back to score against his old club is nothing new in the era of modern football, particularly in the League of Ireland, however, there can’t be too many cases of a new star signing putting his local club to the sword, in front of a packed out stadium, through the genius improvisation of a Penenka penalty kick! That is exactly what Shamrock Rovers star, Aaron McEneff achieved last Friday, as his cheeky chip from twelve-yards captured the imagination, as well as drawing fire his way with followers of the “Candystripes” labeling McEneff’s lob and subsequent penalty as the ultimate disrespect.

However, speaking on last night’s Between the Stripes LOI podcast, McEneff revealed a simple explanation for the exuberant finish, that sent Rovers on their way to a well earned three points against Declan Devine’s charges.

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WATCH: Between the Stripes TV pre-season special

Featuring highlights and exclusive interviews from Dundalk V Longford Town, Athlone Town V Finn Harps, Bray Wanderers V Bohemians & Longford V Sligo Rovers, Kieran Burke & Jonathan Brier preview the new LOI season in depth with some wonderful insight, debate and analysis ahead of Friday's big kick-off. Featuring interviews with Neale Fenn, John Gill, Sean Gannon, Terry Butler, Liam Buckley, Dylan McGlade & Gary Cronin.

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Salthill's "favourable commercial rates" comments leave a sour taste

Despite the positive news breaking tonight of Salthill Devon’s agreement to lease the facilities of Drum to Galway United as a training base for the 2019 League of Ireland season, BetweenTheStripes.ie reporter, Kieran Burke has hit out at the junior club over what he describes as a tasteless statement regarding “favourable commercial rates” by the Devon.

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"I want to hit double figures" says refreshed Town striker Dean Byrne

Fresh from a spell back with Harwicke Town, the club where Dean Byrne was first spotted by Longford Town boss Neale Fenn, the twenty-three-year-old striker talks exclusively to BetweenTheStripes.ie.

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Conor Kearns: “We need to stick to our core philosophies, and we need to have that belief in ourselves”

Following the Students pre-season friendly against 2019 First Division title favorites Shelbourne at the UCD Bowl, BetweenTheStripes.ie reporter, Andrew Dempsey caught up with UCD’s Conor Kearns, fresh off the back of a call up to Stephen Kenny’s home based Republic of Ireland under-21 squad.

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United's pain is Galway's shame

Following the news that Galway United were forced to conduct a pre-season training session in Athlone due to an on-going row with local junior sides, BetweenTheStripes.ie’s Kieran Burke delved deeper into the conflict as well as offering some much needed analysis on the situation.

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Sam Verdon: “I felt it was the right thing to do but, still, it was difficult to leave Longford”

During his one-and-a-half-year stint at First Division Longford Town, Sam Verdon established himself as one of the key men keeping Neale Fenn’s side ticking over as the now 41-year-old Londoner sought to revolutionise a product lacking side languishing in the First Division.

The former St Patrick’s Athletic recently caught up with BetweenTheStripes.ie reporter Andrew Dempsey to look back on League of Ireland adventure to date while also looking to an exciting 2019 in the Premier Division with newly-promoted Finn Harps.



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St.Mel's Brewing announce landmark sponsorship deal with Between the Stripes

BetweentheStripes.ie is delighted to announce St.Mel’s Brewing as official sponsors for the duration of 2019. Based in Longford Town, the craft beer distillers are the first locally based company to come on board as official sponsors of Between the Stripes in a deal that will see St.Mel’s Brewing advertise across all our platforms.

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Between the Stripes TV launches with pilot episode

History was made on Thursday afternoon as Between the Stripes TV officially launched on Youtube with its pilot episode coming from Cootehill in County Cavan. Hosted by BetweenTheStripes.ie founder, Kieran Burke the pilot episode focused on a charity game involving Dundalk FC legends and Cootehill Harps. As well as bringing viewers match highlights, there were some intriguing post match interviews with Dave Rogers, Chris Bennion and Cootehill Harps founding member, Gerry Arrowsmith.

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"We're looking for the play-offs 100%" says Athlone's Cian Byrne

“We are looking for the play-offs 100%” says new Athlone Town youngster, Cian Byrne. The ex-Lucan star is set to come up against his former club and Athlone’s arch midland rivals Longford Town in the 2019 First Division season.

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