The administrators of the four provincial football associations have issued a statement backing John Delaney’s tenure as FAI CEO, praising the “contribution of Mr Delaney to the grassroots game”.
Gaizka Mendieta might have been the man who ended the World Cup dream of Ireland and Robbie Keane in 2002 but these days he has nothing but sympathy for the country’s thankless task in trying to locate a successor to our now retired record goalscorer.
Ireland’s Cricket World Cup qualifier against Afghanistan is playing away on the TV in the background as Rob Ryan sits in the Clanna Gael Fontenoy clubhouse in Dublin, gripping a hurley, and holding court on all things American football.
The Irish passport is rather wonderful — a montage of graphics, images, music and writing, communicating our Celtic past and present. It’s ideal if you’re stuck on a plane, with no reading material other than the mildly depressing sky-shopping and sky-café brochures.