Irish football has a strange sense of summer

With the League of Ireland returning tonight, Emmet Ryan casts an immensely biased eye over what lies ahead and the unusual bookends to ‘summer soccer’

Emmet Ryan

Technology Correspondent @emmetjryan
16th February, 2018
Dundalk's signings 'fascinating'. Pic: Getty

His winner in Cork meant UCD would be in the top flight for the first season of summer soccer in Ireland. The switch had a few motivations behind it - giving clubs a leg up in Europe by being mid-season, and more appealing weather were the primary causes - and it’s stuck.

Having no more brutal December nights in Belfield is welcome but this is Ireland, not Gran Canaria. There are a few...

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