ANALYSIS: Maguire the diamond in relegation-scrap rough

Alan O’Brien 

The phrase ‘diamond in the rough’ was invented for Barry Maguire’s performance here. The Dutchman’s quality was enough to tip this ugly scrap, between two depleted strugglers, in Limerick FC’s favour. Continue reading


Stricken Seagulls let Limerick off the hook

Alan O’Brien 

If banishing the ghosts of Oriel Park was foremost in Tommy Barrett’s mind, Bray Wanderers represented the perfect foil. As passive as Dundalk were aggressive, as profligate as the Lilywhites were clinical, Dave Mackey’s basement boys gifted Limerick a morale-boosting victory. Continue reading

Limerick FC: 2017 Season in Review

Alan O’Brien 

Remaking Limerick FC’s patchwork squad is a challenge few would relish. And yet, just days after securing Premier Division football for 2018, Neil McDonald has already begun to tackle that herculean task. There will be no holiday for him. Both his future, and his reputation, rest on the outcome. He is, after all, only here because his predecessor failed to scale the same mountain. Continue reading