Irish Premier League 2019 season preview Football

Dundalk crowned as league champions for 13th time

Dundalk secured a 13th League of Ireland Premier Division crown last season. They completed the double by defeating Cork City 2-1 in the FAI Cup final, the clash between the league's top two sides. University College Dublin, the 2018 First Division champion, were promoted to the league for the first time since 2014, while Finn Harps were promoted to the top flight after a one-year absence following the promotion/relegation playoffs.

  • Champions and Cup winners: Dundalk (Champions League QR1)
  • Runners-up: Cork City (Europa League QR1)
  • Third place: Shamrock Rovers (Europa League QR1)
  • Fourth place: Waterford (Europa League QR1)
  • Relegated: Bray, Limerick
  • Promoted: UDC, Finn Harps.
Cork City322212
Sligo Rovers359597
Derry City287348
Finn Harps---1011-

The overall number of titles for each club in Irish Premier league since 1921 and their standings in the last five seasons.

Perth takes charge as Dundalk

Vinny Perth is the new Dundalk head coach. Perth, who served as Stephen Kenny's assistant-manager since 2013, has been promoted to the role of head coach following Kenny's departure in November. Kenny was appointed as Republic of Ireland U21 manager, while Mick McCarthy was appointed Republic of Ireland senior team manager with Kenny set to replace him in 2020.

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Derry City appoint Declan Devine as new manager

Derry City have appointed former boss Declan Devine as their new manager. He left at the end of the 2013 campaign and was working with the Irish FA. Devine, who led the club to their 2012 FAI Cup success, replaces Kenny Shiels. Shiels was sacked after the conclusion of a disappointing season in October. Devine has signed a two-year contract, with Kevin Deery and Marty McCann joining the backroom staff.

St Pat's appoint Harry Kenny as new manager

Harry Kenny has been appointed as manger of St Patrick's Athletic. Pat's have been without a full-time boss since Liam Buckley stepped down in September. Kenny most recently managed Bray and was Buckley's assistant in 2012 when St Patrick's won the League title in 2013.

1Dundalk876527-6-3 (36)
2Cork774424-5-7 (36)
3Shamrock623018-8-10 (36)
4Waterfo.59818-5-13 (36)
5St.Patricks50415-5-16 (36)
6Bohem.48713-9-14 (36)
7Sligo R.42-1212-6-18 (36)
8Derry42-2313-3-20 (36)
9Limerick27-507-6-23 (36)
10Bray18-735-3-28 (36)

The league standings for the 2018 season.

Dundalk1.8Derry City21
Shamrock Rovers4.5Bohemians26
Cork City Foras Co-Op3Sligo Rovers41
Waterford United21U.C.D.501
St Patrick's Athletic8Finn Harps501

The preseason odds for the outright winner of the 2019 Irish football league.

Irish Cup finals in last five seasons

2018   Dundalk - Cork City   2:1
2017   Cork City - Dundalk   1:1   (5:3 on penalties)
2016   Cork City - Dundalk   1:0   (after extra time)
2015   Dundalk - Cork City   1:0
2014   Saint Patrick's - Derry City   2:0

Key players
(transfer market value in m€)


Goalkeeper James Talbot (0.1); Defense: Derek Pender (0.1), Patrick Kirk (0.1), Mitchell Byrne (0.1), James Finnerty (0.1); Midfield: Scott Allardice (0.1), Keith Ward (0.1), Keith Buckley (0.1), Conor Levingston (0.1); Forward: Kevin Devaney (0.1), Dinny Corcoran (0.1).

Cork City

Goalkeeper Mark McNulty (0.1); Defense: Alan Bennett (0.4), Aaron Barry (0.2), Sean McLoughlin (0.1), Shane Griffin (0.1), Colm Horgan (0.1); Midfield: Conor McCormack (0.1), Gearoid Morrissey (0.1), Garry Buckley (0.1); Forward: Graham Cummins (0.4), Karl Sheppard (0.1).

Derry City

Goalkeeper Peter Cherrie (0.1); Defense: Danny Seaborne (0.3), Darren Cole (0.1), Ally Gilchrist (0.1), Jamie McDonagh (0.1); Midfield: Chris Turner (0.3), Aaron Splaine (0.2), Gerardo Bruna (0.1), Barry McNamee (0.1); Forward: Eoghan Stokes (0.1), Junior Ogedi-Uzokwe (0.1).


Goalkeeper Aaron McCarey (0.2); Defense: Brian Gartland (0.1), Sean Hoare (0.1), Dane Massey (0.1), Dean Jarvis (0.1); Midfield: Sean Murray (0.4), Jordan Flores (0.1), Chris Shields (0.1), Patrick McEleney (0.1); Forward: Michael Duffy (0.1), Patrick Hoban (0.1).

Finn Harps

Goalkeeper Ciaran Gallagher (0.1); Defense: Harry Ascroft (0.1), Sam Todd (0.1), Keith Cowan (0.1), Jacob Borg (0.1); Midfield: Rafael Cretaro (0.1), Mark Coyle (0.1), Tony McNamee (0.1), Nathan Boyle (0.1); Forward: Nathan Boyle (0.1), Caolan McAleer (0.1).

Shamrock Rovers

Goalkeeper Alan Mannus (0.3); Defense: Sean Kavanagh (0.3), Lee Grace (0.1), Joey O'Brien (0.1); Midfield: Jack Byrne (1), Greg Bolger (0.1), Ronan Finn (0.1), Joel Coustrain (0.1); Forward: Aaron Greene (0.1), Orhan Vojic (0.1), Danny Carr (0.1).

Sligo Rovers

Goalkeeper Mitchell Beeney (0.1); Defense: Dante Leverock (0.2), Kyle Callan-McFadden (0.1), John Mahon (0.1), Regan Donelon (0.1), Lewis Banks (0.1); Midfield: Rhys McCabe (0.2), David Cawley (0.1), John Russell (0.1); Forward: Ronan Murray (0.2), Lee Lynch (0.1).

St Patricks Athletic

Goalkeeper Brendan Clarke (0.2); Defense: Kevin Toner (0.1), Simon Madden (0.1), Mick Leahy (0.1), Ian Bermingham (0.1), David Webster (0.1); Midfield: Killian Brennan (0.3), Chris Forrester (0.2), Graham Kelly (0.1); Forward: Achille Campion (0.1), Chris Fagan (0.1).

University College Dublin

Goalkeeper Conor O'Donnell (0.1); Defense: Luke Boore (0.1), Sean Coyne (0.1), Daniel Tobin (0.1), Josh Collins (0.1), Evan Osam (0.1); Midfield: Gary O'Neil (0.1), Conor Crowley (0.1), Paul Doyle (0.1); Forward: Timothy Molloy (0.1), Sean McDonald (0.1).

Waterford United

Goalkeeper Matthew Connor (0.1); Defense: Damien Delaney (1), Kevin Lynch (0.1), Kenny Browne (0.1); Midfield: Stanley Aborah (0.2), Karolis Chvedukas (0.2), Rudy (0.1), Bastien Hery (0.1), Gavan Holohan (0.1); Forward: Mikhail Ageev (0.3), Zak Elbouzedi (0.1).