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IRISH LEAGUE: Hamilton looking long term with Glenavon

Weeks of hard work may culminate in a first competitive challenge of the campaign for Glenavon on Saturday, August 12 but manager Gary Hamilton is refusing to put short-term points above long-term progress.

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Defending champions Linfield

IN FULL: Irish League fixtures 2017-18 season

The Danske Bank Premiership 2017-18 were released today at 1pm. Here's the fixture list in full.
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Northern Ireland Women’s U19s to face Spain, Germany and Scotland

Northern Ireland Women’s U19s to face Spain, Germany and Scotland

Northern Ireland will face Spain, Germany and Scotland in the group stages of this summer’s UEFA Women’s Under-19 Championship.

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Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea has been awarded an MBE for services to motorcycling.

Rea, Best and Davis recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Double World Superbike champion Jonathan Rea, Ireland rugby captain Rory Best and Northern Ireland skipper Steve Davis have been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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Azerbaijan's Pavlo Pashayev with Northern Ireland's Niall McGinn

FOOTBALL: Michael O’Neill hails Nortern Ireland spirit after last-gasp win in Baku

Northern Ireland’s spirit once again came to the fore for boss Michael O’Neill as his understrength and undercooked side claimed a dramatic 1-0 success over Azerbaijan.

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Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill

FOOTBALL: Stuart Dallas strike gives Northern Ireland win in Baku

AZERBAIJAN 0 NORTHERN IRELAND 1

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West Brom Albion's James McClean will launch this year's Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup.

FOOTBALL: Derry City legend to launch Foyle Cup

West Bromwich Albion and Republic of Ireland International James McClean, will be Guest Of Honour at this year’s launch of the International Hughes Insurance Foyle Cup, at the Waterfoot Hotel, this Monday evening.

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Mark Sykes (right) on duty last season with Glenavon. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

INTERNATIONAL: Glenavon’s Sykes forced to pull out of Estonia trip

Injury has ruled out Mark Sykes from representing Northern Ireland under 21s this week in the European Championship qualifying fixture.

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Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley

FOOTBALL: Michael O’Neill counts on having Gareth McAuley for World Cup qualifier

Gareth McAuley has been included in Northern Ireland’s squad for the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in spite of concerns over his fitness.

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Northern Ireland's Conor Washington

INTERNATIONAL FOOTBALL: Conor Washington and Jamie Ward to miss NI friendly against New Zealand

Northern Ireland could be light on attacking options when Michael O’Neill names his squad to face New Zealand and Azerbaijan, with Conor Washington and Jamie Ward both out.

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Glentoran players help  fix the net during October's Irish Cup tie against rivals Linfield. Photo: Press Eye

20 of the best #IrishLeagueBehaviour tweets from last season

We love the Irish League. We do. And through the highs and lows of following the local game, there are magic moments which bring big smiles to our faces.
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Kyle Neill celebrates during his previous spell with Portadown.

IRISH LEAGUE EXCLUSIVE: Neill 'back home' after dream return to Portadown

Kyle Neill considers this week's return to Portadown a second chance at playing for his football first love.

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Keith O'Hara. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Former Portadown captain O’Hara takes up Mid-Ulster manager’s role

Keith O’Hara may have left Portadown after a 20-year playing career but his connection to the town will remain following an appointment as manager of Rectory Rangers.

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Andy Kilmartin (right). Pic by PressEye Ltd.Andy Kilmartin (right). Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Kilmartin thanks Glenavon and Portadown fans for support on his Mid-Ulster move

Andy Kilmartin’s move to Portadown from Glenavon has been met with a positive response to the player from the majority of supporters on both sides of the Mid-Ulster derby divide.

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Andy Kilmartin - pictured in Glenavon colours last season - has signed for Portadown on a two-year deal. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Currie’s praise as Kilmartin shows hunger to help Portadown promotion bid

Niall Currie has confirmed Andy Kilmartin opted to sign for relegated Portadown despite more attractive financial offers on the table from Premiership clubs.

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Andy Kilmartin. Pic by Pacemaker.

IRISH LEAGUE: Kilmartin and Elebert turn down Glenavon contract offers

Glenavon have confirmed exits for David Elebert and Andy Kilmartin - with both players opting to turn down one-year offers to stay at Mourneview Park.

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A second bookable offence led to red for Portstewart's John Neill at Planters Park on Saturday in the 1-1 draw with Dollingstown. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE COMMENT: Promotion prize still in the balance as Portstewart host Dollingstown

After almost 10 months of fixtures and hundreds of miles, the Irish League destiny of Dollingstown and Portstewart will be defined by 90-plus minutes of football on the final Saturday of May.

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Dollingstown manager Stephen Uprichard. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Dollingstown to host Portstewart in play-off first leg

The season for Dollingstown and Portstewart is set to extend into the closing days of May - but with the ultimate reward of promotion the prize.

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Gary Hamilton. Pic by PressEye Ltd.

IRISH LEAGUE: Hamilton ready for rebuilding job after Glenavon budget cuts

Glenavon boss Gary Hamilton is preparing for a significant reshaping of the squad in the aftermath of Friday’s Europa League play-off final defeat.

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