Can Irish Soccer Learn Any Lessons From The All-Conquering Domestic Rugby Scene?

Another great day for Irish rugby, as Leinster and Munster triumph and secure in the process a return of an Irish province to the Heineken Cup final next month. The success story that is Irish rugby continues to contrast somewhat to the fortunes of Irish football teams- at international level (most recently) but consistently at club level. The Setanta Cup seems to have grabbed the attention of a wider football audience than would usually be the case for local soccer. David Jeffrey is certainly on record as suggesting that the competition might pave the way for an all-Ireland league sometime in the future.Do the fans of local teams across the island believe a unified league- or even increased all-Ireland cup competitions (like these from many moons ago)- would be a positive step for the game, or simply a pipe dream?

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