Football is a massively popular game in Ireland and naturally there is a national league. It’s named “The Irish Championship.” The Irish footballing pyramid consists of 3 upper national tiers and below them are 2 regional leagues for each state with Dublin taking part of Leinster’s league. The top 2 teams at the end of the season take part in UEFA’s Champions League and the third place and winner of the National cup take part in the Europa League. The National Cup is the domestic knockout tournament in Irish Football and the current champions are Cork. The current champions are Galway United. In 1997 a footballing upset took place as Shamrock Rovers won the Europa League after winning each of their games 1-0.<br />
Political Parties ==
Although the President is elected independently the same isn’t for both Houses of Parliament. Since the turn of the century Ireland has been with the times both fiscally and socially. Ireland has four major parties and 2 minor parties which have seats in the Congress but the four major parties were boiled down to 2 for the Senate.