Both Steven Ireland\'s Grandmothers alive?

There is also a story in this evenings Herald claiming that the FAI paid 15k for a private jet to ship Ireland home for the funeral. Weird shite altogether!!

Here’s the truth.,17033,8652_2728395,00.html

Sad really. He’s only a young fella.

Shocking stuff, the truth always sets you free in the end.

Christ that’s a bizarre story

have to feel sorry for him

Feely sorry for the lad and his girlfriend. From

Ireland sets the record straight 14/09/2007 13:17

Statement from Stephen Ireland.

I wish to explain the circumstances surrounding my departure from the Republic of Ireland international squad following the Euro 2008 qualifier against Slovakia in Bratislava last Saturday.

When the game ended our manager Stephen Staunton took me outside the dressing room into the corridor along with the Ireland team doctor. He told me that they had taken a call from my girlfriend, Jessica, and she said my grandmother had died.

I was deeply shocked because I believed it was my maternal grandmother who had brought me up from when I was five. The manager went back into the dressing room to get my phone and when I got it I immediately rang my girlfriend to get more details.

My girlfriend was distraught and explained that she had just suffered a miscarriage. Jessica said she was very lonely and wanted me to come home. She said she thought they might let me home quicker if they thought my grandmother had died.

When I finished the call I told the manager and doctor that my grandmother had died and because we were very close I wanted to go home immediately. The manager said that was no problem and he would get the FAI to sort it out.

The FAI hired a private jet to get me home and I flew out of Bratislava the following morning. Before I left I told the FAI media officer that the name of my grandmother was Patricia Tallon.

Early on Monday morning I got a phone call from Stephen Staunton telling me that the FAI had discovered my grandmother in Cork was not dead. He wanted to know what was going on and I told him that there had been a mistake and it had been my fathers mother. I told him her name was Brenda Kitchener, that she lived in London.

Jessica and I were still very upset over the miscarriage so we flew home to Ireland for a few days.

On Thursday, I got a phone-call from Manchester City stating that the FAI had discovered that my grandmother, Brenda Kitchener, was also alive. I decided at that stage that I must tell truth and admit I had told lies.

I realise now that it was a massive mistake on my part to tell the FAI and Manchester City that my grandmothers had died and I deeply regret it. The miscarriage that Jessica suffered last Saturday has caused both of us a lot of heartache and had caused us both to panic.

It was wrong and I sincerely apologise, particularly as I caused a lot of problems for many people.

I would like to apologise to my grandmothers and all my family for any distress I have caused them.

Ireland manager Stephen Staunton, my Ireland team-mates, the backroom staff and the FAI also deserve my profound apologies. I truly appreciate that the extraordinary lengths they went to put my welfare first and ensure I got home from Slovakia as quickly as possible.

I am also sorry for causing Manchester City any embarrassment and apologise to the supporters of both Manchester City and Ireland for misleading them and the media.

I love playing for my country and am grateful for the understanding Mr Staunton and the FAI have shown to me since I told them the truth.

I have learnt a valuable lesson from this mess and hope those I have hurt by my actions will forgive me.

Stephen Ireland

Sad news for Stephen and his girlfriend but is it too soon to joke about his grandmothers yet?

Bandage wrote:

Sad news for Stephen and his girlfriend but is it too soon to joke about his grandmothers yet?

They were almost great grandmothers, almost.


Ireland’s grandmothers really recieved a ‘miscarraige’ of justice from these past few days.

I don’t blame the FAI or Stephen Ireland in this at all - I heard Kate McCann abducted both grandmothers.

Bandage wrote:

I don’t blame the FAI or Stephen Ireland in this at all - I heard Kate McCann abducted both grandmothers.

Really? I suspected Gerry.

gerrardno1 wrote:

Ireland’s grandmothers really recieved a ‘miscarraige’ of justice from these past few days.


Just on Ireland - I do feel sorry for him but if ever there was a reason advocate the telling of the truth it was then…

This comes from a journo in Dublin and was sent out on

Wednesday before the miscarriage report came


ireland’s family circumstances are complex and ireland

himself is a rather mercurial character. brian kerr

isn’t the only colleague he’s fallen out with. his

parents split up long ago, he doesn’t talk to his

mother after falling out with her some time ago and

his girlfriend, who he’s been with since he was 14 and

has two kids with, sounds like a bit of a lunatic.

she was the one who called the FAI saying his

grandmother was dead and stephen had to go home,

giving no further details. when the information was

passed on to ireland, he assumed “grandmother”

referred to the grandmother who played a big part in

his upbringing, rather than the other grandmother he

hardly knows. as he speaks to so few of his relatives

he was not able to contact them before flying home.

the cork journos in prague probably found out before

he did that his cork grandmother was still alive.

the girlfriend is … feisty. she has been known to

bring his kids to man city’s training ground and tell

the receptionist, "these are stephen ireland’s kids.

tell him to fucking mind them, i’m going out." wonder

what sven makes of that.

also he pulled out of the US tour in may to attend his

uncle’s wedding in australia. apparently there was no

such event & he was in fact going on holidays, but the

FAI decided to turn a blind eye because, well, he’d

already scored a few goals for the first team and all

the other established players had cried off.

the best story is he supposedly brought her to the

team hotel during the double header against wales and

slovakia in dublin, telling the FAI staff to book her

into a room. the FAI guys dithered and eventually

summoned stan, who told her that she couldn’t stay

with the squad as the players were preparing for the

game. "i’m stephen ireland’s girlfriend and he saved

your fucking job. get me a fucking room!" man i wish

i’d seen that…

anyway, watch out for stephen ireland over the next

couple of years.

That’s fooking mental stuff Raven, nice find!

That’s the kind of scoop we’re looking for on here. Great rumours altogether.

Crazy stuff coming from Ireland. Apparently he’s posted an anti soccer rant on his bebo page. His name on bebo is “daddy dick”. I never knew this guy was such a complete tosser and his bird is a complete skanger.

I don’t know Ben. I read it in the paper. I’ll try find it at home becasue Im certainly not googling “daddy dick” in work.

Fook I just did, and the bollixing thing didn’t work. Ah well at least my name isn’t Peter File!