Between the Stripes hand over €200 to Attic House Youth Cafe

Between the Stripes owner & founder Kieran Burke pictured with the Attic’s Kat Mahon.

Between the Stripes owner and founder Kieran Burke visited the Attic Youth House in Longford Town on Thursday evening (18/01/18) to hand over the proceeds raised from Between the Stripes Fantasy Football League. €200 was raised for the youth group was unbelievably receive absolutely zero government or state funding despite their wonderful work with teenagers and secondary school children in the County.

Just some of the incredible services the Attic House in Longford Town provide thanks to their heroic volunteers and staff include counselling, social events such as supervised teenage discos and their famous X-Factor competitions, extra-circular activities such as art groups and sporting activities such as football and basketball. These services not only encourage Longford’s youth to stay off the streets but give the youngsters a safe space to socialise, learn, develop and most importantly seek help and advice should it ever be required in any circumstance no matter how difficult.

Last year the group sadly suffered the tragic loss of one of its young members taken away far too early in life. However, despite the heartbreaking effect it had on the local community and its youth the Attic House were straight on the front-line to offer counselling to those who needed it…….This is the kind of organisations that deserve all the support in the world and the team at Between the Stripes hope the small sum of cash raised can help the Attic House on its way to whatever the next target may be.

A huge thank you to everyone who financially supported Between the Stripes Fantasy Football League. Many of you donated to the cause despite clearly stating you had no interest in entering a team and for that we are extremely grateful. Thank you yo the vast numbers of current and past League of Ireland players and coaches who entered our league also.

Finally, Between the Stripes can also announce we will be handing over a €70 donation to St.Christopher’s in Longford Town next week thanks to a small success via our weekly betting column of 2016. That brings the total raised for local charities by the Between the Stripes team to €270 since our foundation in January 2016. We hope to add to that figure in 2018 so keep an eye out for details of charity fundraisers by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat (BTS1924), while our hit League of Ireland podcast can be found on Itunes, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Pocketcasts and Podcast Republic, simply search for Between the Stripes LOI podcast on any of those platforms and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and leave us a positive review.

Thank you for your wonderful support,

The Between the Stripes team.


Between the Stripes charity betting column – Week 2

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The people of Longford show their support for St. Christopher’s at a protest march in 2014.

Last season the Between the Stripes team managed to raise a small profit of €70 for the good folk at St.Christoper’s services in Longford Town through our weekly charity betting column. During the launch of our brand new podcast last week (which you can listen to on co-hosts Kieran Burke and Jonathan Brier announced the relaunch of this charity betting column in order to raise funds for a local charity yet to be selected (if you have any charity groups in mind feel free to drop us a line on our Twitter account @BetweenStripes, or on our Facebook page).

The opening charity bet on the new podcast got off to an unlucky losing start as Ireland’s late disallowed goal at home to Austria put us a tenner in the red. However, this weekend we have selected a LOI treble that we hope will at least get the kitty up and running for the second half of the 2017 season.

The charity bet will be a weekly feature on our new Between the Stripes LOI podcast but this weeks selection is available below:

  • €10 treble – Cork City, UCD AFC & Waterford FC to return €38.13

Current kitty total stands at minus €10.

Have you heard the all new Between the Stripes LOI podcast? Episode 2 can be listened to on the Mixcloud player below.

Between the Stripes charity betting column

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The people of Longford show their support for St. Christopher’s at a protest march in 2014.

After a week putting our feet up, the ‘Between the Stripes’ charity betting column returns in the hope of bouncing back from a losing selection last time out. Despite our failure to add to the kitty last time out, our current charity pot stands at an impressive  €165 with all proceeds going to St.Christopher’s services in Longford. Without further ado, here is this weekends selections:

FOURFOLD: Dundalk (3/10), UCD AFC (4/9), Cobh Ramblers (2/1) and Cork City (8/13). €11 returns €100. 


Dundalk V Derry City – Coming in off the back of a hugely impressive 4-0 away victory over a fancied St.Pat’s side, Stephen Kenny’s “Lillywhites” will be looking to put a dent in another in-form side as second placed Derry come to town. Following a disappointing derby defeat to Harps on the opening day, Kenny Shiels “Candystripes” have found their rhythm with four league wins in a row, meaning a win here would see them go top. However, the home side have been scoring goals for fun so far this season and if on top form as they were against the “Saints”, you can expect the back to back defending champions to collect another three points here. (David McMillan anytime goalscorer @13/10) 

UCD AFC V Athlone Town – It’s been a disappointing start to 2016 for promotion hopefuls UCD, but following last week’s impressive 2-0 win over Cobh Ramblers, the “Students” do occupy an early play-off position in the First Division and will be expected to close the gap on second place Waterford with a win over a poor Athlone Town side. Due to floodlight failure at a recent home game, something becoming far too regular within domestic football of late, this will only mark Athlone’s fourth league tie of the season, but even with that the “Midlanders” sit bottom of the second tier with just one point on the board. With both these sides taking up positions similar to where many have predicted they will finish, it is a clear home win selection in this one. (UCD to score 2 goals or more @1/2) 

Waterford United V Cobh Ramblers – Despite all the off-field drama surrounding “Blues” boss Roddy Collins, the RSC based side have recovered quickly from a dreadful start to the season by winning their last two games and in turn take up a surprising second place in the league standings. Expected defeats to title favorites Limerick FC and UCD AFC  aside, it’s been a steady start for Stephen Henderson’s “Rams” and they will be looking at this game as an opportunity to lay down a signal of their intent this season. Away win. (Cobh Ramblers to win 2-1 @10/1)

Sligo Rovers V Cork City – Without a win from five league matches, it’s been a truly disastrous start to the Dave Roberston era at the Showgrounds. With a raft of English based players signing during the off-season, some were tipping the “Bit o’Red” to perhaps push for a European place this year, but instead it’s another relegation scrap for the former Champions. Cork City on the other hand are still on a high from their win over the reigning champions and side they have finished second best to for the past two seasons in Dundalk. A six nil win prior to that over none other than Longford Town, shows the goal threat in a Cork team that has failed to score more than one goal in a game just twice this season. Given Sligo’s real relegation worries, City are the last side they would want to be playing right now and that leaves us with no other option than to tip an away win. (Sean Maguire first goalscorer @4/1


Between the Stripes charity betting column – Week 2

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The people of Longford show their support for St. Christopher’s at a protest march in 2014.

After a dream start to our charity betting column on the opening weekend of the season, we head into game-week 2 with €55 in the charity profit pot and hope to add to that with a high-odds accumulator this time round. Continue reading

Between the Stripes charity betting column

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It was fantastic recently to see Longford Town’s players and staff show their support for St.Christopher’s prior to a pre-season game at home to Galway United and even before then, the team here at “BTS” had been thinking of ways we could show our support and play a part (a very small one albeit) in helping  keep the show on the road at one of Longford’s most crucial services.

A betting column is something fans of ‘Between the Stripes’ had been suggesting for a while now and with the new season about to get underway, we thought why not do a charity bet each week! It’s quite simple, every week before a round of games in the League of Ireland, the team here at ‘Between the Stripes’ will publish our selection or selections for the gameweek, with a small wager and the potential returns stated. We will then keep a rolling total going throughout the season and come the end of the campaign we will donate any and all profits to St. Christopher’s.

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The people of Longford show their support for St. Christopher’s at a protest march in 2014. Credit –

Not only do we hope this column will help raise a few bob for the hard working team at St.Christopher’s but we also hope that it helps to spread awareness and encourages others to use their voice, no matter how big or small, as it is clear for everyone to see that this is a service the people of Longford can’t and SHOULDN’T be without. We hope you will enjoy our betting efforts and now here is our first gameweek selections:

TREBLE: Cork City (@4/7), Cabinteely (@9/5) and Longford Town (@7/4). €5 returns €60

Why we’ve picked them: 

  • Cork City open their season in front of a bumper crowd at the Cross and while Bohemians are many peoples picks as potential dark horses this season, City showed they mean business last weekend by claiming the President’s cup with a big win over champions Dundalk. The addition of Greg Bolger in particular should push City on another step and you’d have to expect them to have too much for Keith Long’s Bohemians on Friday night.
  • The bookies make Athlone Town slight favorites away to Cabinteely tomorrow night and that’s a big surprise. While it’s true the bookies are rarely wrong, they have been known to offer quite large odds within Irish football and having seen Athlone in pre-season I wasn’t impressed. “Cabo” on the other hand looked well organised against Longford in a 2-1 defeat and with a strong home crowd on side, they could just nick another opening day win here.
  • Again the bookies surprisingly make Wexford Youths the slight favorites in this one and while “De Town” have a lot of injury headaches to deal with, last seasons 6th place Premier side should have too much fire power in O’Sullivan and O’Hanlon to oversee the newcomers at Ferrycarrig Park.