2024 League of Ireland Premier Division

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League of Ireland Premier Division
Season2024
Dates16 February 2024 – 1 November 2024
Matches played34
Goals scored73 (2.15 per match)
Top goalscorerRepublic of Ireland Patrick Hoban
(Derry City)
(9 goals)
Biggest home winShamrock Rovers 4–0 Drogheda United
(29 April 2024)
Biggest away winDundalk 0–5 Sligo Rovers
(4 March)
Highest scoringWaterford 4–2 Drogheda United
(23 May 2024)
Longest winning runShelbourne
(6 games)
Longest unbeaten runShelbourne
(9 games)
Longest winless runDundalk
(11 games)
Longest losing runDundalk
St. Patrick's Athletic
(3 games each)
Highest attendance
Lowest attendance
2023 2025

The 2024 League of Ireland Premier Division, known as the SSE Airtricity Men's Premier Division for sponsorship reasons, is the 40th season of the League of Ireland Premier Division, the top Irish league for association football clubs since its establishment in 1985.

The competition began on 16 February 2024 and will conclude on 1 November 2024.

Teams

The league consisted of ten teams – the top eight teams from the previous season and two teams promoted from the First Division. The promoted teams were the 2023 League of Ireland First Division winners Galway United (after a top flight absence of six years) and play-off winners Waterford (after being absent from the top flight for two years). They replaced UCD (relegated after two consecutive seasons in the top flight) and Cork City (who spent just one season back in the top flight before being relegated following their loss to Waterford). Shamrock Rovers entered the season as defending champions after winning their twenty-first title during the previous season.

Stadiums and locations

Team Location Stadium Capacity
Bohemians Dublin (Phibsborough) Dalymount Park 4,500
Derry City Derry Ryan McBride Brandywell Stadium 3,700
Drogheda United Drogheda Weavers Park 3,500
Dundalk Dundalk Oriel Park 4,500
Galway United Galway Eamonn Deacy Park 5,000
Shamrock Rovers Dublin (Tallaght) Tallaght Stadium 10,500
Shelbourne Dublin (Drumcondra) Tolka Park 4,450
Sligo Rovers Sligo The Showgrounds 3,873
St Patrick's Athletic Dublin (Inchicore) Richmond Park 5,340
Waterford Waterford RSC 5,160

Personnel and kits

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

Team Manager Captain Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
Bohemians Republic of Ireland Alan Reynolds Republic of Ireland Keith Buckley O'Neills Des Kelly Interiors
Derry City Northern Ireland Ruaidhrí Higgins Republic of Ireland Patrick McEleney O'Neills Diamond Corrugated
Drogheda United Republic of Ireland Kevin Doherty Republic of Ireland Gary Deegan Erreà Drogheda Credit Union
Dundalk Northern Ireland Liam Burns (interim) Republic of Ireland John Mountney Playr-Fit 888casino
Galway United Republic of Ireland John Caulfield Republic of Ireland Conor McCormack O'Neills Comer Property Management
Shamrock Rovers Republic of Ireland Stephen Bradley Cape Verde Roberto Lopes Umbro MASCOT Workwear
Shelbourne Republic of Ireland Damien Duff Republic of Ireland Mark Coyle O'Neills Realtor Global (home) - One Coat Roof Seal (away/third)
Sligo Rovers Republic of Ireland John Russell Republic of Ireland Niall Morahan Joma Avant Money
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny Republic of Ireland Joe Redmond Umbro Manguard Plus
Waterford Republic of Ireland Keith Long Northern Ireland Barry Baggley New Balance DG Foods

Managerial changes

Team Outgoing manager Manner of
departure
Date of vacancy Position in table Incoming manager Date of
appointment
Bohemians Northern Ireland Declan Devine Sacked 10 March 2024 7th Republic of Ireland Derek Pender (interim) 10 March 2024
Republic of Ireland Derek Pender (interim) End of interim spell 26 March 2024 6th Republic of Ireland Alan Reynolds 26 March 2024
Dundalk Republic of Ireland Stephen O'Donnell Sacked 8 April 2024 10th Northern Ireland Liam Burns & Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland (interim) 8 April 2024
Northern Ireland Liam Burns & Republic of Ireland Brian Gartland (interim) End of interim spell 20 April 2024 Republic of Ireland Noel King 20 April 2024
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Jon Daly Sacked 7 May 2024 7th Republic of Ireland Seán O'Connor (interim) 7 May 2024
Dundalk Republic of Ireland Noel King Resigned 15 May 2024 10th Northern Ireland Liam Burns (interim) 15 May 2024
St Patrick's Athletic Republic of Ireland Seán O'Connor (interim) End of interim spell 16 May 2024 7th Republic of Ireland Stephen Kenny 16 May 2024
Dundalk Northern Ireland Liam Burns (interim) End of interim spell 23 May 2024 10th Republic of Ireland Jon Daly 23 May 2024

League table

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification or relegation
1 Shelbourne 22 12 7 3 25 14 +11 43 Qualification to Champions League first qualifying round
2 Derry City 23 11 8 4 34 19 +15 41 Qualification to Conference League first qualifying round
3 Shamrock Rovers 21 8 7 6 30 22 +8 31
4 Waterford 21 9 4 8 30 25 +5 31
5 Galway United 20 8 6 6 17 13 +4 30
6 St Patrick's Athletic 23 7 6 10 24 27 −3 27
7 Sligo Rovers 21 6 7 8 21 27 −6 25
8 Bohemians 19 7 3 9 21 23 −2 24
9 Dundalk 21 4 7 10 13 28 −15 19 Qualification to League of Ireland Premier Division play-off final
10 Drogheda United 21 3 7 11 20 37 −17 16 Relegation to League of Ireland First Division
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2024. Source: SSE Airtricity League,
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored.

Results

Teams play each other four times (twice at home and twice away).

Home \ Away BOH DER DRO DUN GAL SHM SHE SLI STP WAT BOH DER DRO DUN GAL SHM SHE SLI STP WAT
Bohemians 2–1 1–0 1–0 0–1 1–1 0–2 2–2 2–2 0–1 1–2 Sep 20 Jul 26 Nov 1 Aug 30 Jun 3 Jul 12 Oct 4 Aug 9
Derry City 1–0 2–1 4–1 0–1 1–3 1–1 2–2 2–1 3–0 Sep 13 Jun 28 Aug 9 2–0 Sep 20 Nov 1 Oct 4 3–1 3–0
Drogheda United 2–1 2–2 2–1 2–3 0–2 2–2 3–1 0–0 1–4 Aug 2 Sep 27 Nov 1 Sep 13 Oct 18 Jul 4 Aug 23 0–0 Jul 26
Dundalk 2–0 0–0 0–0 0–2 1–0 0–0 0–5 0–0 0–0 Sep 27 Oct 18 Jul 12 Aug 2 Oct 25 Aug 30 1–0 Aug 23 Jun 28
Galway United 0–2 0–0 0–0 2–0 0–1 1–0 0–0 0–1 2–1 Jul 4 Aug 30 3–0 Oct 4 Jun 3 Sep 20 Oct 25 Aug 9 Jul 12
Shamrock Rovers 3–1 2–2 4–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–0 2–2 1–3 Jun 7 1–0 Aug 9 Jul 4 Aug 23 Oct 4 Sep 13 Sep 27 Nov 1
Shelbourne 1–2 0–0 1–1 2–1 1–0 2–1 1–2 1–0 1–0 Aug 23 Aug 2 Oct 25 1–0 Jun 28 0–0 Sep 27 Sep 13 Oct 18
Sligo Rovers 0–3 0–0 3–1 1–1 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–0 0–1 Oct 19 Jul 4 2–1 Sep 21 Jul 27 Jun 28 Aug 10 Nov 1 Aug 31
St Patrick's Athletic 0–1 0–1 1–0 1–0 2–1 2–1 1–2 3–0 1–1 Jun 28 Oct 25 Aug 30 2–3 Oct 18 2–1 1–2 Aug 2 Sep 20
Waterford 2–1 0–2 4–2 4–1 0–0 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–1 Oct 25 Aug 23 Oct 4 Sep 13 Sep 27 Aug 2 0–1 4–1 Jul 4
Updated to match(es) played on 13 June 2024. Source: , Extratime.ie
Legend: Blue = home team win; Yellow = draw; Red = away team win.
For upcoming matches, an "a" indicates there is an article about the rivalry between the two participants.

League of Ireland Premier Division play-off

The ninth-placed team qualify for a play-off alongside the second, third, fourth, and fifth-placed teams from the 2024 League of Ireland First Division.

The First Division teams contest the quarter and semi-finals. The quarter-finals will be held over two legs, with the second-placed team facing the fifth-placed team and the third-placed team facing the fourth-placed team. The quarter-final winners then contest the semi-finals, with the winners ultimately facing the ninth-placed League of Ireland Premier Division team for the final place in the 2025 League of Ireland Premier Division.

See also

References

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