Ireland loves football. So does your country you say. Soccer, Aussie Rules or NFL, whatever.
Ireland likes all football: Soccer, rugby, compromise (Aussie) rules, Gaelic football. All have huge followings. That outnumbers your single national football version. And the biggest is Gaelic football, which is only played within the country and is better supported than religion.
Someone submitted loneswimmer.com to Blog Awards Ireland this year (2012).