190317 St Patrick's Day

As our Irish supporters, players and former players celebrate the traditional St. Patrick's Day today, we take a look at Imps of Irish descent from past and present.

Historically, popular names from the early-mid 20th Century, George Moulson and Gerard Fitzsimons were Republic of Ireland representatives at Sincil Bank. 

Moulson represented the Republic of Ireland three times in the late 1940s, against Portugal, Spain and and Switzerland. While, Fitzsimons received an international call-up during his one season at the Bank, and appeared against Czechoslovakia in 1959.

You have to move forward to the 21st Century before the Irishmen became regular signings for the Imps.

Currently, the only Republic of Ireland member of our First Team squad is Cian Bolger. The January-signing has represented Republic of Ireland across the Youth levels.

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Limerick-born Niall Mcnamara joined the Imps in 2003 having had spells with Notts County and Nottingham Forest, and made 15 appearances.

Karl Bermingham made several substitute appearances in the closing stages of the 2004/05 season after joining on loan from Man City, while Dublin-born Colin Cryan made 48 appearances between the summer of 2005 and January 2007.

Cryan famously replaced Alan Marriott in goal in an away game at Torquay United, which saw the Imps finish with 8 men following three red cards. Cryan made numerous appearances for Ireland U21s in the early 2000s.

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Forward Chris Fagan was signed in the summer of 2009 from Glenn Hoddle's Academy, and scored four times in 17 appearances. 

In the summer of 2011, Irish midfielder Alan Power joined the Imps. Power made over 200 appearances for City across six years, including several campaigns as captain.

Alan represented Republic of Ireland across Youth levels, but is yet to receive his first International cap.

Former Wolverhampton Wanderers forward Colin Larkin spent a period of time at Sincil Bank during the early stages of our Non-League tenure.

Larkin scored eight goals in his only campaign at the Bank, including a hat-trick away at Dartford, and made two appearances for Republic of Ireland's U17s during the early stages of his career.

English-born Irish Representatives

Former Spurs youngster Neale Fenn represented Republic of Ireland at U21 and 'B' levels, and had a short loan spell with the Imps at the end of the 20th Century.

Left-sided midfielder Peter Gain made over 250 appearances for the Imps between 1999 and 2005 having arrived from Spurs.

Gain was a key part of the Imps' play-off campaigns under Keith Alexander, and he represented Ireland at Youth levels, U21 and 'B' levels.

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Lee Frecklington represented the Republic of Ireland at 'B' level, and qualified through his Grandparents. 'Freck' made one appearance in a friendly against Scotland in 2006.

Cian Hughton, who spent two seasons with the Imps between 2009 and 2011, made appearances for Ireland across Youth levels.