Daryl Horgan (far right)   celebrates scoring his and Dundalk’s first goal in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division game against St Patrick’s  Athletic at Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Patrick’s Athletic defender Kenny Browne sent off in first half

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: “At this young age, he’s showing the qualities that will make him a very good future international player,” said England manager Roy Hodgson. . Photo:  Nick Potts/PA

England boss says Aston Villa midfielder should be allowed decide his own future

Christy Fagan returns to the St Patrick’s Athletic squad for the game against Dundalk at Richmond Park. Photo:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork City boss John Caulfield predicts tight game with Shamrock Rovers

England manager Roy Hodgson says Jack Grealish is on his radar. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

‘As far as I’m concerned it’s got to be Jack’s decision’

Midfielder set to leave Wigan and believes Grealish should be left to make own choice

Charlie Adam has been in  a rich vein of goalscoring form for Stoke. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Stoke midfielder earns reward for good form, with Celtic’s Leigh Griffith’s also called up

Tommy Dunne pictured with St Patrick’s Athletic captain Ger O’Brien after the club’s FAI Cup victory over Derry City last season. Photo courtesy of St Patrick’s Athletic

Popular defender captained St Patrick’s Athletic to two FAI Cup titles

Cork City hope to have Ross Gaynor back from injury for their trip to Limerick. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John Caulfield is without two of his regular back four as they aim to close gap to Dundalk

Shane McEleney of Derry City challenges for the ball with David McMillan of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions open gap to seven points again after tame affair at Oriel Park

Richie Towell has scored 10 goals for league leaders Dundalk so far this season. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Prolific scoring puts genial midfielder ahead of the pack for monthly player award

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Pat Fenlon would have been disappointed with his side’s SSE Airtricity League Premier Division draw with Shamrock Rovers on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Manager Liam Buckley feels Dublin side not given enough credit for unbeaten run

Sligo Rovers celebrate their Setanta  Setanta Sports Cup Final win over Dundalk at Tallaght Stadium in May 2014. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Future of cross-Border competition in doubt unless major financial backing found

In a perfect world the desire to play for a country may be the best eligibility rule

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill speaking at the squad announcement yesterday for the games against England and Scotland. Photograph: INPHO/Dan Sheridan

Martin O’Neill disappointed as Grealish decides he is still not ready to commit to Ireland

Martin O’Neill has left Jack Grealish out of his Ireland squad for June’s games against England and Scotland. Photograph: Getty

Aston Villa teenager not ready to commit international future to Ireland at this stage

 St Patrick’s Athletic and Shamrock Rovers play out their 0-0 draw at Richmond Park. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin sides unable to make inroads into Dundalk’s lead at top of Premier Division

Roddy Collins will take over at Waterford United, who are currently bottom of the First Division.

Dubliner will succeed Tommy Griffin when he is appointed on Tuesday afternoon

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is challenged by James Collins of West Ham during the Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Stu Forster

Republic of Ireland manager likely to name extended list ahead of games against Scotland and England

Jason Byrne celebrates scoring a late winner for Bohs. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Striker notches 217th league goal of his career as Limerick fade late on

Mark Farren in action for Derry City has been battling cancer. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Battling cancer on and off for several years now but played on through much of that

Pat Fenlon: “I don’t see us as chasing anybody. We made a good start to the season and we have to make sure that run continues.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Visitors’ boss Pat Fenlon pleased with Rovers’s start to the league

Pat Fenlon will take his Shamrock Rovers side to play St Patrick’s in the second round of the FAI Cup

Rovers travel to Inchicore to face the holders looking to end their 28-year FAI Cup drought

Darren O’Dea has said he is still willing to listen to offers from overseas. Photograph: Inpho

Defender still open to offers from overseas after proving his fitness at Blackpool

Manager Eddie Howe is a lifelong Bournemouth fan and former trainee. Photograph: John Walton/PA wire

Eddie Howe was offered chance to coach after knee injury stalled playing career

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter on the ball ahead of Barry Bannan of Bolton during the English Championship match at Goldsands Stadium which Bournemouth won 3-0 and effectively gained promotion. Photograph: Getty Images.

Midfielder earned his right of Premier League status and has hopes of making debut for Ireland

Mikey Drennan celebrates after scoring for Shamrock Rovers in their  SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Drogheda United at   Tallaght Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Drogheda United fail to take chances to earn a point in Tallaght

Dundalk’s Richie Towell slide tackles Shamrock Rover’s Kieran Marty Waters. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Pat Fenlon’s men host Drogheda, while St Pat’s head west to face in-form Galway

Manager Tom Mohan: “The Dutch are first up and that’s all I’m thinking of.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager Tom Mohan confident his side can mix it with the best

Dalymount Park: Dublin City Council want to see Bohemians and Shelbourne share the  upgraded venue while Tolka Park is developed for non-sporting use. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

But significant obstacles remain in relation to Shelbourne and Tolka Park

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: his side face England in a friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on June 7th. Photograph: Inpho

A maximum of four per customer available at two city centre stores

It’s barely a year since 19-year-old Jack Grealish was out on loan at Notts County, and Ireland under-21 manager Noel King says he is delighted to see the teenager make the most of his opportunities at Aston Villa. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Even Jack Grealish, the brightest star on the horizon for Ireland, is not guaranteed a start for his club Aston Villa

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has overseen a record unbeaten run at Oriel Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Oriel Park victory next best thing to righting wrong suffered against Shamrock Rovers

Mikey Drennan of Shamrock  Rovers celebrates scoring his second against Dundalk in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division atTallaght. Photography: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A frustrating night for the champions, while Dubliners may just have got out of jail

Ronan Finn in action for Dundalk. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Shamrock Rovers star Finn believes champions can beat anyone

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Republic of Ireland manager still searching around for players who can join his cause

 Republic of Ireland manager  Martin O’Neill has a  kickabout  with Mark Bates and Anna Secka at the launch of the 2015 SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer Schools at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager admits performances at end of qualification will be key to his decision

Andy Keogh has been a huge success since joining Perth Glory last season. Photograph: Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Perth Glory are alleged to have made cash payments to players family

The average annual amount earned by professional Premier Division players in Ireland is just €16,000. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Union launches programme to improve members’ chances of working outside soccer

Ray Treacy, who passed away on Friday night,

Dubliner’s international career spanned more than 13 years and he won 42 caps for Ireland

Kenny Browne of St Pat’s denies Cork’s Kieran Djilali. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Honours even at Richmond Park as Cork remain unbeaten

The former  Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews.

Manager left the club last week after ‘breakdown in communications’

Martin O’Neill: Victory over Scotland essential to give Republic of Ireland’s Fifa ranking a timely boost. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

Latest Fifa rankings leave Republic of Ireland with a lot to do to make third seeds

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley has yet to see the defensive improvement he targeted before the start of the season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Airtricity League leaders Dundalk hope to continue flying start in Louth derby

Aidan “Jacko” Smith at the Hawthorns where he is kitman with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. “It can be a lot of hours,” he says. “But it’s great.”

Insights into daily life in the Premier League a treat for the football-mad Dublin native

The Irish under-17s have been drawn a “very tough” European Championships group. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tom Mahon’s side drawn with Italy, the Netherlands and England

Maciej Tarnogrodzki to take charge of first-team affairs at Wanderers on temporary basis

Niamh Fahey wants a crack at playing the game full time and Chelsea are more than happy to help make that dream come true. Photograph: AP

Move comes after four English League titles and four cups in eight seasons at Arsenal

Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550,000 for participation in the Champions League this season. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550k or over €1m if they get through to third qualifying round

An animated Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, during Sunday’s European Championship 2016 Qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Manager not keen to have another friendly ahead of crucial European qualification encounter

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men are the worst performing second seeds in the qualifiers

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Veteran goalkeeper stresses the belief in the squad that point gained could prove crucial

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Poland left holding on as Martin O’Neill’s side fights back from a goal down at the Aviva

Paul McShane in action during the Republic of Ireland’s final training session in Malahide ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mind games get going as opposite number Adam Nawalka expects to face 4-4-2

Roy Keane takes on the Poland defence in Poznan in 1991. Photograph: Alan Betson/Inpho

There are many reasons why countries have met so often and not all are football ones

Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho

Bullish Martin O’Neill concedes ‘it’s a tough old group we’re in, but we’re going for it’

Stephen Ward (2nd from right) in training on Friday with fellow Republic of Ireland squad members   Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Burnley left back and James McClean both trained with Ireland squad on Friday

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane briefs the assembled media at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Assistant manager confident that Glen Whelan and Robbie Brady ready for game

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wigan winger’s ankle problem can open the door to a place for fit-again Hull City player

Dane Massey celebrates David McMillan’s opening goal for Dundalk against Bohemians at Dalymount Park last night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Iinpho

Goals from David McMillan, Jake Kelly and Darren Meenan seal a 3-0 victory

David Forde is happy to have competition from Shay Given for the Ireland number one jersey. Photograph: Inpho

Millwall goalkeeper pleased to have Ireland break away from struggling club

Martin O’Neill at Gannon Park: “Stephen has got a bit of a problem with his ankle. We think we’re getting to the bottom of it now with a couple of scans.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Burnley defender faces ankle procedure as he sits out first Republic training session

Shay Given is looking to reclaim the Ireland number one shirt from David Forde Photograph: Inpho

Aston Villa ’keeper happy to play his part but looking to displace David Forde ahead of Poland

Stephen Ward is a major doubt for Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Burnley left back has suffered recurrence of ankle injury which has seen him miss three months

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

John O’Shea says he feels ‘very privileged’ to be named senior player of the Year at FAI International awards.

Fifa have declared a profit on the 2014 World Cup of about €2.2 billion on total revenues of €4.44 billion. Photograph: Ennio Leanza/Keystone

Surplus enables governing body to boost ‘solid level of reserves’ to €1.4bn

Jamie Carragher played 508 English Premier League games for Liverpool over 17 seasons.

Champions League qualification a must in terms of future progress according to former defender

Cork City’s Darren Dennehy and Pat Cregg of Shamrock Rovers during the Airtricity League 0-0 draw. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Southerners got plenty of men behind the ball with some rudimentary defending

Fifa will make major concessions to clubs after the announcement the 2022 World Cup final will be held on December 18th. Photograph: Afp

Payments to clubs will be trebled to €200 million as governing body look to atone for disruption

Paul Ince wonders about an emerging generation who, he feels, are so coached in specialist roles that they fail to develop into the more rounded midfielders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former West Ham midfielder recalls being taught a lesson by Liam Brady

Dan Murray: The Cork City defender is back in contention for his side’s visit to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Buckley admits his side have ‘still a few things to work on’

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has had to placate a number of national associations over the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. Photograph: Reuters.

Tournament in 2022 set to be shorter and conclude one week before Christmas in Doha

Keith Fahey on leaving St Patrick’s Athletic for Sharmrock Rovers: “I’m just happier here to be honest. There was a decision to be made at the end of last season and I feel I have made the right one.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland midfielder admits ge did not enjoy his third stint with St Patrick's Athletic

The Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane sits third in the Uefa list of all time national goalscorers. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

LA Galaxy star is still closing in on Miroslav Klose ahead of Poland Euro 2016 qualifier

 Martin O’Neill: “There’s a fairly decent chance he might have had a few caps for us before he actually makes his debut for England considering the way he’s playing but he said he wanted to play for England and that has remained the same. Fine, if that’s the case.”

Any slim hope Tottenham’s Harry Kane may have plumped for Republic is dashed

Derry City manager Peter Hutton.

Peter Hutton clearly pleased to be sitting on three points

Harry Arter of Bournemouth: “I knew in the back of my mind I’d get a chance to play at international level for Ireland.” Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Bournemouth paid just €5,000 for him and now he’s an international

Robbie Brady desperately wants to play against Poland and has been named in the Irish squad despite carrying an injury. Phootgraph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill will give Hull City player every opportunity to prove fitness

 Martin O’Neill will name his squad for the European qualifier with Poland on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Robbie Brady the only likely injury absentee from O’Neill’s squad for Poland match

Niall Keown, son of Arsenal defender Martin, is on the Ireland Under 21 squad. Photograph: David Price/Getty Images

Niall Keown, son of England and Arsenal defender, among two newcomers in Noel King’s squad

 Cork City manager John Caulfield: “We haven’t set the place alight in preseason, but as I keep saying you don’t win anything in preseason; we have to go out and perform and that is the challenge for us.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Leesiders travel to Sligo while Limerick face Bohemians in Airtricity League

Danny North’s goal was the difference for Shamrock Rovers against St Pat’s. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Danny North goal the difference in a scrappy encounter in Tallaght

Stephen Kenny: will be looking for a winning start to the new Premier League season at Oriel Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tough opening test for newly-promoted Town as they face formidable champions

SSE Airtricity League Launch, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 27/2/2015Pictured (L-R) Jason Byrne of Bohemians, David Cassidy of Bray Wanderers, Michael Slingerman of Drogheda United, Stephen O'Donnell of Dundalk, Shane Duggan of  Limerick FC, Keith Ward of Sligo Rovers, Conor Kenna of Shamrock Rovers, Ger O'Brien of St. Patrick's Athletic, John Dunleavy of Cork City, Mark Sammon of Longford Town, Paul Sinnott of Galway United and Ryan McBride of Derry CityMandatory Credit �INPHO/Cathal Noonan

In an insecure time for players, the good news is that clubs are more financially stable

Fifa Secretary General Jerome Valcke arrives for a meeting in Doha  with the Fifa taskforce, including officials from football’s global governing body, top leagues and players’ representatives, to discuss moving the 2022 World Cup in Qatar to winter due to scorching summer temperatures in the Gulf state. Photograph: Getty Images

Leagues unhappy but scramble has already started to secure compensation for switch

Robbie Keane of LA Galaxy is challenged by Keith Fahey of Shamrock Rovers during the match in Tallaght. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Keane can’t quite cap homecoming with goal

FAI CEO John Delaney, at 47, won’t be affected by the age limit for senior council members for a while yet.

Council members will be able stay on until 75

Robbie Keane: “The Euros in 2012 is something you want to forget about. I don’t think about it too much but look, I just want to do my best for the country, if that’s getting to another Euros then great.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Euro 2016 may provide platform to end international career on a high, says Ireland captain

The Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that Roy Keane was interviewed following a reported altercation with a taxi driver in Altrincham town centre in Manchester in January which led to police being called. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Republic of Ireland assistant manager questioned after alleged taxi driver altercation

  Damien Duff’s (right) Melbourne City career in doubt after injury.  Photograph:  Graham Denholm/Getty Images

Andy Keogh forced to apologise after his arrest for incident outside Adelaide nightclub

Robbie Keane: has welcomed the idea of Kevin Doyle joining him in the MLS if he joins Colorado Rapids. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Troublesome knee injury caused Mark Hughes to rest the striker in midweek

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will be desperate for home wins against Poland and Scotland. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side now 67th, which is only three above their lowest ever position

Kevin Doyle delaying move. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán St Ledger awaits news from Orlando City after 45 minutes against Toronto

Sky have agreed  to fork out €5.36 billion over the three seasons starting in August of next year for 378 Premier League games. Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters

Predictions of 50% hike fall short as media giants hit with 71% increase for games

Séamus Coleman joined English Premier League side Everton from Sligo Rovers in 2009. Photograph: PA.

Regular European football a must for full back according to Manchester United legend

Damien Duff and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho in 2005. The Dubliner says the Portuguese coach is the best in the business. Photograph: Reuters

‘He’s a genius when it comes to motivation . . . For me, he ticks every box’

Assistant Republic of Ireland manager Roy Keane will be back on TV screens on ITV’s Champions League coverage. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

Champions League final comes day before Ireland’s friendly with England in Dublin

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King. Photograph:  Noel Geraghty/Inpho

Manager Noel King confident his side can get something from all teams in group

Limerick FC benefactor has been forced to bow to the game that just keeps on taking

Eoin Doyle joined Cardiff on deadline day after scoring 25 goals for Chesterfield this season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Cardiff striker hopes to keep scoring as midfielder seeks first-team action

Eoin Doyle: he has scored 25 goals in all competitions for League One outfit Chesterfield this season. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Wicklow's Paul Heffernan signs for Dundee as Hibernian contract ends by mutual consent

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