John O’Shea is an Irish player who won’t be playing in the top flight next season after his relegation with Sunderland. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Barely 20 players available to national team featured in English top flight this season

Former Sampdoria player Liam Brady at the announcement of the friendly game between Manchester United and the Italian club at the Aviva Stadium on August 2nd. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cork-born midfielder joins panel for games against Mexico, Uruguay and Austria

Gary Pallister: “I think he [ Mourinho] will be active in the transfer market. He’s had a year to look at players and decide what he needs in his squad.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former defender recalls 1991 Cup Winners’ Cup as a major step for his side

Gary Shaw celebrates with his Shamrock Rovers teammates after scoring the opening goal. Photograph: Inpho

Gary Shaw and Brandon Miele score either side of half-time to give Rovers home win

Manchester United have announced they will face Sampdoria in a friendly at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. Photo: Getty Images

The meeting of Jose Mourinho’s men with the Serie A side will take place on August 2nd

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has said James McCarthy will not link up with the Ireland squad for the World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Everton manager says midfielder will stay at club to recover while FAI haven’t confirmed

Dundalk’s Ciaran Kilduff: side hopes to reschedule Champion’s League qualifying game as it may clash with the international friendly at the Aviva on August 2nd. Photograph Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Match between high-profile sides to be announced by FAI on Monday

Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty: side who have yet to be beaten this season welcome Drogheda United to Turner’s Cross on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League leaders Cork City seek to extend unbeaten run to 14 as they host Drogheda

51-year-old set to be in the dugout for Friday night’s clash with champions Dundalk

Burnley defender Kevin Long was handed a first senior Republic of Ireland call-up after Ciaran Clark was ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photo Tim Goode/PA Wire

The Burnley defender will have to miss his brother’s big day after call-up to the squad

Everton and Ireland duo Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy have been out of action with contrasting injuries. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton have most absentees in the Premier League - including James McCarthy

Martin O’Neill is hopeful that James McCarthy will be fit to at least face Austria in the 2018 World Cup qualifier next month. Photo: Ross Byrne/Inpho

Ireland midfielder’s fitness uncertain ahead of the World Cup qualifier with Austria

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said Antonio Conte has “done splendidly”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘He’s younger. He’s a passionate guy. He does remind me of a younger me’

Kevin Long of Burnley has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Ireland name squad to play Mexico (June 1st), Uruguay (June 4th) and Austria (June 11th)

 Roddy Collins will attend Athlone Town’s game against Shelbourne ahead of his appointment as the club’s manager. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager’s second stint to begin next week while Airtricity League leaders near Bohemians’ mark

Conor McCormack of Cork City FC with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI player of the month Award for April. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Midfielder has excelled in a holding midfield role with league leaders

Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny lifts the Premier Division trophy following another highly successful season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Airtricity League champions’ outgoings rose from €904,468 to €2,091,081

Uefa have contacted the FAI regarding allegations of betting fraud involving Athlone Town.

FC Academica Clinceni, owned by Chinese agent, became embroiled in scandal

Chelsea’s John Terry prepares to be subbed on at Stamford Bridge on Monday night. Photograph: PA

Life in the lower leagues can still be tough for those trying to be professional footballers

Ahtlone Town are being investigated for three of their games this season.

Fans say betting investigation by FAI on behalf of Uefa is the final straw

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with, from left, Brayden Adeboye (8) Emma Sherrard 8)  and Charlie Dunwoody (9) as he launched the  FAI’s Summer Schools Programme.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland boss wants Brighton defender back in the frame for Austria clash

Shamrock Rovers and Dundalk players get involved in an altercation late in the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Last season’s champions now sit 15 points behind leaders Cork City after just 12 games

Cork’s Sean Maguire celebrates scoring tagainst Bray Wanderers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill: ‘I’m not so sure in the lead up to these games that it’s the ideal time’

Rival  companies offer a bewildering array of bets on sports fixtures in the  hugely competitive age of modern mobile gambling.

Sportradar aiding football authorities since the German refereeing scandal of 2005

Uefa satisfied there is 'clear and overwhelming' evidence of betting irregularities

Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Uefa contacted the FAI in relation to bets placed on recent game with Longford Town

Republic of Ireland assistant manager, Roy Keane pictured with Chantelle Doyle (11), Huiming Wang (12), Andrem Tran (10) and Laya Susan-Sabu (11) all of St Mary’s Primary School, Dorset St. at the  Show Racism the Red Card awards   at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin.

Ireland assistant coach believes Chelsea and Cork City set to win respective leagues

Stephen Bradley’s Shamrock Rovers have made a slow start to the season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager made bold claims ahead of new season but progress has been slow so far

Limerick’s Chiedozie Ogbene with Simon Madden of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side sit sixth in the league as they continue to struggle to find form

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wanderers have won four straight to join Dundalk in second spot

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman has returned to Everton to continue his rehab from a double leg fracture. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland captain to continue his rehab from double leg fracture at club following month at home

The Ireland women’s team will face a tough task in qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. Photo: Inpho

Colin Bell’s side will also face the Netherlands, Norway and Slovakia ahead of 2019

Scott Brown and James Forrest of Celtic celebrate after beating Rangers in their Scottish Cup semi-final. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Lack of competition in Scotland harming it both domestically and on the European stage

Cork’s Gary Buckley celebrates scoring his side’s third goal. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

League leaders eased past Pat’s at Richmond Park to maintain 100% record

John Caulfield: his Cork City side will be seeking a tenth straight league win at St Patrick’s Athletic’s expense.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Airtricity League leaders bring their unbeaten run to struggling St Patrick’s Ath

Cork’s Colin Healy has retired from football. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland international midfielder finished career at home town club Cork City

Wolves have a sponsorship deal with The Money Shop which charges up to 729 per cent APR. Photo: Getty Images

Betting organisations and money-lending companies are becoming more common

Stephanie Roche scored Ireland women’s solitary goal as they beat Slovakia at Tallaght on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland men’s team should have shown solidarity with their female counterparts

Ireland’ players defend a free kick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Just over 1,000 fans turn out for Slovakia friendly after dramatic week

Republic of Ireland manager Colin Bell. “This has all put focus on the women’s team which is a good thing but the girls have to know that it is ultimately about playing football.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager hoping his side can make a big impact in the World Cup qualifiers

Republic of Ireland women team at Tuesday’s press conference at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

PFAI confident dispute resolved and issues will be addressed in the future

Uefa made €847 profit from Euro 2016, which was won by Portugal. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Getty

Euros generated a revenue of more than €1.92 billion - a €500m increase from 2012

John Delaney and Emma English. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Notion that women’s team issue would harm FAI boss always seemed fanciful

Sligo Rovers have parted company with manager Dave Robertson. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Declan McIntyre takes temporary charge with club languishing second from bottom

A view of yesterday’s press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Team boycott training but will attend FAI meeting along with their representatives at 6pm

  John Delaney finished ahead of several of the European game’s most influential players in the poll. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief executive can expect to earn well in excess of €100,000 in his new role

Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s team hold a press conference at  Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI have paid lip service and little else to the women’s game in Ireland

Republic of Ireland captain Emma Byrne addressing the press conference yesterday at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland squad’s grievances a grave embarrassment for the association

 FAI chief executive  John Delaney: The association’s leading administrator is in Helsinki where he is up for election on Wednesday to the Executive Committee of Uefa. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

FAI chief would add €100,000 to €360,000 salary if elected to executive committee

Stephanie Roche, Aine O’Gorman and Emma Byrne with members of the women’s national soccer  team. Photograph: NPHO/Donall Farmer

Players from the senior international team have voiced their grievances at the FAI

Jose Mourinho speaks to Conor McNamara of the BBC after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Emmet Malone: Like anyone who has done a lot of them, I’ve dropped my share of clangers

Republic of Ireland’s Niamh Fahey: previously criticised lack of support for international players who represent Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Press conference in Dublin to criticise running of Republic of Ireland women’s squad

Former Limerick manager Martin Russell during the defeat to Cork City on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick say decision was mutual after a struggling start to Airtricty League season

 Everton manager Ronald Koeman claimed Martin O’Neill had ignored not only the advice of the club’s medical staff with regard to James McCarthy but also that the FAI’s. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Koeman not expected to bite his lip when he meets press ahead of Merseyside derby

Limerick manager Martin Russell. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Munster sides do battle with Division One high flyers looking to maintain 100% record

Ireland’s James McCarthy was injured in the warm-up before their World Cup qualifying clash with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton manager said that Martin O’Neill ignored the advice of FAI medical staff

 Wales’ Gareth Bale pleads with referee Nicola Rizzoli during the clash against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Livepic/Reuters

Ireland go into the next game against Austria with eight players a booking away from a ban

Iceland’s Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson scores their first goal from a free kick during the friendly against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Martin O’Neill bloods four new internationals in friendly defeat at the Aviva

 Iceland supporters during Euro 2016 last summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Uefa claim revenues are not a driver for Nations League which seems laughable

Cyrus Christie at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coleman injury casts big shadow over friendly in Aviva, Martin O’Neill admits

Republic of Ireland left-back Robbie Brady: will captain squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Iceland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Left-back to lead side against Iceland in place of Séamus Coleman following leg break

Robbie Brady will captain Ireland against Iceland in the absence of Seamus Coleman. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill set to name an experimental side at the Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brentford midfielder has yet to return having suffered double leg fracture year ago

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said Séamus Coleman  had the operation on Saturday and it was successful.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland team-mates visit stricken captain ahead of friendly against Iceland

Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales  is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli after a challenge on Republic of Ireland captain  Séamus Coleman during the World Cup qualifier  at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Captain suffers suspected broken leg after red card challenge from Neil Taylor

The remains of the late Derry City captain, Ryan McBride, are carried from the church after Requiem Mass. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

‘I think Ryan’s passing affects players from all over the country’, says Gary Rogers

Jeff Hendrick during Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Gareth Bale the major threat to Martin O’Neill’s hopes of automatic qualification

Manager Martin O’Neill said performance on  par with that against Italy at Euro 2016 needed if Ireland  are to beat  Wales. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Top-notch performance needed if Irish are to triumph over Euro 2016 semi-finalists

Chris Coleman: “There are a lot of points still there to play for and these boys have a lot of good games in them.”  Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

Welsh manager respects Ireland but says ninie times out of ten his team perform

David Meyler, Jeff Hendrick, John O’Shea, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman arrive for training at Abbotstown on Thursday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James McCarthy remains on course to feature, although that could be from the bench

Stephen Ward: “I’m sure they will try and get him [Bale] on the ball as much as possible but it’s up to us to try to keep his effect on the game to a minimum. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Allen and Ramsey significant talents but Madrid star the Real ace in the Wales pack

Jeff Hendrick. ”I don’t see a reason why I can’t keep learning and improving over the next few years.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder finding his way in Premier League believes his best has yet to come

James McCarthy at Republic of Ireland training in Abbotstown on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roy Keane said Everton midfielder would need to train on Wednesday to play Wales

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane:  “We’ll do our best to win a game of football . . . This idea, this element of doom and gloom with the injuries – I think the players are in a good place.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has lost a team’s worth of players for World Cup qualifier against Wales

 Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: “The basic advice to any player, if you’re up against a word-class player, somebody get to him, get to him as quick as you can.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland assistant full of praise for Wales forward ahead of crucial qualifier

Irish players during training at the FAI national training centre in Abbotstown, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

‘If he’s wasn’t to join in with the group tomorrow then it would be very difficult’

Stephen Ireland of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales at Croke Park. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

His international career was essentially ended by the infamous grandmother episode

Martin O’Neill: “We’ll get prepared and be ready for the game, absolutely ready for the match.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager calls Robbie Brady “a bit daft” over suspension incurred in Vienna

Aiden McGeady is likely to feature in Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James McCarthy’s absence would put Murphy, McGeady and Myler in the frame

Derry City FC players  met club officials including chief executive Sean Barrett, right, on Monday morning in the Ramada Da Vinci Hotel to discuss the loss of one of the club’s most promising footballers. Photograph: Trevor McBride

President and Martin O’Neill lead tributes to Derry footballer who died aged 27 on Sunday

Martin O’Neill has confirmed Wes Hoolahan is definitely out of Ireland’s clash with Wales on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It’s the lengthiest list of list of injuries that I’ve known in my time in the job’

Robbie Brady was named Ireland’s senior international player of the year. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland’s senior player of the year one of a number of absentees for key qualifier

Derry City’s  Ryan McBride celebrates scoring a a goal against Shamrock Rovers earlier this month. The club captain was found dead at his home on Sunday.  Photograph: Inpho

‘He was a ferociously brave player. He was the bravest player I ever saw on a pitch’

Derry City captain Ryan McBride: Defender found dead at home on Sunday

The 27-year-old defender understood to have been found dead at home on Sunday evening

Robbie Brady scores for the Republic of Ireland against Italy at Euro 2016. It was selected by the FAI as Ireland’s goal of the year. Photograph: Reuters.

Robbie Brady wins three FAI awards but is suspended for Friday’s World Cup qualifier

A view of the scoreboard at full-time. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Rovers’ poor start to the season continues with Patrick's Day defeat at home to Cork

Ireland Under-17’s striker Glen McAuley  celebrates scoring a goal for Liverpool Under-18s: McAuley’s strike  against Slovakia  sees Ireland qualify for the European Championships. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

In-form Glen McAuley’s second-half goal against Slovakia makes all the difference

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Defeat at Tallaght Stadium would leave Dublin side with a lot of ground to make up

Teenage Liverpool forward  Ben Woodburn has been named in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Teenage Liverpool striker part of squad along with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

Roy Keane: “Experience and making mistakes is all part of life.” Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland assistant manager: ‘You bump into lots of idiots on your travels’

Shelbourne’s Rachel Graham in action against Wexford Youths’ Aisling Frawley during the  Women’s Senior Cup Final at the  Aviva Stadium in November. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

New season beckons and last year’s double winners are intent on more silverware

 Robbie Brady is nominated for both the senior and young international player awards. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder faces challenge from Jeff Hendrick and Séamus Coleman

The scoreboard inside the stadium shows the final score after the FA Cup quarter-final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall at White Hart Lane. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Even with big clubs fielding weakened sides it is rare for an underdog to go all the way

Republic Of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Monday’s press conference to announce his squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Winger has ‘Premier League feet’ but must do more if he wants to get back to ‘big league’

Martin O’Neill  during the Republic Of Ireland press conference at Three HQ, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill: ‘I know John from my days at Sunderland; he’s a great attitude to the game’

James McCarthy tackles Harry Kane during the Premier League game between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill will be hoping Ciaran Clark’s knee injury is minor

Liam Buckley: will not want St Patrick’s to be in  a scrap to avoid relegation. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

St Patrick’s will look to get points against Sligo as Galway United visit Finn Harps

Andy Boyle: “I thought I did okay - it would have been nice to keep a clean sheet but a point is the main thing and that keeps us going.”

Former Dundalk defender made his bow against Derby on Tuesday night

Dundalk and Legia Warsaw players join the match officials before the start of their Champions League play-off last August. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Last year’s Europa League run could’ve been worth additional €2 million to Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele celebrates scoring against Bohemians at the Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Visitors close to rescuing a point from a game in which they looked set to be well beaten

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