Dundalk players celebrate their goal against  Maccabi Tel Aviv v Dundalk at the  Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Stephen Kenny likely to focus on rebuilding side as he pursues Champions League goal

Dundalk FC manager and Philips Manager of the Year Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk boss ‘hugely honoured’ to have beaten exalted competition for 2016 award

Dor Peretz of Maccabi Tel Aviv and  Daryl Horgan of Dundalk: “We try to play our game no matter where we are or who we are playing against.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s men look to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in crunch Europa League clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been named the Philips Manager of the Year for 2016. Photo: Inpho

Lilywhites manager has overseen a remarkable European campaign and league win

Sean Maguire will be staying with Cork City for another season after a fine 2016 campaign which saw him score the winner in the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Inpho/Tom Beary

Striker scored memorable late goal to give his side FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk

President Michael D. Higgins welcomed members of the 1991 FAI Cup winning Galway United team to Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Inpho

“He brought us into his library and we watched the goal on YouTube. That put the cap on it”

Martin O’Neill: his Republic of Ireland side will enjoy significant support in the away game against Wales in Cardiff.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two associations have reached a reciprocal deal in relation to the two qualifying games

 Kevin Doyle in action for the Colorado Rapids against Seattle Sounders  during the playoff. “To go through the season unbeaten at home was amazing.” Photograph:  Daniel Petty/The Denver Post/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland striker remains available for selection by Martin O’Neill

League of Ireland players endure low rates of pay, some of the shortest contract in any of the leagues surveyed and little or nothing by way of paid holidays, a Fifpro survey has found. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fifpro survey found League of Ireland players have some of the shortest contracts

Former first team manager at Bohemians football club, Roddy Collins. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club says board members at time of alleged abuse deny they were told by Collins

Bray Wanderers would like to move from move from the Carlisle Grounds to an as yet unidentified green-field site on the N11. Photograph: Inpho

Chairman suggests politicians come up with alternatives if they will not support move

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny reacts after a missed chance during the defeat at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Post-match reaction: Dundalk manager says team looked rusty during AZ Alkmaar loss

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon is dejected after the final whistle at Tallaght. Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s team fail to fire in Tallaght as Wout Weghorst’s early goal the difference

Uefa’s Frantisek Laurinec, Cllr Dermot Lacey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and FAI chief executive John Delaney at the launch of the Euro 2020 Dublin brand on Thursday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hosting of four matches in tournament good news for Ireland, says Shane Ross

Martin O’Neill with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Thursday’s Euro 2020 logo launch. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Argentina and Brazil ranked one and two in the world; Wales 12th, ahead of England

Nicola Coffey, Tallaght Stadium Manager at the stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shamrock Rovers, Europa League games and car boot sales – Coffey keeps them all ticking

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny during a press conference at Tallaght Stadium on Wednesday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Dundalk manager hopes his side can hit Dutch opposition on the counter-attack

Dundalk’s right-back Seán Gannon. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA.

Champions League qualification still the long-term target of League of Ireland champions

Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is injured during their Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon. Photo: Getty Images

Welsh winger set for lengthy spell on sidelines but no danger of missing Ireland clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny during a pre-match press conference at the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Airtricity League champions take on AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League on Thursday

Shamrock Rovers Press Conference, Tallaght Stadium, Dublin 18/11/2016Shamrock Rovers Manager Stephen BradleyMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘It’s Shamrock Rovers, we need to be up there challenging and we will be’

Martin O’Neill hopes Scott Hogan declares for Ireland. Photograph: Reuters.

Manager expecting to speak to 24-year-old English-born striker about teaming up with Ireland

Dundalk’s home ground Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kenny’s side to play Brentford in effort to retain match sharpness for Europa League

Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick has developed into a key player in Martin O’Neill’s squad and has been helped by his move to Burnley. Photo: Inpho

Republic of Ireland seem to have drawn strength from their Euro 2016 exploits

Ireland’s Harry Arter in action against Austria’s Marcel Sabitzer during Ireland’s 1-0 victory. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder hoping to build on his first competitive international start

 James McClean celebrates after the Republic of Ireland’s win over Austria in the World Cup qualifier   at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager still believes Austria will have a say despite home defeat

 James McClean celebrates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s first goal in the World Cup qualifier against Austria   at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Winger’s third goal in two games puts Martin O’Neill’s side on top of Group D

Bournemouth’s Harry Arter starts for Ireland in Austria on Saturday night. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

McClean fit to start Austria qualifier with Martin O’Neill starting Brady at left back

Seamus Coleman at the Ernst Happel Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager hoping his side can remain unbeaten in group going into 2017

In happier times: Coach Marcel Koller and David Alaba celebrate Austria’s Euro 16 qualifying win over  Liechtenstein last October. Photograph: Samuel Kubani/AFP/Getty Images)

Ireland could hardly arrive in Vienna at better time with home side struggling for form

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the pre-match press conference at the Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

West Brom winger has progressed through the week to shake off back problem

Harry Arter is in line to make his competitive debut for the Republic of Ireland against Austria on Saturday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

James McClean and John O’Shea both expected to make Saturday’s World Cup qualifier

Jon Walters has scored 12 goals in 45 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill still on look out for a forward who is consistently clinical in front of goal

James McClean during training on Wednesday: the decision to let him and John O’Shea  take things relatively easy was described as “precautionary”.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Both trained lightly Wednesday and are expected to be available for World Cup qualifier

Ciaran Clark during training at Abbotstown: Ireland play Austria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday, November 12  in Vienna. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill also has another goalkeeping option in Colin Doyle

James McClean was Ireland’s sole absentee from training on Wednesday ahead of Saturday’s clash with Austria. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

West Brom winger looking to shake off a back problem ahead of trip to Austria

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Abbotstown on Tuesday where  he expressed concern over James McClean’s back injury. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Koeman taken to task for ‘overloading’ claims as James McCarthy row rumbles on

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has questioned Everton’s stance over James McCarthy. Photograph: PA/Brian Lawless

‘[Ronald] Koeman’s opinion is not an issue for me...I couldn’t care less to be honest’

Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty celebrates Seán Maguire’s winner in last Sunday’s cup final against Dundalk. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Success gives Stephen Kenny options not generally available to League of Ireland clubs

Chris Shields of Dundalk who was presented with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month Award for October 2016 at Oriel Park. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Dundalk midfielder played a key role in the side’s retention of their league title

 James McCarthy will not feature against Austria on Saturday. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton midfielder joins Stephen Ward on injured list but John O’Shea will travel

Cork City’s  Kevin O’Connor and goalscorer Sean Maguire celebrate with The FAI Cup  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI Cup success ensures the season ends on a high for John Caulfield’s side

Goalkeeper Mark McNulty and Cork City club captain Johnny Dunleavy celebrate withe the FAI Cup after their win after extra-time against Dundalk at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk’s hopes of the double double ended after enthralling decider at the Aviva

Stephen Kenny of Dundalk FC  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Kenny’s side will have to lift themselves again after midweek heroics in Russia

Cork City’s Sean Maguire will be looking to get one over on his old club Dundalk in the FAI Cup Final on Sunday. Photo: Inpho

The Cork City man was left out of the Dundalk squad for last year’s season finale

FAI must have known it was breaking rules despite causing little or no offence

 Wexford Youths manager Shane Keeganwill leave the club after tonight’s play-off with Drogheda. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Keegan will take over as Galway manager even if Wexford retain top flight status

Ronald Koeman: “We spoke to James and my advice to him is to stay here, train and get fit as soon as possible. But the final decision is down to the player.” Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

"First be fit, train with your club then you are ready for the national team. Not vice versa"

Stephen Kenny: We are a brilliant counter-attacking team’. Photograph: Mikhail Kireev/Inpho

Manager dismisses suggestion they are writing game off as a lost cause

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton’s complaints over treatment of James McCarthy described as ‘nonsense’

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson (centre) celebrates with team-mate Daryl Horgan (right) after scoring against Zenit St Petersburg  in the Europa League at Tallaght Stadium in October. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Robbie Benson likely to be ruled out by injury but may be available for FAI Cup final

Sunderland’s John O’Shea and Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez battle for the ball at the Stadium of Light. O’Shea had to be replaced before half-time due to a hamstring injury. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Martin O’Neill has more injuries to deal with as he prepares to name his squad against Austria

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland celebrates scoring the winner against Bohemians at Oriel Park on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brian Gartland and company happy to draw breath before trip to Zenit St Petersburg

The  start of last year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon: women are more disciplined than man where pace is concerned. They run a far more controlled race. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Irish runner and professor has analysed data from 150,000 Dublin City Marathon runners

Dundalk have won the league the way Kenny would have wanted to, one suspects, scoring more goals and winning more games even if they lost a few – more than in the previous two campaigns combined – along the way.

Dundalk’s third title in a row and their displays in Europe prove they are one of the best ever

Dundalk’s David McMillan celebrates scoring against St Pat’s in March. Photo: Inpho

Six games that kept the title in Dundalk’s sights

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland scores their winning goal. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brian Gartland’s winner delivers three-in-a-row for Stephen Kenny’s remarkable side

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson celebrates scoring against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Tallaght on Thursday. Champions’ focus switches back to league on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory over Bohemians in Oriel Park on Sunday would give champions third crown

Cork City  manager John Caulfield: “We want to get back to winning ways and finish the season on a high before the cup final.”   Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

City host St Patrick’s as they turn their focus to upcoming cup final with rivals Dundalk

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson  and Ronan Finn after Giuliano’s winner for Zenit at Tallaght. Photograph: PA

Stephen Kenny’s side take the lead at Tallaght but Russian side come from behind

 Dundalk’s Alan Keane: “I didn’t think for a minute a few months back when I was playing GAA that I’d end up involved in a title decider with Dundalk last week.” Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘Surreal’ return to Dundalk has been marked by success against Cork and Longford

Stephen Kenny and the Dundalk squad train at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny not letting injury worries undermine his positive attitude

Axel Witsel is one of Zenit St Petersburg’s key men. Photograph: Inpho

Gazprom-funded Russian side pose Stephen Kenny and his side their sternest Europa test

Stephen Kenny is likely to be without John Mountney for Thursday night’s clash with Zenit. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Stephen Kenny confident side will rise to the occasion against 2008 Uefa Cup winners

Cork City’s Alan Bennett scores during his side’s defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday night in front of just 369 supporters at Richmond Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dundalk are closing in on the title but played in front of 500 on Monday night

 Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan is the clear favourite for the Premier Division Player of the Year award.

Dundalk and Cork City take lion’s share of places with Daryl Horgan favourtie for player of the year

Title looks to be heading back to Dundalk as Cork slip up at St Pat’s

Stephen Kenny refused to dwell on Dundalk’s win over Cork City on Tuesday night. Photograph: Inpho

Lilywhites boss: ‘I want that third league title and we’re not relenting in pursuit of that’

Daryl Horgan’s double gave Dundalk three points in their top of the table clash with Cork City. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Daryl Horgan’s double gives Stephen Kenny’s side a priceless win over Cork City

Caulfield’s men can go two points clear at top of table with victory at Oriel Park

Shane Duffy has the attributes but needs top flight experience. Photograph: Reuters

Centre half is the heir apparent to JohnO’Shea but lacks top-level experience

James McClean celebrates scoring his second goal against Moldova with his Republic of Ireland team-mates at Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says it is too early to predict group’s outcome after 3-1 victory over Moldova

James McClean celebrates scoring his second and the Republic of Ireland’s third goal during the World Cup qualifying Group D game at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Wes Hoolahan impresses yet again but Martin O’Neill’s side let early lead slip again

Shane Long is fit for Ireland’s clash with Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau. Photograph: PA

Hoolahan in line to start in Chisinau with McCarthy unscathed from Georgia return

Harry Arter in action in the internatonal friendly against England’s Jamie Vardy   at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Growing part of reporting is deciding when not to go with story on social media

Wes Hoolahan (right) is in line for a starting spot as the Republic of Ireland   play Moldova in Chisinau on Sunday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Robbie Brady is ruled out, but Shane Long expected to train for tomorrow’s match

Mick Cooke: steered Bray away from relegation trouble last season before winning a new contract until the end of next season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former manager claiming he is due to be paid the agreed terms of his recent contract

 Robbie Brady receives help from medical staff after his clash of heads  in the World Cup qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland manager will definitely be without Jeff Hendrick in Moldova after ‘harsh’ booking

Séamus Coleman scores the Republic of Ireland’s goal during the World Cup qualifier Group D match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Captain’s bizarre second-half goal comes after woeful opening 45 minutes

James McCarthy: could make a surprise return from injury for the  Republic of Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

O’Neill ponders his midfield options as he looks to plot a way past sixth seeds Georgia

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “I’m disappointed because the original decision to allow games to be moved in order to help the clubs that are in Europe was a good one.”

Dundalk face into a 21-day period in which they must play eight critically important games

Georgia coach  Vladimir Weiss. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Former Slovakia coach knows his side need to cut out that costly single mistake

Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill with Seamus Coleman hold a press conference after a training session at FAI National Training Centre, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland have 100per cent record against opponents but must guard against complacency

Republic of Ireland’s James McClean: “I feel I had a good tournament [in France]; Belgium game aside, but that goes for everyone, you just write that off.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Happy-go-lucky West Brom winger aiming to prove his worth to manager O’Neill

 Roy Keane: “I don’t get pulled up in the street by people saying, ‘you didn’t pass the ball enough’.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager hopeful James McCarthy will be available for Georgia clash

 Roy Keane: “I don’t get pulled up in the street by people saying, ‘you didn’t pass the ball enough’.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager hopeful James McCarthy will be available for Georgia clash

Shane Duffy believes he has improved after a difficult summer at international and club level. Photograph: Inpho

Brighton defender: ‘It was tough going at the time but I believe I’m stronger now’

Roy Keane has confirmed Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is unlikely to feature in Thursday’s clash against Georgia. Photograph: PA

Bournemouth midfielder unlikely to feature in Thursday’s clash with Georgia in Dublin

Robbie Brady: “There’s another window in January but my main focus now is getting Norwich promoted. It’s a tough job but the rewards are great if you manage to do it.”

Wide-man starting to find his form with high-flying Norwich City in Championship

  Martin O’Neill: “I don’t think I would be giving away too many secrets when I say that maybe there’s a dearth of Irish international players capable of playing in that position.”

Problems mount but James McCarthy has not given up playing against either Georgia or Moldova

Stephen Quinn (left) and Daryl Murphy (centre) have been ruled out of this week’s World Cup qualifiers. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Plenty of injury concerns for Martin O’Neill ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Moldova

James McCarthy is yet to return to full training with Ireland but will join up with the Ireland squad for Georgia and Moldova. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder has not returned to full training with Everton but will join O’Neill’s party

Billy Dennehy of St Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City’s Karl Sheppard challenge for the ball in the air during the FAI Cup semi-final at  Richmond Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Striker scores two as John Caulfield’s side claim FAI Cup final slot

St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Conan Byrne deperately wants to reach the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Dublin side need to prove they can excel against a top side to reach cup final

 Ciarán Kilduff scores  for Dundalk  in the  Uefa Europa League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Second-half substitute scores winning goal on special night for Town in Tallaght

Galway United have parted company with manager Tommy Dunne. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Club have suffered heavy defeats to Shamrock Rovers and Cork City

Shay Dunne (left) pictured at a Luton Town training session in 1955. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Defender made over 300 appearances for Luton Town

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “We’ve got the results and the games have been as close as they have been because they’ve given absolutely everything of themselves.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Expects Lilywhites to ask serious questions of Israeli side

Maccabi’s Georgian coach Shota Arveladze. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Maccabi Tel Aviv manager ‘almost died’ after international at Lansdowne Road

Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Chaim in action against  Zenit’s  Domenico Criscito during the Europa League Group D  match  at Netanya Stadium. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Lilywhites hopeful of full house in Tallaght for first home Europa League group game

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