Clare Shine: “I think the staff know exactly what Spain are going to be like so everyone will be ready for it.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Cork-born Glasgow Celtic star is fully fit and looking forward to winning a first senior cap

 Richie Towell celebrates Dundalk’s victory in  the FAI Cup final over Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford’s Danny Furlong claims First Division award

Dundalk players celebrate after capturing the league title for the second time in a row. John Delaney described the league as the Irish game’s “problem child”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael Cush SC to represent clubs in talks on the recent Conroy Report

Jon Walters’ goals have proved invaluable to manager Martin O’Neill – and the FAI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Expanded competition should prove more lucrative than other previous tournaments

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill  by  Roy Keane after the play-off win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:Getty Images

McGeady and Gibson could do with more first team opportunities before June

The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, which replaces one of the 1998 World Cup’s most distinctive venues, opened in May. It has been used regularly this season for Ligue One club games and other events. It holds 42,115 people and cost €183 million to construct.

Wherever they are, the 10 venues for next summer’s Euro 2016 finals are set to impress

 Ireland’s assistant coach Roy Keane urges the team on. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We have some friendlies coming up so we can give some guys a go’

Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters and Robbie Keane celebrate  after the win over Bosnia. Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Two-goal striker pays tribute to team-mates and management

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady  gets a hug from Seamus Coleman after the win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

When is the draw taking place? How do I get my hands on tickets?? Emmet Malone has the lowdown on next summer’s finals

The Republic of Ireland’s Jon  Walters celebrates scoring his penalty. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A double from Jon Walters books Martin O’Neill’s side a place in France next summer

Bosnia’s Asmir Begovic during a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Everton’s Muhamed Besic is set to return from his three-match suspension

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Shane Long, Walters and O’Shea are all back in contention for second Bosnia match

Shane Long has returned to Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish duo missed the first leg through injury, although O’Shea was suspended anyway

Ireland fans celebrate Robbie Brady’s goal in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘Important to get the away goal, we’re obviously disappointed to concede so soon after’

 Robbie Brady celebrates after opening the scoring against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-off first leg   in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s team had heavy fog to contend with in Euro 2016 play-off first-leg

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

O’Neill stresses the key objective for Republic is to ‘still be in the tie on Monday night’

David Meyler (right) has been ruled out of the play-off games against Bosnia after picking up a knee injury in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hull City player could be out until the new year after training ground tackle

Roma’s Bosnia-Herzegovina international Edin Dzeko spent his early years in war-torn Sarajevo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Country’s impressive foreign legion guaranteed to provide stiff test of Republic’s resolve

Richard Keogh, left,  and Marc Wilson, right, with team-mates during the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hull City midfielder David Meyler the latest casualty with knee injury during training

 Seamus Coleman and James McClean go through their paces at the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager praises squad for effort ahead of first play-off tie in Bosnia/Herzegovina

Ian Turner, Limerick FC, with his SSE/SWAI Airtricity Player of the Month Award for October 2015. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Cork City player must weigh up his options for next season

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to the media at the FAI training centre in Abbotstown ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland assistant says it’s ironic that managers deem players unfit for internationals

Darren Dennehy and Ross Gaynor in the Aviva Stadium after Sunday’s FAI Cup final: both may now part company with Cork City. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Over 100 expected to leave their current outfit and expected to grow further

Chelsea’s Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic: “Ireland is a great team and it certainly won’t be easy for us.” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea goalkeeper Begovic believes Bosnia can triumph after two tough matches

Republic of Ireland players  during training at  Abbotstown ahead of the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off away to Bosnia on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager hopeful John O’Shea, Shane Long and Rob Elliot will have parts to play in games

Goalkeepers Darren Randolph and David Forde during Republic of Ireland squad training at   Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Southampton striker had injection in bid to get over ankle injury for trip to Bosnia

Wexford Youths celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Shelbourne in the women’s FAI Cup final. Photograph: Inpho

Dramatic win for Wexford Youths with women’s final decided by penalties

John O’Shea: one of five players named in the Republic of Ireland squad who are receiving treatment at their clubs. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

David McGoldrick among nine players omitted from revised squad for Euro play-off

Stephen Kenny: has assembled a Dundalk team that has won successive league titles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘He’s the best manager in the League of Ireland, that’s for sure,’ says Brian Kerr

Stephen Kenny: “We believe in ourselves but we know all about Cork. We know we have to earn the right to win.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions’ boss sticking to his normal game plan as his side prepare to face Cork City

Cork City striker Karl Sheppard has been playing at left back this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Cup final victory can be Karl Sheppard’s consolation for lapse in league

Shane Long: suffered an ankle injury in the Republic of Ireland’s last game against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Southampton manager wants striker to focus on recovering fully from his ankle injury

Cork City secured second place with a 1-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Inpho

A lone Billy Dennehy penalty was enough to settle the tie at Dalymount Park

Martin Russell: his Limerick side’s brave bid to avoid relegation has been undermined by three recent costly home defeats. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin Russell’s side must beat Sligo away to have a chance of staying in Premier Division

 Darron Gibson: hasn’t featured for the Republic of Ireland since the defeat in Scotland.  Photo:  Clive Brunskill/Getty

With suspensions to cope with in defence and attack, Republic’s manager sees one silver lining

Bosnia and Herzegovina took four points of Chris Coleman’s Wales side during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Photo: Getty

Wales managed only one point against Balkans during qualifying campaign

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Stephen Quinn will miss out on next month’s Euro 2016 play-offs through injury

Sligo’s Alan Keane celebrates at the end of the game at Inchicore. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Pat’s slump again as striker comes off the bench to seal a crucial win for Rovers

Steven Beattie celebrates scoring the opener in Cork City’s win over St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Inpho

John Caulfield’s side continue hex over Dubliners with first win since August

Bosnia manager Mehmed Bazdarevic and Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Epa

FAI are still awaiting ticket details for first leg of Bosnia and Herzegovina clash

The match fixtures are shown on an electronic panel next to the Henri Delaunay trophy following the draw for the play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2016. Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP

FAI allocation of tickets for away leg of play-off may be as low as just 700

Ireland have been drawn to play Bosnia in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Photograph: Afp

Martin O’Neill’s side play away on November 13th before the return leg in Dublin on 16th

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovich is one of the players Ireland could face in the Euro 2016 playoffs. Photo: Getty Images

Emmet Malone previews Ireland’s possible Euro 2016 playoff opponents

Dundalk players celebrate winning the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division last Friday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Tommy Dunne brings his side to Oriel Park with long injury list

Having finished just a point behind England and eight ahead of Poland in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, this has been a bit of a disappointment with Ukraine finishing third this time around behind Spain and Slovakia in what was always going to be a three horse race.

Euro 2016: Draw for the play-offs, in which Ireland will be unseeded, will be made on Sunday

Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh beats  Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in an aerial duel. “Our group was the hardest so to finish third is no disgrace.” Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

Derby defender says Republic squad has what it takes to advance via the play-offs

Wes Hoolahan: has become an increasingly influential figure in the Republic of Ireland squad. Photo: Adam Holt/Action

Wes Hoolahan and John O’Shea remain key to Ireland’s hopes of making it to France

Poland’s Krzysztof Maczynski and Ireland’s Robbie Keane vie for the ball in Warsaw. Photo: EPA

Striker believes side can take heart from third-place finish ahead of play-off

Ireland’s Shane Long is injured against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robert Lewandowski gets the winner for Poland as Martin O’Neill’s side go into Euro 2016 play-off

Bosnia’s Vedad Ibisevic celebrates scoring a goal during the Euro 2016 qualifying  match  in Zenica. Photograph: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Permutations set to change over coming days as group stages conclude

Ireland manager Martin O’Neil speaks at a press conference before his side’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland. Photo: Adam Holt/Reuters

The Ireland manager was quick to confirm that Seamus Coleman is fit to play

Martin O’Neill: “We know what we have to do . . . we have to have a high scoring draw; really we have to try to win the game.” Photograph: Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

Glenn Whelan and Seamus Coleman expected to return against Poland

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Darren Randolph  reacts during the victory over Germany at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:   Ian Walton/Getty Images)

Goalkeeper had little time to think as he was pitted into action against world champions

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Shane Long strike books play-off spot with automatic qualification still on cards

Germany coach Joachim Löw looks on during a training session at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin ahead of the Euro 2016 quaifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images.

World champions can be troubled by Ireland’s team spirit, says Ireland manager

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane (left) and manager Martin O’Neil during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Wednesday. “We’re playing a Germany side full of players that play Champions League football, who have won the World Cup but we are going to go out there and fight,” O’Neill told reporters.  “We are going to show our own self-belief.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Everton defender ruled out through injury but expected to be available for Poland

Republic of Ireland assistant coach Roy Keane: “We’re comfortable with the players we have.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Creative Norwich midfielder sits out training session at Abbotstown ahead of crunch game

Eunan O’Kane, John O’Shea and Stephen Ward during Ireland squad training  at the  FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hull player likely to line up alongside James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick

Roy Keane has brushed away any concerns over Robbie Keane’s availability. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wes Hoolahan is Ireland’s latest injury concern ahead of crucial European qualifiers

Cyrus Christie at the Republic of Ireland squad’s training centre,  in Abbotstown, Dublin on Monday: the Derby County defender is likely to play against Germany due to Séamus Coleman’s hamstring problem. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Defender says ‘tough test’ awaits but world champions under more pressure to perform

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager entirely accepts midfielder’s decision to play for England

Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown on Monday morning. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Derby’s Cyrus Christie sat out the Irish squad’s training session with a hip injury

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny at the end of Friday night’s FAI Cup semi-final. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

‘Everyone seems to think it’s my ambition to win it and stick two fingers up at everybody’

Cork City manager John Caulfield celebrates his side’s victory over Bray Wanderers in the FAI Cup semi-final at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Double chasing Dundalk await John Caulfield’s side after they edge out Bray

Everton full-back Seamus Coleman looks a major doubt for Ireland’s two European Championship qualifiers with Germany and Poland due to a hamstring strain. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Everton full-back failed to make the bench on Sunday due to a hamstring problem

Cork City’s Danny Morrissey and Karl Sheppard after Morrissey scored the opening goal of their FAI Cup semi-final clash with Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Danny Morrissey’s single second half strike was enough to separate the sides

Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan, Stephen Ward and Harry Arter go through their paces at Republic of Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Dearth of eligible players in English Premier League puts strain on any resources

Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus (right) has returned to the Germany squad following injury. Photograph: Getty Images.

Coach of world champions admits game against Republic of Ireland will not be easy

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: aiming to lead his side to a memorable double of Premier League and FAI Cup success. Photograph: ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Champions can move a step closer to FAI Cup glory with a home semi-final win

Declan Conroy, author of the SSE Airtricity League Consultation Process Report, at a media briefing  at Castleknock Hotel and Country Club. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Declan Conroy’s 75-page report has many worthy recommendations but can it all add up

One of the key planks of the Conroy report is a plan to boost attendances at Airtricity League games. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Conroy report recommends new league structure in time for the 2017 season

With most Ireland supporters having appeared to accept quite some time ago which way the wind was blowing, the reaction to the actual announcement was philosophical enough, but earlier suggestions by a minority that Grealish was in some way “a traitor” or turning his back on “ his country” were obviously fairly absurd.

Emmet Malone: We should accept decision to declare for England with good grace

Aston Villa have announced midfielder Jack Grealish has chosen to play for England over Ireland. Photograph: Getty

Announcement comes ahead of Roy Hodgson’s squad announcement on Thursday

Prolific Shelbourne forward picked up two senior international caps in 1950s

Niamh Fahey’s Chelsea can secure the  Super League title with a win over Liverpool on Sunday night. Photograph: Getty

FA Cup winners Chelsea can secure maiden Super League with a win over Liverpool

Wexford Youths lost their opening game of the current Airtricity First Division season to Cabinteely at Stradbrook in March. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Amateur status to remain even if move to top tier of Airtricity League is successful

Ciaran O’Connor can help Derry’s chances of survival and push Dundalk towards the title against Cork City on Friday. Photograph: Inpho

19-year-old striker on loan at the Brandywell and looking to dint Cork City ambitions

Carlisle United’s Irish midfielder Gary Dicker vies with Liverpool’s German midfielder Emre Can. Photograph: Getty Images

Carlisle United player but hopes Brendan Rodgers gets to complete Liverpool job

As a player Roy Keane came to owe Alex Ferguson a lot but there was a time when the Scot would have readily acknowledged  the scale of the repayment made. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Former Manchester United manager declines to label player ‘world class’ in book

Robbie Keane of the LA Galaxy vies for the ball with Victor Cabrera of the Montreal Impact during their MLS match. Photograph: AFP Photo

Keane earns over €4m while Gerrard and Dos Santos are on €5.7m and €5.16m respectively

The Republic of Ireland’s Julie Russell tussles with Emma Koivisto and Noran Heroum of Finland during the European Championship clash at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Home side create ample chances to get something from the game

Martin O’Neill speaks to the media at FAI headquarters where he named his provisional squad for Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifying ties with Germany and Poland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Forty players named in squad for crucial games against Germany and Poland

Drogheda United manager Mark Kinsella won 48 senior international caps with the Republic of Ireland between 1998 and 2004. Photograph: Donall Framer/Inpho.

‘Anything can happen’ according to former Ireland international as his side head to Dundalk for ‘derby’ game

Seamus Coleman picked up an injury during Everton’s recent Barclay’s Premier League match with Chelsea. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Everton man is included in the 40-man selection, along with team mate Darron Gibson

Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne is confident that she can help her side to qualification for the 2017 European Championships. Donall Farmer/INPHO

Ireland women’s captain is confident that her side will qualify for 2017 tournament

Galway United’s Jake Keegan was top scorer for the club during their promotion season and has continued that good form during this campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

American striker hoping to keep scoring and one day get opportunity to play in MLS

Richie Towell and Brian Gartland of Dundalk in action against Aliaksandr Karnitski of BATE Borisov in the  Champions League second qualifying round, second leg at Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fran Gavin says proposal could offer extended competition for sides knocked out in preliminary rounds

Peter Hutton has been sacked after Derry City’s defeat to Cork City in the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant Paul Hegarty will take the reins at Brandywell for time being

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley is hoping to have striker Christy Fagan available for Saturday’s EA Sports Cup Final against Galway United. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

EA Cup final against Galway United on Saturday is focus for Dublin club

Seamus Coleman is a major injury doubt ahead of Martin O’Neill’s squad announcement. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill prepares to name his squad for upcoming key qualifiers next Thursday

Ireland coach Steve Walford is set to become Bolton’s assistant manager. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Neil Lennon says he’s hoping to appoint Irish man as his new assistant in the coming days

Longford manager Tony Cousins has an FAI Cup semi-final against Dundalk to look forward to. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Longford Town travel to Oriel Park to play the league leaders in the FAI Cup semi-final

Daryl Horgan celebrates opening the scoring for Dundalk in their FAI Cup quarter-final against Sligo Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The Lilywhites continued their march towards a third league and cup double

Sligo Rovers manager Micky Adams: “We can give anyone a game on our day and hopefully we’ll show that again [tonight].”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rovers face Dundalk in tonight’s cup clash having drawn at Oriel Park last week

Bray Wanderers boss Mick Cook. “You have to give them the same respect you give a Cork City when they come to play”I

Killester United head to Bray and Sheriff YC travel to Longford

Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill gestures during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

Ireland manager says meeting with Germany will decide final game approach

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Albania, Israel, Ukraine and Sweden all possible opponents for O’Neill’s side

 Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters after scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stoke player nets winner as Martin O’Neill’s side keep Euro 2016 dream alive

Seamus Coleman goeson a sprint during  Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill says Georgia will travel with to Dublin confidence after defeating Scotland

Seamus Coleman returned to training on Sunday morning ahead of the Georgia game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Everton righ-back took part in training having sat out Friday’s win over Gibraltar

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