Stephen Ward is congratulated as fans invade the pitch in celebration as Burnley are promoted back to the Premier League Photograph: Jan kruger/Getty.

Irish defender won promotion this week when all attention was on Leicester

Oliver Bierhoff celebrates scoring the golden goal against the Czech Republic in the final of Euro ’96 at Wembley. Photo: Getty Images

After breaking English hearts in the semi-finals, the Germans took home the trophy

Nihat is mobbed by his Turkey teammates after his winner against the Czech Republic at Euro 2008. Photograph: Getty

Sensational Turkey upset the odds as they overturn two goal deficit to progress at Euro 2008

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has not played since injuring his Achilles. Photograph: Getty.

Bournemouth midfielder still a major doubt for Republic of Ireland’s Euro 16 campaign

 Harry Arter has been out of the Bournemouth side with an Achilles injury. Photograph:  Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Bournemouth boss not sure if midfielder will return from Achilles injury before the end of the season

Yugoslavia against the Soviet Union in the 1960 European Nations’ Cup final.Yugoslavia reached the final by virtue of a thrilling 5-4 win over hosts France in the semi-finals. Photograph: Getty

Drazan Jerkovic strikes twice late on as hosts are edged out in Parc des Princes thriller

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with Sadhbh McKane, Benjamin Lynch and Braydon Roche at the launch of Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager says he wants to wait to see how team gets on in France before any FAI deal

Martin O’Neill has no concerns over Séamus Coleman ahead of Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

Everton fullback sidelined with a hamstring injury and may not play before Euro 2016

Former Republic of Ireland international at the launch of SSE Airtricity’s summer football campaign at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland player hails positive effect of German since he took charge at Anfield

Bohemians v Galway United was the only all-Premier Division tie in the second round of the FAI Cup. Photo: Inpho

The Munster Senior League first division set will face up against Rovers in the FAI Cup

Liverpool supporters trying to escape the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, on April 15th, 1989. Photograph: Hillsborough inquest /EPA

Former Ireland star, who played in 1989, speaks candidly of fateful day and its impact

Andrei Arshavin slots past Edwin van der Sar during his Euro 2008 peak. Photograph: Getty

Attacker flopped for Arsenal but Euro 2008 performances made elite clubs take notice

Former Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids in Dublin yesterday for the launch of the  Irish end of the new International Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ex-Juventus, Ajax player in Dublin to launch pre-season International Champions Cup

Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Ireland goalkeeper will be anxious to play again this season to catch O’Neill’s eye

Dundalk’s Ronan Finn celebrates scoring their second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Shamrock Rovers at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Own goal and sending off help reigning champions claim the three points in Tallaght

Dundalk’s Gary Rogers: “We’d love to go there and take the three points because of the message it would send out.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Goalkeeper says champions looking forward to the visit to title rivals Shamrock Rovers

Bray Wanderers have announced that manager Mick Cooke has left the Premier Division club. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Harry Kenny put in charge at Carlisle Grounds for at least two games

The Soviet Union were victorious in the 1960 European Nations’ Cup - but their victory was aided by Spain’s boycott. Photograph: Getty

Original championships was a political minefield for the nations who entered

Dubliner determined to rebuild club and international career one step at a time

Shelbourne’s Stephen Elliott in action against Dan Byrne of Bohemians during the EA Sports Cup second round match at  Tolka Park on Monday. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland international explains reasons for coming home to Ireland

Nick Colgan in action for Ireland in 2003 at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Getty Images

Former goalkeeper is happy to have settled into his coaching role at Huddersfield Town

Shay Given made his league debut for Stoke City in their Premier League tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Stoke City goalkeeper made his league debut in their loss to Tottenham Hotspur

Gardai try to quell the on-pitch trouble as Bohemians fans run back to the Jodi Stand during their 4-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A number of incidents resulted in confrontation between the fans on the pitch

Gavin Brennan curls home Shamrock Rovers’ fourth goal during the Aitricity League Premier Division  game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brandon Miele scores two in comfortable victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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Stephen Elliott could make his Shelbourne debut against Bohemians on Monday night. Photograph: Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland striker signed for Shelbourne earlier this week

Eddie Howe has said midfielder Harry Arter is unlikely to feature for Bournemouth again this season as he recovers from an achilles injury. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder still recovering from achilles injury while Alan Judge’s Euros dream is over

Bohemians manager Keith Long: Beating Longford Town and Bray  Wanderers will have injected a bit of confidence in to his side. Photograph: Inpho

Chris Shields returns for Dundalk as champions shape up to face an improving Sligo Rovers

 Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is an ambassador for DeafHear. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Ireland midfielder nearing full fitness as Derby County push for promotion

 Former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne pictured with regular TV3 analyst Kevin Kilbane, and anchor Tommy Martin.

The former Ireland defender is enjoying relaxed lifestyle with family in Monaco

Christy Fagan: “Personally, I have targets in my own head, a number I’d like to get to but I will see how it goes. I have started well with the goals I have got so far.”

St Patrick’s Athletic striker has already scored five goals this season

The new Republic of Ireland manager Tom Mohan: “I hope my experience with the Under-17s will stand to me as I know how much of a challenge this position will be with the competition around Europe improving year on year.”

Kenny Cunningham and Keith Andrews had both been linked with the Under-19 job

Alan Judge training with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brentford midfielder had made late run for squad in recent Ireland friendlies

St Patrick’s Athletic’s Christy Fagan celebrates after netting a second half equaliser for his side in their draw with Sligo Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A second half strike from Christy Fagan cancelled out Gary Boylan’s opener in Inchicore

Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson: says the the scoreless draw against Cork gives his side “a foundation from which to build on”. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dave Robertson’s side face a tough assignment against St Pat’s at Richmond Park

Republic of Ireland’s Louise Quinn grabbed the opener in her side’s 5-0 win over Montenegro. Photo: Inpho

Sue Ronan’s side ran out easy victors against Montenegro ahead of their visit to Spain

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Aviva Stadium friendly draw marred by Newcastle United goalkeeper's serious knee injury

Shane Long with the Republic of Ireland squad at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill tips West Brom player for role with Anthony Pilkington also a possibility

Ireland will host Belarus in a Turner’s Cross friendly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The FAI have confirmed the friendly at Turner’s Cross in Cork for the end of May

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

‘If it does give Shay an opportunity to play that’d give him a really good chance’

 Robbie Brady: his set-pieces are a vital attacking weapon for Martin O’Neill’s side. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

In the absence of a variety of striking options, Brady’s deliveries are increasingly important

Ireland’s Shane Long climbs above Switzerland’s Fabian Schar before seeing his header come back of the post at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O'Neill left with few options up front as Robbie Keane returns to LA for treatment

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Aston Villa defender impressed as Martin O’Neill checked his Euro 2016 options

Switzerland’s coach Vladimir Petkovic has left his former captain Gökhan Inler out of his squad due to the midfielder’s lack of game time at Leicester. Photograph: Getty.

Vladimir Petkovic’s practice of only playing regular starters may leave him short of experienced players

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill oversees squad training at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss admits newcomers are facing tough task to earn squad place

Martin O’Neill confirmed Robbie Keane and Anthony Pilkington  will miss Ireland’s friendly against Switzerland. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill makes controversial comments about players’ wives and girlfriends

   Rob Elliottt: “If I do get an opportunity with Ireland (and O’Neill has said he will start one of these two games) then I’ve just got to make sure I take it.”

Goalkeeper has become a key figure on Tyneside after period of discontent

“I’m hoping that Shane (Duffy) will get onto the field of play here. He’s definitely one that you would like to think is one for the future as some of the older players drop off . . . I would like to get him onto the field in some of these games.”

Republic of Ireland to play a final home warm-up game at Turner’s Cross

Alan Judge (centre) with Stephen Ward and Wes Hoolahan at Ireland squad training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brentford midfielder watched father play in Lansdowne Road in 1990 FAI Cup final

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks after training at Abbotstown ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 warm-up match with Switzerland. Photo: donall Farmer/Inpho

Jonny Hayes and Eunan O’Kane hoping for first call-up from Republic of Ireland boss

The board of Shamrock Rovers is set for re-structuring to facilitate an investment by long-time shareholder Ray Wilson. Photo: Inpho

Long-time shareholder Ray Wilson behind major restructuring investment plan

Jack Byrne in action as he trains with the senior squad  in Dublin on Monday:  I always want to improve. I never want to stand still.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The 19-year-old City midfielder believes he is as good as anybody in O’Neill’s team

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Richie Towell is presented with the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year by FAI President Tony Fitzgerald. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder says he sees a good preseason as key to long-term prospects

Stephen Ward and Alan Judge at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill to give the trio a chance to press their claims for a trip to France 2016

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Meanwhile, Robbie Brady scooped the award for young player of the year in Donnybrook

Pelé uniquely won three World Cups with Brazil, in 1958, ’62 and ’70, as a result he received a replica of the Jules Rimet trophy from Mexico and Fifa.

Brazilian superstar’s World Cup medals among exhibition at Newbridge Silverware

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney stretches to block Greg Bolger of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Home side lose out to second-half penalty by former player Seán Maguire

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

John Caulfield’s side can make statement of intent at reigning champions’ ground

Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters have been nominated for the Irish senior player of the year award. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan makes up the shortlist for Senior Player of the Year

Arsenal head to Barcelona looking to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal have daunting task in the Nou Camp on Wednesday

Emmanuel Petit was in Dublin to promote Carlsberg’s Euro ticket giveaway  with over 1100 Ireland match tickets up for grabs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former World Cup winner and Arsenal star unnerved by last year’s horrific attacks in Paris

“I see many opportunities for Irish football and I am looking forward to the coming years with the FAI.”

High Performance director signs new deal to keep him with FAI until 2020

Mark Timlin of St Pat’s celebrates scoring the first goal of the game against Bohemians with Christy Fagan and Billy Dennehy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bohemians continue to lack a cutting edge but Pat’s by far the better team

“I wouldn’t really want to bring someone a long, long distance if I can’t guarantee him some playing time but we do have the two games and I think, personally, not having spoken to him, I think Kevin would welcome that because if he has a chance of going to France.”

Martin O’Neill hints he may use striker if he returns from US for two friendlies

  Kurtis Byrne was on the scoresheet for Bohemians. Photo: Inpho

Toothless Sligo Rovers lose again as Byrne marks home debut with a goal

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

Ireland manager broadens options with eye on World Cup qualifying campaign

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ireland manager has named his 40-man provisional squad for two upcoming friendlies

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff with the new national jersey. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Former Ireland winger admits that he is struggling to cope with recent retirement

Shamrock Rovers manager believes his striker can make a big impact this seaosn

Stephen McPhail: “When I was travelling around, following Rovers as a young lad it was something that I would have been hoping  I would have the chance to do.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international aiming to finish his career on a real high

Dundalk fans celebrate their side’s opening goal of the game against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

A first half brace from Ciaran Kilduff set the champions on the way to all three points

“I aim to enjoy the tournament and this is an opportunity for the players to enjoy it as well,” says Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho.

Northern Ireland manager is already busy preparing for this year’s championships

John Sullivan scores to  give Galway United the lead against St Patrick’s Athletic during last night’s Premier Division game at Richmond Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Galway United recover from setback to take all three points from season opener

Here’s your team-by-team guide to this season’s national Premier League. Photograph: Inpho

How will your team fare in upcoming season? Title odds, key men, last year’s showing

Aiden McGeady: “He can take players on and he can deliver good ball and can beat players with ease . . . not everybody is blessed with that,” says Martin O’Neill. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic manager getting nervous about any injuries to his squad players for Euro 2016

Martin O’Neill: close proximity to fans at 1982 World Cup was ‘really fantastic’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The days when Irish fans could mix with players at tournaments appear to be gone

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates last season’s league title win. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dundalk have raised standards, but clubs need backing to continue improvement

Shay Given is undergoing knee surgery in a bid to salvage his chances of making it to Euro 2016 following the injury he picked up in Ireland’s win over Germany. Photograph: Getty

Goalkeeper having surgery in a bid to sort out knee problem and make it to France

Katie McCabe: “I’m really excited about it. The whole thing is very full-time professional.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Raheny United star is looking forward to the move to the Women’s Super League

Spectators wait on  the Stade de France pitch  following the friendly football match between France and Germany  on November 13th, 2015, after a series of  explosions outside the  stadium. Photograph:  Miguel Medina/AFP/Getty Images

French tournament officials outline security plans for this summer’s tournament

Dundalk and Cork City will do battle in this weekend’s President’s Cup final. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Dundalk and Cork City do battle on Saturday - both looking for a sense of themselves

Forner Fifa president Sepp Blatter and former  Uefa president Michel Platini have been banned from football and, barring a successful appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, their career in sports administration is over.   Photograph: Michael Buholzer / AFP / Getty Images

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Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “I think this would probably be the last hurrah for some of the players.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager says players in regular action for clubs will have advantage

The 2016 SSE Airtricity League launch at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Stephen Kenny says Dundalk must forget about all that was achieved last season

The FAI are yet to confirm if Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Northern Ireland boss is set to double his money with a new four-year contract

Former Cork City star Dave Barry is among those to have paid tribute to Paul Bannon. Photo: Inpho

‘He was a larger than life character, full of good humour and a great fellow’ - Dave Barry

Cork City manager John Caulfield has snapped up Eothan O’Connell on loan from Celtic until the summer. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Meanwhile, 16 clubs received Premier Division licences

The FAI has said that it has a total of almost 7,000 tickets still to distribute to Ireland fans for Euro 2016 group games, despite previously stating the figure as being 2,000. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The association can still allocate 2,000 tickets to fans per group game in France

Dalymount Park, the home of Bohemians. Photograph: Inpho

Separate organisation intended to build on and expand Bohs’ work in the community

Ireland fans at Euro 2012 in Poland: the FAI has moved  to reassure those who missed out for Euro 2012 that they may still get tickets if they are a deserving case. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

FAI reassures those who missed out they may still receive tickets for the championships

The FAI is confident the  team’s most loyal fans will get tickets for the opening game against Sweden. Photographer: Dara MacDonaill

Supporters face agonising two-week wait for confirmation of seats for group games

Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Dubliner knew very little about football before becoming club’s chief executive

An artist’s impression of the new Dalymount Park which would include a new realigned artificial pitch and two new stands.

Staged construction of the 10,000 capacity ground would cost in region of €20 million

Dublin-born forward Eamon Zayed has played internationally for Libya. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Former Shamrock Rovers striker not finished with his travels just yet

The FAI’s licensing process explicitly requires clubs to be able to guarantee the availability of their home ground for all games. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dispute with the leaseholder of the ground leaves champions facing a stark choice

Former Derry City forward Mark Farren has died aged 33. Photograph: Inpho

Derry City’s all-time record goalscorer had been battling a brain tumour

Shamrock Rovers manger Pat Fenlon: “You’ve got to be open-minded to this sort of stuff. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager Pat Fenlon says club looking forward to challenge in Sait Nagjee Trophy

 Stoke City’s Marc Wilson has been ruled out until April through injury. Photograph: EPA

Irish defender injured his medial ligament, Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed

Stoke City’s Marc Wilson: club’s  physio thinks defender has  medial ligament damage in his knee. Photograph: Tim Keeton/EPA

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says defender expected to be out for up to 12 weeks

FAI CEO John Delaney has not done a press conference to which any and every soccer reporter could go for more than three years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One thing apparent at association’s Strategic Plan launch is lack of transparency

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