The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Shane Long reacts to a missed chance at Celtic Park last night. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

No excuses. Scotland were the better team, creating more chances, while Ireland lacked the intent to leave Glasgow with what would have been a valuabl(...)

In Brian Kerr’s midfield: Darron Gibson. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Like so many others, I’ve been waiting with warm anticipation of tonight’s game in Glasgow, the occasion brings back nice memories of two previous vi(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea celebrates scoring the dramatic equaliser against Germany  in injury time. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

John O’Shea, the centurion, the captain, the hero. About time he gets his dues.Over the years there has been a certain negativity directed at John bec(...)

Bastian Schweinsteiger is sorely missed from the German engine room while Jonathan Walters could have a key role to play for Ireland tonight. Photograph:  Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images.

Ah, Poland. Nobody could begrudge them Saturday’s victory in Warsaw – you owed them, we understand – but it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the(...)

Robbie Keane  congratulates Wes Hoolahan  on scoring the Republic of Ireland’s   seventh goal against Gibraltar. Hoolahan pressed his claims for a starting place with an eye-catching display. Photo: Ian Walton/Getty

It gives me no pleasure to say Gibraltar confirmed my prediction that they would be out of their depth and tactically inept on Saturday evening at Lan(...)

Gibraltar manager Allen Bula on his way to training at the Aviva Stadium yesterday afternoon. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

You may wonder how it came to this, that today we play our first home qualifier against Gibraltar. After all, prior to recent football events, our onl(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill knows how to bring the best out of John O’Shea. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So, plenty of valuable information banked by the new manager about his players, the backroom staff and his relationship with Roy.This felt like a Repu(...)

Ireland’s Shane Long  celebrates his late strike against Latvia.

Friday’s performance was certainly encouraging. The intent was what warmed the cockles of many an Irish football heart. The style of Martin O’Neill, b(...)