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(...)

 John O’Shea, James McClean, Séamus Coleman  and Robbie Keane celebrate after Keane’s goal for the Republic of Ireland in last night’s friendly international against Latvia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ideal start, I suppose, but Martin O’Neill would be disappointed with the lack of quality shown by Latvia. Then again, a decent manager always takes s(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with assistant Roy Keane during last night’s training session at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

A pal of mine was at a sports conference not so long ago sitting beside a predecessor of Martin O’Neill at both Celtic and Aston Villa. Dr Jozef Vengl(...)

The Dream Team: Martin O’Neill greets Roy Keane during their Premier League days in 2008.

What is the role of a number two? Well, that depends on the number one. I did it just the once, under Mick Lawlor at Home Farm for two years and six m(...)

Republic of Ireland interim manager Noel King: in just two games,  King tried to address the serious issue of been outnumbered in midfield.

I feel last night’s system is definitely the way to go or at least a viable option to remain competitive in international football. Far too often we’v(...)