Martin O’Neill: Victory over Scotland essential to give Republic of Ireland’s Fifa ranking a timely boost. Photograph: Paul Childs/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland have left themselves with a lot of ground to make up on Fifa’s international ranking list in June if they are to end up among(...)

St Patrick’s Athletic manager Liam Buckley has yet to see the defensive improvement he targeted before the start of the season. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Having said that tightening up at the back would be important if his side was to regain the title, Liam Buckley is still waiting to see improvement a(...)

Aidan “Jacko” Smith at the Hawthorns where he is kitman with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. “It can be a lot of hours,” he says. “But it’s great.”

Call it a sort of footballing fairytale and The Slipper fits quite nicely as a starting point. That, the pub in Glasnevin to be clear, is where Aid(...)

The Irish under-17s have been drawn a “very tough” European Championships group. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish under-17s have received a particularly tough draw for the group stage of the European Championships in Bulgaria at the start of May. Tom Mo(...)

With several out of work managers circling, Maciej Tarnogrodzki has been told that he will be in charge for at least the next couple of Bray Wanderer(...)

Niamh Fahey wants a crack at playing the game full time and Chelsea are more than happy to help make that dream come true. Photograph: AP

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment the type of south London suburb where a club like Chelsea might choose to have their training ground and you (...)

Dundalk are guaranteed at least €550,000 for participation in the Champions League this season. Photograph:  Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Winning their opening fixture in the qualifying round of the Champions League this summer would be worth €630,000 to Dundalk on top of the €550,000 th(...)

An animated Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, during Sunday’s European Championship 2016 Qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill says he will wait to see how many of his players are involved in English Championship play-offs before finalising his preparations for(...)

The Ireland players line up before kick-off in the 1-1 draw with Poland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday night. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The mood in the Republic of Ireland camp may, as you’d expect, still be upbeat despite the points dropped to Poland but any supporters who took partic(...)

Shay Given and his team-mates salute the crowd at the end of the game at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was a night that started well for Shay Given, the veteran goalkeeper who returned against Poland to earn his 128th senior international cap, and(...)