Stephanie Roche. ‘We are going to get to Switzerland a little bit earlier because I want to savour as much of it as possible’   Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy / Sportsfile

There is, says Stephanie Roche as she talks about playing professionally in France, a “universal language” to football that has allowed her to cope(...)

Sue Ronan: preparing her squad for the forthcoming European qualifying campaign. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan has named a squad of 21 for the training camp in La Manga where the team will play Norway in a friendly on Janua(...)

Robbie Keane wants to keep scoring goals and prove to Martin O’Neill he should be Ireland’s first-choice striker. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

Robbie Keane has all but ruled out a mid-winter return to the Premier League with the 34-year-old saying he is extremely tempted by the offers he has (...)

Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews thinks it will be an interesting time for the club. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Bray Wanderers manager Alan Mathews says he is confident the club is in a position to challenge for a top six finish next season after a restructuring(...)

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Stephen McPhail has signed a contract extension with Shamrock Rovers.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen McPhail has signed a new one-year contract with Shamrock Rovers. The 35-year-old hoping to help the (...)

 Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates winning the league title after the final whistle against Cork City. Photograph: Morgan Treacy / Inpho

Cork City fans will surely continue to wonder, when they look back on this year’s table, just how it was that their team could not take just one point(...)

Coach Daniel Lambert looks on as prisoners train on the outdoor pitch at Mountjoy Prison in  Dublin. Photo: Eric Luke

There are, you quickly realise after arriving, pros and, if you’ll excuse the pun, cons to playing football in a prison yard. The nets that cov(...)

 Republic of Ireland’s John O’Shea (left) celebrates with (r-l) Jeff Hendrick, James McClean and Jon Walters after his  equaliser in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

There were echoes of Ibaraki, 2002, about Ireland’s draw in Gelsenkirchen but just about everything about October’s late equaliser seemed somehow mor(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (right) revealed that Keane had talked to him a couple of weeks back about the difficulty he was experiencing as he tried to juggle both roles and  welcomed that he had decided to stick with the Irish job. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shay Given may again be asked to act as Paul Lambert’s assistant for the Premier League game at Burnley today as the Aston Villa manager looks to reo(...)

 Roy Keane  and Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert look on from the bench prior during last Monday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton at Villa Park. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

The bookies were quick off the mark in the wake of Roy Keane’s surprise departure from Aston Villa with a variety of firms looking to generate intere(...)