Outhalf Jack Carty returns to the Connacht side following injury for the province’s Pro12 game against Treviso at Stadio Monigo. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

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Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan in action against Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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Sligo’s Kevin McDonnell hit a late goal for his team on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

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Martin O’Neill with (from left to right) Italy manager Antonio Conte, Sweden manager Erik Hamren and Belgium manager Marc Wilmots. Photograph: Inpho

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Mary Paula Walsh, at home in Templeogue, Dublin: ‘My loss of independence was thrust upon me quite suddenly and unexpectedly.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi chips AS Roma goalkeeper  Wojciech Szczesny to score his side’s second goal in the Champions Cup Group F game at the  Camp Nou. Photograph: Albert Gea/Reuters

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‘You can find help by contacting the Console 24/7 helpline at 1800 247 247 or by texting HELP to 51444.’ Photograph: Getty Images

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