James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Republic of Ireland 2 Slovakia 2 If Slovakia really left thinking that this is typical of what they can expect from England and Wales in June then th(...)

In last  Friday night’s friendly international against Switzerland, Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s brief was clear: pump the ball up to Kevin Doyle, then Daryl Murphy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An old yet familiar concern festers in the mind. I went back through the Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaign and remain unconvinced we have (...)

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland 1 Switzerland 0 After all the talk about the possibility of Euro2016 games having to be played behind closed doors, perhaps it mi(...)

Switzerland’s coach Vladimir Petkovic has left his former captain Gökhan Inler out of his squad due to the midfielder’s lack of game time at Leicester. Photograph: Getty.

It was not hard to sense Martin O’Neill’s relief on Thursday as he spoke of the fact that Aiden McGeady is back playing again after having secured a l(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill oversees squad training at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is a few years now since a perceived lack of fear on the part of Switzerland as they came to Dublin for a qualifier was used as an excuse to get ri(...)

Jonathan Hayes and Jack Byrne in action during a Republic of Ireland  training session at the  FAI National Training Centre. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has warned his Republic of Ireland hopefuls they have just two games in which to force their way into his Euro 2016 finals squad. His (...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

 Aiden McGeady scored this weekend, good news for Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Sheffield Wednesday ended their goal famine in emphatic fashion as they cruised to a 3-0 win at Nottingham Forest, even after being reduced to 10 men.(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Damien Duff: “You’re playing 5-a-side and you feel good and you think maybe I could do another year but, listen, in my gut I know I’ve made the right decision.”

Four months after retiring from professional football, Damien Duff was at Lifestyle Sports in Grafton Street yesterday to promote the company’s Euro (...)