Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has done a miraculous job in getting his side to the top of the English Premier League table. Photograph: Reuters.

There’s lots to love about this English Premier League season, not least if you’re a bookie who hasn’t had to pay out on an accumulator in six months.(...)

Richie Towell has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year for 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Richie Towell has been named as the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year for 2015 with the now Brighton and Hove A(...)

Damien Duff celebrates his goal for the Republic of Ireland against Saudi Arabia     at the International Stadium  in Yokohama, Japan during the 2002 World Cup. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has brought down the curtain on his illustrious playing career after 20 years. The 36-year-old from Bal(...)

The inclusion of James McClean was the fairytale of the Giovanni Trapattoni’s selection for the 2012 tournament. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

When Giovanni Trapattoni announced his squad to travel to Poland for the Euro 2012 finals, among the players left hoping for a miracle or an injury(...)

Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele with Hugh Douglas of Bray Wanderers. Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Shamrock Rovers 1 Bray Wanderers 0 A late free kick from Brandon Miele gave Shamrock Rovers a laboured but welcome first win in five games. (...)

Patrick McEleney of Derry City takes on Shamrock Rovers pair Maxime Blanchard and Patrick Cregg during the Premier Division game at the Brandywell. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Derry City 1 Shamrock Rovers 0 Paul Hegarty cut a very happy figure following this slender victory at the Brandywell last night. The new Derry City bo(...)

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan, Ronan Finn and Brian Gartland tackle Danny North of Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dundalk 2 Shamrock Rovers 0 Dundalk took a huge step towards the title as two Shamrock Rovers old boys came back to haunt them at Oriel Park. Despite (...)

Sligo Rovers’ Sander Puri tackles Ryan Brennan of Shamrock Rovers during the sides’ Airtricity League clash at the Showgrounds last night. Photo: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Sligo Rovers 1 Shamrock Rovers 1 Former international Damien Duff was the star attraction, but current international Sander Puri stole the head(...)

Damien Duff packed a fair bit into his few minutes on the pitch, even producing a trick or two. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers 3 Cork City 0 Another win, a Damien Duff debut and a result elsewhere that puts them notionally in the driving seat to take second pl(...)

Damien Duff: “I feel good in training but I’ve trained only three times in seven months which is a bit risky so we’ll leave it to the manager and see how it goes.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Damien Duff is hoping for even a few minutes of football when Shamrock Rovers take on Cork City this evening in Tallaght where both sides could do wit(...)