The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

If life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, friendlies like this are what happens while everyone else is exploring life. A sleepy nig(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle heads home a goal during the friendly international against Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

Republic of Ireland 2 Oman 0The win must be welcome but it would be interesting to know how much Martin O’Neill really feels he learned from this low-(...)

 Tottenham players celebrate Harry Kane’s winner in the victory over AEL Limassol at the Antonis Papadopoulos stadium in Larnaca, Cyprus. Photo:  EPA

AEL Limassol 1 Tottenham 2 Erik Lamela inspired Tottenham to a 2-1 victory over AEL Limassol in the in the first leg of their play-off in Cypr(...)

James McClean of the Republic of Ireland challenges Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal during the friendly international at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Portugal 5 Republic of Ireland 1: Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed his return to fitness as Portugal completed their World Cup preparations with a comforta(...)

Ireland’s Anthony Pilkington (13) takes a free kick against  Italy at Craven Cottage. Photograph: Toby Melville / Reuters

Rep of Ireland 0 Italy 0The Republic of Ireland got a well earned draw against Italy in Craven Cottage where a really good game, played in front of a (...)

Ireland’s James McClean  is challenged by Turkey’s Ahmet Ilhan Ozek. Photograph: Reuters/Cathal McNaughton

Republic of Ireland 1 Turkey 2 These continue to be tough times for the FAI who must have hoped their new management team would help to generate a (...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane and goalkeeper David Forde at the squad’s training session in Malahide, yesterday, ahead of tomorrow’s game with Turkey. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill may have been happy enough to play ball as the press corps played on the possibility of Roy Keane returning to Celtic as manager for al(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at Gannon Park, Malahide, today. Photograph: Donall Farmer / Inpho

Roy Keane has made it pretty clear that he anticipates staying where he is and suggested strongly that James McCarthy should do the same after specula(...)

Martin O’Neill at yesterday’s press conference. Photograph: Ipho/James Crombie

Martin O’Neill seemed to see relaunching Roy Keane’s club management career as a sort of side project when he recruited the Corkman as his Republic of(...)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring the winning goal in extra-time during the FA Cup Final against Hull at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA

Arsenal 3 Hull 2 (aet, 2-2 after 90 mins): Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win a dramatic FA Cup final with a goal from Aaron Ramsey in extra-time to en(...)