In his role as club manager or pundit you couldn’t listen to Martin O’Neill without grasping how enthralled he is by the game. As Ireland manager, he has cut a much more subdued figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If they were in swimming, they’d be doing it,” Brian Kerr said about the night-after-night training repetition required of 10- and 11-year-olds with (...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan 2:10

There is rarely a good time to hear the strange music of Scottish bagpipes. But an hour into what was supposed to be an exhibition of Irish fury at th(...)

Robbie Keane took full part in Ireland training on Friday despite the death of his cousin on Thursday. Photograph: Inpho

Robbie Keane took a full part in the Ireland squad’s training this morning in Malahide despite the tragedy that claimed the life of one of his cousins(...)

England’s Jordan Henderson battles for the ball with the Republic of Ireland’s Aiden McGeady during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Decisions, decisions. A damp squib is better than the fire and brimstone of 1995 but this scoreless draw with England proves the overall plan and shap(...)

Republic of Ireland striker  Daryl Murphy heads at goal during the friendly international against England at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Eddie Keogh/Reuters/Livepic

Republic of Ireland 0 England 0 Perhaps these two sides could have injected a little more life into this Sunday lunchtime encounter by agreeing(...)

England’s Raheem Sterling (right) and Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman battle for the ball during the international friendly at The Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA

Ireland Keiren Westwood — Virtually nothing to do other than field a tame Wayne Rooney free-kick. 6. Marc Wilson — Resolute alongside skipper John O’S(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Wes Hoolahan holds off the challenge of Poland’s  Tomasz Jodlowiec during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland 1 Poland 1: Player ratings16 Shay Given 6/10Nothing to do really. Peszko’s goal was a curling, left footed strike.Encouraging to see him start(...)