Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)

The Irish Times sports journalist Carl O’Malley passed away this time last year, aged 36.

By rights, he’d show up at the desk tomorrow, manned with a coffee and a bit of mischief on his mind for a live blog of the Twickenham game. He’d be o(...)

West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino (centre) celebrates scoring the opening goal against Aston Villa with Darren Fletcher (left) and Solomon Rondon during the Barclays Premier League match at Villa Park, Birmingham. Photograph: PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo

Saido Berahino struck to continue his West Brom comeback as the Baggies claimed a deserved victory at Aston Villa. The striker poked in his first goal(...)

Alex Pearce and Stephen Quinn during Ireland’s training session in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Amid all the talk of distractions, tonight’s game against the USA somehow seems like one itself. It will doubtless be a welcome one, though, to Martin(...)

 Darron Gibson lloking forward to resuming his Ireland career. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Darron Gibson will return to the Irish team against Oman tomorrow evening almost a year after he tore his cruciate ligament playing against Kazakhsta(...)

 New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (R) and his assistant Roy Keane look on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill does not expect the appointment of Martin O’Neill as Republic of Ireland boss to have a significant impact o(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Niall Quinn has called for long-term investment in the Irish game if the Republic are to avoid being cast into the international wilderness.Giovanni (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni makes his point at Saturday’s press conference at Gannon Park in Malahide. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Giovanni Trapattoni insists he still has the backing of his players as he prepares to mount a seemingly futile mission to rescue both World Cup qualif(...)

Wes Hoolahan:  could be the ideal link man in the modern number 10 role, between the midfield four and lone striker, for the really competitive internationals. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tomorrow’s friendly with Georgia brings to mind my first competitive game as senior manager, against the same opposition in Tblisi 10 years ago. The a(...)

Team Ireland: can beat Austria at the Aviva

My first ever international as a supporter was a glorious 3-2 win over Austria in October, 1963. Well, at least that’s how I remember that magi(...)