Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan in action during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shay Given 7 The presumption that he wouldn’t have a save to make rendered his diving two-hander from Walker on 36 minutes positively world-class. Oth(...)

Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar at Estadio do Algarve in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Gibraltar 0 Republic of Ireland 4 His name may not have the same sort of familiar ring to it as Gary Mackay’s and this time around there is still a g(...)

Martin O’Neill at Ireland’s training ground in the Algarve, Faro, on Thursday. The last time Ireland played  Gibraltar, Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick, which escalated into a 7-0 victory. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

It’s been a stuttering campaign to date with the point gained in Gelsenkirchen against the world champions last October the only highlight, and one al(...)

Roy Keane: The one thing we won’t do is take our eye off the ball in terms of training or think we can just turn up and win.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

There was a moment yesterday after training in Abbotstown when Roy Keane suddenly seemed surprised by his own tone as talked about Gibraltar. “I thin(...)

Roy Keane has confirmed Everton’s James McCarthy has taken full part in training ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. Photograph: Inpho

James McCarthy trained fully with the Irish squad this morning in Abbbotstown where Paul McShane was the only member of Martin O’Neill’s squad to sit (...)

Everton midfielder James McCarthy at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Abbotstown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

James McCarthy and Jeff Hendrick emerged as minor injury concerns on day two of the Irish squad’s preparations for this weekend’s games against Gibra(...)

Philly McMahon of Dublin with Aidan O’Shea of Mayo. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Hard to believe Aidan O’Shea doesn’t make a decent living from his sport. We waited for him outside Mayo’s dressing room door. He was last out. We cro(...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Philly McMahon come together during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final draw. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea has confirmed that he was headbutted during Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final draw with Dublin - after television cameras caught the(...)

Aleksandar Kolarov broke the deadlock at Goodison Park setting up Manchester City’s 2-0 win over Everton. Photograph: PA

Everton 0 Manchester City 2 For once it was not the usual hyperbole from Roberto Martínez when he previewed Manchester City’s arrival at Goodis(...)

Key men: Aidan O’Shea offers Mayo a new attacking dimension while Cian O’Sullivan is Dublin’s designated sweeper. Photograph: Inpho

Watching the images of Galway’s victory in the hurling semi-final brought to mind the similarities between their perennial quest for All-Ireland fulfi(...)