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(...)

James McCarthy has signed a new five-year deal with Everton. Photograph: EPA

Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy has signed a new five-year contract at Everton that will keep him at Goodison Park until June 2020. The (...)

Everton’s John Stones has attracted the attention of Chelsea and Manchester United. Photograph:  Andrew Milligan/PA

Chelsea have had a second offer of €37 million for John Stones turned down by Everton, while Manchester United have also made known their interest in (...)

Martin O’Neill says he was never interested in a return to the Premier League. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill says there was never any way that he was going to leave his role as Ireland manager midway through a campaign in order to return to Lei(...)

Everton continue to insist that James McCarthy is not for sale to Manchester City. Photograph: EPA

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has moved quickly to quash rumours in the British media suggesting his club were poised to sign Manchester United cen(...)

Manager Jim Gavin says hunger in Dublin camp is as sharp as ever. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Each game in isolation. Control the controllables. Prepare answers to every question. Repeat ad nauseum. Being a Dublin footballer, or their manager (...)

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(...)

James McClean heads a late chance wide as Ireland desperately searched for a winner against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Back in the days when they were still on speaking terms, John Delaney and his opposite number at the SFA were key players in the push to expand the Eu(...)

 James McCarthy of Ireland and Scott Brown of Scotland during the draw at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Eamon Dunphy believes that Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is Mr Ed, or to use the RTÉ soccer panel pundit’s vernacular, “a talking h(...)