Dublin’s James McCarthy in action against Kieran Donaghy of Kerry. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

For many people the standout performer for Dublin during the recent four-in-a-row AFL success has been James McCarthy. At 26, the youngest of the Dubl(...)

Cian O’Sullivan ensured that Dublin did not miss Rory O’Carroll in the Allianz Football League final against Kerry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s always worthwhile not to get carried away in the heat of the moment and in the past caution was always advisable in the wake of football league f(...)

Mamadou Sakho scores Liverpool’s second in their 4-0 rout of Everton. Photograph: PA

Liverpool 4 Everton 0 Everton head to Wembley for the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday. Whether Roberto Martínez will accompany them is open to questi(...)

Eddie Howe has said midfielder Harry Arter is unlikely to feature for Bournemouth again this season as he recovers from an achilles injury. Photograph: Getty

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has raised the possibility that Republic of Ireland midfielder Harry Arter may not play for the club again this season (...)

.James McCarthy of Everton is shown a red card during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA

Crystal Palace 0 Everton 0 It is probably just as well these clubs have FA Cup semi-finals looming large on the horizon because, at present, there (...)

Alan Judge training with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Alan Judge will miss the European Championships and most likely the start of next season after breaking his leg in the opening minutes Brentford’s wi(...)

Dublin eased past Donegal at Croke park to reach the Allianz League final. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin 1-20 Donegal 0-13 Dublin swept into a fourth successive Allianz Football League final with an emphatic victory over Donegal at Croke Park on(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan in action against Slovakia’s Miroslav Stoch. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

There’s more than one way to put them under pressure. With Wes Hoolahan as our creative director, as we saw for 71 minutes last night against Slovaki(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan collides with  Peter Pekarik of Slovakia during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A night when black was white and white was black. Ireland put in as crisp and cogent an hour of play as the Martin O’Neill era has seen but needed two(...)

In last  Friday night’s friendly international against Switzerland, Irish goalkeeper Darren Randolph’s brief was clear: pump the ball up to Kevin Doyle, then Daryl Murphy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An old yet familiar concern festers in the mind. I went back through the Republic of Ireland’s qualification campaign and remain unconvinced we have (...)