Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill and his backroom team. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Having regularly bemoaned the lengthy periods of inactivity through his first few months in the job and itched to get going on the competitive front, (...)

The  Republic of Ireland’s James McClean scores  his side’s third goal against the USA at the  Aviva Stadium, Dublin. Photo:   Brian Lawless/PA

A comprehensive victory that should alleviate some of the pain from last Friday’s defeat in Glasgow.We need to start with Robbie Brady’s excellent dis(...)

Anthony Pinlkington dinks the ball over an onrushing Hamid for Ireland’s opener against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Ireland 4 USA 1 23 Shay Given 7/10 Aston Villa One early tip away, vital 80th minute save and spread himself for Chris Wondolowski’s ch(...)

Daryl Murphy and Anthony Pilkington celebrate the latters opening goal against the USA at the Aviva Stadium tonight

Rep of Ireland 4 USA 1 Martin O’Neill had said on Monday that he and his players would love to have been facing the Scots again last night so t(...)

Robbie Keane with manager Martin O’Neill at Celtic Park yesterday. For many of those who will cheer the visitors on and one or two who will be more closely involved  than that, there is  a slight sense of home about the place. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It is a long time since the Irish stopped coming to the city of Glasgow in significant numbers. The tidal wave of immigrants that helped transform the(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

James McCarthy sits out training with team doctor Alan Byrne this morning. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness tomorrow when the Irish squad is due to train in Malahide for the last time before(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan grimaces in pain after fracturing a leg in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Germany  in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will give midfielder Glenn Whelan every chance to make his final squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against (...)

Aiden McGeady takes on Germany’s Jerome Boateng during their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifier at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

The forgotten man in the precious goal Ireland manufactured in the Ruhr on Tuesday evening was Aiden McGeady. The Glaswegian-born kid has been a delig(...)

Ireland’s Marc Wilson clashes with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the Group D qualifier at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

It wasn’t quite the shot heard around the world but John O’Shea’s 94th minute goal in Gelsenkirchen was so unexpected that everyone in the stadium was(...)