Former German striker Oliver Bierhoff shows the name of Wales during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Photograph: Getty Images

‘Wales?” George Hamilton’s exclamation was disbelieving, as though a little part of him suspected Oliver Bierhoff and Jérôme Valcke were playing some (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Ireland must get through another difficult start to a qualifying campaign if they are to make it to Russia in 2018. Three of Martin O’Neill’s four ope(...)

The preliminary draw for  the World Cup qualifiers will take place in St Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: EPA.

Spare a thought for Zimbabwe as you tune into Saturday afternoon’s draw for the next World Cup’s qualifying stages: thrown out of a Fifa tournament(...)

Senator Marc MacSharry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Sligo was to the fore on the political radar this week, what with the Cabinet decamping for a day to Lissadell House and Senator Marc MacSharry turnin(...)

John Delaney  speaks at the FAI agm. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The honour of giving the final speech at the FAI agm in Sligo last Saturday fell to the high performance director Ruud Dokter. A tall, slim Dutchma(...)

John Delaney and FAI executives at the FAI agm in Sligo.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Two years ago John Delaney declined to take questions from journalists at an FAI agm on the basis – he told delegates at the time – that it was not in(...)

FAI cheif executive John Delaney addressed the organisation’s 89 delegates at the AGM this afternoon. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

The FAI appears to have abandoned its target of being debt free by 2020 with senior figures at the organisation’s Annual general Meeting in Sligo sugg(...)

John Delaney’s general avoidance of journalists whose job it is to cover football does not inspire much confidence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“We’ve got a very open approach to the game. The members are very happy with how we run the game of football. We have an AGM every year, our accoun(...)

Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill will be allowed to leave for Leicester City. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The FAI insists that they have received no approach from Leicester City regarding Martin O’Neill and maintain that a suggestion made in the British me(...)

Shelbourne will be welcome at Dalymount Park in the event that the club can resolve its difficulties with leaving Tolka Park. Photograph: Inpho

Shelbourne will be welcome at Dalymount Park in the event that the club can resolve its difficulties with leaving Tolka Park and move in with its neig(...)