Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph:
INPHO/Donall Farmer

As the Republic of Ireland ’s preparations ahead of the first of two critically important World Cup qualifiers continued to take shape in Malah(...)

Ciaran Clark at training in Malahide yesterday. Photograph: Inpho/Donall Farmer

It doesn’t seem like so long ago that Ciarán Clark was viewed as an inexperienced but versatile squad player at Aston Villa. The promise was al(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni chats with Stephen Kelly at training yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Giovanni Trapattoni ’s birthday celebration in Malahide yesterday was an almost intimate affair with just 13 of his players and one member of h(...)