Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Stoke City will be clearer over the coming days if Shay Given will be fit for next weekend’s Premier League game against Sunderland or, if he misses (...)

 Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is an ambassador for DeafHear. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick says he confident of being fully fit in plenty of time for Euro 2016. Having missed the friendlies agai(...)

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 manager Martin O’Neill oversees squad training at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It is a few years now since a perceived lack of fear on the part of Switzerland as they came to Dublin for a qualifier was used as an excuse to get ri(...)

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters has been named as Ireland’s Senior International Player of the Year at the FAI’s annual Three sponsored awards with the 32 year-old strike(...)

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill appears to have drawn a line under the exclusion of Damien Delaney from his international squad, killing off any chance of a return by (...)

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce played Adam Johnson 28 times after his initial arrest for having sexual activity with a child. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images.

Sam Allardyce was once sacked from a prison cell. It was back in 1996 when Allardyce was in charge of Blackpool at the beginning of his managerial ca(...)

Sunderland’s John O’Shea and West Ham United’s Emmanuel Emenike battle for the ball at Upton Park last weekend. Photograph: EPA

Sunderland skipper John O’Shea is expected to be fit for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League trip to Southampton. The 34-year-old limped off during th(...)

Aiden McGeady: “He can take players on and he can deliver good ball and can beat players with ease . . . not everybody is blessed with that,” says Martin O’Neill. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As he waits on word about this week’s bangs and bruises to the likes of John O’Shea, Harry Arter and Shane Long, Martin O’Neill has expressed some rel(...)

Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)