Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill gestures during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Paul Childs/Action Images via Reuters/Livepic

After a week in which pretty much everything has gone his way, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill admits to being now tempted by the idea o(...)

Kevin Kilbane: I now understand what participation in sport actually means. Photograph: Getty 2:24

Kevin Kilbane knows all about participation in sport. For a decade and a half he was a fixture on the Irish team, winning 110 caps. On Friday he opene(...)

Ireland players have rubbished suggestions made in an Argentinian newspaper that they were paid $10,000 each in return for Lionel Messi emerging from 2010’s friendly game at the Aviva unscathed. Photograph: Getty

Irish players involved in the friendly game against Argentina nearly five years ago have dismissed as “absolute nonsense,” a story in which it is sugg(...)

 Aiden McGeady is 29 but many still hope he will start to thrill on a regular basis. Photograph: Inpho

If you wanted to get scientific about it, you could hook yourself up to a machine that records your rate of swearing in matches and check which player(...)


Even now, after so many attempts to get them right, the Fifa rules that govern international eligibility are an imperfect attempt to address an intrac(...)

“It’s not nice and you feel like you’ve let people down . . . it is terrible to go through and you just have to accept it,” says Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been relegated three times in his career. Photograph: Getty. 1:11

Preparing to leave Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall training ground after another morning workout, Stephen Ward flashes a wide grin having shared a joke with (...)

Bolton Wanderers striker Conor Wilkinson: “I wouldn’t play for England, no way.” Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

It should be music to the ears of Kevin Kilbane to hear English-born Conor Wilkinson declare his undivided commitment to the Republic of Ireland ahead(...)

Ireland fans Neil Cotter and Mark May from Glasnevin with Polish fans in Poznan during Euro 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Next Sunday night, the Republic of Ireland take on Poland in a Uefa European Championship qualifier in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium. It is the perfect momen(...)

 Irelad captain Roy Keane in action against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. ,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.The Irish times.

Time to draw on a selection of excellent Ireland performances from the archives.June 2001Republic of Ireland 1 Portugal 1Most Irish soccer fans will r(...)

Writer Roddy Doyle and Roy Keane pose for photographs at the Aviva Stadium with their book, Roy Keane The Second Half. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Roy Keane’s second autobiography has lived up to its publisher’s great expectations, selling 10,742 copies in Irish bookstores in the first three days(...)