Jan O’Sullivan: ‘What happened with the introduction of free fees is that it has increased participation in general but it hasn’t got rid of the inequality in terms of participation levels.’ Photograph: Eric Luke

As managerial appointments go, Jan O’Sullivan’s was a popular one. Like Martin O’Neill to Ruairi Quinn’s Trapattoni, O’Sullivan was taking over from a(...)

Gibraltar’s goalkeeper Jordan Perez reacts after a goal scored by Poland in  Faro last week. Photograph:
Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The Gibraltar FA is to decide “well before Christmas,” whether it will move its three home qualifying games in 2015, including the one against the Re(...)

Aiden McGeady can have the best season of his career at Everton this year, says cluyb manager Roberto Martinez.  Photograph:  Sascha Steinbach/Bongarts/Getty Images

Everton manager Roberto Martinez took up today where Martin O’Neill had left off by hailing Aiden McGeady’s form and suggesting that the 28 year-old (...)

IJack Grealish celebrates scoring Ireland under-21’s third goal against the  Faroe Islands in a European Championships qualifying group game  last November.    Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Having acceded to Jack Grealish’s request to sideline his international future, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will unlikely be able to ca(...)

Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady prepares to pull the trigger against Georgia. The Everton player scored both goals in Ireland’s 2-1 victory. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill admits that there is significant work to be done before his Republic of Ireland team takes on Germany in five weeks’ time with Ireland’(...)

As sure as apples fall from trees, it seems, Ireland will always make life difficult for themselves against lesser teams when the stakes are high. (...)

‘The panel weren’t far wrong, just a point off, although as Cyril noted: “If Hawk-Eye wasn’t there, Tipp would be All- Ireland champions.”’

Only one thing matched yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final in the entertainment stakes: the reaction of English folk on the Twitter machine who were(...)

Aiden McGeady celebrates his late winner last night. “If my career finished now, I could look back happily on it. But you always want to do better.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer.

For the best part of a year now Martin O’Neill has poked fun at Aiden McGeady but always with a fondness that suggested he felt the player was a littl(...)

Aiden McGeady celebrates scoring his second goal late on to secure three points fro the Republic of Ireland in their Uefa European Championship qualifier, against Georgia in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Aiden McGeady was the hero as the Republic of Ireland launched their Euro 2106 qualifying campaign with a dramatic victory in Georgia.The Everton wing(...)

 Aiden McGeady opens the scoring the Republic of Ireland in their  Euro 2016 qualifying, Group D match at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Georgia 1 Republic of Ireland 2More than a decade after they last came to Tbilisi and broke the locals’ hearts with a late winner, Ireland did it agai(...)