In his role as club manager or pundit you couldn’t listen to Martin O’Neill without grasping how enthralled he is by the game. As Ireland manager, he has cut a much more subdued figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If they were in swimming, they’d be doing it,” Brian Kerr said about the night-after-night training repetition required of 10- and 11-year-olds with (...)

An offside Jonathan Walters scores Ireland’s first-half goal at the Aviva. Photograph: Reuters / Cathal McNaughton. 6:59

It is sadly typical of this luckless Ireland team that the best performance they’ve given in a competitive game for about five years ended in the bitt(...)

Wes Hoolahan and Scotand’s Scott Brown battle for possession at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland manager seemed to have stumbled upon a system that works. That accommodated Wes Hoolahan. That had Scotland on the rack for(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill cuts a frustrated figure. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan 2:10

There is rarely a good time to hear the strange music of Scottish bagpipes. But an hour into what was supposed to be an exhibition of Irish fury at th(...)

James McClean heads a late chance wide as Ireland desperately searched for a winner against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Back in the days when they were still on speaking terms, John Delaney and his opposite number at the SFA were key players in the push to expand the Eu(...)

Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea at the final whistle of the Euro 2016 qualifying game against Scotland at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

John O’Shea admitted that Ireland simply weren’t good enough to get the result they needed on Saturday and the veteran defender says they have little (...)

 James McCarthy of Ireland and Scott Brown of Scotland during the draw at the Aviva stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Eamon Dunphy believes that Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy is Mr Ed, or to use the RTÉ soccer panel pundit’s vernacular, “a talking h(...)

Unfortunately for Martin O’Neill his selections and plans have scarcely worked apart from periods against weak Georgia and awful Gibraltar.

A chance for redemption then. After our defeat at Celtic Park back in November, I questioned whether our midfielder players – Jeff Hendrick and Darron(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gives his orders during squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, ahead of the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters.

If team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the moment of victory, then you could say the same thing about managerial ability. When you win you’ve got i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and his Scottish counterpart Gordon Strachan during the Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park last November. Photograph: Getty

France 2016 is close enough now for tickets to the games next June to have gone on sale this week and, while Ireland’s place at the tournament cert(...)