It’s barely a year since 19-year-old Jack Grealish was out on loan at Notts County, and Ireland under-21 manager Noel King says he is delighted to see the teenager make the most of his opportunities at Aston Villa. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

For an awful lot of English clubs, the next few days and weeks will define their season but even before the finer points of the profit and loss column(...)

Martin O’Neill’s Ireland will take on Northern Ireland in a closed doors training match on June 4th as preparation for their Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland will play Northern Ireland in a training match behind closed doors on June 4th as part of both side’s preparation for vital Euro 2016 qualific(...)

Still green: Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for Ireland Under-21s in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Try walking in Jack Grealish’s shoes this week. True, he wears the best quiff of any English-born youngster with Irish heritage since Johnny Maher fir(...)

Brazil legend Sócrates confronts Alain Giresse in the quarter-final of the 1986 World Cup in Guadalaraja, Mexico, which France won in a penalty shoutout. Photograph: AFP/Getty

In the tunnel in Guadalajara, Sócrates stopped. One of the giants of Brazilian football turned around. He wanted to shake the hand of someone a few(...)

 Rory McIlroy:  victories and  sponsorship deal  make him Ireland’s richest sportsman. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

He’s got the world number-one spot, four Majors and counting, and now Rory McIlroy can add the title of Ireland’s richest sportsman to his burgeoning (...)

Liverpool’s Emre Can  chases Aston Villa  midfielder Jack Grealish during the FA Cup semi-final between Aston Villa and Liverpool at Wembley stadium in London on Sunday. Photograph: Ben Stansall/Getty Images

Kevin Grealish, father of Republic of Ireland under-21 international winger Jack, has quelled concerns that his son might defect to England by confir(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish looks to evade Liverpool’s Martin Skrtel and Emre Can during an impressive display in the FA Cup sem-final. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Xavi Hernandez is one of those players of whom people say: he makes the game look easy. He’s also the first one to argue that it’s not really like (...)

Mikey Drennan of Shamrock  Rovers celebrates scoring his second against Dundalk in their SSE Airtricity League Premier Division atTallaght. Photography: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers 2 Dundalk 2 After eight encounters in four competitions, these two might well have been sick of the sight of each other by the end of (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

With a cup run and an international recall under his belt, Martin O’Neill has suggested that Shay Given is serious about cementing his comeback next (...)

 Republic of Ireland manager  Martin O’Neill has a  kickabout  with Mark Bates and Anna Secka at the launch of the 2015 SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer Schools at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has not ruled out the idea of looking to stay on for a second qualification campaign, even if his team fail(...)