Burnley’s Stephen Ward  scores his side’s second goal during the FA Cup third round match between Middlesbrough. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Burnley will be hoping for big things in Monday’s draw for the fourth round of the FA Cup after Stephen Ward’s first club goal in just over two years(...)

Shay Given in action against Millwall during his last competitive appearance for Aston Villa last January.

Shay Given is set to play his first competitive game of the season this weekend after joining Championship side Middlesbrough on a month long loan tha(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Paddy Madden has been put on the transfer list by Yeovil. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Yeovil have put Republic of Ireland international striker Paddy Madden on the transfer list.The 23-year-old has been in and out of the side during the(...)

Joe O’Brien: may feature for his club today even though he has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

The FAI insists Giovanni Trapattoni has “given his blessing” to Joey O’Brien to play for West Ham today despite the Dubliner pulling out of the Republ(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Giovanni Trapattoni has expressed confidence that both Richard Dunne and Anthony Pilkington can both figure for Ireland against Sweden on Friday week(...)

Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni shouts instructions from the touchline during the friendly 0-0 draw with Wales at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Despite Ireland’s failure to convert their chances in Cardiff last night, Giovanni Trapattoni says he saw enough in his side’s performance to move tow(...)

Paddy Madden called into Republic of Ireland squad for game against Wales

When Marco Tardelli hailed Paddy Madden as “the future” yesterday it seemed safe to assume that he was thinking in terms of the medium or long term. A(...)

Sean St Ledger celebrates scoring the winning goal for Leicester against Wycombe Wanderers. Photograph:  Ben Hoskins/Getty Images

Sean St Ledger has been added to the Republic of Ireland injury list after picking up a knee injury in training with Leicester City. The defender has (...)

Aiden McGeady will remain in Russia after picking up a knee tendon injury while training with Spartak Moscow. Photograph: Epsilon/Getty Images

Winger Aiden McGeady is the latest player to drop out of the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly international against Wales in Cardiff next w(...)

 The walled garden of Castle Durrow, County Laois

It’s safe to say that spring – after displaying an altogether shocking tardiness – has finally sprung, Now is the time to get busy sowing, hoei(...)