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(...)

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 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(...)

 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(...)

Ireland’s Under 20s were beaten 25-3 by New Zealand ending their hopes of World Cup glory. Photograph: Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing
  • Sport
  • June 11, 2015, 08:34

World Cup dream over Dreams of World Cup glory are over for Ireland’s Under 20s after they were beaten 25-3 by a very impressive New Zealand side in V(...)

“I like the big games and the expectation and hopefully I can put in a good performance at the weekend and show it,” says Ireland’s Robbie Brady ahead of Scotland game. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

It’s easy to start thinking that after 10 days of these sessions that everything that can be asked of the players has been. Then somebody just comes (...)

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill addresses the assembled media at Gannon Park, Malahide. “It’s up to us to win. I’m not minimising the importance of the game.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/INpho

Perhaps his involvement in Tuesday’s minor car accident has given him a particular sense of perspective but when Martin O’Neill stood pitch side in Ma(...)

 Paul McShane in action against England’s Jamie Vardy  during the international friendly game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Paul McShane says it’s crucial the Republic of Ireland players go into this weekend in a positive frame of mind. The team have been solid at the back (...)