Robbie Keane: fundamentally solid, occasionally infuriating, but remarkably consistent

The announcement by Eircom on Tuesday that it had rejected a bid of up to €3.3 billion for the business was peculiarly timed. The offer was apparently(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish is challenged by James Collins of West Ham during the Premier League match at Villa Park. Photo: Stu Forster

Martin O’Neill will be in Dublin on Tuesday to name what is expected to be an extended initial squad for next month’s games against England and Scot(...)

 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 (...)

An animated Republic of Ireland manager, Martin O’Neill, during Sunday’s European Championship 2016 Qualifier against Poland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Martin O’Neill says he will wait to see how many of his players are involved in English Championship play-offs before finalising his preparations for(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long scores their late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Getty Images 7:42

Last-gasp goal hero Shane Long is convinced qualification for the Euro 2016 finals remains in the Republic of Ireland’s own hands.The striker came of(...)

Martin O’Neill had a feel for the occasion by fielding an attacking line-up, just like Ireland always should do at home. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

The resilience shown by the Republic of Ireland players is important.Shane Long’s goal keeps this tough qualification campaign on track but victory ag(...)

Lukasz Fabianski saves a header from Robbie Keane. Photograph: Ryan Byrne

First, just a quick thanks to rugby for the half decent job it did of filling the international telly gap between November and last night, but, at las(...)

Shane Long celebrates after scoring a late equaliser against Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Dublin 4 proved to be a home away from home for Poland, as many places do for one of the world’s great diasporas. But on a night when Irish support(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1At this rate, if Ireland make it to the Euros they’ll be the ones sprinting through the airport as the gate closes. For (...)

Shane Long wheels away in celebration after scoring the Republic of Ireland equaliser against Poland in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho 7:42

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1 So, a night full of passion on pride at the Aviva but points, as they say make prizes, and like the loyalties of(...)