James McCarthy: his return after three matches is vital to the Republic of Ireland’s cause. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Since Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane took the reins with a 3-0 win over Latvia in November 2013 we’ve not seen any dramatic changes in personnel or the (...)

Ireland fans at the Euro 2012 game against Croatia in Poznan. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

I once had a conversation with an Irish soccer international a couple of days after the Irish rugby team had suffered a famous defeat. He produced his(...)

Robbie Keane being put through his paces ahead of the Poland game. LA-based striker should be more involved than last outing in Glasgow. Photograph: Donnall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

A detailed history of Ireland’s many encounters with Poland would run to several volumes and contain its share of comedy and calamity but it is the(...)

 Roy Keane emerges from the Olympia Theatre with the squad members after watching I Keano. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Bearing the steely-eyed, unyielding glare of a Roman centurion, Roy Keane marched from the Olympia Theatre on Friday without uttering a word on the la(...)

Stephen Ward: played for Bohemians in the League of Ireland after finishing with Home Farm. He later moved to Wolves. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho 1:18

Back home on a rare weekend off, Stephen Quinn returned to the place where his love affair with football was first sparked and summarized that the mo(...)

Robbie Brady training with the Republic of Ireland squad at  Gannon Park in  Malahide. He could be in line for a starting place against Poland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

There are times when Martin O’Neill’s reluctance to settle on squads of 23 players seems like indecision and others when it might well be taken for in(...)

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter asked brother-in-law Scott Parker for advice following his first Ireland call-up. Photograph: Inpho

Harry Arter had only to turn to his brother-in-law for advice as he prepared to embark upon his senior international career with the Republic of Irela(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: was named under-21 player of the year at the 3-sponsored FAI International awards. Photograph: Reuters

Jack Grealish has signalled his intention to make himself available for the Republic of Ireland at the start of next season. Asked about his positi(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane sits third in the Uefa list of all time national goalscorers. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Robbie Keane’s 65 goals for the Republic of Ireland leaves him third on a list of Europe’s all-time leading national goalscorers published by Uefa. T(...)

Harry Arter of Bournemouth has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has named uncapped Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter in his squad for the visit of Poland in the upcoming European Cha(...)