Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane briefs the assembled media at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It might just have something to do with the ill will that marked the closing stages of his last press conference but sit-down privileges with Ireland’(...)

Republic of Ireland  assistant manager Roy Keane says the team need to make the Aviva a fortress. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

James McClean says he is “100 per cent” sure he will be available for Sunday’s game against Poland despite an ankle problem that required the Wigan wi(...)

Poland international Arkadiusz Milik (centre) has come into his own after joining Ajax Amsterdam on loan from Bayer Leverkusen. Photograph: Reuters

He scored twice again last Saturday, Robert Lewandowski. Bayern Munich may have been 2-0 ahead at Werder Bremen, and on the way to Bayern’s sixth cons(...)

Paul Ince wonders about an emerging generation who, he feels, are so coached in specialist roles that they fail to develop into the more rounded midfielders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul Ince spent two years at the start of his career playing for West Ham alongside Liam Brady, who was approaching the end of his. Having arrived int(...)

Paul O’Connell runs out at the Millennium Stadium for the Ireland Captain’s Run ahead of the Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

So many expeditions. The 100th cap is mere reminder of the plunging depths of service, the soaring peaks of achievement, so high they will never be re(...)

Maggie Cantwell, wife of the late Manchester United star Noel Cantwell, and her daughter Kate talking with Roy Keane at the opening of Noel Cantwell Walk in the Mardyke area of Cork City. Photograph: Provision

Former Irish soccer and cricket international Noel Cantwell was on Friday honoured in his native Cork when a pedestrian passageway near where he grew (...)

Vincent Hickey, chair of the SCSI Property and Facilities Management Professional Group with former soccer star Niall Quinn

Former Republic of Ireland soccer legend Niall Quinn was the star turn at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland’s Property and Facility Managers (...)

Jamie Roberts: is a different player in the Wales jersey – despite his less than spectacular sojourn wit Racing Metro. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Wales don’t scare us like France and England can. Still, we have to respect what they have achieved under Warren Gatland. Three Six Nations titles, in(...)

Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria reacts after being sent off during the English FA Cup quarter final between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/PA

1)The momentum is now with Wenger’s menBefore this barn-burner of a contest Louis van Gaal said: “What’s the plan? That we beat Arsenal. Arsenal are o(...)

Arsenal’s English striker Danny Welbeck and Arsenal’s Spanish defender Hector Bellerin (R) leave the pitch at the end of the FA Cup quarter-final football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Manchester United 1 Arsenal 2For Louis van Gaal, there will be no trophy in his first season to justify what he says about Manchester United being bac(...)