Waterford’s Noel Connors at the launch of the All-Ireland senior championship at Dicksboro GAA club in Kilkenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It may not be ideal timing and yet Noel Connors believes that Waterford’s under-21 hurlers are ideally served by this evening’s Munster semi-final (...)

John O’Shea has said the only redress the players would have been interested in after Ireland’s controversial elimination by France in Paris six years ago would have been another game, not any share of €5 million secured by the FAI from Fifa during the weeks that followed. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO.

John O’Shea has said the only redress the players would have been interested in after Ireland’s controversial World Cup play-off elimination by France(...)

Republic of Ireland full-back Stephen Wrad has won 29 international caps since his debut against Northern Ireland in May 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/ Inpho.

There’s a hint of snakes and ladders about Stephen Ward’s career to date with the Dubliner, who made steady progress after a slow start to his top-lev(...)

Republic of Ireland squad training at Malahide ahead of the upcoming England friendly. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Paul McShane was the only one of 19 Ireland players in Malahide today not to train with the recently released Hull City defender still recovering f(...)

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(...)

“It’s not nice and you feel like you’ve let people down . . . it is terrible to go through and you just have to accept it,” says Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been relegated three times in his career. Photograph: Getty. 1:11

Preparing to leave Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall training ground after another morning workout, Stephen Ward flashes a wide grin having shared a joke with (...)

Stephen Ward (2nd from right) in training on Friday with fellow Republic of Ireland squad members   Cyrus Christie, Wes Hoolahan and Harry Arter. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho 2:59

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says Stephen Ward may yet feature in Sunday’s vital European Championship qualifying game against Poland at(...)

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(...)

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(...)