Roy Keane: The one thing we won’t do is take our eye off the ball in terms of training or think we can just turn up and win.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy

There was a moment yesterday after training in Abbotstown when Roy Keane suddenly seemed surprised by his own tone as talked about Gibraltar. “I thin(...)

Gareth Bale celebrates after scoring the opening goal against Belgium in the European Championship Group B clash in Cardiff. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty

In another sign of the remarkable recent rise of Welsh football, Premier League outfit Swansea City are to establish coaching centres in Dublin, Belfa(...)

Ireland are set to be fourth seeds in the qualification draw for Russia 2018. Photograph: Getty

With qualification for next year’s European Championships looking unlikely, Ireland’s hopes of making it to the 2018 World Cup have also taken a hi(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gives his orders during squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, ahead of the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland at the Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Reuters.

If team spirit is an illusion glimpsed in the moment of victory, then you could say the same thing about managerial ability. When you win you’ve got i(...)

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(...)

Wimbledon AFC’s Alan Bennett: “We’re playing to pay the mortgage, the likes of Steven Gerrard are motivated by a completely different set of circumstances.” Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty

There are some who are adamant that Wimbledon won the 1988 FA Cup final in the tunnel before the game. A couple of players from that side recall how (...)

 Irelad captain Roy Keane in action against Portugal at Lansdowne Road. ,  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill.The Irish times.

Time to draw on a selection of excellent Ireland performances from the archives.June 2001Republic of Ireland 1 Portugal 1Most Irish soccer fans will r(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters out-jumps David Kvirkvelia of Georgia European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Inpho

One of the reasons Giovanni Trapattoni used to give for picking Robbie Keane in every game, regardless of the fluctuations of his form, was that he co(...)

Richard Dunne: “Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make.”

After 14 years as Ireland’s last line of defence, Richard Dunne has decided that the time is right to bring down the curtain on his international care(...)

Stephen Quinn during a Republic of Ireland press briefing at  Gannon Park, Malahide, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Quinn is a little like one of those “overnight success” stories it has taken 10 years to achieve. Fresh from a cup final and a decent season o(...)