Republic of Ireland’s Niamh Fahey: At 27, she wanted the chance to play full-time, and that is what Chelsea offered, unlike Arsenal.  Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

When Sue Ronan named her squad for today’s Euro 2017 qualifier against Spain in Tallaght (live on Setanta Ireland at 2.0), it was noticeable again jus(...)

Republic of Ireland’s versatile player Niamh Fahey helped Chelsea win the English league and cup double this year. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Republic of Ireland manager Sue Ronan admits a point would be a good return from Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against Spain this afternoo(...)

Clare Shine: “I think the staff know exactly what Spain are going to be like so everyone will be ready for it.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

If there were times over the last two years when Claire Shine wondered when she might finally get back to her best then the end to her first club sea(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Julie Russell tussles with Emma Koivisto and Noran Heroum of Finland during the European Championship clash at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The balance of the contest here suggested there is not much to separate these two sides but for the moment the European Championship Group Two qual(...)

Louisa Necib, France knocks the ball away from Alex Scott, England during the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 Group F match at Moncton Stadium. Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

The final round of opening group games got underway last night and early this morning in Canada as groups E and F kicked off. England 0-1 Franc(...)

Ireland’s Fiona O’Sullivan scores a goal for Ireland against Slovenia last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fiona O’Sullivan had it all mapped out: play for one more season, move to France, get married and start a family. But the tragic death of her fiancé (...)

Niamh Fahey wants a crack at playing the game full time and Chelsea are more than happy to help make that dream come true. Photograph: AP

Close your eyes and imagine for a moment the type of south London suburb where a club like Chelsea might choose to have their training ground and you (...)

Stephanie Roche netted her first goal of the year and her seventh for Ireland as the Republic’s women’s team completed their Istria Cup campaign with a 2-1 win over World Cup finalists Costa Rica in Croatia on Wednesday afternoon.

It only took Stephanie Roche two touches this time to produce a goal that already looks like it could be in the shake-up for the best strike of 2015.R(...)

Stephanie Roche: up against Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez as she battles for top Fifa award. Photo:Cathal Noonan/Inpho

She has a rather better case for success than 1999’s Time Person of the Century nominee Ronnie O’Brien, but Stephanie Roche may need every last vot(...)

Savannah McCarthy won The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for April. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman Award for April: Savannah McCarthy (Soccer)If at first you don’t succeed . . . a year ago Dave Connel(...)