Ireland’s Six Nations decider against France in Paris was the most watched sports event on Irish television this year. Photograph: Inpho.

The power of international sport to draw big television audiences has again been demonstrated this year. The GAA’s All-Ireland finals have come in i(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: still looking to impose a discernible  system on the side. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tonight’s game is overshadowed by the lingering disappointment of Friday’s loss in Scotland. Poland’s very comfortable win in Georgia, which put them (...)

Germany cruised to a 4-0 win over Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Nuremberg but were left frustrated for periods

Germany 4 Gibraltar 0Germany picked up their obligatory group win over Gibraltar but the expected flurry of goals failed to arrive as they only manage(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

Martin O’Neill during the game in Gelsenkirchen: “The exhilaration is something for us to carry that into that [Scotland] game.” Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill says that he will weigh up during the next week or two how to approach Ireland’s next European Championship qualifying game next month (...)

Ireland’s Marc Wilson clashes with Thomas Mueller of Germany during the Group D qualifier at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday night. Photograph: Getty Images

It wasn’t quite the shot heard around the world but John O’Shea’s 94th minute goal in Gelsenkirchen was so unexpected that everyone in the stadium was(...)

Stephen Ward, Thomas Müller and Jerome Boateng, seen here clashing at the Aviva Stadium two years ago, are all likely to feature in Gelsenkirchen tonight. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho. 1:34

Few teams could pull off holding their pre-match press conference in a sponsor’s car showroom while retaining their sense of superiority; but then, it(...)

No signs of vulnerability: Germany coach Joachim Löw answers  questions at a press conference  in Essen. Photograph: Roland Weihrauch/EPA

“As world champions, we used to be hunter . . . Now we are prey,” says Joachim Löw with a sigh, on a damp Monday morning in the heart of the Ruhr. The(...)

David Meyler: “I watched them [Germany] at the World Cup and appreciated the football,” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho. 1:34

A month or so ago David Meyler rather casually shrugged off the praise he received for his performance at right back against Oman with the suggestion(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to the media after squad training at Gannon Park, Malahide, Co Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Iinpho

Wes Hoolahan looks set to lose his place in Ireland’s starting line-up for tomorrow’s clash with world champions Germany in Gelsenkirchen despite his (...)