The remains of the late Derry City captain, Ryan McBride, are carried from the church after Requiem Mass. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

‘I think Ryan’s passing affects players from all over the country’, says Gary Rogers

Jeff Hendrick during Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin on Thursday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Gareth Bale the major threat to Martin O’Neill’s hopes of automatic qualification

Manager Martin O’Neill said performance on  par with that against Italy at Euro 2016 needed if Ireland  are to beat  Wales. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Top-notch performance needed if Irish are to triumph over Euro 2016 semi-finalists

Chris Coleman: “There are a lot of points still there to play for and these boys have a lot of good games in them.”  Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA

Welsh manager respects Ireland but says ninie times out of ten his team perform

David Meyler, Jeff Hendrick, John O’Shea, James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman arrive for training at Abbotstown on Thursday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

James McCarthy remains on course to feature, although that could be from the bench

Stephen Ward: “I’m sure they will try and get him [Bale] on the ball as much as possible but it’s up to us to try to keep his effect on the game to a minimum. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Allen and Ramsey significant talents but Madrid star the Real ace in the Wales pack

Jeff Hendrick. ”I don’t see a reason why I can’t keep learning and improving over the next few years.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder finding his way in Premier League believes his best has yet to come

James McCarthy at Republic of Ireland training in Abbotstown on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Roy Keane said Everton midfielder would need to train on Wednesday to play Wales

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane:  “We’ll do our best to win a game of football . . . This idea, this element of doom and gloom with the injuries – I think the players are in a good place.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has lost a team’s worth of players for World Cup qualifier against Wales

 Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane: “The basic advice to any player, if you’re up against a word-class player, somebody get to him, get to him as quick as you can.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland assistant full of praise for Wales forward ahead of crucial qualifier

Irish players during training at the FAI national training centre in Abbotstown, Dublin on Tuesday. Photograph: Inpho

‘If he’s wasn’t to join in with the group tomorrow then it would be very difficult’

Stephen Ireland of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the Euro 2008 qualifier against Wales at Croke Park. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

His international career was essentially ended by the infamous grandmother episode

Martin O’Neill: “We’ll get prepared and be ready for the game, absolutely ready for the match.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager calls Robbie Brady “a bit daft” over suspension incurred in Vienna

Aiden McGeady is likely to feature in Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

James McCarthy’s absence would put Murphy, McGeady and Myler in the frame

Derry City FC players  met club officials including chief executive Sean Barrett, right, on Monday morning in the Ramada Da Vinci Hotel to discuss the loss of one of the club’s most promising footballers. Photograph: Trevor McBride

President and Martin O’Neill lead tributes to Derry footballer who died aged 27 on Sunday

Martin O’Neill has confirmed Wes Hoolahan is definitely out of Ireland’s clash with Wales on Friday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘It’s the lengthiest list of list of injuries that I’ve known in my time in the job’

Robbie Brady was named Ireland’s senior international player of the year. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland’s senior player of the year one of a number of absentees for key qualifier

Derry City’s  Ryan McBride celebrates scoring a a goal against Shamrock Rovers earlier this month. The club captain was found dead at his home on Sunday.  Photograph: Inpho

‘He was a ferociously brave player. He was the bravest player I ever saw on a pitch’

Derry City captain Ryan McBride: Defender found dead at home on Sunday

The 27-year-old defender understood to have been found dead at home on Sunday evening

Robbie Brady scores for the Republic of Ireland against Italy at Euro 2016. It was selected by the FAI as Ireland’s goal of the year. Photograph: Reuters.

Robbie Brady wins three FAI awards but is suspended for Friday’s World Cup qualifier

A view of the scoreboard at full-time. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Rovers’ poor start to the season continues with Patrick's Day defeat at home to Cork

Ireland Under-17’s striker Glen McAuley  celebrates scoring a goal for Liverpool Under-18s: McAuley’s strike  against Slovakia  sees Ireland qualify for the European Championships. Photograph:  Martin Rickett/PA Wire

In-form Glen McAuley’s second-half goal against Slovakia makes all the difference

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Defeat at Tallaght Stadium would leave Dublin side with a lot of ground to make up

Teenage Liverpool forward  Ben Woodburn has been named in the Wales squad for the World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Teenage Liverpool striker part of squad along with Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey

Roy Keane: “Experience and making mistakes is all part of life.” Photograph: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland assistant manager: ‘You bump into lots of idiots on your travels’

Shelbourne’s Rachel Graham in action against Wexford Youths’ Aisling Frawley during the  Women’s Senior Cup Final at the  Aviva Stadium in November. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

New season beckons and last year’s double winners are intent on more silverware

 Robbie Brady is nominated for both the senior and young international player awards. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder faces challenge from Jeff Hendrick and Séamus Coleman

The scoreboard inside the stadium shows the final score after the FA Cup quarter-final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall at White Hart Lane. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Even with big clubs fielding weakened sides it is rare for an underdog to go all the way

Republic Of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at Monday’s press conference to announce his squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Winger has ‘Premier League feet’ but must do more if he wants to get back to ‘big league’

Martin O’Neill  during the Republic Of Ireland press conference at Three HQ, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill: ‘I know John from my days at Sunderland; he’s a great attitude to the game’

James McCarthy tackles Harry Kane during the Premier League game between Tottenham and Everton at White Hart Lane. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill will be hoping Ciaran Clark’s knee injury is minor

Liam Buckley: will not want St Patrick’s to be in  a scrap to avoid relegation. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

St Patrick’s will look to get points against Sligo as Galway United visit Finn Harps

Andy Boyle: “I thought I did okay - it would have been nice to keep a clean sheet but a point is the main thing and that keeps us going.”

Former Dundalk defender made his bow against Derby on Tuesday night

Dundalk and Legia Warsaw players join the match officials before the start of their Champions League play-off last August. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Last year’s Europa League run could’ve been worth additional €2 million to Dundalk

Shamrock Rovers’ Brandon Miele celebrates scoring against Bohemians at the Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Visitors close to rescuing a point from a game in which they looked set to be well beaten

Sligo Rovers  manager Dave Robertson: “You can’t just write off a 5-1 defeat but what you can do is look at what we can control from now on.” Photograph: Inpho

Airtricity League preview: Sligo Rovers v Dundalk, The Showgrounds, 7.45pm

Ronan Finn: likely to start for Shamrock Rovers in the big Dublin derby against Bohemians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin Russell’s side Buncrana-bound where Derry will be looking to “bed in”

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has suggested Donald Trump’s travel restrictions could hinder the USA’s chances of hosting the 2026 World Cup. Photograph: Oleg Nikishin/Getty

USA currently looks the best fit to host an expanded 48-team tournament in 2026

Dalymount Park: the  ground will be redeveloped by Dublin City Council and subsequently shared by Bohemians and Shelbourne. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The club has survived an existential financial crisis but faces a real struggle this season

Both sets of players clash off the ball during Dundalk’s win over Shamrock Rovers at Oriel Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There was a red card and three goals in a cracker on newly-laid Oriel Park pitch

Stephen Bradley: brings his Shamrock Rovers side to Oriel Park for their opening  league game of the season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Bradley brings his new-look Hoops line-up to the home of the champions

Wolves youngster Connor Ronan in action against Wigan Athletic earlier this month. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland youth international faces ‘a good few months out’ with a stress fracture

Shelbourne chief executive Ollie Byrne is held back by a steward and goalkeeping coach Fred Davis during a clash with Drogheda United at Tolka Park in 2004. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Late 90s and early 2000s had an edge between Shels and Pat’s that’s missing today

Former Ireland Under-21 international Paul McCarthy, pictured after guiding Ebbsfleet to the FA Trophy in 2008, has died aged 45. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty

Defender from Cork was a team mate of Roy Keane before career in England

Last season’s Airtricity League top scorer. Photograph: Inpho

‘I had offers to leave but I wanted to stay, to show people that I’m still getting better’

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is confident ahead of this season but still feels his squad needs a striker. Photo: Inpho

Dundalk manager in talks with former Northern Ireland under-21 Thomas Stewart

At the launch of the  Airtricity League season were, back row: Evan Osam, UCD; Paul Skinner, Longford Town; Colm Coss, Athlone Town; Ross Kenny, Wexford Youths; Adam O’Connor, Shelbourne and Daire Doyle, Cabinteely FC. Front row: Shane O’Connor, Waterford United and Christopher McCarthy, Cobh Ramblers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI’s Fran Gavin refuses to clarify how Airtricity League restructuring was agreed

Players from the 12 Premier Division teams at the launch of the SSE Airtricity League  at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager accepts form in second half of last season has raised hopes at club

Israeli youth players from the Aroni Ariel football club attend a training session at their stadium in the Israeli West Bank settlement of Ariel. At an average match, Ariel City attract fewer than 100 spectators at home in a West Bank settlement -- yet they have been called one of Israel’s ‘most important’ football clubs. That’s because they, along with five other Israeli clubs, play their matches in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, considered occupied land by the international community. Photo: Joe Guez/Getty Images

Six Israeli clubs are based in West Bank settlements which are deemed illegal

Republic of Ireland Women’s manager Colin Bell. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He worked with Liverpool manager while at Mainz and shares ‘high intensity’ mindset

A general view taken  August  2016 shows construction at the Khalifa Stadium in Doha, Qatar ahead of the 2022 World Cup. Photograph:  Karim Jaafar/AFP/Getty Images

Council insist no significant progress has been made in relation to the rights of migrant workers

Cork City manager John Caulfield. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork City boss believes Tallaght club have invested big to win the league

FAI chief executive John Delaney congratulates Slovenia’s Aleksander Ceferin after his election to the Uefa preidency last September. Photograph:   Aris Messinis/AFP/Getty Images

FAI boss is one of 13 candidates for eight positions on influential committee

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley is looking forward to their opening Airtricity League Premier Division game away to champions Dundalk. Photograph:  Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Champions Dundalk will offer opening night test of credentials for Dubliners

Robbie Keane is not expected to sign with Dubai’s club Al Ahli. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Former Ireland striker had been pictured training with United Arab Emirates club

Only one League of Ireland player featured at Euro 2016 in Paris last summer. Photograph: Inpho

Payments relate to the use of players by national team for qualifiers or actual finals

Robbie Brady in action for Norwich City against Leeds United last October. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Irish strikers Conor Sammon and Eoin Doyle also on the move on transfer deadline day

Seamus Coleman, pictured at the launch of the SPAR Better Choices  campaign, believes Everton can still break into the Premier League’s top six. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Ireland captain hails the League of Ireland as a good route into the Premier League

 Darron Gibson has completed his move from Everton to Sunderland. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty

Ireland midfielder latest player to be re-united on Wearside with David Moyes

Aston Villa’s new signing Conor Hourihane. Photograph: Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

Corkman has the most assists for a midfielder in the Championship this season

Cono Hourihane has completed a move to Aston Villa. Photograph: Anna Gowthorpe/PA

Ireland youth international leaves Barnsley to be reunited with Villa boss Steve Bruce

Ireland’s Robbie Brady is on the verge of leaving Norwich. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Norwich’s deal with Londoners appears to have stirred Turf Moor club into action

Ryan Manning has been given a new two and a half year contract by Queens Park Rangers. Photograph: Getty Images.

Conor Hourihane and Robbie Brady edging towards transfer window moves

John Delaney: batted away the issue of the €5 million rather casually, insisting  concluding that the FAI  had issued a detailed statement about it at the time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Joint Committee on Sport learn little of any substance from meeting with FAI’s CEO

Patrick Bamford has returned to Middlesbrough on a permanent deal from Chelsea after an unsuccessful stint at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old has left Stamford Bridge and now could have a role to play for Ireland

Jason Byrne celebrates scoring a goal for Bohemians. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 38-year-old is currently 14 goals short of the 235 goals scored by Brendan Bradley

 Robbie Brady is attracting plenty of Premier League interest. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

‘I’m not going into nuts and bolts but no deal for Robbie Brady is anywhere near done’

Gareth Bale of Wales celebrates after scoring to make it 1-0 during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium. Photo: Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Allocations would usually be 10 per cent of the stadium but Wales got only about six

Preston North End’s Callum Robinson  celebrates after he scores his side’s second goal against Preston. Photograph: Clint Hughes/PA Wire

Manager praises Ireland midfielder’s ‘fantastic’ league debut for Championship club

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny who won the  SWAI Personality of the Year with Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty who won the  Goalkeeper of the Year Award during The SSE Airtricity Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Awards  at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Dundalk manager named personality of the year after brilliant campaign

Brentford’s Scott Hogan looks set for a Premier League switch during the January window. Photograph: Getty/Nathan Stirk

West Ham interested in striker who watched Eastleigh FA Cup win from the stands

It is an extraordinary image - a hint of Caravaggio meets COYBIG - as friends, family and fans, most of them utterly lost in the moment look on from close quarters while the pair kiss. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Sports review of 2016: Goal brings a wide outpouring of joy and relief

Dundalk will begin the defence of their title at home to Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

FAI move marks victory for bigger clubs with increased gate receipts among the aims

Airtricity League director Fran Gavin said last week at the launch of the league’s ‘Brand Report’ that the board would vote on any changes at Tuesday’s meeting. Photo: Inpho

Board of the FAI is due to ratify a new league structure for 2018 at a meeting on Tuesday

Ireland stand for a minutes silence prior to their international friendly clash with Switzerland. Photo: Inpho

Meanwhile, all four UK football associations have been fined for their poppy displays

FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Many of the author’s recommendations are let down by being so overwhelmingly obvious

FAI director of competitions Fran Gavin  declined to comment on the impending changes. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Readoption of smaller top flight is hoped to be in place for start of 2018 season

Daryl Horgan: has been nominated for the SSE/Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association Personality of the Year award. Photograph: Dov Halickman/Inpho

Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle among the Personality of the Year nominees

Cabinteely chairman Larry Bass (right) with the club’s new manager/director of football Pat Devlin at a press conference in Dún Laoighaire yesterday.

Veteran’s appointment marks a shift in emphasis for a club with thriving youth set-up

Republic of Ireland Under-19 manager Tom Mohan: his side appears to have a particularly tough second round group with only one side progressing automatically. Photograph: Inpho

Tom Mohan’s side will take on hosts Belgium, Italy and Sweden while under-17s are drawn with Cyprus, Slovakia and the Faroe Isla(...)

FAI high performance director Ruud Dokter during the FAI’s Coach Education “Pathway” Launch at FAI HQ in Abbotstown. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Managers of children’s teams to be required to show evidence they have been Garda vetted

Niamh O’Donoghue, right, chairperson of the Women’s FAI, is due to join the FAI’s board under the terms of a merger agreement between the two football bodies. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Niamh O’Donoghue will break new ground when she joins football’s governing body

Daryl Horgan is a “forward-thinking player with a lot of goals. He makes things happen,” said Preston North End coach Simon Grayson. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winger follows team-mate Andy Boyle to English Championship side Preston North End

Preston have confirmed the signing of Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan. Photograph: Inpho/Dov Halickman

Winger follows Andy Boyle to Deepdale with the duo signing two-and-a-half year deals

Dundalk players celebrate their goal against  Maccabi Tel Aviv v Dundalk at the  Netanya Stadium, Netanya, Israel. Photograph: Nir Elias/Reuters

Stephen Kenny likely to focus on rebuilding side as he pursues Champions League goal

Dundalk FC manager and Philips Manager of the Year Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dundalk boss ‘hugely honoured’ to have beaten exalted competition for 2016 award

Dor Peretz of Maccabi Tel Aviv and  Daryl Horgan of Dundalk: “We try to play our game no matter where we are or who we are playing against.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s men look to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv in crunch Europa League clash

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has been named the Philips Manager of the Year for 2016. Photo: Inpho

Lilywhites manager has overseen a remarkable European campaign and league win

Sean Maguire will be staying with Cork City for another season after a fine 2016 campaign which saw him score the winner in the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Inpho/Tom Beary

Striker scored memorable late goal to give his side FAI Cup final victory over Dundalk

President Michael D. Higgins welcomed members of the 1991 FAI Cup winning Galway United team to Áras an Uachtaráin. Photo: Inpho

“He brought us into his library and we watched the goal on YouTube. That put the cap on it”

Martin O’Neill: his Republic of Ireland side will enjoy significant support in the away game against Wales in Cardiff.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Two associations have reached a reciprocal deal in relation to the two qualifying games

 Kevin Doyle in action for the Colorado Rapids against Seattle Sounders  during the playoff. “To go through the season unbeaten at home was amazing.” Photograph:  Daniel Petty/The Denver Post/Getty Images

Republic of Ireland striker remains available for selection by Martin O’Neill

League of Ireland players endure low rates of pay, some of the shortest contract in any of the leagues surveyed and little or nothing by way of paid holidays, a Fifpro survey has found. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Fifpro survey found League of Ireland players have some of the shortest contracts

Former first team manager at Bohemians football club, Roddy Collins. File photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Club says board members at time of alleged abuse deny they were told by Collins

Bray Wanderers would like to move from move from the Carlisle Grounds to an as yet unidentified green-field site on the N11. Photograph: Inpho

Chairman suggests politicians come up with alternatives if they will not support move

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny reacts after a missed chance during the defeat at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Post-match reaction: Dundalk manager says team looked rusty during AZ Alkmaar loss

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon is dejected after the final whistle at Tallaght. Photograph: Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s team fail to fire in Tallaght as Wout Weghorst’s early goal the difference

Uefa’s Frantisek Laurinec, Cllr Dermot Lacey, Taoiseach Enda Kenny and FAI chief executive John Delaney at the launch of the Euro 2020 Dublin brand on Thursday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Hosting of four matches in tournament good news for Ireland, says Shane Ross

Martin O’Neill with Taoiseach Enda Kenny at Thursday’s Euro 2020 logo launch. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Argentina and Brazil ranked one and two in the world; Wales 12th, ahead of England

Nicola Coffey, Tallaght Stadium Manager at the stadium in Tallaght, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Shamrock Rovers, Europa League games and car boot sales – Coffey keeps them all ticking

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