Limerick’s Chiedozie Ogbene with Simon Madden of Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side sit sixth in the league as they continue to struggle to find form

Bray Wanderers manager Harry Kenny. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wanderers have won four straight to join Dundalk in second spot

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman has returned to Everton to continue his rehab from a double leg fracture. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland captain to continue his rehab from double leg fracture at club following month at home

The Ireland women’s team will face a tough task in qualifying for the 2019 World Cup. Photo: Inpho

Colin Bell’s side will also face the Netherlands, Norway and Slovakia ahead of 2019

Scott Brown and James Forrest of Celtic celebrate after beating Rangers in their Scottish Cup semi-final. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Lack of competition in Scotland harming it both domestically and on the European stage

Cork’s Gary Buckley celebrates scoring his side’s third goal. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

League leaders eased past Pat’s at Richmond Park to maintain 100% record

John Caulfield: his Cork City side will be seeking a tenth straight league win at St Patrick’s Athletic’s expense.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Airtricity League leaders bring their unbeaten run to struggling St Patrick’s Ath

Cork’s Colin Healy has retired from football. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland international midfielder finished career at home town club Cork City

Wolves have a sponsorship deal with The Money Shop which charges up to 729 per cent APR. Photo: Getty Images

Betting organisations and money-lending companies are becoming more common

Stephanie Roche scored Ireland women’s solitary goal as they beat Slovakia at Tallaght on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland men’s team should have shown solidarity with their female counterparts

Ireland’ players defend a free kick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Just over 1,000 fans turn out for Slovakia friendly after dramatic week

Republic of Ireland manager Colin Bell. “This has all put focus on the women’s team which is a good thing but the girls have to know that it is ultimately about playing football.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager hoping his side can make a big impact in the World Cup qualifiers

Republic of Ireland women team at Tuesday’s press conference at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

PFAI confident dispute resolved and issues will be addressed in the future

Uefa made €847 profit from Euro 2016, which was won by Portugal. Photograph: Mustafa Yalcin/Getty

Euros generated a revenue of more than €1.92 billion - a €500m increase from 2012

John Delaney and Emma English. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Notion that women’s team issue would harm FAI boss always seemed fanciful

Sligo Rovers have parted company with manager Dave Robertson. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Declan McIntyre takes temporary charge with club languishing second from bottom

A view of yesterday’s press conference at Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Team boycott training but will attend FAI meeting along with their representatives at 6pm

  John Delaney finished ahead of several of the European game’s most influential players in the poll. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI chief executive can expect to earn well in excess of €100,000 in his new role

Members of the Republic of Ireland women’s team hold a press conference at  Liberty Hall in Dublin. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

FAI have paid lip service and little else to the women’s game in Ireland

Republic of Ireland captain Emma Byrne addressing the press conference yesterday at Liberty Hall. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Republic of Ireland squad’s grievances a grave embarrassment for the association

 FAI chief executive  John Delaney: The association’s leading administrator is in Helsinki where he is up for election on Wednesday to the Executive Committee of Uefa. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

FAI chief would add €100,000 to €360,000 salary if elected to executive committee

Stephanie Roche, Aine O’Gorman and Emma Byrne with members of the women’s national soccer  team. Photograph: NPHO/Donall Farmer

Players from the senior international team have voiced their grievances at the FAI

Jose Mourinho speaks to Conor McNamara of the BBC after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Emmet Malone: Like anyone who has done a lot of them, I’ve dropped my share of clangers

Republic of Ireland’s Niamh Fahey: previously criticised lack of support for international players who represent Ireland. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Press conference in Dublin to criticise running of Republic of Ireland women’s squad

Former Limerick manager Martin Russell during the defeat to Cork City on Friday night. Photograph: Inpho

Limerick say decision was mutual after a struggling start to Airtricty League season

 Everton manager Ronald Koeman claimed Martin O’Neill had ignored not only the advice of the club’s medical staff with regard to James McCarthy but also that the FAI’s. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Koeman not expected to bite his lip when he meets press ahead of Merseyside derby

Limerick manager Martin Russell. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Munster sides do battle with Division One high flyers looking to maintain 100% record

Ireland’s James McCarthy was injured in the warm-up before their World Cup qualifying clash with Wales. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton manager said that Martin O’Neill ignored the advice of FAI medical staff

 Wales’ Gareth Bale pleads with referee Nicola Rizzoli during the clash against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Matthew Childs/Livepic/Reuters

Ireland go into the next game against Austria with eight players a booking away from a ban

Iceland’s Hordur Bjorgvin Magnusson scores their first goal from a free kick during the friendly against the Republic of Ireland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Martin O’Neill bloods four new internationals in friendly defeat at the Aviva

 Iceland supporters during Euro 2016 last summer. Photograph: Getty Images

Uefa claim revenues are not a driver for Nations League which seems laughable

Cyrus Christie at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown, Dublin, on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Coleman injury casts big shadow over friendly in Aviva, Martin O’Neill admits

Republic of Ireland left-back Robbie Brady: will captain squad for Tuesday’s friendly against Iceland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Left-back to lead side against Iceland in place of Séamus Coleman following leg break

Robbie Brady will captain Ireland against Iceland in the absence of Seamus Coleman. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill set to name an experimental side at the Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman is stretchered off the pitch during the  World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brentford midfielder has yet to return having suffered double leg fracture year ago

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill said Séamus Coleman  had the operation on Saturday and it was successful.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland team-mates visit stricken captain ahead of friendly against Iceland

Players react as Neil Taylor of Wales  is shown a red card by referee Nicola Rizzoli after a challenge on Republic of Ireland captain  Séamus Coleman during the World Cup qualifier  at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Captain suffers suspected broken leg after red card challenge from Neil Taylor

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

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