Leicester City chief executive Susan Whelan. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

Dubliner knew very little about football before becoming club’s chief executive

An artist’s impression of the new Dalymount Park which would include a new realigned artificial pitch and two new stands.

Staged construction of the 10,000 capacity ground would cost in region of €20 million

Dublin-born forward Eamon Zayed has played internationally for Libya. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Former Shamrock Rovers striker not finished with his travels just yet

The FAI’s licensing process explicitly requires clubs to be able to guarantee the availability of their home ground for all games. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dispute with the leaseholder of the ground leaves champions facing a stark choice

Former Derry City forward Mark Farren has died aged 33. Photograph: Inpho

Derry City’s all-time record goalscorer had been battling a brain tumour

Shamrock Rovers manger Pat Fenlon: “You’ve got to be open-minded to this sort of stuff. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime.” Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager Pat Fenlon says club looking forward to challenge in Sait Nagjee Trophy

 Stoke City’s Marc Wilson has been ruled out until April through injury. Photograph: EPA

Irish defender injured his medial ligament, Stoke manager Mark Hughes has confirmed

Stoke City’s Marc Wilson: club’s  physio thinks defender has  medial ligament damage in his knee. Photograph: Tim Keeton/EPA

Stoke City boss Mark Hughes says defender expected to be out for up to 12 weeks

FAI CEO John Delaney has not done a press conference to which any and every soccer reporter could go for more than three years. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

One thing apparent at association’s Strategic Plan launch is lack of transparency

Owen Garvan of Colchester United: seemed set at one stage to follow in the footsteps of grandfather and uncle, Con and Mick Martin, by playing for Ireland.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish midfielder looking foward to a chance to impress on big stage

The FAI have secured an extra 2,320 tickets for the final Euro 2016 Group E game against Italy at   Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille on June 22nd. Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Full quota for three games rises to 32,502; 16,000 tickets for opener against Sweden

The Everton pair of Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady are both being linked with loan moves away ahead of this summer’s Euro 2016 Championships. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Irish duo will both be looking to play as many games as possible before Euro 2016

Carli Lloyd bagged a hattrick as the USA beat Ireland women 5-0 in San Diego. Photograph: Getty

Sue Ronan’s side concede five against world champions in front of 25,000 in San Diego

UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino is  hoping to replace Sepp Blatter as president of Fifa. Photograph: Alain Grosclaude/AFP/Getty Images

General secretary of Uefa Gianni Infantino confident of being elected Fifa president

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill in the Oriel Park stand watching Dundalk’s  Uefa Champions League second qualifying round match against FC Bate Borisov  last July. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Former chairman confirms move away from club home at Oriel Park under consideration

Kevin Foley playing for the Republic of Ireland  of Ireland in a training game ahead of Euro 2012. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Wolves full back arrives after unsuccessful spell with FC Copenhagen

Republic of Ireland and Arsenal goalkeeper Emma Byrne. Photograph: Getty Images.

Goalkeeper and captain Emma Byrne set to win 122nd international cap in San Diego

 Bury  goalkeeper Ian Lawlor saves Steve Davies’s penalty as his side defeated Bradford City in the FA Cup on Tuesday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Dubliner had done his homework about Bradford players he faced in penalty shootout

Central defender Alex Pearce (right) has gone on loan from Derby County to Bristol City in a bid to boost his chances of making the Republic of Ireland squad for Euro 2016. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Defender failed to establish himself at Derby County

Anthony Stokes has joined Hibernian on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Getty

Out of favour Celtic striker joins Championship Hibs until the end of the season

Republic of Ireland fans will do well to gets tickets to support their side at Euro 16 in France. Photograph: Eric Luke.

FAI’s allocation not merely enough to meet demand for all three group games

Former Bohemians striker Jason Byrne has signed for UCD for the 2016 campaign. Photograph: Inpho

Veteran striker joins UCD for 2016 campaign to help with promotion push

Anthony Stokes: money could be a factor in deciding which club he joins on loan. Photograph: Jeff Holmes/Getty Images.

Celtic agree terms with Dundee United but player said to prefer Edinburgh option

Robbie Keane voted for Cristiano Ronaldo to win the Ball d’Or ahead of Lionel Messi. Photo: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Meanwhile there were a number of interesting choices from managers and media

Martin O’Neill: ‘Nothing has been set in stone yet.’ Photograph: Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

Martin O'Neill wants players to have access to their families before tournament

Burnley’s Stephen Ward  scores his side’s second goal during the FA Cup third round match between Middlesbrough. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Ireland player’s second-half goal against Middlesbrough first club goal in over two years

Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan, who is canvassing for votes ahead of the Fifa presidential election. His schedule includes 17 countries over the next 20 days. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Candidate talks good game but whether good enough will become clear in February

Richie Towell has been named the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year for 2015. Photograph: Inpho

Midfielder helped Dundalk to the double before signing for Championship Brighton

Republic of Ireland’s Seamus Coleman and Daryl Murphy congratulate goalscorer Jonathan Walters. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Important result in the fog in Zenica followed by a famous night back in the Aviva

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill dismissed the criticism that his style of play at times received during the qualification campaign for Euro 2016. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Despite daunting draw manager knows he will be upbeat before finals begins

Former Ireland manager Jack Charlton is introduced to the crowd before the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The English football team hosted in Dublin friendly - first time since infamous abandoned encounter in 1995

Republic of Ireland fans can find tickets on the official Uefa website. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Websites openly offering tickets for the tournament despite strict Uefa prohibition

Italy’s coach Antonio Conte, Sweden’s coach Erik Hamren, Martin O’Neill, and Belgian assistant coach Vital Borke at the Euro 2016 draw ceremony at the Palais des Congrès in Paris. Photograph: Christian Charisius/EPA

Those who regularly support team are to be prioritised in the process

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during the Uefa Euro 2016 draw in Paris, France, on Saturday. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA.

Michael O’Neill relying on big stars having off days when they play his side

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic: Italy coach Antonio Conte  knows his “spark of creativity” will  be a threat. Photograph: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images

Belgians confident that they and the Italians will progress from Euro 2016 ‘group of death’

The Republic of Ireland management team of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane work out the permutations at the Euro 2016 draw  at the Palais des Congres in Paris. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA

Ireland drawn in daunting Group E with Belgium, Italy and Sweden in Group E next summer

 Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France. The French capital is one of the 10 host cities for the Euro 2016 tournament. Photograph: Charles Platiau/Reuters

Martin O’Neill not distracted by Euro 2016 security threat

France’s Jacques Lambert , chairman of the Euro 2016 organising committee. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images

Measures being taken will overshadow those at any previous tournament

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: As fourth seeds, Ireland could be assigned any one of 18  schedules when the draw for Euro 2016 takes place in Paris. Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill says he is relaxed about today’s draw in Paris

Michel Platini has failed in his bid to have his 90-day provisional ban from all football activity lifted, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA.

Suspended Uefa president not allowed to attend European Championships draw

The Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean-Francois Martins has said ‘we will do all that we can do to make it the safest Euros ever.’ Photograph: The Irish Times

Jean-Francois Martins: ‘we will do all that we can do to make it the safest Euros ever’

Uefa president Michel Platini: in the eye of the current storm surrounding the world’s football authorities.  He was suspended for 90 days for accepting an improper payment from Sepp Blatter. Photo: Laurent Gillieron/AP)

Michel Platini will hear if CAS has upheld his appeal against a 90-day suspension

Patrick McEleney: described by Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny as “probably the most natural player in the league since Paddy McCourt”. Photo: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho eye/Lorcacn Doherty

Manager Stephen Kenny delighted with the arrival of two promising young talents

 PFAI General Secretary Stephen McGuinness. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

PFAI complain that a lack of information about players is hampering them in efforts

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Long scores against Germany. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Shane Long scores the only goal as Martin O’Neill’s team beat Germany in the Aviva

Every Airtricity League game will be streamed from next season  under the FAI’s four-year deal with Trackchamp. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Clubs look set to receive €10,000 per year from deal with Austrian firm Trackchamp

Martin O’Neill: his side has moved up 11 places in the world rankings to 31st spot. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s side move up 11 places following playoff win over Bosnia/Herzegovina

Richie Towell: “First and foremost I need to break into the Brighton squad . . . it’s every boy’s dream to play for their national senior team.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Dundalk star hoping to catch the eye of Republic’s boss with his new club Brighton

Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan looks dejected after Spain’s third goal in their 2017 European Championships qualifier. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Two goals before the break and another in injury time saw Spain win out easily

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

Manager Sue Ronan believes a point would be good return in Tallaght against the top seeds

 Richie Towell with his SSE/SWAI Airtricity Player of the Month Award for November at the  Davenport Hotel in Dublin. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Dundalk midfielder keen to play first-team football straight away

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

Cork-born Glasgow Celtic star is fully fit and looking forward to winning a first senior cap

 Richie Towell celebrates Dundalk’s victory in  the FAI Cup final over Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford’s Danny Furlong claims First Division award

Dundalk players celebrate after capturing the league title for the second time in a row. John Delaney described the league as the Irish game’s “problem child”. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Michael Cush SC to represent clubs in talks on the recent Conroy Report

Jon Walters’ goals have proved invaluable to manager Martin O’Neill – and the FAI. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Expanded competition should prove more lucrative than other previous tournaments

Republic of Ireland’s coach Martin O’Neill  by  Roy Keane after the play-off win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photo:Getty Images

McGeady and Gibson could do with more first team opportunities before June

The Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, which replaces one of the 1998 World Cup’s most distinctive venues, opened in May. It has been used regularly this season for Ligue One club games and other events. It holds 42,115 people and cost €183 million to construct.

Wherever they are, the 10 venues for next summer’s Euro 2016 finals are set to impress

 Ireland’s assistant coach Roy Keane urges the team on. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We have some friendlies coming up so we can give some guys a go’

Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters and Robbie Keane celebrate  after the win over Bosnia. Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Two-goal striker pays tribute to team-mates and management

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Brady  gets a hug from Seamus Coleman after the win over Bosnia Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photo: Getty Images

When is the draw taking place? How do I get my hands on tickets?? Emmet Malone has the lowdown on next summer’s finals

The Republic of Ireland’s Jon  Walters celebrates scoring his penalty. Photo: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

A double from Jon Walters books Martin O’Neill’s side a place in France next summer

Bosnia’s Asmir Begovic during a press conference in Dublin. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

Everton’s Muhamed Besic is set to return from his three-match suspension

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at a press conference. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Shane Long, Walters and O’Shea are all back in contention for second Bosnia match

Shane Long has returned to Ireland training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish duo missed the first leg through injury, although O’Shea was suspended anyway

Ireland fans celebrate Robbie Brady’s goal in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘Important to get the away goal, we’re obviously disappointed to concede so soon after’

 Robbie Brady celebrates after opening the scoring against Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-off first leg   in Zenica. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s team had heavy fog to contend with in Euro 2016 play-off first-leg

Martin O’Neill: “You can’t win these ties in the first leg but you can certainly lose them.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

O’Neill stresses the key objective for Republic is to ‘still be in the tie on Monday night’

David Meyler (right) has been ruled out of the play-off games against Bosnia after picking up a knee injury in training. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hull City player could be out until the new year after training ground tackle

Roma’s Bosnia-Herzegovina international Edin Dzeko spent his early years in war-torn Sarajevo. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Country’s impressive foreign legion guaranteed to provide stiff test of Republic’s resolve

Richard Keogh, left,  and Marc Wilson, right, with team-mates during the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Hull City midfielder David Meyler the latest casualty with knee injury during training

 Seamus Coleman and James McClean go through their paces at the Republic of Ireland training session at Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager praises squad for effort ahead of first play-off tie in Bosnia/Herzegovina

Ian Turner, Limerick FC, with his SSE/SWAI Airtricity Player of the Month Award for October 2015. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Cork City player must weigh up his options for next season

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks to the media at the FAI training centre in Abbotstown ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 play-off clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland assistant says it’s ironic that managers deem players unfit for internationals

Darren Dennehy and Ross Gaynor in the Aviva Stadium after Sunday’s FAI Cup final: both may now part company with Cork City. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Over 100 expected to leave their current outfit and expected to grow further

Chelsea’s Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic: “Ireland is a great team and it certainly won’t be easy for us.” Photograph: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Chelsea goalkeeper Begovic believes Bosnia can triumph after two tough matches

Republic of Ireland players  during training at  Abbotstown ahead of the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off away to Bosnia on Friday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Manager hopeful John O’Shea, Shane Long and Rob Elliot will have parts to play in games

Goalkeepers Darren Randolph and David Forde during Republic of Ireland squad training at   Abbotstown. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Southampton striker had injection in bid to get over ankle injury for trip to Bosnia

Wexford Youths celebrate winning the penalty shootout against Shelbourne in the women’s FAI Cup final. Photograph: Inpho

Dramatic win for Wexford Youths with women’s final decided by penalties

John O’Shea: one of five players named in the Republic of Ireland squad who are receiving treatment at their clubs. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

David McGoldrick among nine players omitted from revised squad for Euro play-off

Stephen Kenny: has assembled a Dundalk team that has won successive league titles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘He’s the best manager in the League of Ireland, that’s for sure,’ says Brian Kerr

Stephen Kenny: “We believe in ourselves but we know all about Cork. We know we have to earn the right to win.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Champions’ boss sticking to his normal game plan as his side prepare to face Cork City

Cork City striker Karl Sheppard has been playing at left back this season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Cup final victory can be Karl Sheppard’s consolation for lapse in league

Shane Long: suffered an ankle injury in the Republic of Ireland’s last game against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Southampton manager wants striker to focus on recovering fully from his ankle injury

Cork City secured second place with a 1-0 win over Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Inpho

A lone Billy Dennehy penalty was enough to settle the tie at Dalymount Park

Martin Russell: his Limerick side’s brave bid to avoid relegation has been undermined by three recent costly home defeats. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin Russell’s side must beat Sligo away to have a chance of staying in Premier Division

 Darron Gibson: hasn’t featured for the Republic of Ireland since the defeat in Scotland.  Photo:  Clive Brunskill/Getty

With suspensions to cope with in defence and attack, Republic’s manager sees one silver lining

Bosnia and Herzegovina took four points of Chris Coleman’s Wales side during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Photo: Getty

Wales managed only one point against Balkans during qualifying campaign

Martin O’Neill, with Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, has named a provisional squad for the Euro 2016 play-offs.

Stephen Quinn will miss out on next month’s Euro 2016 play-offs through injury

Sligo’s Alan Keane celebrates at the end of the game at Inchicore. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

St Pat’s slump again as striker comes off the bench to seal a crucial win for Rovers

Steven Beattie celebrates scoring the opener in Cork City’s win over St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Inpho

John Caulfield’s side continue hex over Dubliners with first win since August

Bosnia manager Mehmed Bazdarevic and Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Epa

FAI are still awaiting ticket details for first leg of Bosnia and Herzegovina clash

The match fixtures are shown on an electronic panel next to the Henri Delaunay trophy following the draw for the play-off matches for UEFA EURO 2016. Photo: Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP

FAI allocation of tickets for away leg of play-off may be as low as just 700

Ireland have been drawn to play Bosnia in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Photograph: Afp

Martin O’Neill’s side play away on November 13th before the return leg in Dublin on 16th

Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovich is one of the players Ireland could face in the Euro 2016 playoffs. Photo: Getty Images

Emmet Malone previews Ireland’s possible Euro 2016 playoff opponents

Dundalk players celebrate winning the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division last Friday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Tommy Dunne brings his side to Oriel Park with long injury list

Having finished just a point behind England and eight ahead of Poland in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, this has been a bit of a disappointment with Ukraine finishing third this time around behind Spain and Slovakia in what was always going to be a three horse race.

Euro 2016: Draw for the play-offs, in which Ireland will be unseeded, will be made on Sunday

Republic of Ireland’s Richard Keogh beats  Poland’s Robert Lewandowski in an aerial duel. “Our group was the hardest so to finish third is no disgrace.” Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA

Derby defender says Republic squad has what it takes to advance via the play-offs

Wes Hoolahan: has become an increasingly influential figure in the Republic of Ireland squad. Photo: Adam Holt/Action

Wes Hoolahan and John O’Shea remain key to Ireland’s hopes of making it to France

Poland’s Krzysztof Maczynski and Ireland’s Robbie Keane vie for the ball in Warsaw. Photo: EPA

Striker believes side can take heart from third-place finish ahead of play-off

Ireland’s Shane Long is injured against Poland. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robert Lewandowski gets the winner for Poland as Martin O’Neill’s side go into Euro 2016 play-off

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