Dundalk  fans celebrate on the pitch with goalscorer Stephen O’Donnell at Oriel Park. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Kenny’s side have clearly proven themselves as the best team in the league

Cork City manager John Caulfield. “We’ve been written off a few times but we’ve got out and won games since then and we’re not going to stop trying to do that now.” Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

City manager says league leaders will remain positive as they travel to face rivals Dundalk

  Glenn Whelan of the Republic of Ireland receives treatment during the Euro  2016 qualifier against  Germany   in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph:  Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images

Midfield pair both effectively ruled out of Euro 2016 qualifier by respective club managers

 Richie Towell: ‘It is like a cup final but I think it’s important we don’t play the occasion.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

‘If you get caught up in the atmosphere, football can get lost in it'

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “This isn’t really about money, it’s about glory, it’s about the opportunity to have an unbelievably special night.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne / Inpho

Financial stakes are high with a €300,000 difference between first and second

Dundalk’s Richie Towell reacts to a missed chance. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Visitors will have to beat new leaders Cork to win title in next week’s showdown

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

Manager hails Germany result and teases O’Shea for ‘appalling’ goalscoring record

  André Schürrle out of tonight’s game against Ireland. Photograph: Joern Pollex/Getty Images

Hoffenheim’s Sebastian Rudy likely to deputise for tonight’s game against Ireland

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.

Martin O’Neill faces tough calls with Stephen Quinn and Glenn Whelan set to return

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