Dundalk’s Brian Gartland celebrates scoring the winner against Bohemians at Oriel Park on Sunday evening. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brian Gartland and company happy to draw breath before trip to Zenit St Petersburg

The  start of last year’s SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon: women are more disciplined than man where pace is concerned. They run a far more controlled race. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

An Irish runner and professor has analysed data from 150,000 Dublin City Marathon runners

Dundalk have won the league the way Kenny would have wanted to, one suspects, scoring more goals and winning more games even if they lost a few – more than in the previous two campaigns combined – along the way.

Dundalk’s third title in a row and their displays in Europe prove they are one of the best ever

Dundalk’s David McMillan celebrates scoring against St Pat’s in March. Photo: Inpho

Six games that kept the title in Dundalk’s sights

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland scores their winning goal. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Brian Gartland’s winner delivers three-in-a-row for Stephen Kenny’s remarkable side

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson celebrates scoring against Zenit Saint Petersburg in Tallaght on Thursday. Champions’ focus switches back to league on Sunday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Victory over Bohemians in Oriel Park on Sunday would give champions third crown

Cork City  manager John Caulfield: “We want to get back to winning ways and finish the season on a high before the cup final.”   Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

City host St Patrick’s as they turn their focus to upcoming cup final with rivals Dundalk

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson  and Ronan Finn after Giuliano’s winner for Zenit at Tallaght. Photograph: PA

Stephen Kenny’s side take the lead at Tallaght but Russian side come from behind

 Dundalk’s Alan Keane: “I didn’t think for a minute a few months back when I was playing GAA that I’d end up involved in a title decider with Dundalk last week.” Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/INPHO

‘Surreal’ return to Dundalk has been marked by success against Cork and Longford

Stephen Kenny and the Dundalk squad train at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Lilywhites boss Stephen Kenny not letting injury worries undermine his positive attitude

Axel Witsel is one of Zenit St Petersburg’s key men. Photograph: Inpho

Gazprom-funded Russian side pose Stephen Kenny and his side their sternest Europa test

Stephen Kenny is likely to be without John Mountney for Thursday night’s clash with Zenit. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Stephen Kenny confident side will rise to the occasion against 2008 Uefa Cup winners

Cork City’s Alan Bennett scores during his side’s defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday night in front of just 369 supporters at Richmond Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dundalk are closing in on the title but played in front of 500 on Monday night

 Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan is the clear favourite for the Premier Division Player of the Year award.

Dundalk and Cork City take lion’s share of places with Daryl Horgan favourtie for player of the year

Title looks to be heading back to Dundalk as Cork slip up at St Pat’s

Stephen Kenny refused to dwell on Dundalk’s win over Cork City on Tuesday night. Photograph: Inpho

Lilywhites boss: ‘I want that third league title and we’re not relenting in pursuit of that’

Daryl Horgan’s double gave Dundalk three points in their top of the table clash with Cork City. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Daryl Horgan’s double gives Stephen Kenny’s side a priceless win over Cork City

Caulfield’s men can go two points clear at top of table with victory at Oriel Park

Shane Duffy has the attributes but needs top flight experience. Photograph: Reuters

Centre half is the heir apparent to JohnO’Shea but lacks top-level experience

James McClean celebrates scoring his second goal against Moldova with his Republic of Ireland team-mates at Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says it is too early to predict group’s outcome after 3-1 victory over Moldova

James McClean celebrates scoring his second and the Republic of Ireland’s third goal during the World Cup qualifying Group D game at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Wes Hoolahan impresses yet again but Martin O’Neill’s side let early lead slip again

Shane Long is fit for Ireland’s clash with Moldova at the Zimbru Stadium in Chisinau. Photograph: PA

Hoolahan in line to start in Chisinau with McCarthy unscathed from Georgia return

Harry Arter in action in the internatonal friendly against England’s Jamie Vardy   at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. Photograph: Paul Faith/AFP/Getty Images

Growing part of reporting is deciding when not to go with story on social media

Wes Hoolahan (right) is in line for a starting spot as the Republic of Ireland   play Moldova in Chisinau on Sunday. Photograph:  Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Robbie Brady is ruled out, but Shane Long expected to train for tomorrow’s match

Mick Cooke: steered Bray away from relegation trouble last season before winning a new contract until the end of next season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former manager claiming he is due to be paid the agreed terms of his recent contract

 Robbie Brady receives help from medical staff after his clash of heads  in the World Cup qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland manager will definitely be without Jeff Hendrick in Moldova after ‘harsh’ booking

Séamus Coleman scores the Republic of Ireland’s goal during the World Cup qualifier Group D match against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Captain’s bizarre second-half goal comes after woeful opening 45 minutes

James McCarthy: could make a surprise return from injury for the  Republic of Ireland against Georgia. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

O’Neill ponders his midfield options as he looks to plot a way past sixth seeds Georgia

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “I’m disappointed because the original decision to allow games to be moved in order to help the clubs that are in Europe was a good one.”

Dundalk face into a 21-day period in which they must play eight critically important games

Georgia coach  Vladimir Weiss. Photograph:  Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images

Former Slovakia coach knows his side need to cut out that costly single mistake

Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O’Neill with Seamus Coleman hold a press conference after a training session at FAI National Training Centre, Dublin. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ireland have 100per cent record against opponents but must guard against complacency

Republic of Ireland’s James McClean: “I feel I had a good tournament [in France]; Belgium game aside, but that goes for everyone, you just write that off.” Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Happy-go-lucky West Brom winger aiming to prove his worth to manager O’Neill

 Roy Keane: “I don’t get pulled up in the street by people saying, ‘you didn’t pass the ball enough’.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager hopeful James McCarthy will be available for Georgia clash

 Roy Keane: “I don’t get pulled up in the street by people saying, ‘you didn’t pass the ball enough’.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Assistant manager hopeful James McCarthy will be available for Georgia clash

Shane Duffy believes he has improved after a difficult summer at international and club level. Photograph: Inpho

Brighton defender: ‘It was tough going at the time but I believe I’m stronger now’

Roy Keane has confirmed Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter is unlikely to feature in Thursday’s clash against Georgia. Photograph: PA

Bournemouth midfielder unlikely to feature in Thursday’s clash with Georgia in Dublin

Robbie Brady: “There’s another window in January but my main focus now is getting Norwich promoted. It’s a tough job but the rewards are great if you manage to do it.”

Wide-man starting to find his form with high-flying Norwich City in Championship

  Martin O’Neill: “I don’t think I would be giving away too many secrets when I say that maybe there’s a dearth of Irish international players capable of playing in that position.”

Problems mount but James McCarthy has not given up playing against either Georgia or Moldova

Stephen Quinn (left) and Daryl Murphy (centre) have been ruled out of this week’s World Cup qualifiers. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Plenty of injury concerns for Martin O’Neill ahead of World Cup qualifiers with Georgia and Moldova

James McCarthy is yet to return to full training with Ireland but will join up with the Ireland squad for Georgia and Moldova. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder has not returned to full training with Everton but will join O’Neill’s party

Billy Dennehy of St Patrick’s Athletic and Cork City’s Karl Sheppard challenge for the ball in the air during the FAI Cup semi-final at  Richmond Park. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Striker scores two as John Caulfield’s side claim FAI Cup final slot

St Patrick’s Athletic midfielder Conan Byrne deperately wants to reach the FAI Cup final. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho.

Dublin side need to prove they can excel against a top side to reach cup final

 Ciarán Kilduff scores  for Dundalk  in the  Uefa Europa League match against Maccabi Tel Aviv at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Second-half substitute scores winning goal on special night for Town in Tallaght

Galway United have parted company with manager Tommy Dunne. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Club have suffered heavy defeats to Shamrock Rovers and Cork City

Shay Dunne (left) pictured at a Luton Town training session in 1955. Photograph:   Popperfoto/Getty Images

Defender made over 300 appearances for Luton Town

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny: “We’ve got the results and the games have been as close as they have been because they’ve given absolutely everything of themselves.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Expects Lilywhites to ask serious questions of Israeli side

Maccabi’s Georgian coach Shota Arveladze. Photograph: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Maccabi Tel Aviv manager ‘almost died’ after international at Lansdowne Road

Maccabi Tel Aviv winger Tal Ben Chaim in action against  Zenit’s  Domenico Criscito during the Europa League Group D  match  at Netanya Stadium. Photograph:  Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

Lilywhites hopeful of full house in Tallaght for first home Europa League group game

Ciaran Kilduff’s equaliser against AZ Alkmaar earned Dundalk €120,000 as well as a priceless point away from home. Photograph: Inpho/Karel Delvoije

Around half of Lilywhite’s €6 million windfall will be accounted for by club’s costs

Dundalk’s Daryl Horgan in action against  Conor McDermott of Derry City during the SSE Aitrtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derry City boss Kenny Shiels believes winger is ready for international football

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: “I can’t take my eye off us trying to qualify for the competition. That’s my job and that’s where I derive the pleasure from.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Squad determined to make it to Russia after solid Euro performance, says manager

Brentford’s Scott Hogan, seen here in action against Aston Villa, has scored six goals in nine league and cup games this season. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

Brentford striker wants to concentrate on club career after serious knee injuries

Dundalk’s David McMillan and Daryl Horgan celebrate scoring their team’s third goal of the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winger dazzles to raise questions over Martin O’Neill’s decision to omit him from squad

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane have committed their future to Ireland by signing new contracts. Photo: inpho

Management team will stay on until after the 2018 World Cup after drawn out process

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has said hsi team are more fatigued than Dundalk despite the latter’s Europa League adventure. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Candystripes are chasing a European spot and want to avenge early season 5-0 loss

Republic of Ireland international Niamh Fahey. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland international says more resources are needed to do ourselves justice

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny

Cup replay or postponements for Dundalk could also lead to later finish this season

Dundalk’s Robbie Benson with David Webster and Stephen McPhail of Rovers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Champions respond as they face frantic run of fixtures with a five point lead at top

Limerick manager Martin Russell: “The reason we have come out of the division is that we were the best-resourced side with the best crop of players.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

EA Sports Cup final: Martin Russell’s side seek to wrap up outstanding season

Cork City manager  John Caulfield: “We did very well, but I would expect a massive reaction from them and a totally different game.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

John Caulfield expects reaction from Shamrock Rovers to heavy defeat

Shamrock Rovers were beaten 5-0 by Cork City in the FA Cup quarter-finals, but investment into the club is forthcoming. Photograph: Inpho

Sydney-based businessman says first team won’t be sacrificed as developments begin

Stephen Kenny: the Dundalk manager has done well, given the team’s fixtures pile-up. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Confident Kenny sets the bar higher as Dundalk prepare for AZ on Dutch home ground

Stephen Kenny’s Dundalk will play Derry in the semi-finals of the FAI Cup. Photograph: Inpho

Derry will travel to Oriel Park and Cork travel to play St Pat’s in FAI Cup semis

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney celebrates scoring the first goal of the game in their clash with Finn Harps. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Pat McEleney and Daryl Horgan were on the scoresheet for the Lilywhites at Oriel Park

Seán Maguire celebrates scoring his hat-trick and Cork City’s fifth goal with Gearoid Morrissey in the FAI Cup quarter-final against Shamrock Rovers at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Stephen Bradley faces tough job to raise his team for league trip to Leeside

Robbie Brady’s set-pieces were Ireland’s most potent weapon in Serbia on Monday night. Photograph: Getty

Away draw a good start but long campaign beckons unless Ireland retain ball better

FAI officials are said to have searched Ireland fans in Sebia for banners voicing dissent towards John Delaney. Photograph: Inpho/Morgan Treacy

Officials said to have searched fans for banners voicing dissent towards John Delaney

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill “It might have looked like we tried to sit in but it was only because we couldn’t get the ball. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Predictably, his opposite number Slavoljub Muslin, saw things a little differently.

 Daryl Murphy  scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal. Photo: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Bogged down Irish performance full of errors but O’Neill’s side come away with a point

Dundalk Manager Stephen Kenny is not happy with the league for not moving the upcoming Finn Harps fixture. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kenny unhappy club made to play league game against Finn Harps next Monday

 Martin O’Neill:  ‘No one will run away with this group. Every point will be valuable.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Keeping the momentum going from France is key against Serbia, says Martin O’Neill

Serbian captain Branislav Ivanovic at a press conference in Stara Pazova yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Red Star stadium only expected to be half full despite Serbian FA giving out 10,000 tickets

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has confirmed both Seamus Coleman and John O’Shea are fit and available for Monday night’s opening World Cup qualifier in Serbia. Photograph: AP

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill confirms defenders available for opening qualifier

Predrag Rajkovic of Serbia holds up the under-20 World Cup trophy following Serbia’s victory inthe final against Brazil in Auckland,New Zealand, in June.Photograph: Phil Walter/Getty Images

Serbia have invested heavily in fostering talent and the youth teams are beginning to make waves

 Roy Keane at Republic of Ireland squad training in Abbotstown: believes players such as  Jeff Hendrick and Harry Arter are heading into big seasons in the Premier League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

World Cup qualifier: Séamus Coleman remains a doubt for match against Serbia

Dundalk’s Brian Gartland celebrates his goal in their Airtricity League clash with Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Goals from John Mountney and Brian Gartland were enough for al three points

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at a press conference ahead of thr 2018 World Cup qualifying game with Serbia. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Assistant manager not too concerned about doubts surrounding O’Shea and Coleman

 Robbie Brady scores Ireland’s  first goal from a free-kick against Oman. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland manager says player’s displays at Euros merited a return to Premier League

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny is likely to make changes to his side following the win over Maccabi in the Europa League. Photograph: PA.

Stephen Kenny’s side determined to take another successful step towards double defence

Robbie Keane scores the Republic of Ireland’s second goal in the friendly international against Oman at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Striker scores his 68th international goal on his 146th and final Irish appearance

Jeff Hendrick looks set to leave Derby County for a Premier League club but his destination is unknown with Burnley and Hull City both in the race. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dublin midfielder’s destination not yet known as close of transfer window looms

Robbie Keane, Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick enjoy a lighthearted moment at Ireland’s training session at Abbotstown. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill stresses importance of Oman game as ideal preparation for visit to Serbia

 Dundalk’s goalkeeper Gary Rogers has been included in the Ireland squad. Photograph: EPA

Ireland boss has no problem with allowing players out of camp to complete medicals

Jeff Hendrick is set to be a Premier League player by Tuesday evening’s deadline with Hull City having apparently made considerable progress in their bid to sign the Dubliner. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sunderland defender set to be rested for Oman friendly - but will be back for Monday night

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane during the press conference at the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. Photograph: Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Dubliner talks with candour about his 18-year international career ahead of final outing

Séamus Coleman is in line to play for the Republic of Ireland in the opening World Cup qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Jeff Hendrick may miss Oman game to complete €11.5m Hull switch

 Robbie Keane during a press conference at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown on Monday. Photograph:  Caroline Quinn/PA Wire

Record goalscorer expresses gratitude to everybody who has wished him well after announcing his international retirement

James McCarthy: Everton manager Ronald Koeman revealed on Saturday  the Irish midfielder may require surgery to sort out a groin injury. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midfielder could need surgery, as O’Shea, Hendrick and Coleman expected in Irish squad

The Iceland players celebrate after they defeated England 2-1 in the Euro 2016 last 16 match in Nice. Photograph: Tibor Illyes/EPA

International team has reaped benefit from strong financial support given to clubs

FC Zenit’s Stadion Petrovski in St Petersburg. Photograph:   Alexander Fedorov/EuroFootball/Getty Images

Irish champions to face Zenit St Petersburg, AZ Alkmaar and Maccabi Tel Aviv in Group D

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny  and player Andy Boyle. Photograph: Leszek Szymanski/EPA

Dundalk officials will be hoping to draw big team like United or Inter in Europa League

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has a number of injury concerns as his side travel to play Wexford Youths. Photograph: Inpho.

New manager Alan Mathews hoping to start with win to catch up on Wexford Youths

Robbie Keane, Ireland’s record goalscorer, celebrates hitting the net against Macedonia in 2011. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Striker never stopped giving during an exemplary 18-year international career

Dundalk supporters go ballistic after Robert Benson’s screamer in Warsaw. Their European journey is far from over. Photograph: Inpho

Manchester United among potential Europa League opponents

Brentford and Ireland midfielder Alan Judge is set to undergo a medical at Newcastle United. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder recovering from serious leg injury but swapping Brentford for St James’ Park

Dundalk boss Stephen Kenny believes his side can turn around their two goal deficit when they travel to play Legia Warsaw. Photograph: Epa

Lilywhites two goals down in playoff tie with Legia Warsaw

John Delaney: The fact that THG and Pro10 both have such strong links to football and/or the FAI makes the association’s chief executive an obvious person to field questions about them. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It is not surprising Brazil police feel John Delaney can help throw light on Rio tickets row

Dundalk manger Stephen Kenny is positive ahead of the Champions League qualifying round second-leg game against Legia Warsaw. Photograph: Getty.

Stephen Kenny still believes despite two-goal deficit before travelling to Warsaw

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny can’t hide his disappointment at the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday night. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Two penalty decisions go the way of Polish champions in Champions League play-off

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers during training at the Aviva Stadium ahead of the Champions League qualifier first leg against Legia Warsaw.  Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Goalkeeper who considered Gaelic football looks forward to Champions League clash

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