Shane Long celebrates after scoring for the Republic of Ireland in the first half of the international friendly against the Netherlands at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Long’s first-half goal not enough as Luuk de Jong strikes late at the Aviva Stadium

Daley Blind  with his former club and international manager Louis Van Gaal. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP

Netherlands and Manchester United star is looking beyond European disappointments

David McGoldrick: ‘I just try to look to the future, scoring goals with Ipswich and with Ireland.’ Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ipswich playmaker has missed out on chances to build on sparkling debut against USA

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks at a press conference ahead of the friendly international against the Netherlands. Photograph:  Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland manager offers impression he will still be crossing out names next week

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers during Ireland training ahead of the Euro 2016 warm-up match against the Netherlands. Photo: Inpho

Martin O’Neill says he has been impressed by the Meath man’s work ethic in training

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during a press conference. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ireland manager says 90% of players will know their fate before Belarus friendly

Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

French city is most overpriced destination for Irish fans looking for accommodation

Shane Duffy at the Aviva Stadium after  the  friendly against  Switzerland in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Blackburn defender has reasons to be hopeful after Marc Wilson ruled out by injury

Shane Duffy and John O’Shea: Duffy has played 42 games for Blackburn this season. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill puts Paul McShane and Alex Pearce on standby for Euro 2016

Shay Given: “If I don’t play, I will help Darren or Keiren  or David; whoever gets the nod.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ireland goalkeeper says he is serious contender to play against Sweden in first game

A fire is lit in the Olympique de Marseille supporters’ section during the Coupe de France final match between Paris Saint Germain and Marseille at the Stade de France. Photo: EPA

National Assembly member highlights major shortcomings in procedures after incidents

Republic of Ireland’s Marc Wilson will sit out Euro 2016 due to injury. Photograph: Getty Images

Defender has not played in an official match for Ireland or his club Stoke since January

The Irish squad are based in Abbotstown this week preparing for Friday’s friendly against the Netherlands. Photograph: Inpho

Johnny Hayes, Alex Pearce, Paul McShane and Anthony Pilkington all now on standby

Bohemians celebrate their FAI Cup second round win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Keith Long will look to take what he can from a rare win and a first goal in seven games

The former Athlone Town player Neil Harney is now part of the St Peter’s team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Among the underdogs, St Peter’s of Athlone face a daunting challenge against Cork City

Bohemians winger Ayman Ben Mohamed has been called up by Tunisia for their African Cup of Nations qualifier against Djibouti in June. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Young winger called into squad for African Cup of Nations match against Djibouti

Mick McCarthy says his one regret as Ireland manager was not qualifying for Euro 2000. Photograph: Sam Bagnall/Getty Images

Ipswich manager enjoying club scene but doesn’t expect Everton or Villa to come calling

The Soviet Union take on Czech Republic during the 1960 European Nations’ Cup. The Soviets would go on to win the first ever tournament in France. Photo: Getty Images

Entertainment was aplenty when France and Yugoslavia met in the inaugural 1960 match

Martin O’Neill on Shane Long: “The goal against Germany has given him an enormous lift.” Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Winger Callum O’Dowda gets surprise call-up to preliminary squad for Euro 2016

Germany’s Gerd Muller celebrates scoring during the 1972 European Championships. Photo: Getty Images

Inspired by goals of Gerd Muller and the class of Günter Netzer, Germany won the finals

Republic of Ireland coach Steve Guppy (right) speaks with Tommy Martin during the Show Racism the Red Card annual creative arts competition at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Coach thrilled with the growth in team spirit on journey to European Championships

Jeff Hendrick played 45 minutes in a friendly game for Derby County against Barnsley on Tuesday. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager could name up to 40 players in preliminary selection

Ireland’s Sean St Ledger turns to celebrate after scoring past Croatia’s Stipe Pletikosa during the Euro 2012 Group C clash. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The defender headed home Ireland’s only goal of the championships against Croatia

England fans make their presence felt in Charleroi during Euro 2000. Ranks of riot police used water cannons in an effort to prevent fighting between England and German fans massed on opposite sides of the main Charles II square into side streets. Photo: Philip Huguen/Getty Images

The violence in Charleroi which preceded Germany clash was the worst seen in years

Czech Republic players celebrate after their incredible comeback against the Netherlands at Euro 2004. Photo: Andreas Rentz/Bongarts/Getty Images

Fightback from 2-0 down in ‘group of death’ Netherlands game was one for the Euro ages

Angelo Domenghini scores during Italy’s 2-0 defeat of Bulgaria during the quarter finals of the European Nations Cup in Naples, 20th April 1968. Photo: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Before the invention of a penalty shootout Uefa had to come up with some way of separating Italy and the Soviet Union

 Harry Arter returned to action in the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Bournemouth at Goodison Park last week. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Bournemouth midfielder hoping to stay injury free and impress Martin O’Neill in late season games

Cork City coach John Caulfield: We need to be at our highest intensity, our highest performance levels” Photograph: Inpho

Airtricity League previews: Sligo Rovers look to keep revival on track with win over Wexford Youths

St Patrick’s Athletic’s Ger O’Brien and Derry City’s Ronan Curtis contest a high ball at Richmond Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kenny Shiels’s men climb to second in table after another win over a Dublin side

Stephen Ward is congratulated as fans invade the pitch in celebration as Burnley are promoted back to the Premier League Photograph: Jan kruger/Getty.

Irish defender won promotion this week when all attention was on Leicester

Oliver Bierhoff celebrates scoring the golden goal against the Czech Republic in the final of Euro ’96 at Wembley. Photo: Getty Images

After breaking English hearts in the semi-finals, the Germans took home the trophy

Nihat is mobbed by his Turkey teammates after his winner against the Czech Republic at Euro 2008. Photograph: Getty

Sensational Turkey upset the odds as they overturn two goal deficit to progress at Euro 2008

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter has not played since injuring his Achilles. Photograph: Getty.

Bournemouth midfielder still a major doubt for Republic of Ireland’s Euro 16 campaign

 Harry Arter has been out of the Bournemouth side with an Achilles injury. Photograph:  Steve Bardens/Getty Images

Bournemouth boss not sure if midfielder will return from Achilles injury before the end of the season

Yugoslavia against the Soviet Union in the 1960 European Nations’ Cup final.Yugoslavia reached the final by virtue of a thrilling 5-4 win over hosts France in the semi-finals. Photograph: Getty

Drazan Jerkovic strikes twice late on as hosts are edged out in Parc des Princes thriller

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill with Sadhbh McKane, Benjamin Lynch and Braydon Roche at the launch of Sports Direct FAI Summer Soccer Schools. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager says he wants to wait to see how team gets on in France before any FAI deal

Martin O’Neill has no concerns over Séamus Coleman ahead of Euro 2016. Photograph: Inpho

Everton fullback sidelined with a hamstring injury and may not play before Euro 2016

Former Republic of Ireland international at the launch of SSE Airtricity’s summer football campaign at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Former Ireland player hails positive effect of German since he took charge at Anfield

Bohemians v Galway United was the only all-Premier Division tie in the second round of the FAI Cup. Photo: Inpho

The Munster Senior League first division set will face up against Rovers in the FAI Cup

Liverpool supporters trying to escape the crush on the Leppings Lane terrace at Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield, on April 15th, 1989. Photograph: Hillsborough inquest /EPA

Former Ireland star, who played in 1989, speaks candidly of fateful day and its impact

Andrei Arshavin slots past Edwin van der Sar during his Euro 2008 peak. Photograph: Getty

Attacker flopped for Arsenal but Euro 2008 performances made elite clubs take notice

Former Dutch international midfielder Edgar Davids in Dublin yesterday for the launch of the  Irish end of the new International Champions Cup. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ex-Juventus, Ajax player in Dublin to launch pre-season International Champions Cup

Southampton’s Shane Long celebrates scoring the team’s first goal against Aston Villa. Photograph: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Ireland goalkeeper will be anxious to play again this season to catch O’Neill’s eye

Dundalk’s Ronan Finn celebrates scoring their second goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game against Shamrock Rovers at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Own goal and sending off help reigning champions claim the three points in Tallaght

Dundalk’s Gary Rogers: “We’d love to go there and take the three points because of the message it would send out.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Goalkeeper says champions looking forward to the visit to title rivals Shamrock Rovers

Bray Wanderers have announced that manager Mick Cooke has left the Premier Division club. Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Harry Kenny put in charge at Carlisle Grounds for at least two games

The Soviet Union were victorious in the 1960 European Nations’ Cup - but their victory was aided by Spain’s boycott. Photograph: Getty

Original championships was a political minefield for the nations who entered

Dubliner determined to rebuild club and international career one step at a time

Shelbourne’s Stephen Elliott in action against Dan Byrne of Bohemians during the EA Sports Cup second round match at  Tolka Park on Monday. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former Ireland international explains reasons for coming home to Ireland

Nick Colgan in action for Ireland in 2003 at Lansdowne Road. Photograph: Getty Images

Former goalkeeper is happy to have settled into his coaching role at Huddersfield Town

Shay Given made his league debut for Stoke City in their Premier League tie with Tottenham Hotspur. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

The Stoke City goalkeeper made his league debut in their loss to Tottenham Hotspur

Gardai try to quell the on-pitch trouble as Bohemians fans run back to the Jodi Stand during their 4-0 loss to Shamrock Rovers. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A number of incidents resulted in confrontation between the fans on the pitch

Gavin Brennan curls home Shamrock Rovers’ fourth goal during the Aitricity League Premier Division  game against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brandon Miele scores two in comfortable victory over Bohemians at Dalymount Park

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

We’re on the hunt for Ireland’s best sports club, and we want you to help by nominating yours. The winner of the competition – and(...)

Stephen Elliott could make his Shelbourne debut against Bohemians on Monday night. Photograph: Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland striker signed for Shelbourne earlier this week

Eddie Howe has said midfielder Harry Arter is unlikely to feature for Bournemouth again this season as he recovers from an achilles injury. Photograph: Getty

Midfielder still recovering from achilles injury while Alan Judge’s Euros dream is over

Bohemians manager Keith Long: Beating Longford Town and Bray  Wanderers will have injected a bit of confidence in to his side. Photograph: Inpho

Chris Shields returns for Dundalk as champions shape up to face an improving Sligo Rovers

 Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick is an ambassador for DeafHear. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Ireland midfielder nearing full fitness as Derby County push for promotion

 Former Republic of Ireland international Richard Dunne pictured with regular TV3 analyst Kevin Kilbane, and anchor Tommy Martin.

The former Ireland defender is enjoying relaxed lifestyle with family in Monaco

Christy Fagan: “Personally, I have targets in my own head, a number I’d like to get to but I will see how it goes. I have started well with the goals I have got so far.”

St Patrick’s Athletic striker has already scored five goals this season

The new Republic of Ireland manager Tom Mohan: “I hope my experience with the Under-17s will stand to me as I know how much of a challenge this position will be with the competition around Europe improving year on year.”

Kenny Cunningham and Keith Andrews had both been linked with the Under-19 job

Alan Judge training with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brentford midfielder had made late run for squad in recent Ireland friendlies

St Patrick’s Athletic’s Christy Fagan celebrates after netting a second half equaliser for his side in their draw with Sligo Rovers. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A second half strike from Christy Fagan cancelled out Gary Boylan’s opener in Inchicore

Sligo Rovers manager Dave Robertson: says the the scoreless draw against Cork gives his side “a foundation from which to build on”. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Dave Robertson’s side face a tough assignment against St Pat’s at Richmond Park

Republic of Ireland’s Louise Quinn grabbed the opener in her side’s 5-0 win over Montenegro. Photo: Inpho

Sue Ronan’s side ran out easy victors against Montenegro ahead of their visit to Spain

James McClean celebrates after slotting home a penalty  in the friendly international against Slovakia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Aviva Stadium friendly draw marred by Newcastle United goalkeeper's serious knee injury

Shane Long with the Republic of Ireland squad at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill tips West Brom player for role with Anthony Pilkington also a possibility

Ireland will host Belarus in a Turner’s Cross friendly. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The FAI have confirmed the friendly at Turner’s Cross in Cork for the end of May

Shay Given is behind Jack Butland in the pecking order at Stoke City. Photograph: Christof Koepsel/Getty Images

‘If it does give Shay an opportunity to play that’d give him a really good chance’

 Robbie Brady: his set-pieces are a vital attacking weapon for Martin O’Neill’s side. Photo:  Charles McQuillan/Getty

In the absence of a variety of striking options, Brady’s deliveries are increasingly important

Ireland’s Shane Long climbs above Switzerland’s Fabian Schar before seeing his header come back of the post at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O'Neill left with few options up front as Robbie Keane returns to LA for treatment

 Ciaran Clark  celebrates his early goal for the Republic of Ireland in the friendly international against Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:    Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Aston Villa defender impressed as Martin O’Neill checked his Euro 2016 options

Switzerland’s coach Vladimir Petkovic has left his former captain Gökhan Inler out of his squad due to the midfielder’s lack of game time at Leicester. Photograph: Getty.

Vladimir Petkovic’s practice of only playing regular starters may leave him short of experienced players

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill oversees squad training at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland boss admits newcomers are facing tough task to earn squad place

Martin O’Neill confirmed Robbie Keane and Anthony Pilkington  will miss Ireland’s friendly against Switzerland. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill makes controversial comments about players’ wives and girlfriends

   Rob Elliottt: “If I do get an opportunity with Ireland (and O’Neill has said he will start one of these two games) then I’ve just got to make sure I take it.”

Goalkeeper has become a key figure on Tyneside after period of discontent

“I’m hoping that Shane (Duffy) will get onto the field of play here. He’s definitely one that you would like to think is one for the future as some of the older players drop off . . . I would like to get him onto the field in some of these games.”

Republic of Ireland to play a final home warm-up game at Turner’s Cross

Alan Judge (centre) with Stephen Ward and Wes Hoolahan at Ireland squad training. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Brentford midfielder watched father play in Lansdowne Road in 1990 FAI Cup final

Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks after training at Abbotstown ahead of Ireland’s Euro 2016 warm-up match with Switzerland. Photo: donall Farmer/Inpho

Jonny Hayes and Eunan O’Kane hoping for first call-up from Republic of Ireland boss

The board of Shamrock Rovers is set for re-structuring to facilitate an investment by long-time shareholder Ray Wilson. Photo: Inpho

Long-time shareholder Ray Wilson behind major restructuring investment plan

Jack Byrne in action as he trains with the senior squad  in Dublin on Monday:  I always want to improve. I never want to stand still.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The 19-year-old City midfielder believes he is as good as anybody in O’Neill’s team

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Richie Towell is presented with the SSE Airtricity League Player of the Year by FAI President Tony Fitzgerald. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder says he sees a good preseason as key to long-term prospects

Stephen Ward and Alan Judge at the Republic of Ireland squad training session at  Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill to give the trio a chance to press their claims for a trip to France 2016

Jonathan Walters with his Three International Player of the Year Award. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Meanwhile, Robbie Brady scooped the award for young player of the year in Donnybrook

Pelé uniquely won three World Cups with Brazil, in 1958, ’62 and ’70, as a result he received a replica of the Jules Rimet trophy from Mexico and Fifa.

Brazilian superstar’s World Cup medals among exhibition at Newbridge Silverware

Dundalk’s Patrick McEleney stretches to block Greg Bolger of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at Oriel Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Home side lose out to second-half penalty by former player Seán Maguire

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

John Caulfield’s side can make statement of intent at reigning champions’ ground

Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady and Jonathan Walters have been nominated for the Irish senior player of the year award. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Norwich midfielder Wes Hoolahan makes up the shortlist for Senior Player of the Year

Arsenal head to Barcelona looking to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit. Photograph: Reuters

Arsenal have daunting task in the Nou Camp on Wednesday

Emmanuel Petit was in Dublin to promote Carlsberg’s Euro ticket giveaway  with over 1100 Ireland match tickets up for grabs. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Former World Cup winner and Arsenal star unnerved by last year’s horrific attacks in Paris

“I see many opportunities for Irish football and I am looking forward to the coming years with the FAI.”

High Performance director signs new deal to keep him with FAI until 2020

Mark Timlin of St Pat’s celebrates scoring the first goal of the game against Bohemians with Christy Fagan and Billy Dennehy. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Bohemians continue to lack a cutting edge but Pat’s by far the better team

“I wouldn’t really want to bring someone a long, long distance if I can’t guarantee him some playing time but we do have the two games and I think, personally, not having spoken to him, I think Kevin would welcome that because if he has a chance of going to France.”

Martin O’Neill hints he may use striker if he returns from US for two friendlies

  Kurtis Byrne was on the scoresheet for Bohemians. Photo: Inpho

Toothless Sligo Rovers lose again as Byrne marks home debut with a goal

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill announces his squad. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland manager broadens options with eye on World Cup qualifying campaign

Damien Delaney has been omitted from Martin O’Neill’s squad for the upcoming friendlies against Switzerland and Slovakia. Photo: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Ireland manager has named his 40-man provisional squad for two upcoming friendlies

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff with the new national jersey. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Former Ireland winger admits that he is struggling to cope with recent retirement

Shamrock Rovers manager believes his striker can make a big impact this seaosn

Stephen McPhail: “When I was travelling around, following Rovers as a young lad it was something that I would have been hoping  I would have the chance to do.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Republic of Ireland international aiming to finish his career on a real high

Dundalk fans celebrate their side’s opening goal of the game against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

A first half brace from Ciaran Kilduff set the champions on the way to all three points

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