Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan in action against Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Had things gone a certain way, had he been seen in another light, it could have been so different for Wes Hoolahan. “Ipswich were the only ones who (...)

 Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill and Shane Duffy celebrate after the win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time and again the players who play for Martin O’Neill say his great strength is the belief he shows in them and how it leaves them wanting to repay h(...)

“I’ve enjoyed it immensely.” Martin O’Neill at a press conference in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill has agreed to stay on as manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team for the 2020 European Championships qualifying campaign. Assis(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill agreed a new deal to stay on as manager until the 2020 European Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been many cases in Irish sport of managers getting new contracts just before things went wrong at a major tournament in a way that made it (...)

Martin O’Neill says the Serbs are technically better than Ireland but that his players will put their “heart and soul” into it. Photograph:  David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

We’ve all seen enough by now to know that Martin O’Neill doesn’t like having to do post-match interviews with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue, but the Ireland m(...)

Harry Arter shoots during Ireland’s match against Austria in Dublin in June. Photograph: Inpho

Nature abhors a 100 per cent record. Georgia have been this country’s best friend in international football, sabotaging qualification group rivals lik(...)

Sean Maguire in action for his new club Preston North End. Photograph: Getty Images

The first time I heard the “magical power of airplanes” gag, in relation to a player called into an Ireland squad I laughed out loud. It was October (...)

Wes Hoolahan came off the bench during Ireland’s 1-1 World Cup qualifier draw with Austria. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

For quite some time now triangles have been football’s favourite geometric shape but to judge by Sunday’s frenetic World Cup qualifier, the Irish team(...)

RB Leipzig have qualified for the Champions League but may not be able to take part. Photo: Oliver Hardt/Bongarts/Getty Images

German Bundesliga side RB Leipzig may miss out on playing in next season’s Champions League, despite qualifying for the competition by finishing secon(...)

Barry Hearn: “Do you want to see a draw between all Chinese players? The system is there, if they are good enough.”Photograph:  Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

Last year Ding Junhui’s run to the final of the World Snooker Championship brought TV audiences in China to 210 million. Ding became the first Asian (...)