Ireland’s James McClean celebrates with David Meyler after the final whistle of their World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photo: Geoff Caddick/Getty Images

A week has passed since James McClean stuck the ball in the Welsh net and we are now just hours away from discovering who Ireland’s opponents will be (...)

“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 (...)

 Jeff Hendrick celebrates scoring with Irish teammate Stephen Ward. Photograph: Reuters

With the Republic of Ireland squad set to gather and train together on Monday afternoon ahead of the two final World Cup 2018 qualifiers, Jeff Hendric(...)

Cardiff’s  Kenneth Zahore celebrates after scoring their opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Leeds United at Cardiff City Stadium. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Kenneth Zohore fired Cardiff back to the top of the Championship table as leaders Leeds capitulated in South Wales. Zohore, who had not scored since (...)

Jon Walters scored a peach and then missed a golden opportunity in Ireland’s friendly win over Uruguay. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty

Friendly international football in June usually equals disinterested performances by disinterested players in front of disinterested crowds. Two years(...)

Burnley defender Kevin Long was handed a first senior Republic of Ireland call-up after Ciaran Clark was ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Austria. Photo Tim Goode/PA Wire

It worked out rather well for Mick McCarthy when he had to skip his brother’s wedding for his first international call-up and Kevin Long now finds him(...)

Daryl Horgan scores Preston North End’s second goal during the Championship match against Reading at Deepdale. Photograph: Clint Hughes/PA Wire

Championship round-up: Rafael Benitez suffered an anniversary to forget as Newcastle crashed to a 3-1 defeat to Fulham. Twelve months to the day sinc(...)

Robbie Brady and Shane Long will meet in the FA Cup third round for the first time since their Euro 2016 campaign with Ireland. Photo: Getty Images

1) The third round of the FA Cup gets underway on Friday night as West Ham welcome Manchester City to the London Stadium. Being played at their shiny(...)

Dundalk’s Sean Gannon is dejected after the final whistle at Tallaght. Photograph: Inpho

Dundalk 0 AZ Alkmaar For Stephen Kenny and his men this will be a black Friday alright. As AZ head for home in the knowledge that they now contro(...)