Cork City’s Graham Cummins scores a goal on an eventful night for him. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Champions remind everyone of their pedigree to win a tough away encounter

Liam Buckley: “They’re coming to us as champions and they’ve had a good win the other day, but we’ve had a good pre-season.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Liam Buckley eager to see how his charges cope with the visit of Cork City

Brentford’s John Egan has recovered from a second concussion injury. Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty

Ireland defender determined two knocks to the head won’t change the way he plays

Cork City manager John Caulfield is unhappy with the TV coverage League of Ireland clubs are recieving. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John Caulfield has repeatedly called for improved TV coverage of Irish club game

Players at the launch of the Airtricity League. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cork boss John Caulfield critical of the television coverage National League receives

Fran Gavin: “We’ve done a thorough investigation into the game against Waterford and found that there’s insufficient evidence to bring a charge.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Insufficient evidence uncovered to bring charges says league director Fran Gavin

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan has retired from international football. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland playmaker was a centrepoint of discussion during his international career

Robbie Keane in action for the Indian Super League club ATK. Photograph: Getty Images

Move may not be permitted under ISL regulations

Fans had hoped for an investment into Oriel Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nothing would have reassured like a multi million euro investment into Oriel Park

 Bohemians players Steven Nolan, Jamie Hamilton and Darragh Leahy with St Kevin’s Boys Michael and Zach.

Bohs manager Keith Long praises quality of players coming through Dublin nursery

ATK’s Robbie Keane vies for the ball with FC Goa’s Narayan Das during an Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan Stadium in Kolkata on January 3. 2018. Photograph: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

Former Ireland captain may double up as player/manager after Sheringham’s departure

Republic of Ireland’s Keith Andrews and Sammy Clingan of Northern Ireland during the sides’ last encounter in May 2011, which the Republic won 5-0. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s side also to visit Poland as part of preparations for Nations League

UCC’s Darragh Lucey and Conor Cannon of UCD compete for the ball during last year’s Collingwood Cup final. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Players still being held back from playing for colleges as Collingwood Cup gets underway

At Oriel Park on Sunday evening more than 300 Dundalk supporters turned up hoping for concrete commitments from the club’s new owners. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

On subjects of cash and construction, there was little of substance from new chairman

Séamus Coleman returned to action in Everton’s 2-1 win over Leicester City at Goodison Park. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Ireland captain manages 90 minutes while Cyrus Christie completes move to Fulham

Séamus Coleman celebrates with Theo Walcott after he scored his second goal in the Premier Division game against Leicester City at Goodison Park. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

Transfer deadline day proves a quiet one for Irish players

Ireland women’s manager Colin Bell has had his contract extended. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Women’s coach could be the first to lead Ireland to a major championship

Séamus Coleman returns to the Everton squad for the Premier League game against Leicester City on Wednesday night. Photograph:  Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Ireland captain in line to play against Leicester City on Wednesday night

Newport County’s Pádraig Amond in action during the FA Cup third round tie against  Leeds United  at Rodney Parade. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Sunny south Wales coast is the latest port of call for the experienced Irish striker

Séamus Coleman has spoke about the injury suffered by Everton and Ireland teammate James McCarthy. Photo: Inpho

Ireland captain knows all too well what his friend and teammate has to go through

Preston’s Kevin O’Connor has signed for Fleetwood Town on loan. Photo: Getty Images

Former Cork City player is making the move down to League One to get more game time

Ireland’s Shane Duffy scoring  against  Denmark last November. Martin O’Neill said the eventual  5-1 loss to Denmark was “still fresh in the memory”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland boss more worked up about RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue than Nations League draw

Christian Eriksen and his Denmark  team-mates  will return to the Aviva stadium on October 13th for a Nations League match against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   James Crombie/Inpho

Nations League home matches against Wales and Denmark to take place in October

The new Uefa Nations League trophy. Photograph: Pierre Albouy/Reuters

Martin O’Neill’s men will face familiar foes in inaugural edition of new Uefa competition

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill may discuss he recent talks with Stoke City at the inaugural Nations League draw in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

O’Neill commits until Euro 2020 ahead of draw for potential backdoor to tournament

Sligo Rovers marketing and PR officer Shane Crossan (left) talks with Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration David Stanton at a ceremony at Carmichael House in Dublin. Photograph: Barry Cronin

Sligo Rovers among five clubs to see benefits of scheme set up by Show Racism the Red Card

Dundalk FC has been sold American investment firm PEAK6 Sports for an undisclosed sum. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Club’s co-owners sell 100% of their shares to Peak6 Sports

Jon Walters has struggled for game time at Burnley and underwent keyhole surgery to address a cartilage problem. Photograph:  Richard Sellers/PA Wire

Ireland striker out for eight weeks after undergoing keyhole surgery

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt at the announcement that Aviva Ireland is extending its naming rights of the Aviva Stadium until 2015. O’Neill will sign a new contract  ahead of the Nations League draw on Wednesday, said FAI chief John Delaney. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

FAI head says he did not believe O’Neill would go to Stoke, but needed time to decide

 Daryl Horgan takes a free kick in Dundalk’s Europa League group stage game against AZ Alkmaar at Tallaght Stadium in November 2016. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Revenues grew by 73% to €19m thanks mainly to Europa League campaign

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill will sign a new contract next week, according to FAI chief executive John Delaney. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

FAI chief executive says he always felt the manager would honour the verbal agreement

 Bohemians player   Oscar Brennan (second from right)  with (from left) More Than A Club representatives Shane Fox, Carina O’Brien and Ger Coughlan at Dalymount Park on Tuesday. Photograph:  David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

‘More Than A Club’ will provide support to social projects run by clubs

A big win would quickly take the attention off Martin O’Neill. Photograph: Inpho

If social media is anything to go by his standing amongst fans has taken quite a hit

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  during the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Awards at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager turns down reported offer of substantial pay rise

Neither O’Neill nor Stoke responded to attempts to contact them on Sunday while the FAI would not comment on the situation.

Weekend fails to bring clarity on Republic of Ireland manager’s plans

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, during the Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Awards 2017. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland manager avoids top table at Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland banquet

Cork City manager John Caulfield is presented with his personality of the year award at the the SSE Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland awards at The Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Double-winning boss claims personality of the year award

Martin O’Neill looks like remaining at the helm as Republic of Ireland manager. Photograph: Getty Images

Republic of Ireland manager to attend SWAI awards as Stoke set to appoint Quique Sánchez Flores

Martin O’Neill has left his post as Ireland manager to take over at Stoke City. Photo: Inpho

Quique Sanchez Flores is to make a decision on Friday as to whether he will take job

Martin O’Neill: Republic of Ireland manager is thought to be on Stoke City’s shortlist to succeed Mark Hughes.  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Republic of Ireland manager has yet to sign a new contract with FAI after two months

Ciaran Kilduff left Dundalk for Jacksonville Armada in the summer. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

MLS is progressing well but speed of NASL’s apparent demise is something of a shock

 Karolis Chvedukas in action for Lithuania against Scotland in October. Photograph: Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

The young midfielder has featured in five World Cup qualifying games for his country

Alan Judge of Brentford during the FA Cup third round match between Brentford and Notts Country at Griffin Park. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The Dubliner, who stopped watching football for a year, is finally back in action for Brentford

Martin O’Neill is being considered by Stoke City for their vacant manager’s ppsition. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager may be tempted by a return to club football and a Premier League job

Gary McCabe has rejoined Bray Wanderers ahead of the upcoming season. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Gary McCabe, Hugh Douglas, John Sullivan, Conor Kenna and Ger Pender have all re-signed

Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

After two years in the widerness, Mark Hughes may give FA Cup start against Coventry City

Neil McDonald will leave Limerick FC to take the assistant manager role at Scunthorpe United. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McDonald joins fourth-placed League One side as Graham Alexander’s assistant

Robbie Keane scores the winner for Wolves against Manchester City in the second flight in 1999. Photograph: Inpho

Striker linked with move to Championship high flyers until retirement in the summer

Referee Emma Cleary at work. “You have to keep up with the play, and fitness is a huge issue. This week it’s been four out of five days training”

Physiotherapist from Manorhamilton hopes to get into FAI’s School of Excellence

James McClean celebrates scoring his first goal in 15 months for West Brom, with team-mate Jonny Evans. The match ended in a 2-1 defeat against West Ham. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Derryman’s house 'wrecked' after Andy Carroll scores late winner for West Ham

The Premier League’s longest-serving manager Arsene Wenger, and one of the shortest, Alan Pardew. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Ireland manager perhaps appreciates job security in a profession where it is lacking

Seán Maguire waves goodbye to the Cork City fans after playing his final game for the club in  the  Europa League against  AEK Larnaca in Cyprus. Photograph:  Philip Soteriou/Inpho

Ireland’s World Cup rollercoaster only had one thrill and ended with a horrible spill

Dave Mackey is the new manager at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The appointment appears to underline a change in direction at the Carlisle Grounds

James McClean celebrates after scoring the winning goal  in the World Cup qualifier against Wales at Cardiff City Stadium in October. Photograph:   Harry Trump/Getty Images

It may seem a little infantile but bursting the Wales bubble left a warm feeling on a cold night in Cardiff

St Patrick’s Athletic have signed Kevin Toner from Aston Villa. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Former Irish youth international made four Premier League appearances

The Dublin derby of Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers at Dalymount Park will kick the season off. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meanwhile, Cork will begin their defence of the title with a trip to Richmond Park

Manchester City’s Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne celebrates scoring against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

He hardly needs to use his goal celebrations to rub his former manager’s nose in it

Eoin Doyle skips past a tackle from MK Dons’  Joe Walsh during their recent League One clash. Photo: Harry Hubbard/Getty Images

Meanwhile, Oldham are waiting for Patrick McEleney to decide if he wants to join

Crystal Palace’s Don Rogers tackles Manchester United forward Ian Storey-Moore at Selhurst Park in 1972. “The whole [United] team went missing that day,”  says Mulligan. “Their attitude was terrible.”  Photograph: Central Press/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Irishman’s goals against United in 5-0 Palace win heralded the end for Frank O’Farrell

David McMillan. “I’m very hungry to succeed. I don’t doubt that I’ll get the opportunity to show what I can do.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Ex-Dundalk striker says opportunity to play in Scottish top flight too good to turn down

John Caulfield: “You have guys at some clubs in League Two in England on £150,000 a year.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

City manager prepared to look to Europe as English targets on prohibitive wages

Turkish fans let off flares during the last friendly between the sides in 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

At least two more friendly games are expected to be played in late May or early June

The Premier Legaue are set to introduce Saturday night fixtures as part of the  next television deal. Photograph: Oli Scarff/AFP

A new television deal on the way for the top flight but not everyone will see the benefit

John Caulfield is among the nominees for SWAI personality of the year. Photo: Inpho

All three nominees for the Personality of the Year come from the champions

See you soon? Republic of Ireland’s James McClean and Denmark’s Andreas Bjelland during the World Cup qualifying play-off. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

And in inaugural Nations League, O’Neill’s side may face Wales and Demark again

Burnley’s Robbie Brady goes down injured after a collision with Leicester City’s Harry Maguire. Photo: Peter Powell/Reuters

Ireland international has been discharged from hospital after undergoing surgery

The American firm investing in Dundalk must be greeted with caution. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The association should learn from past mistakes, most recently at Athlone last year

In Ireland, 9.7 per cent believed their teammates would be open to the of fixing a game

Finn Harps manager Ollie Horgan will remain at the club next season. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Robbie Benson signed new deal with Dundalk, ending speculation of move to Scotland

General view after the draw for the 2018 World Cup was completed. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters

With no group of death there aren’t too many standout games but still plenty of excitement

Airtricity League Premier Division season will get underway on February 16th

Bohemians and St Kevin’s Boys have announced a new underage partnership. Photo: Inpho

Deal comes after many schoolboy clubs were angered by exclusion from new elite leagues

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness said he had not been given any formal reason for the change of policy by the FAI. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

PFAI’s Stephen McGuinness told by Fran Gavin that usual support wouldn’t be provided

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at one stage became the bookies’ favourite to take the Everton job. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shortened odds on Martin O’Neill taking Everton job show farcical nature of how it works

Republic of Ireland’s Cyrus Christie “was in tears” after reading abuse. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Deeply vulgar and abusive online comment upset defender greatly, says James McClean

The Irish management team look on during the second leg of the Republic's playoff against Denmark. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Neither the manager nor the association is likely to envisage a more attractive option

FAI chief executive John Delaney  at the Ireland-Denmark game. The association would have been guaranteed about €6.8 million in prize money for participating at the tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Huge blow for association battling to clear its debt from construction of Aviva Stadium

Denmark’s Thomas Delaney celebrates at the end of the game. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Danish midfielder said there was much more space in the midfield for his side to work the ball

Denmark’s Christian Eriksen scores their fourth goal to complete his hat-trick. Photograph:  Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Danish playmaker scores hat-trick in comprehensive playoff victory

David Meyler: “We’re not going to lie openly and let Denmark roll us over.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA Wire

Midfielder says his side ‘will do everything within our power to make sure we qualify’

Martin O’Neill has suggested Ireland will need two goals in order to qualify for the World Cup. Photograph: Donall Farmer/PA

But Danes will fancy their chances of picking Irish lock if home side takes initiative

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and assistant manager Roy Keane at the team’s training grounds. O’Neill said Denmark have the players to exploit space. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager says side will have to overcome the problem that they lack a natural goalscorer

 Martin O’Neill says his Ireland team are ready for Tuesday’s playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill expressed support for Liam Miller who is battling pancreatic cancer

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after Saturday’s World Cup first-leg play-off against Denmark at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The 30-year-old goalie from Bray was central to O’Neill’s men holding Denmark at bay

Denmark’s Yussuf Poulsen and Ireland’s Stephen Ward vie for the ball in Saturday’s World Cup first leg play-off at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: Lars Moeller/Reuters

Danes denied the comfort of a home goal as dogged Ireland team spoil the play-off party

Republic of Ireland’s Shane Duffy during the World Cup qualifying play-off first leg match at the Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. Photograph: PA

‘I can’t wait now to get back to the Aviva and have the place rocking. Bring it on’

  Harry Arter: “In an ideal world, you want to score an away goal, but to come over here and keep them at bay was a good effort.”

“It was about coming out here and getting the right result no matter how we played”

 Darren Randolph of the Republic of Ireland makes a save against Denmark.  Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

All to play for in second leg as Denmark held to scoreless draw in Copenhagen

Glenn Whelan and Jeff Hendrick training with the Republic of Ireland squad at Parken stadium in Copenhagen on Friday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill’s men need to produce some magic in Copenhagen to deny the Danish

FAI chief executive John Delaney: staff members are angry at what they see is a firm promise of pay restoration being broken. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

John Delaney told staff salary cuts of 10% in 2012 would be reversed within 18 months

Martin O’Neill has confirmed Jeff Hendrick is fit for Saturday’s playoff clash with Denmark. Photograph: Tim Goode/PA

Ireland manager urges his side to ‘go again’ in Saturday night’s playoff first leg

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen at  a press conference at the Telia Parken Stadion in Copenhagen. Photograph: Anders Kjaerbye/AFP/Getty Images

Danish coach not expecting anything new from Ireland in playoffs

Around 2,400 Irish supporters will be in the away end at the Parken stadium for Saturday’s World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph: Lars Ronbog/Sportsagency/Lars Ronbog

Irsk? Mig? Aldrig! - Three words you might need in Copenhagen on Saturday night

David Meyler and Shane Duffy (centre) of the Republic of Ireland squad training at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Containing Christian Eriksen is a priority for Ireland, and Duffy may keep the Danes at bay

Cork City’s Sean Maguire was among the three players from his side to make the PFAI Premier Division Team of the Year. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Just three Cork players make team compared with four from Stephen Kenny’s side

The Ireland squad in training on Wednesday ahead of the World Cup playoffs with Denmark. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Bournemouth midfielder has played against the Dane on a number of ocassions before

Only a small fraction of Irish fans travelling to Copenhagen for Ireland’s World Cup playoffs will actually be in the ground. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tickets bought for sections reserved for Danish supporters not mailed to Ireland

Derry’s Barry McNamee has joined Cork City. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Midfielder joins champions after scoring 10 league goals during 2017 campaign

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaks at a press conference on Tuesday: “If players don’t know by now how big the game is, we’re all in trouble.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland assistant says he would say ‘f**k-all’ to former teammate if he came across him

Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Noel King: “Nobody is in any doubt about the enormity of the challenge we face.” Photograph: Inpho

Manager makes just one change for European championship qualifier in Norway

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