Alan Judge: “I’m only 30. I had two years out, I feel like I’m 28 now, so I feel like I’m in my prime now. For me, it’s just enjoying every minute of it.”  Photograph: Hannah Fountain/CamerSport via Getty Images

Ipswich midfielder relishing call-up for the Republic following his injury nightmare

Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar: “The pitch is fine. I was on it and it’s fine; it’s just a different bounce,” said the Ireland manager. Photograph:  Marcos Moreno/AFP/Getty Images

No whingeing, says Mick McCarthy, as Seán Maguire hopes to score first goal for Ireland

Video grab of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar speaking at Government Buildings in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Michelle Devane/PA Wire

Taoiseach says reported €100,000 loan ‘does seem a bit unusual’

FAI chief executive John Delaney with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar ahead of Ireland’s World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark in 2017. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Taoiseach says €100,000 loan from chief executive is a matter for FAI to resolve

Mark Devlin has been appointed the new CEO of Dundalk. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Devlin previously worked as chief executive at Brentford, QPR and Swindon Town

Richard Keogh, Harry Arter and David McGoldrick at the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Derby defender plays part in training despite broken hand in bandaging and a splint

Called up: Brandon Kavanagh of Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager Stephen Kenny disappointed to lose attacker but welcomes ‘creative passer’

Josh Cullen at a Republic of Ireland press conference at the  FAI National Training Centre, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Hackney-born player potentially in position to fill spot McCarthy may have earmarked for Rice

The FAI did not publish details of any loan such as the one it is suggested that John Delaney made to it in April of 2017 in its annual accounts. Photograph: Inpho

A cheque for €100,000 was given by John Delaney to his employers in April 2017

 Stephen Kenny’s Irish team begin their Under-21 European Championship qualifying campaign against Luxembourg on Sunday. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

He’s had to make another change to his squad after Simon Power was ruled out

Millwall’s Aiden O’Brien has been called into the Ireland squad to replace injured Shane Long for the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Richard Keogh has put off surgery on his broken hand in order to play

David McGoldrick, speaking on Monday, insists he simply needed “a kick up the backside” after losing his way at club level. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sheffield United man says there is “no bad blood” with O’Neill after international exile

Matt Doherty in action during the Republic of Ireland training session in Abbotstown. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wolves player is set to start against Gibraltar while Rovers' Jack Byrne has impressed

Mick McCarthy takes his first training session in his second term as Republic of Ireland manager at  Abbotstown on Monday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Séamus Coleman and Seán Maguire sit out session after weekend games

On Sunday evening Shane Duffy was in London as Brighton & Hove Albion beat Millwall to reach the FA Cup semi-finals. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Leanne Kiernan wins the Senior Women’s International Player of the Year award

The FAI issued a statement describing details of a loan received from its chief executive John Delaney. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

‘This is the only occasion on which I provided the Association with a short-term loan’

Shamrock Rovers’ Jack Byrne celebrates after the victory over Sligo Rovers in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at  Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Former Manchester City player catches the eye as Hoops go four points clear

Josh Cullen in action for Charlton Athletic where he is on loan from West Ham. Photograph: Ker Robertson/Getty Images

The young midfielder did not even make the original squad of 38 named last week

 Sligo Rovers manager Liam Buckley: ‘I’ve had some wins in Tallaght previously and it’s a great place to pick up a result if you can.’ Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Manager Liam Buckley says his side will be out to cause an upset in Tallaght

 Stephen Ward has played his last match for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Burnley defender wants to focus all of his energy on his remaining club career

 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy  at the launch of a  two-year partnership between  betting firm SportPesa and  the FAI  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph:   Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Stephen Ward retires from international football as McCarthy names squad of 23

Ronan Curtis will not be available for the upcoming Euro qualifiers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Glenn Whelan and James Collins keep places as Ireland squad cut

Ronan Curtis could be ruled out of the Ireland squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Portsmouth striker requires surgery on finger ahead of Gibraltar and Georgia games

 Troy Parrott has been called into the Irish Under-21 squad. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

Tottenham teenager included in Stephen Kenny’s panel to face Luxembourg

“A lot of the changes are small but they have certainly gone down well with the players and we hope they will be well received by the wider public.”

Club announces initiatives to underline commitment to women’s team

Declan Rice waves to the crowd after the international friendly against the USA at the Aviva stadium in June 2018. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Vote took place while West Ham player was still an Ireland international player

Emma Byrne with fans after the Women’s European Championship Qualifier against Portugal at Tallaght Stadium in September 2016. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Former international goalkeeper will be the first women to be inducted at annual awards

Dinny Corcoran of Bohemians with his SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for February. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Striker’s goals include penalty that secured victory over Shamrock Rovers

 Fans donate food to a foodbank outside the ground ahead of the Premier League match between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield on December 2nd 2018 in Liverpool. Photograph:  Simon Stacpoole/Offside/Getty Images

Irish international Jon Walters joins the locals helping to deliver aid to the city’s poor

Aaron McEneff celebrates his match-winning penalty against St Pat’s. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side profligate in front of goal but stay top of the Premier Division

Kevin Kilbane next to AP McCoy, with Matt Williams and Niall Quinn looking on. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Former Ireland midfielder would rather see Pádraig Amond play than Patrick Bamford

Niall Quinn expects to formally outline his proposals for attracting new funding for Airtricity League clubs to the FAI before the end of the month. Photograph: Evan Logan/Inpho

Former Ireland striker has had two meetings with FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin

Michael McCrudden: will be out for up to three months after breaking a metatarsal in training. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers face tough test against St Patrick’s Athletic who are still unbeaten

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: ‘I’d sooner have someone who, if a chance falls to him, might just put it in the net.’ Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager announces squad for Euro qualifiers with Gibraltar and Georgia

 Newport County striker Pádraig Amond celebrates after scoring against Leicester City  in the  FA Cup third-round match  at Rodney Parade at the start of January. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

‘I wasn’t allowed to go public, which has been a killer because it’s the biggest moment in my career’

Glenn Whelan is back in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Getty Images

Mick McCarthy names his first squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers

 Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has yet to meet Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford. Photograph:  George Wood/Getty Images

As he prepares to name his first Ireland squad, McCarthy could be forgiven a sense of déjà vu

Former Ireland international Andy Reid is the new Irish Under-18 manager. Photograph: Andrew Fosker/Inpho

He was a member of the Under-16 team that won the 1998 European championship

 Former Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has been  named as  tournament ambassador for the upcoming UEFA Under-17 European Championship that takes place in Ireland  from May 3rd to 19th. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

He's been named as tournament ambassador for Euro U17 Championships

 Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny gave a talk entitled   ‘Leadership Lessons from a Successful Manager’ on the first day of Local Enterprise Week. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Republic’s U-21 manager points to dearth of young Irish attacking players in Britain now

Shamrock Rovers’ Dylan Watts celebrates scoring a goal after earlier missing a penalty in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, game against Finn Harps at Tallaght Stadium. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side go ahead of Bohemians on goal difference after easy win in Tallaght

Shamrock Rovers’ Dan Carr challenges with Sean Gannon and Brian Gartland during his side’s goalles draw with Dundalk. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Chances at a premium in Tallaght as hosts hold their own against the champions

Dermot Desmond: could be about to become a major investor  in Shamrock Rovers. Photograph; Dara Mac Dónaill

Billionaire businessman believed to be ready to invest up to €3m in Dublin club

Keith Long: Bohemians manager will be looking for  his side to continue the positive start to the season at  Waterford. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Win over Rovers has Long’s squad in good heart for the trip south

Mick McCarthy  at the Aviva Stadium where the FAI  launched its new 3, 5 & 10-year Premium Level tickets – “Club Ireland” – ahead of the Republic of Ireland’s Euro  2020 qualifying campaign.  Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Old hands say they’ll answer the call if required but new ones don’t make them

At the launch of the FAI Vantage Club tickets in September 2008 (left to right) ISG chief executive Andrew Hampel,  Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni, FAI chief John Delaney and Ireland assistant manager Marco Tardelli. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Back in 2008, as the financial bust loomed, fans were asked to shell out up to €32,00

FAI chief executive John Delaney, Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, and assistant coaches Robbie Keane and Terry Connor help launch the Club Ireland ticket scheme at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Delaney admits mistakes with previous offering as he reveals new Aviva Stadium plan

At the launch of the new Club Ireland premium tickets at the Aviva stadium were (from left) Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane, FAI chief executive John Delaney, Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Ireland assistant manager Terry Connor. Photograph:  Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

€5,000 10-year tickets compare favourably with rugby and GAA offerings

Declan Rice will pursue an international career with England instead of Ireland.

“I never thought he was coming with us and I kept getting little vibes”

Southampton and Ireland striker Michael Obafemi has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury. Photograph: Ed Sykes/Action Images via Reuters

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhüttl says injury is ‘a disaster’ for the teenager

Bohemians’ Dinny Corcoran celebrates scoring the only goal during their Airtricity League win over Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Red card for Aaron Greene gave hosts an advantage before second-half penalty won it

Paddy Power’s results for 2017 showed total  online revenues for Britain and Ireland at just over €1 billion with retail revenues actually up more than 10 per cent.  Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Irish football could do with some of the help the equestrian industry has enjoyed for years

Shamrock Rovers’ Aaron McEneff celebrates scoring his penalty. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goals from Dylan Watts and Aaron McEneff give Rovers second straight win

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Manager rejects narrative that all team needed to win league was a striker

Enda Stevens has signed a contract extension at  Sheffield United, keeping him at the club until the summer of 2022. Photograph:  Nathan Stirk/Getty Images

Defender has impressed at side battling for promotion to Premier League

Ireland women’s manager Colin Bell. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Colin Bell’s side drawn with eight-times tournament winners Germany

The Stade de Genève is Geneva will host Ireland’s Euro 2020 qualifier with Switzerland. Photo: Getty Images

Swiss FA have confirmed that the match will take place at the 30,000-seater stadium

 Pádraig Amond of Newport County celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during their FA Cup  match against Middlesbrough at Rodney Parade earlier this month. Photograph:  Athena Pictures/Getty Images

League Two giant-killers welcome Guardiola's side to Rodney Parade on Saturday

Patrick McEleney reacts during Dundalk’s draw with Sligo. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Early injury to Robbie Benson mars opener as defending champions can’t find a winner

Dundalk head coach Vinny Perth celebrates with the President’s Cup. Photograph: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Champions still favourites as season kicks off with squad strength leaving rivals in shade

Brian Gartland: “I think we’re in the best shape we’ve ever been in going into the new season,” said the experienced Dundalk defender. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Experienced defender says champions primed for the bid to retain their title

Bohemians’ Keith Buckely, UCD’s Gary O’Neill, St. Patrick’s Athletic’s Ian Birmingham, Finn Harps’ Sam Verdon, Dundalk’s Brian Gartland, Cork’s Colm Horgan, Shamrock Rovers’ Sean Boyd, Waterford’s Matthew Connor, Derry’s Barry McNamee and Ronan Murray of Sligo at the 2019 Airtricity League season launch. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Emmet Malone runs the rule over the 10 sides and predicts who will finish where

Declan Rice: has now chosen to play for the county of his birth. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

For decades national team have benefitted from service of players born and bred in Britain

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice has declared for England. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

West Ham midfielder releases statement; Mick McCarthy wishes him good luck

FAI competitions director Fran Gavin broke the news that the new competition would take place. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Two-leg tie scheduled for November 8th and 12th despite lack of confirmation from North

FAI’s Competitions Director Fran Gavin at the SSE Airtricity League launch at the  Aviva stadium in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Northern Irish Football League ‘did not expect any formal announcements at this stage’

Fans gather at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and Chelsea at Etihad Stadium. Photo: Michael Regan/Getty Images

It’s a long way from Maine Road 30 years ago as you pitch up at the ‘Etihad campus’

Liverpool fan Seán Cox: assaulted outside Anfield stadium last April.

Victim of assault outside Champions League match ‘making progress’ with recovery

Dundalk’s Sean Murray in action against Drogheda in the Jim Malone Cup at Oriel Park in January. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Post-Stephen Kenny era begins for Dundalk as City forced to reshape after injuries

Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny at Home Farm FC in Whitehall for Wednesday night’s friendly. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland under-21 boss runs rule over local players in friendly ahead of opening qualifier

Minister of State for  Sport Brendan Griffin speaking at the Sport Ireland announcement on funding for 2019. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Ireland striker looking to improve structures at clubs in Airtricity League

 Damien Delaney:  “I want to help the team, it’s a young squad, and I need to get back to playing with a smile on my face, to enjoying it again.” Photograph:  Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Experienced defender in a good place – despite the sideways wind at the RSC

Former Watford player Sean Murray has signed for Dundalk. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

The 25-year-old made more than 70 appearances for the English club

Niall Quinn hopes to implement a plan to recolutionise the League of Ireland. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Former Ireland striker hopes to have a dozen people behind proposals for change

Shamrock Rovers midfielder Aaron Bolger has joined Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Midfielder will stay with Premier League side until the end of the season

The Challenge Cup quarter-final between Bohemians and East Fife at Dalymount Park had to be postponed on Saturday. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Dublin club have decided not to refix quarter-final against East Fife after postponement

John Delaney: the FAI chief executive is currently midway through his 18th year as a director with the association. Photograph: Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile

In future, most of board members will be allowed to serve just two four-year terms

Graham Burke has joined Gillingham on loan from Preston until the end of the season. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Irish moves: Scott Hogan goes on loan to Sheffield United; David Meyler joins Coventry on loan

Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick tackles Manchester United’s Luke Shaw during the Premier League game at Old Trafford. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

Sean Dyche’s side have claimed 11 points from last five games after poor run

James McCarthy has been linked with a move away from Goodison Park. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty

Ireland midfielder made the bench for Everton’s win over Huddersfield Town

Dervan will take up position ahead of Ireland’s opening European 2020 qualifier in Gibraltar

Roy Keane, who has been announced as Martin O’Neill’s right hand man at his former club Nottingham Forest: ‘I’m glad to be back’

Nottingham’s new assistant manager will ‘bring steel’ to the team, says Liam Lawrence

Peak6 sell their 25 per cent stake back to Maxim Demin

The money sought is understood to be in the €4m to €5m range and will apparently be used to upgrade the stadium’s floodlighting, digital big screens and a range of other facilities at the stadium.

Floodlights and big screens need to be upgraded ahead of Euro 2020

Roy Keane: “I had great memories of my career here as a player, the club gave me my chance and I will always remember them for that.”

Keane joins manager Martin O’Neill’s backroom team at Nottingham Forest

The FAI has initiated the process of Hull City forward Will Keane declaring for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:     Ashley Allen/Getty Images

Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Johansson informs FAI he wants to play for Ireland

Wes Hoolahan in action for West Brom in Saturday’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Brighton  at the Amex Stadium. Photograph:  Isabel Infantes/PA Wire

Former Ireland international also making plans for when playing career ends

David McGoldrick celebrates scoring the opening goal  for Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Queens Park Rangers at Bramall Lane. Photograph: George Wood/Getty Images

Ireland international has been in great form for the promotion-chasing club

Gibraltar’s Victoria Stadium will host Ireland. Photograph: Marcos Moreno/AFP/Getty

Opening game of Euro 2020 qualification to be held at 2,300 capacity Victoria Stadium

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny: “I will promote players who are Irish.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New Ireland under-21 manager says he has no directive regarding British-born players

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny speaks to the media. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New manager has big ambitions for the team as they compete in Toulon tournament

  Republic of Ireland Under-21 manager Stephen Kenny with  Republic of Ireland Under-15 manager Jason Donohue. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Manager set to name locally based group for training camp starting on February 4th

Drogheda’s William Hondermarck has made the move to Norwich City. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 18-year-old broke into the First Division club’s first team last year

Chelsea and Manchester City both took in €181 million in television revenue in 2017. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

English Premier League created €500m in profit; League of Ireland drops two places in table to 35th

Nottingham Forest manager Martin O’Neill  at his first press conference at the City Ground. Photograph:   Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Former Ireland manager knows promotion to Premier League is his task at City Ground

Brian Kerr is among the trio set to meet with government politicians. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Pair, along with Redstrike CEO Mike Farnan, are hoping for an investment of €40 million

 Martin O’Neill has been named as the new Nottingham Forest manager. Photograph: PA

Former Republic of Ireland boss becomes the club’s 11th full-time boss since 2011

Alan Judge during a Republic of Ireland training session last May. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

He’s been largely restricted to substitute appearances in recent months for Brentford

Roy Keane and Martin O’Neill during their time in charge of the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Derry man has his work cut out to fulfil his remit of taking Forest back to the top tier

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