West Brom winger James McClean in action for the Republic of Ireland: “I’ve another year left on my contract. We’ll see what happens over the summer.” Photograph: Inpho

Winger is unsure about future with club and says he’d love to be playing for Celtic

Shane Supple has been called into the Ireland squad for friendlies against France and the USA. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Martin O’Neill calls-up 31-year-old goalkeeper for friendlies against France and the USA

Olivier Ntcham of Celtic celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Scottish Cup Final between Celtic and Motherwell at Hampden Park. Photo: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scottish champions will play pre-season friendly in Tallaght in July

 FAI President Tony Fitzgerald, Martin O’Neill, FAI CEO John Delaney and Republic of Ireland Women’s head coach Colin Bell  at the 2018 Football Association of Ireland’s Festival of Football and AGM Launch at Vertigo, County Hall, Co Cork. Photograph:  Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Association also prioritising funding for Centre of Excellence at Glanmire in Cork

Graham Burke: set to play a part despite almost certainly starting for Shamrock Rovers at Sligo Rovers on Saturday evening. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Scott Brown testimonial will give peripheral figures a chance to impress against Celtic

 Patrick Hoban scores for Dundalk in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against Bohemians at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Goals from Pat Hoban and Seán Hoare secure the three points at Dalymount

Graham Burke will play for Shamrock Rovers away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday night before travelling to Glasgow for the friendly between Celtic and the Republic of Ireland. Photograph:   Bryan Keane/Inpho

Midfielder to play away to Sligo Rovers on Saturday before travelling to Glasgow

Dave Connell  hopes that Ireland can get to the stage where at least one of the women’s underage teams can compete at a European finals pretty much every year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

FAI’s head of women’s underage development Dave Connell has some big plans

Bohemians manager Keith Long: “If everyone gives a fully focused performance, we can put it up to anyone in this league.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Boss says Sligo Rovers and Bray Wanderers wins are encouraging

Michael Duffy: “It was a good month for me with three goals and three assists. I’m hoping I can just keep that up now and kick on again.”

Winger has helped Dundalk take top spot in the Premier Division

  Troy Parrott celebrates with team mates after scoring against Bosnia. Photograph Carl Recine/Reuters

Inner city club key in development of player who looks to have a big career ahead

People walk on Sunday on Yahtenny Bridge  near the St Petersburg stadium, which will host matches of the 2018 football World Cup. Photograph: Anton Vaganov/Reuters

Syrian-led group of NGOs calls on Vladimir Putin to ensure fighting stops before football starts

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke celebrates scoring against  Cork City at Tallaght Stadium.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork City likely to have full squad as they head to Derry for sold-out game

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neil at the squad announcement in  Navan, Co Meath. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Long and Walters included in group for games against Celtic, France and the USA

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke has been named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Irish squad. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Shamrock Rovers’ Graham Burke among four players named in Ireland squad for first time

Republic of Ireland defender John O’Shea scores against Germany in Gelsenkirchen. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Defender will bow out after friendly against the United States on June 2nd

Declan Rice has been a regular at West Ham this season. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Just 18 eligible Ireland players have kicked a ball in the top flight since last summer

Bayern Munich’s Benjamin Ballis in action against Ajax’s  Julian Rijkhoff. All the talk prior to the final was about the latter a 13-year-old striker. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

DDSL host some of Europe’s biggest clubs and brightest prospects

Katie McCabe of Arsenal in the Wembley Stadium dressing rooms. Photograph: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

More than 40,000 tickets sold for the game at Wembley between Arsenal and Chelsea

Aaron Callaghan: has resigned as Athlone’s manager this week, citing the club’s failure to provide warm-up gear and a physiotherapist for Monday’s Leinster Senior Cup game against Shelbourne. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Departing Athlone manager sanctioned for ‘offensive and intimidating’ behaviour

Roy Keane’s arrival at Sunderland with a number of irish players sparked a new wave of fans. Photo: Craig Connor/Inpho

Those heady days of 2007 are now a distant memory as League One awaits Black Cats

Martin O’Neill at the launch of the SportsDirect FAI Summer Soccer Schools at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Former boss believes Celtic need better domestic competition to prosper in Europe

Colin Bell, Republic of Ireland women’s manager, Martin O’Neill and  Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone with Kevin Nguyen from St Aidan’s school in Dublin  at  the annual Show Racism the Red Card awards ceremony at Tallaght Stadium.   Photograph: Barry Cronin

But Ireland manager says situation has improved a lot since the dark days of the 70s

Shamrock Rovers’ Ethan Boyle scores their second goal of the game past Mark McNulty of Cork City. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Bradley’s side deserving winners over the champions after tough few weeks

 Matt Doherty of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates scoring against Stoke City in the FA Cup   clash at the Bet365 Stadium.  Photograph:  by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Irish defender has played a huge role in Wolves’ promotion to the Premier League

Cork City goalkeeper Mark McNulty celebrates his side’s goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division game at Turner’s Cross. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Champions make up for Oriel Park loss as young defence excels against Dundalk

Dundalk goalkeeper Gary Rogers will be hoping to keep a clean sheet when he makes his 100th appearance against Cork City. Photograph: Inpho

Gary Rogers will make his 100th league appearance for Dundalk

Middlesbrough and Ireland full-back Cyrus Christie has been the victim of racist abuse on Twitter. Photo: Getty Images

Abuse received by Cyrus Christie makes you wonder about policing in the online world

 Ian Rush at the  Liverpool FC Store in the Ilac Centre, in Dublin on Monday. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Former striker believes player of year Salah is set to become an all-time Anfield great

Wes Hoolahan has announced he is leaving Norwich City. Photo: Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Irishman announced he will leave Norwich City after 10 years at Carrow Road

Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring his side’s second goal during their Premier League win over West Bromwich Albion. Photo: Nigel French/PA Wire

Former Liverpool striker says he hopes the Egyptian beats his one season scoring record

Cork’s Graham Cummins celebrates scoring at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Three wins in a row, plus Dundalk’s draw with Derry, sees City back top of the table

Alan Reynolds: Waterford manager has seen four of  his players red-carded in recent games. Photograph: Ciarán Culligan/Inpho

Blues looking to get back to winning ways against Bray Wanderers on Friday night

Brian Lenihan training with Ireland in 2014. Photograph: Steve Langan/Inpho

Cork City boss made 23-year-old a regular starter before his move to Hull in 2014

Accrington Stanley players celebrate their promotion to League One. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty

20-year-old defender played a key if unexpected role in club’s League Two campaign

 Brian Lenihan in action for  Hull City in April 2016. Photograph:  Dave Thompson/Getty Images

Hull and former Cork City defender has struggled with knee injuries

Shamrock Rovers’ manager Stephen Bradley during his team’s defeat at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

‘When you’re at Shamrock Rovers and you lose three in a row, it’s not good enough’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho may face his make-or-break season in 2018/19. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

Portuguese manager will not change his ways so expect a summer transfer splurge

Bray Wanderers’ Ger Pender and Daniel Kelly celebrate after victory over Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Ronan Finn error gifts a goal to Ronan Coughlan to deepen the gloom for Stephen Bradley

Bray Wanderers Cory Galvin challenges Sean Gannon of Dundalk. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

The home side rallied after recent abysmal performances but it still wasn’t enough

Bray’s Conor Kenna: ‘You look at the Champions League this week and you see that amazing things are possible.’ File photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Bohemians travel to Tallaght for derby while Cork and Waterford deal with suspensions

Waterford and Cork City players were involved in a brawl in the latter stages of the SSE Airtricity League game at the RSC. Two players from each side have received suspensions of between three and six matches. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Cork City will not appeal suspensions handed to two of their players over RSC incident

The proposed Richmond Arena in Inchicore.

Plan would encompass a substantial retail element plus 350 car parking spaces

Ireland’s Louise Quinn dejected after conceding they first goal of the game to the Netherlands in their 2019 World Cup qualifier. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

European champions scored two first half goals to put the game to bed in Tallaght

Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates a goal against LAFC on his LA Galaxy debut. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP

Sunderland count cost of signing Darron Gibson, Mick McCarthy is lost for words

Cork City’s Barry McNamee celebrates his goal in the SSE Airtricity  Premier Division game against Bray Wanderers at the Carlisle Grounds. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Champions had been struggling to add to early goal until second-half spell

Leanne Kiernan: “We have a lot of pace up front but we didn’t utilise that in the Netherlands.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Victory in first of two crucial home games would set up Netherlands clash nicely

Megan Connolly has been named in Colin Bell’s squad for the the World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and the Netherlands in Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager will need to improvise at left back for games against Slovakia and the Netherlands

Mick McCarthy: former Republic of Ireland boss will be leaving Ipswich Town at the end of the season. Photograph:  Alex Morton/Getty Images

Manager pays price for employer’s impatience despite reluctance to let him spend

Turkey is a candidate for the 2024 European Championships. Photograph: Murad Sezer/Reuters

Nation which recently hosted Ireland has the infrastructure but not the political climate

Ireland’s Declan Rice celebrates Shaun Donnellan’s late winner. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Shaun Donnellan scores in injury time as group leaders Germany held in Kosovo

Declan Rice of the Irish under-21 squad. Photograph: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Ireland are second in Group Five, level on points with Kosovo and five adrift of Germany

Celtic and Ireland fans at Jackie McNamara’s testimonial  in 2005. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

A portion of the money raised will go to the family of Liam Miller

Matt Doherty in action for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey in Antalya. “There are a lot of new players in the squad and it is an opportunity.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defender has proved a model of consistency for Championship leaders Wolves

Declan Rice in action against Turkey’s Yusuf Yazici during the friendly international at the Antalya Stadyumu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

West Ham defender: ‘I think there is something in me. I’m composed and I’m a calm player.'

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill on the sideline during the friendly international against Turkey at the Antalya Stadyumu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘He put in a man of match performance, I thought he was excellent for us’

Declan Rice  in action against Turkey’s Yusuf Yazici  during the friendly international  at the  Antalya Stadyumu. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Declan Rice impresses on debut as Ireland suffer defeat in Antalya

Cyrus Christie trains with the squad in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Gardaí aware of Fulham defender being targeted by number of social media users

Séamus Coleman:  “I haven’t even thought of Neil Taylor five times since the injury . . . If I hold any grudge against him it’s not going to help me in my rehab.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Everton player returns to lead Ireland squad in Turkey almost a year after Wales injury

 Aston Villa’s Scott Hogan and Preston North End’s Seán Maguire during Ireland training at Antalya Stadium in Turkey.  Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Expectation building as Preston’s Seani Maguire ready to make an impact

Republic of Ireland captain Séamus Coleman at a press conference  in Antalya  ahead of the friendly international against Turkey.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland captain will return to international football against Turkey

Sean Maguire: “I think that I’ve had a lot more lows than highs but my career is on the up.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Preston striker in confident mood as he enjoys a rich vein of form with his club

Shane Duffy scores  the Republic of Ireland’s early goal in the World Cup playoff against Denmark. “For the first 10 minutes I thought I was a hero and then I was a villain, all of us were.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Within two years the Brighton centre-back has made a huge impact for the Republic

“The focus for me this week is to impress, go back and help the club stay in the league.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ross County goalkeeper wants to make his mark in Turkey this week

 Shane Duffy: “When I won the award the other night, I sort of looked back on the two years and how far I’ve come. It’s been crazy.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘I went away, worked hard, played games, got myself properly fit’

Enda Stevens:  Credits Chris Wilder and  Paul Cook as the two managers who helped him get where he is today. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sheffield United wing back admits he didn’t appreciate his time with Aston Villa

Republic of Ireland squad: Kieran O’Hara training in Turkey. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty

Manchester United goalkeeper says de Gea training improving his game

Martin O’Neill talks to the press at the  Regnum Sports Centre, Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Manager confirms Jon Walters keen to remain involved with squad going forward

  Liam Kelly in action for Reading. The Reading midfielder has told Martin O’Neill that his ambition is to play for England. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Getty Images

Reading midfielder has told Martin O’Neill he wants to represent England

Declan Rice was named the FAI’s Under-19 Player of the Year on Sunday. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

London-born Ireland U21 player insists he would never switch his allegiance to England

Senior international player: Shane Duffy scores against Denmark in November. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Sense of spring training camp about Turkey squad list as McClean recognised for Wales goal

Richie Ryan in action for Shamrock Rovers in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New club is one of strongest in USL and has firm ambitions to make the step up to MLS

Limerick City manager Tommy Barrett: “Cork are the best team in the league so the very least we will need is a lot of hard work and application.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tommy Barrett’s side have suffered some heavy defeats already in this campaign

 Graham Cummins celebrates after Cork City defeated St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cork striker has enjoyed dream start to the season after rejoining club

 Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will know that the Europa League is his team’s best chance at qualifying for next year’s Champions League. Photograph: Getty Images

The importance of securing participation in Champions League goes well beyond it

St Pats’ Ryan Brennan and Robbie Benson of Dundalk fight for the ball. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Solid defensive display helps Liam Buckley’s side frustrate Lilywhites at Richmond Park

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill reads a statement at his press conference on Monday. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho

‘I’ve been asking my counterpart at the FAI for a meeting for more than eight months’

Dundalk’s Pat Hoban: “I had a very frustrating year in terms of not playing, injuries, little niggles . . . I’m lucky to be playing here now under Stephen Kenny.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In-form striker will bid to add to his goals tally against St Patrick’s Athletic at Inchicore

Cork City’s Karl Sheppar+d challenges for the ball with Chris Shields of Dundalk during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match at  Oriel Park. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Early goal from striker helps Stephen Kenny’s men close the gap on rivals Cork to just a point

Denis O’Brien has ended his 10-year arrangement with the FAI whereby he contributed to the salaries of the Ireland senior management team. Photograph:  Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

John Delaney says FAI ‘are strong enough to stand on our own two feet’

John Caulfield: expecting a tough test for Cork City when they visit rivals Dundalk.  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Victory at Oriel Park would see champions open up a seven-point gap on home side

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill at the squad announcement at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill claims FAI bias towards Catholic players

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was unhappy with comments made by Northern Ireland counterpart Michael O’Neill. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Northern Ireland manager said that Republic only ever approach Catholic players

Northern Ireland might do well to have a bit of a policy review if they are really serious about inclusiveness. Photograph: Inpho

Up in Belfast, it sometimes seems, they cannot leave the past completely behind

Michael O’Neill claims the FAI targeted former Manchester United defender Paddy McNair in the mistaken belief that he was a Catholic. Photograph: Getty Images

Players born in the North are automatically eligible to declare for the Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane has found form after returning from injury in India. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Record Irish goalscorer is in temporary charge of Indian Super League side ATK

Michael Carson has been charged with historical child abuse offences related to his work with British underage teams. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

74-year-old released on conditional bail and is due to appear in court next month

Everton midfielder James McCarthy  is expected to rejoin his side in the next few days. Photograph: Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Midfielder could be in contention to play in Ireland’s first Nations League game

Limerick were hammered 8-0 by Dundalk at Oriel Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Despite heavy defeats and poor facilities clubs have retained their top flight status

Stephanie Roche at a Dublin event  to mark the launch of a five-a-side  football tournament which returns to Ireland for a  third consecutive year. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Improvements in treatment has allowed squad members raise their game

Ian Mallon has resigned and will take up a role with Uefa as “National Associations Communications Consultant”.

Former Communications Director will take up new position with Uefa

Derry’s Ronan Curtis celebrates scoring the winner at Dalymount Park. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Ronan Curtis’s goal is the difference as visitors take the spoils from Dalymount Park

Shamrock Rovers’ Dan Carr celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Brandon Miele nets a brace as Bradley’s Hoops overrun Wanderers in second half

Dundalk’s Marco Tagbajumi with goalkeeper Kevin Horgan of Shamrock Rovers during their Airtricity League clash. Photo: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Mistakes from both led to a 0-0 draw in Tallaght as they slipped further behind Cork

Galway United’s manager Shane Keegan is not happy with his team’s pre-season. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Shane Keegan: For first time I’m going into a match without having seen other side

Shamrock Rovers Greg Bolger challenges Bohemians’ Keith Ward during the Bohs’ 3-1 victory at Dalymount Park on the opening night. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Tallaght encounter offers both clubs chance to bounce back while First Division kicks off

James McClean: “The way Martin was getting hammered about his job considering what he’d achieved? That was crazy. He’s done an unbelievable job.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

West Brom winger says criticism of boss after Denmark defeat was ‘over the top’

Cork City striker  Graham Cummins will be available for the club’s game away to Sligo Rovers next Monday after the FAI’s disciplinary committee decided not to add to his automatic one-match ban for a sending off against St Patrick’s Athletic. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sligo Rovers sign former Celtic left back Calum Waters and Waterford’s Patrick McClean

Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen signed for the club when he was 15. Photograph: David Klein/Reuters

Barcelona team built on academy products like Messi, Iniesta, Busquets, Pique and Alba

Republic of Ireland under-21 defender Seán Kavanagh has signed for Shamrock Rovers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Dubliner admits lure of signing for Tallaght club was too much

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