Only premium level tickets at a price of €120 will go on public sale on Friday. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

A limited number of tickets will be available to buy for the World Cup playoff second leg

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

In a much less breezy Zurich, Ireland will find out on Tuesday who their opponents are

Derry City manager Kenny Shiels has said his team may not fulfil their fixture against Cork City. Photo: Ciaran Culligan/Inpho

Kick-off time for the Turners Cross clash has been confirmed for 7.20pm, live on RTÉ 2

Paul Dunne of Ireland tees off during the opening round of the Italian Open at Golf Club Milano - Parco Reale di Monza. Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

The Greystones man shows no sign of letting his foot off the gas in impressive run of form

Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry have had contrasting results on the greens as of late. Photo: Getty Images

This year Lowry has been frustrated on the greens while Dunne has flourished

Roy Keane is escorted off the pitch after Ireland were eliminated from the Euro 2000 playoffs by Turkey amid farcical scenes in Bursa. Photo: Tom Honan/Inpho

November’s showdown will be the ninth time Ireland have appeared in a playoff encounter

The front page of the Western Mail after Ireland dashed Wales’ World Cup hopes. Photo: Western Mail Twitter

General reaction was of acceptance and that Wales simply didn’t do enough on the night

Ireland’s James McClean watches his shot go fly past Wayne Hennessey in the 1-0 World Cup qualifying win over Wales in Cardiff. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Martin O’Neill’s men have a chance over two legs to book a spot in Russia next summer

Ireland’s Shane Long reacts after a missed chance in the World Cup qualifying win over Moldova. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Southampton striker will miss win-or-bust final World Cup qualifier in Cardiff

Slovenia’s Roman Bezjac celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group F match at Stadion Stozice, Ljubljana. Photo: Adam Davy/PA

Slovenia’s draw with Scotland in Ljubljana puts an end to all of the permutations

Tyrrell Hatton of England celebrates victory following the final round of the 2017 Alfred Dunhill Championship at The Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The Greystones 24-year-old continued his hot vein of form after winning last week

Paul Dunne plays his approach to the ninth at Kingsbarns on day three of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. Photo: Getty Images

Meanwhile, a Rory McIlroy birdie-blitz meant he made the cut right on the mark

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

Manager hoping to lead Ireland to a World Cup finals for first time since 2002

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has agreed a contract extension. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The 65-year-old Northern Irishman will remain in the position he has held since 2013

Ireland’s Paul Dunne hits a tee shot during the first round at the Dunhill Links Championship. Photo: Craig Brough/Reuters

Dunne continued his good form at St Andrews and is closely followed by Shane Lowry

Ireland’s Paul Dunne celebrates after chipping in on the 18th during the final round to win the British Masters. Photo: Lee Smith/Reuters

The 24-year-old says he never looked back during a final round 61 to claim first win

Paul Dunne of Ireland with the winner’s trophy after the final round of the British Masters at Close House Golf Club in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The 24-year-old’s maiden win the product of years of hard work and prodigious talent

Dublin celebrate with the Brendan Martin Cup following the TG4 Ladies Football All-Ireland Senior Championship final at Croke Park. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Dublin’s win over Mayo was also the best attended women’s sports event in Europe

Tiger Woods hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5th, 2010. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The hotel at the revamped resort will open in November and the golf course in March 2018

Paul Dunne of Ireland hits his second shot on the 12th during day one of Made in Denmark at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Aalborg, Denmark. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

24-year-old is fully focused on picking up a first win as he opened with a round of 64

Wimbledon’s Vinnie Jones takes part in a promotional launch for the new Premier League season in 1992. Photo: Getty Images

Just nine teams from the 1992/1993 season will compete in this year’s league campaign

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot on the 15th hole during the second round of the World Golf Championships - Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

The world number four sits three shots off the lead heading into the weekend in Akron

Robbie Keane has signed a one-season deal with Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League. Photo: Inpho

Ireland’s record goalscorer teams up with Teddy Sheringham at 11th club of his career

Rory McIlroy has best friend Harry Diamond on the bag at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational. Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

World number four looked impressive in his first round without JP Fitzgerald on the bag

Amateur Leona Maguire of Ireland tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Link. Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images

Michelle Wie the woman to catch at the top of the leaderboard after an opening round of 64

Darwin Rovers after training ahead of their FFA Cup clash with Sydney. Back left are founders Shane Kavanagh and Jimmy Culligan.

Set up as a sister club to Shamrock Rovers, Darwin Rovers have made a meteoric rise

Bray Wanderers chairman Denis O’Connor. Photo: Inpho

Crisis-hit club released a statement confirming his departure amid financial turmoil

Harrington celebrates after clinching his first

From a war hero pioneer in 1909 to Harrington, Clarke and McIlroy’s claret jugs

Paul Dunne of Ireland hits his second shot on the 6th hole during day one of the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links. Photo: Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Greystones man currently occupies qualifying place for next week’s Open Championship

President Donald Trump in his private box with Trump National Golf Club director of golf, Mickie Gallagher, left, and son Eric Trump. Photo: Julie Jacobson/AP

US president Donald Trump was present at his golf course to keep an eye on proceedings

Tommy Fleetwood of England plays his second shot on the 18th during day four of the HNA Open de France at Le Golf National Paris, France. Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

However, Greystones golfer didn’t manage to book a place at the Open Championship

Sky Sports are set to offer cheaper packages in a rebrand of their traditional channels. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Broadcaster to launch themed channels for football, golf and cricket with prices reduced

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland leaves the pitch after the Lions’ draw with Hurricanes at the Westpac Stadium, Wellington. Photo: David Davies/PA

Lions coach came in for criticism around the world for neglecting his replacements

Lions fans sing prior to the first test match between the New Zealand All Blacks and the British & Irish Lions at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Phil Walter/Getty Images

‘Lions, Lions, Lions’ chant that might have been heard at Norfolk retreat of the Queen

All Blacks captain Kieran Read came in for a lot of praise after a superb performance in their win over the Lions at Eden Park. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s a growing admiration for the Lions but All Blacks remain supremely confident

Ireland’s Shane Duffy  in action during the  World Cup qualifier against  Austria. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Ruaidhrí Croke runs the rule over Martin O’Neill and his team after a salvaged point

Lions’ Sean O’Brien bursts through the Crusaders defence in their win in Christchurch. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There was praise for the Lions as well as some castigating for referee Mathieu Raynal

James McClean poses for a picture with fans after Ireland training at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Lions face their biggest test yet, Ireland meet Austria, stateside rugby and more

Dean Gardiner has Martin Keenan on the ropes during their box-off at the National Stadium. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Sport Ireland continue to warn of a withdrawal of funding unless agreement reached

Tiger Eldrick Woods appears in a booking photo released by Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Palm Beach, Florida, USA. Photo: Reuters

The 41-year-old former world number one is set to appear in a Florida court on July 5th

Conor McGregor’s potential fight with Floyd Mayweather moved a step closer on Thursday. Photo: Tom Hogan/Inpho

The UFC lightweight champion released a statement confirming his side of deal is done

Rory McIlroy is hopeful he will be fit to play in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

World number two said that the recurrence of a rib injury won’t affect him long term

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

German club’s owners also own Salzburg in Austria who won the league at the weekend

Rory McIlroy hits his second shot on the tenth hole during the second round of The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Tannen Maury/EPA

The world number two is struggling with a back injury and will have an MRI on Monday

Henrik Stenson of Sweden plays his shot from the 10th tee during the first round of the the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Will Chelsea be crowned champions? There’s the Players, Champions Cup final and more

Seven-year-old Rhys Creane from Sheriff FC takes a penalty against Aviva’s FAI Junior Cup Ambassador, Richard Dunne, and some of the kids from the club during a visit to Sheriff Street in Dublin. Photo: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Former Ireland defender also gave his view on match-fixing and gambling in football

Ireland’s Ed Joyce bats during a nets session at The Brightside Ground, Bristol. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire

Premier League, Pro12, historic cricket, thestart of the GAA championship and more

Runners from wave four cross the starting line for the 121st running of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Massachusetts on April 17th. Photo: Lisa Hornak/Reuters

Derek Murphy investigates falsified times, course cutting and bib-selling in marathons

Barcelona meet Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in one of the picks of the weekend action. Photo: Alex Caparros/Getty Images

Champions Cup semi-finals, El Clasico, Old Firm derby, hurling final and much more

Lexi Thompson cries into a towel as she walks to the 18th green after her second shot during the final round of the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California. Photo: Robert Laberge/Getty Images

When will golf stop knocking progress back by poor handling of overly strict rules?

James McCarthty pulled out of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales after injuring himself in the warm-up. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ireland manager has responded to claims that he didn’t protect James McCarthy

Rory McIlroy walks up the 16th hole in heavy rain during the second round of the 2014 USPGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. Photo: Mike Ehrmann/PGA of America via Getty Images

The 27-year-old’s four major victories have all come at weather affected tournaments

Ireland’s James McClean reacts to missing a chance late in their World Cup qualifying clash with Wales. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

McClean continues to grow and grow, Ireland lack creativity but have plenty of guts

Ireland’s Shane Long clashes with Ashley Williams of Wales during their World Cup qualifier. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It all began before kick off with McCarthy’s warm-up injury before a feisty encounter

Matthew Fitzpatrick – who impressed last week – showed his matchplay strengths in winning the 2013 US Amateur Championship. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

It’s the second WGC of the season and we have two 50/1 shots to take a flutter on

Katie Taylor celebrates after beating Monica Gentili in London three weeks ago. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Inpho

Bray boxer will take on Milena Kolena on the undercard of Linares-Crolla II in Manchester

Wes Hoolahan left the pitch injured for Norwich ahead of Ireland’s 2018 World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photo: David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images

A comprehensive look at how the 38 men fared ahead of Friday’s clash against Wales

Can Ireland pull off an upset and stop England from completing the Grand Slam? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s the Six Nations finale with Ireland meeting England while Kerry face Dublin

Who will be taking home the Timico Gold Cup from the 2017 Cheltenham Festival? Photo: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Cheltenham comes to a conclusion, Croke Park welcomes the club finals and more

Portland Timbers’ Diego Chara was the subject of a meme made by LA Galaxy after he dived during apre-season friendly. Photo: Getty Images

The Timbers even responded to the slagging in a very MLS type of Twitter banter war

If Real Madrid are to progress they will have to do so in front of the fearsome Napoli fans at the Stadio San Paolo. Photo: Carlo Hermann/Getty Images

What’s next in wantaway Sanchez saga; can Barca make history?

Ireland’s Jonathan Sexton after receiving a knock to the head during a November international against Australia in 2014. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

A survey carried out by Irupa also revealed what worries professional players the most

John Barclay stood in as Scotland captain for their win over Wales on Saturday. Photo: Russell Cheyne/Reuters

Six Irishmen, four Scots, two Welsh, two English and an Italian make up this week’s XV

Conor Murray got a rating of eight from the notoriously harsh L’Equipe. Photo: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

There’s a lot of praise for Ireland while the French team face a number of questions

(L-R) Drogheda United’s Richie Purdy, Finn Harps’ Johnny Barrett, Galway United’s Colm Horgan, Derry City’s Aaron McEneff, Shamrock Rovers’ Ronan Finn, Dundalk’s Stephen O’Donnell, Cork City’s Steven Beattie, Limerick’s Dave O’Connor, Bohemians’ Dinny Corcoran, St. Patrick’s Athletic Athletics’ Ian Bermingham, Sligo Rovers Craig Roddan and Bray Wanderer’s Conor Kenna at the Airtricity League launch in the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ruaidhrí Croke runs the rule over the 12 top flight teams before the 2017 campaign begins

Finn Harps have confirmed the signing of Paddy McCourt. Photo: Finn Harps/Twitter

The 33-year-old makes return to League of Ireland after stints in Scotland and England

Rory McIlroy pictured with US president Donald Trump, Former New York Yankees baseball player Paul O’Neill and Clear Sports CEO Garry Singer at Trump International last weekend. Photo: ClearSports Twitter

Four-time major winner made his return to course after injury alongside US president

Paul Ryan presents Donald Trump with a Green Bay Packers jersey during a Thank You Tour 2016 rally  in West Allis, Wisconsin. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

The US president sees some good hombres and bad hombres even in the sports world

Anthony Handley has won an appeal against his sentence for dangerous driving causing death, with the court saying the two-year sentence imposed was unduly harsh. Photograph: Collins Courts

Court of Appeal says original custodial sentence of two years was ‘unduly harsh’

The Munster team in training ahead of their Pro12 clash with Ospreys. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

There’s Pro12 rugby, FA Cup, Allianz Hurling League and racing to take your fancy

Deportivo La Coruna players celebrate after Walter Pandiani opened the scoring against AC Milan in their Champins League win in 2004. Photo: Getty Images

Is there still hope for Barcelona after their mauling in Paris?

Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium has closed with immediate effect. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Racing was due to take place at the Dublin venue but its closure has been brought forward

Andy Lee will take on KeAndrae Leatherwood at Madison Square Garden on March 18th. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The Limerick boxer will take on KeAndrae Leatherwood on St Patrick’s weekend

It’s the opening weekend of the RBS Six Nations. Photo: Reuters

It’s Six Nations and National Football League opening weekend, as well as the Super Bowl

There is an air of optimism around Scotland that they can pull something off in this year’s Six Nation. Photo: Stu Forster/Getty Images

A quiet optimism exists among newspapers that Vern Cotter’s side can pull something off

Venus Williams of the USA celebrates her win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during the women’s singles quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Photo: Julian Smith/EPA

Williams and Federer are lighting up Melbourne, but they’re not the only ones

Fans visiting Dublin and Ireland fans travelling to away fixtures will feel the cost of hotel price hikes during the Six Nations. Photo: Inpho

Rooms in Dublin to rise dramatically while Irish fans will also be impacted in Cardiff

You can catch drama such as Tiger Woods’ dramatic chip in at the 16th by taking a trip to the US Masters at Augusta. Photo:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

The Masters to Cheltenham to the Monaco Grand Prix, with everything in between

Robbie Keane has said he is unsure of where his next move will be after leaving LA Galaxy. Photo: Inpho

The Ireland record goalscorer is a free agent after leaving LA Galaxy at the end of 2016

Daryl Horgan makes his first start for Preston North End after moving from Dundalk. Photo: Getty Images

The former Dundalk winger has been named in the lineup to take on Brighton at Deepdale

Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United meet Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool on a big weekend of sport. Photo: Getty Images

It’s a packed weekend of European rugby, football, golf, NFL, racing and GAA action

Rory McIlroy  plays his second shot on the eighth hole  during the first round of the BMW South African Championship at Glendower Golf Club  in Johannesburg. Photograph: Warren Little/Getty Images

The Northern Irishman carded seven birdies on the way to a 67 in his first start of the year

Everton’s James McCarthy is one of a number of Irish players who could move during the January transfer window. Photo: Getty Images

There has been a lot of interest in a number of internationals during the transfer window

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland hits ball on the range with his new Callaway irons ahead of the BMW South African Open at Glendower Golf Club in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

The world number two is playing as a thank you to Ernie Els – one of his childhood heroes

The ruling council of Fifa has voted unanimously to expand the World Cup 2026 to 48 teams. Photo: Bernd Weissbrod

A total of 48 teams will now take place in a revamped tournament format from 2026

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

A meeting of new managers, Stam’s homecoming and a chance for Irish to impress

Waterford FC have signed four players, including Patrick McClean from Derry City. Photo: Inpho

The newly revamped club are already investing in the hope of a return to top flight

Raymond van Barneveld celebrates defeating Phil Taylor during day thirteen of the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. The Dutchman takes on Michael van Gerwen in the semi-finals on New Year’s Day. Photo: John Walton/PA

There’s racing, Premier League and darts semi-final action to ring in the new year

Seamus Coleman’s Everton take on Hull City in the Premier League on Friday. Photo: Carl Recine/Reuters

The darts reaches the last eight while there’s also rugby and football to choose from

Phil Taylor is in third round action on Thursday at the William Hill World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace, London. Photo: Steve Paston/PA

It’s the final day at Leopardstown and Limerick while the darts steps it up a gear

It’s day three action at the Leopardstown Christmas Festival on Wednesday. Photo: PA

Yet more racing, football and darts action for you to feast on as the festivities continue

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates victory with his team after beating Everton. Liverpool take on Stoke today in the Premier League. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Douvan runs at Leopardstown, Liverpool take on Stoke and the darts returns

Cue Card will be looking to defend his King George VI Chase title at Kempton. Photo: Getty Images

Racing, football and rugby take centre stage on a packed day of festive sporting action

Ireland’s Michael Conlan gestures following his defeat to Vladimir Nikitin of Russia at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The 25-year-old Belfast boxer called AIBA “cheats” when beaten by Vladimir Nikitin

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD has indicated organisations won’t be fined for not meeting gender quotas. Photo: Inpho

Minister says he is opposed to ‘punitive’ measures after meeting over 50 organisations

UFC lightweight world champion Conor McGregor has been named Ireland’s Most Admired Sports Star of 2016. Photo: Inpho

The UFC lightweight world champion is Ireland’s Most Admired Sports Star of 2016

Retro Lions jerseys: will be particularly in vogue in the year of the summer tour to New Zealand. See LionsRugby.com

From retro Lions jerseys to Heritage Hurleys, there’s an option for every sports fan

Andy Boyle has left Dundalk to join Preston North End in the EFL Championship. Photo: Inpho

The centre-back was largely expected to leave and his agent has now confirmed the move

Portmarnock Golf Club’s Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierse with Ayodhya Links Founder and Chairman, Pitak Intrawityanunt after winning the World Club Championship in Thailand. Photo: @WCCGolf

Geoff Lenehan and Jack Pierse pipped Royal Melbourne in a playoff to claim the trophy

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