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Gareth Southgate: “We’re preparing to go to the World Cup – there’s no doubt in our mind that’s what we should be doing.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate has said he remains fully focused on preparing England for the World Cup despite the political tensions between the UK and the tourna(...)

Cliodhna Sargent returned to action for Cork Harlequins in November following the birth of her son. Photograph: Cathal Coonan/Inpho

After lengthy absences, two of Irish hockey’s most experienced players have returned to the international set-up. Cliodhna Sargent and Megan Frazer, (...)

 Katie Mullan: won her 100th cap against Spain. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye

If Tuesday’s 7-0 drubbing by Spain in the first of their four-match series gave Ireland an idea of how much work needs to be done ahead of this summer(...)

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 will have ample opportunity to start the rebuilding process he has promised over the coming year, it seems, with the FAI having confirm(...)

 Ireland coach Craig Fulton’s focus  will now be  the   Sultan Azlan Shah tournament in March. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Craig Fulton and his Irish men’s team returned home to Ireland reasonably content with their week’s work in Malaga, beating World Cup opponents Canad(...)

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

The FAI is at advanced stage of negotiations with the Turkish FA about a friendly game to be played in March. No final agreement has been reached bu(...)

Peru striker Paolo Guerrero: cocaine was found in his system after Peru’s 0-0 draw away to Argentina in a World Cup qualifier in October. Photograph: Getty Images

Peru’s hopes at next year’s World Cup finals were dealt a huge blow when captain and all-time record goalscorer Paolo Guerrero was banned for one year(...)

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

An opening game between what are ostensibly the two weakest sides at the tournament may not have been quite what the organisers of next summer’s World(...)

In 2018 the men play in the World Cup in India at the end of the year and will have a number of warm up events in preparation for that. Photograph: Jan Kruger/Getty Images for FIH

The grant of €21,000 per year for the Olympic cycle to Tokyo given to men’s hockey this week by the Olympic Council of Ireland was extremely welcome. (...)

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

It is likely to be at least a month and possibly the new year before it is confirmed that Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract but it is all but c(...)

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