James McClean: “The last time we played Denmark to qualify it didn’t go so well. But look, it’s another shot. Nothing is going to right the wrongs of that night but hopefully it goes better than last time.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The queue to start on the left hand side of Ireland’s front line may have gotten longer after Seán Maguire and Callum Robinson both impressed there ag(...)

Derrick Williams has been ruled out of Ireland’s clash with Denmark on Monday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Blackburn Rovers fullback Derrick Williams will miss Ireland’s crunch Euro 2020 qualifier at home to Denmark on Monday night due to injury. Williams (...)

Ireland’s Callum Robinson scores their third goal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mick McCarthy shrugged off what he felt was an attempt to attach too much importance to what had transpired in this 3-1 win over New Zealand but he wa(...)

 Ireland’s Troy Parrott with assistant manager Robbie Keane after being substituted. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It all worked out grand in the end, but let Thursday night be a lesson to all of us, especially Jim Beglin - never, ever chortle at the quality of tea(...)

  Sean Maguire scores his first  goal for Ireland. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 3 New Zealand 1 Sixteen attempts it took the Irish rugby team to beat New Zealand in Lansdowne Road. Here, Mick McCarthy’s men ma(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane with  Troy Parrott at training for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems hard to imagine that the FAI’s managerial succession strategy will provide us with a stranger occasion than Ireland’s game against New Zealan(...)

New Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill  celebrates his team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Barnsley  at Oakwell Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

New Stoke boss Michael O’Neill had an instant impact as his side hammered Barnsley 4-2 at Oakwell in the bottom-of-the-table Championship clash. The (...)

Shane Duffy: set to return in central defence for the Republic of Ireland  against Georgia in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

News of of Shane Duffy’s return may have added slightly to the need Mick McCarthy felt at his pre-match conference to do some dampening of expectatio(...)

Derrick Williams at Republic of Ireland squad training at  the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defender Derrick Williams has expressed sympathy for former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Kevin MacDonald, who lost his coaching at job at Ast(...)

Kevin Long and Aaron Connolly taking part in the Republic of Ireland squad session at the  FAI National Training Centre in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He was, he said nearly a week ago, “optimistic” that Shane Duffy might yet play some part in the enormously important double header his Irish side is (...)

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