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Ireland’s Aaron Connolly in action against João Palhinha of Portugal: the   player had multiple chances to become a national hero that night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny is at the tactics board. The media are deep inside FAI offices in Abbotstown, so deep that our digital recorder believes it is up on She(...)

The Ireland boss shook up the usual press conference format by taking reporters into his office and offering plenty of detail on tactics. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Press conferences can be mind-numbing at the best of times - for all parties involved. Stephen Kenny understands the gig and embraces the need to answ(...)

Ireland’s Chiedozie Ogbene celebrates scoring a goal against Luxembourg with Callum Robinson in Stade de Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifying match. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Before Rotherham United there were stints at Brentford and Exeter City. Before Limerick FC there was Nemo Rangers. Go further back and find an eight-y(...)

The Nations League draw will take place on Friday. Photo: William Cherry/Inpho

Ahead of the Nations League draw in Nyon, Switzerland at 5pm on Thursday, here is all you need to know about the third iteration of Uefa’s attempt to (...)

Ireland’s Josh Cullen in action against Portugal’s  Bruno Fernandes. Photograph:  Paul Faith/AFP via Getty Images

Gavin Bazunu (Portsmouth) Had pleasingly little to do. Made one save from a shot that was going wide but most of his work was done with his feet and (...)

Ireland’s Andrew Omobamidele has made quite an impression since coming into the senior Ireland ranks. Photo: Ben Brady/Inpho

All the Paul McGrath mentions sail slightly over Andrew Omobamidele’s head. It’s like asking a young Roy Keane how he feels about Johnny Giles. Or qui(...)

Chiedozie Ogbene celebrates scoring his goal in the game against Azerbaijan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Caoimhín Kelleher and Chiedozie Ogbene were handed first starts for the Republic of Ireland as manager Stephen Kenny shuffled his pack for Tuesday nig(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Caoimhín Kelleher at a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre on Monday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Caoimhín Kelleher will make his first start for Ireland against Qatar in front of a near sell-out 25,000 crowd at the Aviva stadium on Tuesday night. (...)

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny speaks to the media after his team’s win in Baku. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

“The win was long overdue,” said Stephen Kenny, with the understatement of the century. “To have all our better players available more regularly is im(...)

Republic of Ireland  manager Stephen Kenny with Gavin Bazunu who is fast emerging as a young leader in the Ireland squad. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

“Nature decides all things.” – David Forde, the Republic of Ireland’s wellness coach (and former goalkeeper). This Ireland team and its governing bod(...)

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