Stoke gave Ireland a six-month deal in the summer when his four-year €16m contract expired, and another one in December to take him through to the season's end.

It could just be the latest brainwave of the competition’s marketing department – you know how they are always trying to breathe new life into the FA (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill during the second leg against Denmark. Photograph: Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

As the Republic of Ireland’s gruelling campaign to qualify for next summer’s World Cup came to an ignominious close on Tuesday night, it was clear tha(...)

A dejected Shay Given and Mick McCarthy after Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night was galling for a number of reasons. Most obviously - it means there will be no World Cup appearance(...)

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan in action against Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty

Had things gone a certain way, had he been seen in another light, it could have been so different for Wes Hoolahan. “Ipswich were the only ones who (...)

 Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill and Shane Duffy celebrate after the win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time and again the players who play for Martin O’Neill say his great strength is the belief he shows in them and how it leaves them wanting to repay h(...)

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

Martin O’Neill has agreed to stay on as manager of the Republic of Ireland soccer team for the 2020 European Championships qualifying campaign. Assis(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill agreed a new deal to stay on as manager until the 2020 European Championships. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

There have been many cases in Irish sport of managers getting new contracts just before things went wrong at a major tournament in a way that made it (...)

Martin O’Neill says the Serbs are technically better than Ireland but that his players will put their “heart and soul” into it. Photograph:  David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

We’ve all seen enough by now to know that Martin O’Neill doesn’t like having to do post-match interviews with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue, but the Ireland m(...)

Harry Arter shoots during Ireland’s match against Austria in Dublin in June. Photograph: Inpho

Nature abhors a 100 per cent record. Georgia have been this country’s best friend in international football, sabotaging qualification group rivals lik(...)

Sean Maguire in action for his new club Preston North End. Photograph: Getty Images

The first time I heard the “magical power of airplanes” gag, in relation to a player called into an Ireland squad I laughed out loud. It was October (...)

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