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Aaron Connolly during an Ireland training session at the Boris Paichadze Arena ahead of the Euro 2020 qualifier against Georgia on Saturday. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mick McCarthy has admitted he had to reassure teenager Aaron Connolly that it was him on the phone when he called him into the senior Republic of Irel(...)

France’s players attend a training session at the Fuji Hokuroku Park in Fujiyoshida, ahead of the Japan 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photgraph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images.

A: About the event: The world’s top 20 rugby squads will duke it out over six weeks at 12 venues in Japan, from the opening match in Tokyo on Septembe(...)

Andrew Porter, Josh van der Flier, Chris Farrell, Rory Best, James Ryan and Bundee Aki are presented with their Rugby World Cup caps at the  official welcome ceremony. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Here’s Johnny. The surroundings of the hotel where Ireland are bunkered down make an industrial estate outside Bordeaux feel almost enticing. We were(...)

Stephen kenny speaks to Troy Parrott during an Ireland under-21 training session. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The first few reports into just what really was going on at the FAI when its directors weren’t paying attention to how John Delaney was running the pl(...)

Ireland and Middlesbrough goalkeeper Darren Randolph: ‘Robbie wants us to play football at all times.’  Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After Middlesbrough’s underwhelming summer of transfer activity, Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph is hopeful that the acquisition of his compatriot (...)

 Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Aston Villa. Photograph:  Matthias Kern/Getty Images

By Sunday afternoon Mick McCarthy should have a slightly stronger sense of how his players with Premier League clubs are going to fare over the course(...)

Barry Dunning, originally from Co Kildare, has worked in Jakarta since 2017.

When you stand out in a foreign land - like a country man from Kildare always will in a tropical country like Indonesia - “where are you from?” is a q(...)

Middlesbrough’s Robbie Keane and Jonathan Woodgate during a pre-season friendly against  Hartlepool United  at Victoria Park, Hartlepool. Photograph:   Mark Fletcher via Getty Images

It is long, gruelling and unpredictable. It contains ambition, excitement, desperation and conniving. There are prizes, parachutes, sackings and somet(...)

Troy Parrott of Tottenham Hotspur in action against Juventus at the Singapore National Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images

Richard Dunne has called on Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy to fast-track Tottenham’s teen sensation Troy Parrott into his senior squad. At(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane speaks at Crumlin Hospital, Dublin. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Robbie Keane says will he will decide on whether to accept an offer to become Jonathan Woodgate’s assistant at Middlesbrough by the end of the week. T(...)

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