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 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(...)

Republic of Ireland supporters with an anti-Delaney banner at the qualifier against Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium in Gibraltar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Gibraltar versus Ireland must be in the running for the distinction of least-watched Ireland qualifier of the TV age. It wasn’t that the match didn’t(...)

 Stephen Ward has played his last match for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Getty Images

Burnley defender Stephen Ward has informed Mick McCarthy that he is retiring from international football with the 33 year-old intent, it seems, on foc(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy  at the launch of a  two-year partnership between  betting firm SportPesa and  the FAI  at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. Photograph:   Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Mick McCarthy has criticised the decision to persist with giving Declan Rice the Young Player of the Year award even after it became clear that the 20(...)

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team will aim to continue their unbeaten league start against Rafael Benitez’ Newcastle team. Photograph: Getty Images

Wednesday, December 26th Brighton (13th) v Arsenal (5th) Shane Duffy will replace Lewis Dunk in the centre of defence for Brighton. Duffy is availabl(...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny celebrates the FAI Cup Final win over Cork City. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny has been around football here long enough to know that not everyone is a believer in the domestic game and the 47-year-old acknowledges (...)

Former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane now has a choice to make whether to stay in management or not. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

So what now for Roy Keane? If this was always likely to be Martin O’Neill’s last hurrah in the game, it was never imagined as such for his assistant. (...)

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness believes there could be potential positive impacts in the long-term for Ireland if the Premier League limits the number of foreign-born players allowed after Brexit. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Representatives of the Irish players’ union, the PFAI, will meet their English counterparts in a couple of weeks to discuss the implications of a prop(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill included four new players in the 36-man squad he announced. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Four new players are included in Martin O’Neill’s extended squad with young Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher as well defender Jimmy Dunne, midfi(...)

Matt Doherty will make his first Republic of Ireland starts in the National League game against  Denmark. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wolves’ Matt Doherty was handed a first start for the Republic of Ireland as manager Martin O’Neill made six changes for the Nations League clash with(...)

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