Wes Hoolahan

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Ireland manager Martin O’Neill gathers his thoughts during the stadium walk in Lille. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Where Giovanni Trapattoni stuck with his established players for that final game because of what they might say about him abroad, current Republic of (...)

A view of Stade Pierre-Mauroy as the pitch is treated on Tuesday. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Uefa has admitted that the pitch on which Ireland will play Italy tonight is “irreversibly damaged,” and an entirely new one will be laid in time for(...)

Wes Hoolahan battles with Belgium’s Mousa Dembele on a day when the Norwich playmaker’s influence was below its normal standard. Photograph: Rungroj Yongrit/EPA

“I don’t know. I don’t know, to be honest.” Wes Hoolahan shrugs when he is asked to assess what happened to Ireland in Bordeaux. If the Dubliner has(...)

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld risks conceding a penalty as his high boot connects with Shane Long’s head. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Belgium 3 Republic of Ireland 0 If anyone wondered what gave the win over Germany last October its fairytale feel, they needed only to tune in on S(...)

For a while, Daniel McConnell from Airfield seemed to the happiest person in the Living Room pub. Photograph: Conor Pope

“To be honest I’d settle for the draw now,” says the merry man in the vintage Irish jersey as Lukaku knocks in Belgian’s third. He looks around to see(...)

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Jeff Hendrick at the final whistle of the Group E game against Belgium  at Stade Matmut Atlantique  in Bordeaux. Photograph: Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images

When the final whistle came it was a blessed relief and as the Irish supporters began the slow trip back into Bordeaux, the city’s charms and vineyard(...)

Martin O’Neill must have shed a tear on learning the seriousness of Jon Walters achilles injury. He constructed a finely balanced, effective, workmanlike starting XI that simply could not afford to lose even one key figure.

Darren Randolph A glorious save from Yannick Carrasco - who was already flagged offside but still - and takes no blame for goals, especially the se(...)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku scores the first of his two goals in the Euro 2016   Group E match at Stade Matmut Atlantique  in Bordeaux. Photograph: Ian Walton/Getty Images

Belgium 3 Republic of Ireland 0 Ireland will have to pick themselves up and defeat Italy on Wednesday if they hope to avoid first round elimination f(...)

Republic of Ireland assiatant manager Roy Keane during a press conference at Stade de Montbauron, Versailles, on Thursday Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Sometimes, it seems, you just can’t win with Roy Keane although losing isn’t quite as traumatic experience as it once was. The 44 year-old is as unlik(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane at the team’s training base in Marseille. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

What do you make of Eden Hazard’s poor form at Chelsea? “It can happen but you’ve got to be careful because I don’t know what’s going on at club le(...)

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