Wes Hoolahan

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Republic of Ireland goalkeeper  Shay Given  fails to stop the first goal from Mario Mandzukic of Croatia during the Euro 2012 group C game  at The Municipal Stadium on June 10th, 2012. Photograph: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

The Republic of Ireland will return to the scene of two of their three defeats at last year’s European Championships after the FAI announced a friendl(...)

Republic of Ireland interm manager Noel King

With evidence of my predictive shortcomings vividly illustrated elsewhere, it would be foolish to place much store in any forecast I might make. But t(...)

Martin O’Neill, or whoever gets the gig as next manager of the Irish football team, is going to get quite a lot of quids, but it’s hard to shake the suspicion that nothing else but perfection is going to keep the critics off his back once that initial burst of “new-era-fresh-start-everyone’s-shoulder-to-the-wheel” enthusiasm wears off. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

An old Irish Press colleague, the late Brian Featherstonhaugh, had an admirably straight-forward response to anyone ringing in complaining about mista(...)

Giovanni Trapattoni makes a rare appearance at a Premier League ground to take in Norwich City’s clash against Arsenal at Carrow Road last season. Photograph: Ian Kington/Getty Images

The overdue removal of Giovanni Trapattoni from his post yesterday morning will have an immediate impact this Saturday when the Premier League and Cha(...)

Cork manager Jimmy Barry Murphy shakes hands with Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald after the game. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork 3-16, Small Little Fishes 0-25, one eventuality Anthony Nash’s Da hadn’t covered when he said on Friday’s Up for the Match: “We know we’ll be abl(...)

 Anthony Pilkington of Norwich is expected to be named in Ireland squad. Photograph: Paul Thomas/Getty Images

The games themselves may prove a little trickier, but Anthony Pilkington is expected to make another Ireland squad tomorrow when Giovanni Trapattoni (...)

 A frustrated Shane Long after missing another good opportunity for the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Shane Long is likely to retain his place in the Republic of Ireland starting line-up for the game against Sweden in Dublin on September 6th, but his f(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan (centre) during a training session at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Norwich man will play behind Shane Long tonight. Photograph: David Davies/PA Wire.

With fine-tuning to be in done in every area of the pitch ahead of next month’s World Cup qualifiers, Giovanni Trapattoni seemed enthusiastic enough a(...)

Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan will start for the Republic of Ireland against Wales

It may only be a friendly, but with one eye on next month’s World Cup qualifiers Giovanni Trapattoni has named the strongest team at his disposal to f(...)

Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

The fact that a training session that was supposed to start behind closed doors took place on a pitch separated from others being used by local club p(...)

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