Stephen Kenny saw his Ireland Under-21s side beat Sweden 4-1 in Tallaght. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny believes that Ireland qualifying for a first ever European Championships at Under-21 level can come down to a make or break game in Ital(...)

Ireland Under-21s celebrate   Zack Elbouzedi’s winner against Armenia. Photograph: Hrach Khachatryan/Inpho

Armenia Under-21s 0 Republic of Ireland Under-21s 1 Just as Keith Fahey’s second-half winner in Yerevan propelled Ireland towards reaching Euro 2012,(...)

Republic of Ireland U19 player Zachary Elbouzedi went close to scoring in the win over Belgium. Photograph:  Kostadin Andonov/Inpho

Belgium 0 Republic of Ireland 1 The Republic of Ireland were denied a place in the Uefa Under-19 Championships finals on goal difference despite beat(...)

Even now, after so many attempts to get them right, the Fifa rules that govern international eligibility are an imperfect attempt to address an intrac(...)

Jonathan Lunney cuts a dejected figure after Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Italy. Photograph: Kostadin Andonov/Inpho

Italy 2 Republic of Ireland 0The Republic of Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the quarter-finals now hang by a thread after they were undone by clini(...)

Stephen Ward: played for Bohemians in the League of Ireland after finishing with Home Farm. He later moved to Wolves. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Back home on a rare weekend off, Stephen Quinn returned to the place where his love affair with football was first sparked and summarized that the mo(...)