Republic of Ireland full-back Stephen Wrad has won 29 international caps since his debut against Northern Ireland in May 2011. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/ Inpho.

There’s a hint of snakes and ladders about Stephen Ward’s career to date with the Dubliner, who made steady progress after a slow start to his top-lev(...)

Paul McShane in action during the Republic of Ireland’s final training session in Malahide ahead of Sunday’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Poland at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The rival managers of Ireland and Poland seemed to be embroiled in a game of double bluff as the countdown continued to the European Championship qual(...)

Niall Keown, son of Arsenal defender Martin, is on the Ireland Under 21 squad. Photograph: David Price/Getty Images

Niall Keown heads the list of newcomers to Noel King’s Irish under-21 squad for the team’s first qualifying game of the new European Championship camp(...)

Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Noel King. Photograph:  Noel Geraghty/Inpho

The Irish under-21s will kick-off their European Championship qualifying campaign with a home game against Andorra next month but the real challenge i(...)

 England manager Roy Hodgson leads a training session at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday. Photograph: Walter Bieri/EPA

England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday he would have liked today’s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland – the team he(...)

Aiden McGeady celebrates his late winner last night. “If my career finished now, I could look back happily on it. But you always want to do better.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer.

For the best part of a year now Martin O’Neill has poked fun at Aiden McGeady but always with a fondness that suggested he felt the player was a littl(...)

England captain Wayne Rooney: “We have to put the summer behind us. We were all disappointed.”  Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

England v Norway, Wembley, 8.0pm: Wayne Rooney has promised that England will start a new chapter when they play Norway at Wembley as they warm-up for(...)

Ireland’s Paul Robinson stretches for the line in the 1,500m but is beaten to the Bronze medal by Chris O’Hare of Great Britain. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

All distance runners know the rule that without a one-stride lead you cannot cut in front of each other. All distance runners know that rule because i(...)

Ireland’s Mark English finishes fourth in the Men’s 800m semi-finals behind winner Pierre-Ambroise Bosse of France and second placed Artur Kuciapski of Poland. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

He pumped his fist in the air after just 300 metres, which might seem like a dangerously premature celebration for an 800 metres race. Except this was(...)

Katie Taylor after beating Bulgaria’s Denitsa Eliseeva in the 60kg semi-final of the European Women’s Boxing Championships in Bucharest. Photograph: Octavian Cocolos

It hasn’t been so much her progress as the assured nature of it. This week in Bucharest was always freighted with the possibility of a slip up, a r(...)

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