Ireland’s Troy Parrott with assistant manager Robbie Keane after being substituted. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It all worked out grand in the end, but let Thursday night be a lesson to all of us, especially Jim Beglin - never, ever chortle at the quality of tea(...)

  Sean Maguire scores his first  goal for Ireland. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 3 New Zealand 1 Sixteen attempts it took the Irish rugby team to beat New Zealand in Lansdowne Road. Here, Mick McCarthy’s men ma(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Robbie Keane with  Troy Parrott at training for the game against New Zealand. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It seems hard to imagine that the FAI’s managerial succession strategy will provide us with a stranger occasion than Ireland’s game against New Zealan(...)

New Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill  celebrates his team’s first goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against  Barnsley  at Oakwell Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

New Stoke boss Michael O’Neill had an instant impact as his side hammered Barnsley 4-2 at Oakwell in the bottom-of-the-table Championship clash. The (...)

Shane Duffy: set to return in central defence for the Republic of Ireland  against Georgia in  Tbilisi. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

News of of Shane Duffy’s return may have added slightly to the need Mick McCarthy felt at his pre-match conference to do some dampening of expectatio(...)

Derrick Williams at Republic of Ireland squad training at  the FAI National Training Centre in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Defender Derrick Williams has expressed sympathy for former Republic of Ireland assistant manager Kevin MacDonald, who lost his coaching at job at Ast(...)

Kevin Long and Aaron Connolly taking part in the Republic of Ireland squad session at the  FAI National Training Centre in  Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

He was, he said nearly a week ago, “optimistic” that Shane Duffy might yet play some part in the enormously important double header his Irish side is (...)

Leeds United’s Pablo Hernandez celebrates believing the ball had crossed the line and he had scored the winning goal, before team-mate Kemar Roofe scores the third goal during the Sky Bet Championship match against Blackburn Rovers at Elland Road. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds struck twice late on to come from behind to beat Blackburn 3-2 and extend their advantage at the top of the table. (...)

Stephen Ward will not be involved against Denmark or Wales. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Graham Burke and Alan Judge are amongst the players to miss out as Martin O’Neill finalised a squad of 26 for the Nations League games against Denmark(...)

Harry Arter has been named in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Republic of Ireland squad. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter is back in Martin O’Neill’s provisional Ireland squad for the Nations League games against Denmark and Wales. The(...)

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