Cork City would seek to host Rangers at Turner’s Cross

Should both clubs successfully negotiate their first-round ties, Cork City are intent on hosting their Europa League game against Rangers at Turner’s Cross ...

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City must play the European waiting game

Cork City manager John Cotter sees the positives and negatives of a Europa League draw that leaves the club in the dark as to whether they will play Luxembourg’s ...

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Ireland’s glass is actually half full, not half empty

En route to an audience with Robbie Keane in Crumlin the other day, the journey down the Long Mile Road and past the Half-Way House offered a handy metaphor for ...

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Middlesbrough role would not affect Robbie Keane's Irish job

Ireland's record goalscorer and striker would be able to continue to work under Mick McCarthy if he took the role.

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Coleman: I just believe we’re going to qualify

Seamus Coleman is asked to offer a player’s prescription for a cure for a downturn in form, like “the sticky spell,” as he describes it, which ...

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Seamus Coleman sorry to let Ireland fans down with 'flat' performance

Seamus Coleman says he regrets that Ireland weren’t able to put on “a show” for the fans at the Aviva last night.

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Ireland get the job done on nervy night at the Aviva

A bore fest rather than a score fest, Ireland once again made heavy weather of seeing off Gibraltar.

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An imperfect 10 will do for McCarthy

After doing the heavy lifting in Copenhagen on Friday, Ireland should be relishing a comparatively easy shift in Dublin tonight.

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Coleman: We won’t take Gibraltar for granted

It will come as no surprise to anyone to learn that Seamus Coleman doesn’t expect to be swapping Friday’s scrap in the Parken for a stroll in the park ...

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Falling from the shoulders of giants

Ireland’s latest trip to Copenhagen marked your correspondent’s fifth visit to the engaging Danish capital which, a couple of thunderstorms aside, presented ...

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Duffy delivers as Ireland dig out point in Copenhagen

The last time Shane Duffy scored against Denmark with a header…well, do we really need to go through all that again?

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Seamus Coleman takes motivation from Danish trash talk

Never a man to turn a drama into a crisis, Seamus Coleman tried to turn the temperature down on the latest meeting of old foes in Copenhagen.

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McCarthy still has Georgia on his mind for clash with Danes

Ireland being paired once again with Denmark and Georgia in the Euro 2020 draw in Dublin in December might have induced an unwelcome sense of déjà ...

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Duffy: Danes will expect a different Ireland

When, after just six minutes of the second leg of the World Cup play-off against Denmark in 2017, Shane Duffy used his height and his head to put Ireland a goal ...

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Glenn Whelan relishing second bite of the cherry following Aston Villa release

If Aston Villa’s decision to release Glenn Whelan hardly came as a complete shock to the veteran, he was still taken aback by the manner in which he found ...

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I prefer to have the team set in stone, says McCarthy

If there can be such a thing as an upside for Mick McCarthy in seeing four players succumb to friendly fire on the training pitch — Shane Long having now followed ...

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When one door closes, another opens? Not always

Asked to sum up the 12 months since he joined Portsmouth from Derry City, Ronan Curtis smiles and says: “It’s been amazing, my journey so far. Coming ...

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Shane Ross ‘happy’ to meet Noel Mooney

Shane Ross has said that he would be “very happy” to talk to Noel Mooney whose appointment as interim FAI general manager has been strongly opposed by ...

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James McClean: 'I'm a white Irishman, that’s not high on the agenda in England’

As we know from experience, a conversation with James McClean can only rarely, if ever, confine itself to what he calls “the finer things” in the game.

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A Champions League final but not as we know it

“It is a proper European final,” said Jurgen Klopp this week. “It is not a third game against Tottenham. It is a proper European final.”

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UEFA chief tells Shane Ross that Noel Mooney is an FAI president

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross says that UEFA President Alexander Ceferin has told him that Noel Mooney’s appointment as interim General ...

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Shane Ross: FAI should 'reconsider' appointment of Noel Mooney

Minister of Sport Shane Ross has called on the FAI to reconsider their appointment of UEFA’s Noel Mooney to lead the organisation for the next six months.

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Luca Connell is committed to Ireland, says McCarthy

Luca Connell has told Mick McCarthy that he is committed to playing for Ireland and the manager has further revealed that but for a thigh injury ruling him out, ...

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Luca Connell forced out of Ireland squad through injury

The highly-rated young Bolton Wanderers midfielder had been a surprise call-up and, initially, was expected only to be involved in the training camp in Portugal.

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Cunningham reflects on contrasting tales of two cities

Greg Cunningham has known more than a few hard knocks in his career but learning to roll with the punches didn’t make a doubly unrewarding season with Cardiff ...

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Alan Browne eager to get the green light

So there was Mark Travers talking to us at Ireland base camp on the Algarve on Tuesday, buzzing with enthusiasm at his second international call-up and all teed-up ...

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Seamus Coleman admits Denmark pain is still raw

Ultimately, it will be the responsibility of Mick McCarthy and his staff to work out the required balance between caution and adventure when Ireland travel to Denmark ...

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Uefa finance chief to join FAI crisis mission

Uefa are making their top finance man available to the FAI as the organisation seeks to move on from the current crisis.

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Ireland's John Egan’s redemption song for Sheffield Utd

John Egan says it was only meant as “a bit of craic” and that it took him a mere 20 minutes to compose the words – and then only in his head, not ...

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Football or golf, Mark Travers happy to go it alone

Spoiler alert for Mark Travers and, more particularly, the other Irish players who will spend part of their day off from training tomorrow by taking to one of the ...

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Even if England call, Luca Connell ready to bloom in green

At Ireland’s training camp in Portugal, Luca Connell is telling us how his unexpected call-up has disrupted his summer holiday plans. Not that he’s complaining, ...

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Luca Connell relishing 'surreal' Irish call-up

“It’s crazy, it’s surreal to be honest. Especially meeting Seamus Coleman, you know. Being from Liverpool but supporting Everton and supporting ...

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Mick McCarthy has no concerns about threat of cabin fever for players

As the majority of the Irish squad for next month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers begin work at their training camp in Portugal today, Mick McCarthy says he has no ...

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Ireland goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly: Mark Travers has the mark of quality

That Irish ’keeper Mark Travers played in midfield and upfront as a youngster before opting to go between the posts is now standing to him in his burgeoning ...

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Mick McCarthy keen to see Luca Connell in training

Although it appeared initially as if Luca Connell was already in the final squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Dublin, Mick McCarthy ...

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Noel Mooney: A shame shadow has been cast on good work of FAI

It might be only for six months but Noel Mooney has clarified that he is joining the FAI “full-time to lead the administration” for that period.

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Cotter happy at City’s chance to give quick response

John Cotter is pleased that Cork City have an immediate opportunity to bounce back after losing to Dundalk at Turner’s Cross.

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Former Cork City keeper Noel Mooney steps between posts for FAI

The FAI has announced UEFA's Noel Mooney is to take up a six-month secondment with the Football Association of Ireland.

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A Cup final five minutes for the ages in 1979

Forty years on, they still talk about those five minutes.

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Fifa stress FAI autonomy as summer football plan bites dust

Fifa are believed to have underlined the importance they attach to the autonomy of their member associations in their discussions with Sport Ireland yesterday.

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Resurgent Cork City braced for their toughest test against Dundalk

It’s the New Firm — but not as we know it.

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Limerick FC to meet with player's union after strike threat

Limerick FC have responded to their players’ threat of strike action by inviting officials from the footballers’ union to talks on Monday.

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Gavin adamant League absolute priority for FAI

Against the backdrop of the current turmoil at the FAI, the hope has been widely expressed that reform of the Association will see more support and prominence given ...

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Fran Gavin: FAI ‘rocked’ and staff ‘rattled’ by crisis

The FAI’s director of competitions Fran Gavin has said that staff have been “rattled” and the association “rocked” by the crisis in ...

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O'Brien hails luckless U17s who 'represented Ireland brilliantly'

Colin O’Brien has heaped praise on the efforts of his U17 players after a 1-1 draw with Belgium in Tallaght on Thursday saw Ireland fall short of claiming ...

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All up for grabs again on the Most Super of Sundays

A modest proposal: Uefa should now do the decent thing and cancel this year’s Champions League final.

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Ireland’s Euro odyssey ends despite monumental effort against Belgium

There will be no quarter-final place for Ireland in the U17 European Championships for a third year in a row after the hosts could only manage a third draw in a ...

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Rough justice adds fuel to Irish fire

Having watched the epic unfold on television in the squad’s City West base, Irish U17 international Josh Giurgi took an important lesson away from Liverpool’s ...

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Colin O'Brien: We have to fight cheating

Colin O’Brien says that his young Irish players are fully focused on tomorrow evening’s deciding Group A game against Belgium in Tallaght.

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Mick McCarthy ‘not gambling’ with Vegas-bound players

IIreland might have back-to-back Euro qualifiers looming next month but Mick McCarthy doesn’t think it’s a gamble that, in advance of those big games ...

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