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Luca Connell: ‘Robbie Keane asked us to strike the bar from 30 yards...I did it first time’

Deep into this summer like no other for in-demand Luca Connell, the green of Ireland rather than Celtic constitutes his main attraction.

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U19 manager Tom Mohan bids to make most of Ireland options

Ireland U19 manager Tom Mohan believes his team can do the nation proud at next month’s Euros, despite losing a glut of players.

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FAI plan runs into schoolboys trouble

The numbers are not adding up for the FAI in their bid to push through governance reforms next month to restore state funding.

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Conway: ‘I would be very seriously concerned for the FAI if this report is rejected’

FAI president Donal Conway has conceded that it could now be 2030 or even later before the FAI can hope to be debt-free.

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John Treacy welcomes FAI governance review

Sport Ireland Chief Executive John Treacy has said that the FAI’s implementation of the Governance Review Group report would be a “hugely important” step towards the restoration of funding.

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Conway warns of 'harm' to FAI if reform report rejected

FAI President Donal Conway has said it is vital for the good of the organisation that delegates at the association’s AGM next month vote in favour of adopting the Governance Review Report which was published today.

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FAI governance report recommends radical reform following Delaney controversy

Radical changes in the make-up of the FAI board and council are imminent after the governance review committee today published their report at Abbotstown.

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John Earley resigns from FAI board with immediate effect

John Earley, chairman of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI), has resigned from the board of the FAI.

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Noel Mooney open to Niall Quinn-FAI link-up

Noel Mooney has revealed he is open to Niall Quinn being part of the FAI’s ‘rebirth’ but admits tensions with the Government will not ease until he departs.

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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 where Ireland are at in their Euro 2020 campaign.

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Robbie Keane joins coaching staff at Championship club; will keep role with Ireland

Keane will continue his duties with the Republic of Ireland as assistant to Mick McCarthy.

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Kenny: Heavy schedule took toll on U21s

Stephen Kenny cited a gruelling schedule for Ireland U21s not pushing Brazil harder in yesterday’s Toulon Tournament semi-final.

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Robbie Keane still chasing his goals

With Robbie Keane weighing up an offer to come in as Jonathan Woodgate’s assistant at Middlesbrough — a move which, of crucial importance, he stresses, would allow him to continue in his role as a coach on Mick McCarthy’s Ireland staff — the 38-year-old Dubliner is on the brink of taking another step along the road he has long intended to follow, from playing to coaching and, ultimately, to management.

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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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Bamford must make call if he wants to wear green

The 25-year old’s intentions have been the source of speculation for a long time now...

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McCarthy refuses to bite on possibility of longer Ireland tenure

Mick McCarthy has refused to countenance the idea that he may stay on beyond the current Euro 2020 campaign as Republic of Ireland manager, branding a query on the issue as disrespectful to Stephen Kenny.

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Ross asked Delaney for tickets to see Man Utd

Sports Minister Shane Ross has admitted asking ex-Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney for tickets to a crunch Europa League soccer final — despite insisting he paid for the seats himself.

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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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Enda Stevens: There’s better to come

The flip flops were a necessity, they also told the tale of a niggly night in Copenhagen.

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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 tonight.

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Kjaer bemoans luck of the Irish

Denmark captain Simon Kjaer says they won’t wallow in despair at dropping points against Ireland on Friday night because they’re confident of winning the return Euro qualifier.

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Ireland looking forward to battling Brazil

Stephen Kenny insists his U21 heroes will relish their Toulon Tournament semi-final against Brazil.

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McClean: We wanted to go out and prove a point

Republic of Ireland midfielders James McClean and Jeff Hendrick were delighted to emerge from Denmark with a share of the spoils.

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Denmark v Republic of Ireland - Lessons Learned

A look at the lessons we can take from tonight's draw against Denmark.

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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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Denmark v Ireland: Where are the goals going to come from?

Taking a look at what to expect from tomorrow's Euro qualifier against Denmark.

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O’Dowda has gone off-grid to reach potential

Callum O’Dowda has now gone beyond the point in his career, for both club and country, where he is viewed as a bright prospect.

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Rising star Idah ready to add to growing reputation

In the public’s yearning for a natural goalscoring successor to Ireland hitman Robbie Keane, the name of Adam Idah has lasted longer than most contenders.

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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 to the good, the eruption of joy on the pitch and in the stands of the Aviva Stadium suggested that what we’d just witnessed was one of those defining moments which the Derryman might find hard to top for the rest of his career.

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Denmark's Jorgensen is ready for same old defensive Irish outlook

Denmark defender Mathias Jorgensen has seen enough of Ireland in the past 20 months to believe not even Mick McCarthy can extinguish their defensive instincts.

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FAI email systems hacked last weekend

The FAI’s email systems were targeted by hackers last weekend and the breach has been reported to the Garda Siochana, the association has reported.

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Hourihane: People don’t see sacrifices I put in

His Bandon accent doesn’t quite reach the same caustic shrill of exasperation as, say, a certain someone from Mayfield, but there could be no denying that this was Conor Hourihane channelling his inner Roy.

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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 Alan Browne, Mark Travers and Luca Connell out of the squad since preparations for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar began on the Algarve — it’s that none would have been likely to start in Copenhagen on Friday night.

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Kenny’s joy as Ireland blast out of blocks

Stephen Kenny hailed his Ireland U21 side’s quickfire start in yesterday’s demolition of China.

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Matt Doherty: Coleman and I can work

Matt Doherty had cricket on the brain yesterday. It’s never far from his thoughts, as it happens.

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Shane Long out of Ireland squad after suffering hamstring injury in training

Mick McCarthy's men take on the Danes on Friday night in Copenhagen, and welcome Gibraltar to the Aviva Stadium on Monday.

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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 in from Derry to Portsmouth, I didn’t think I was going to play.

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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 the Sports Minister.

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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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Minister Ross urges football bodies to have re-think on appointment

Sports Minister Shane Ross has urged the Football Association of Ireland to review the appointment of Noel Mooney as the organisation's acting chief, amid concerns over his links to the John Delaney regime.

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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 Manager in Abbotstown was a decision taken by the FAI, not UEFA.

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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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ROI managers McCarthy and Kenny praise U-21 training match victory against senior squad

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and U-21s manager Stephen Kenny praised 'a brilliant exercise' as the U-21s secured a 2-1 victory in a training match.

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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, the Liverpool-born Bolton Wanderers midfielder would have been in with a real chance of at least a cameo in the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar.

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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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Kenny defends calling up League of Ireland players

Ireland U21 manager Stephen Kenny has defended his decision to call-up League of Ireland players despite Stephen Bradley’s desire for them to be excluded.

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Quinn ‘excited’ at FAI reform proposals

Niall Quinn’s collection of what could be termed concerned citizens will be among a plethora of football stakeholders hoping to influence a new dawn for the game in Ireland, when they attend a forum called by Minister for Tourism, Transport and Sport Shane Ross on Friday.

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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 City — one which saw the club relegated from the Premier League and appearances in short supply for the Galway full back — any less easy to take.

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Quinn puts plan for Irish football into print

After talking a lot over the past 18 months about his grand vision to overhaul Irish football, Niall Quinn has put his plans into print for the FAI’s governance review committee to digest.

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‘It’s up to us to turn it round’ – Republic of Ireland midfielder Browne

Ireland opened their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with back-to-back wins.

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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 not only to show off his golfing prowess to the rest of the squad but, more importantly, confirm on the training pitch that he would be ready to step into the breach, should anything befall Darren Randolph, for Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

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Ireland’s Browne confident he can make his mark at international level

The 24-year-old midfielder has three senior caps to date.

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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 in a fortnight’s time.

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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 on paper – so probably no-one was more surprised than Sheffield United’s Irish defender to see his celebratory ode to the club’s promotion to the Premier League go viral.

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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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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 Algarve’s innumerable golf courses.

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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, mind.

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Ireland boss Mick McCarthy guarding against cabin fever

Robbie Keane will be the manager’s key ally.

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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 fears that the 17-day-long run-up to the game against Denmark on June 7 will see any of his players fall victim to cabin fever.

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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 top-flight career.

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