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Devil in the detail as Irish look to exceed expectations again

With the Irish and Welsh choirs in full voice for a World Cup qualifier at a sold-out Aviva Stadium, it’s safe to predict that Lansdowne Road is going to be a noisy place tonight. 

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Ryan McBride 'was a man of few words but, by God, he led by example’

Paul Fitzpatrick remembers Ryan McBride, Derry City FC footballer and captain and an iconic figure among the Brandywell supporters.

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Darren Randolph is raising the standard

There is a theory that playing for England isn’t the draw it used to be, given the pressure that comes with it, and the ever-increasing rewards that are now the norm at the higher end of the club game, but there are no signs of it gaining currency on this side of the water.

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Chris Coleman stays cool as Wales playing the long game

No injuries, no panic.

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Patriotic John Hartson backs Welsh stars to upstage Ireland ‘graft’

At the FAI Football Awards ceremony last Sunday, John Hartson made all the right kind of respectful noises towards his Irish hosts after being named International Personality of the Year.

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Ten years tomorrow since soccer first played in Croke Park

It’s a decade since soccer made its Croke Park debut when Ireland faced Wales but the occasion didn’t have the same impact as rugby’s appearances at GAA HQ.

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I’ve still got so much to learn, says Jeff Hendrick

Jeff Hendrick’s journey from fringe squad member to cog in the Irish midfield was all but completed at last summer’s European Championships in France but the Burnley player couldn’t help but baulk yesterday at the suggestion that he is some sort of ‘senior’ pro now.

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Respect Gareth Bale, says Stephen Ward, but don’t forget to play

The more you talk to Republic of Ireland players ahead of tomorrow’s World Cup qualifier against Wales the more obvious it is the fixation on Gareth Bale is centred outside the home team’s camp rather than within it.

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Kieran O’Hara happy to mix it at Theatre of Dreams

Of all the fresh faces in the Ireland U21s squad for Saturday’s Euro qualification opener, Manchester United’s Kieran O’Hara has had the biggest crash-course of late.

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Lukas Podolski signs off in style with stunner

England promised much but Gareth Southgate’s first match as permanent manager ended in defeat as Lukas Podolski marked his final Germany appearance with a stunning winner.

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Gordon Walker fires Rochestown boys to All-Ireland glory

Late goals have been the hallmark of the St Francis College march to the senior schools final and another late intervention yesterday claimed the Rochestown school the prestigious FAI Schools Tony O’Neill Cup.

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Roy Keane tackles the Gareth Bale obsession

If the Irish players handle Gareth Bale on Friday the way Roy Keane handled questions about the Welsh superstar yesterday, they’ll do pretty good.

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‘Realist’ John O’Shea takes the international step-up in his stride

From bottom of the Premier League table to top of a World Cup qualifying group — it might sound like quite the giant leap but for John O’Shea it’s something closer to business as usual.

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Kevin Doyle’s Croker flashback

Kevin Doyle can’t be sure. It has been 10 years, after all.

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Arsene Wenger: PSG talk is just more fake news

Arsene Wenger has denied that he has been offered a contract by Ligue 1 champions Paris St Germain.

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Cork City won’t risk injured stars in Dundalk clash

Cork City boss John Caulfield won’t take risks of causing long-term injury damage to his players for short-term gain in Saturday’s Premier Division top-of-the-table clash with Dundalk.

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Chris Coleman admits he rejected Ireland’s call

Wales manager Chris Coleman has revealed he considered playing for Ireland but his Irish father Paddy told him to pledge his future to Wales.

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Jake Livermore reached out to ‘good friend’ Harry Arter in time of tragedy

England midfielder Jake Livermore revealed how he reached out to Ireland’s Harry Arter when the Bournemouth midfielder’s daughter was stillborn in December 2015.

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Rochestown bid for cup glory against Rice College

St Francis College Rochestown in Cork will look to cap a season to remember as they take on Mayo’s Rice College in the All-Ireland final today — the Dr Tony O’Neill Senior National Cup final (U19).

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Martin McGuinness a lifelong supporter of Derry

Derry City football club lost a lifelong supporter with the passing of Martin McGuinness who once went to quite extraordinary measures to help the club in a time of difficulty.

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