Sympathy is never too hard to find when one loses faith in their job for a period. Except if you are a professional footballer, which Dave Mooney discovered the hard way.
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Given not the answer to No 1 problem
Put nostalgia aside for a second and ask yourself why Shay Given should return as the Republic of Ireland starting goalkeeper, because his best days are behind and not in front of him.
Festive footy keeps Irish exiles busy
It may be a time of the year for family, fun and festivities, but try telling that to the many Irish footballers based abroad who regularly miss out on the magic of Christmas.
Best right-back in Premier League? Nobody beats Coleman
It’s been quite a while – too long in fact – that any Irish supporter can confidently claim that one of their own is amongst the very best in the English Premier League. But in Seamus Coleman, they have found such a player.
Damien Delaney – Everything crystal clear in Palace wonderland
Sometimes life moves so fast it’s difficult to appreciate its highlights when they roll around. That’s exactly how Damien Delaney feels about his whirlwind year.
Eoghan O’Connell – Rising star takes on Europe’s finest
All adventures must come to an end, yet Eoghan O’Connell isn’t too downbeat about his UEFA Champions League ride fizzling out in Barcelona.
Hey Martin, don’t forget to consider Irish first
From Black Friday and Cyber Monday through to last-minute Christmas shopping, the rush of scrambling for deals and ticking off lists has been followed by repeated calls to ‘shop local’. And it’s something that Martin O’Neill should pay attention to.
Pragmatic future awaits Ireland under O’Neill
It felt like Christmas had arrived early when the Republic of Ireland landed Martin O’Neill, and Roy Keane, as their new management ticket. But the festive period is now over.
O’Neill’s recruitment drive – New faces on the radar
Reputations can make a huge difference in the ego-driven world of modern football, so the FAI have reason to smile now that Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are on board.