Republic of Ireland

Where Eagles Dare, Switzerland’s Immigrant Story

Irish teams of the past have relied on the sons of emigrants. As Ireland get set to face Switzerland in a crucial Euro 2020 qualifier, the visitors will boast a side with players whose families fled war and poverty to settle in the Alpine nation, and their football team is reaping the rewards, as Jamie Whelan explores.

Mark Travers – the cherry atop AFC Bournemouth’s cake

Irish-born goalkeeper, Mark Travers made his debut for AFC Bournemouth against Tottenham Hotspur on the penultimate weekend of the Premier League season and what a debut it was. Without his polished performance, it is unlikely that Bournemouth would have won the game against their illustrious opponents, now bound for the Champions League final.

Georgia View: “Next Step is to Beat the Irish”

After a turbulent few days for Irish football, quite apart from a scarcely-inspiring win against minnows Gibraltar, Georgia arrive in Dublin offering a stern examination of Mick McCarthy’s side. Alastair Watt gives us the inside view on Tuesday’s visitors – already guaranteed a Euro 2020 play-off thanks to their Nations League efforts – to Dublin.

Green Army: Irish Fan Portraits in Cardiff and Aarhus

‘Green Army’ is a photographic portrait series by Denis Vahey capturing die-hard Irish football supporters. These fans follow the Boys in Green through thick and thin. This edition feature recent trips to Wales and Denmark.

Troy Parrott: Spurs’ Promising Irish Teen Striker

Troy Parrott is already making ripples in world football, after scoring against Barcelona under 19’s. Fans are comparing him to the likes of Harry Kane and his compatriot Robbie Keane. He’s only sixteen but looks set to be scoring goals in lilywhite but also green senior shirts in not too long, writes Declan Wiseman.

Football’s Hard Border – Crossing the Divide

With the news of his appointment as General Manager of Linfield, former Shelbourne, Bohemian, Shamrock Rovers and Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon will be treading a path he has done before in his playing days.

Poles Part: Ireland in Crisis

The Irish team and its supporters are in turmoil right now. The manager Martin O’Neill and, in particular, his assistant Roy Keane are under immense pressure from both the media and the fans. The 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat at home to Denmark is still fresh in everyone’s mind and a week of off-field scandal followed by a gutless loss to Wales means Irish football is in a very dark place.