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Last year
# International ambitions
McLoughlin hoping impressive recent form puts him on Kenny's radar
The 25-year-old defender from Cork has been a stand-out performer for Hull City in recent weeks.
Aaron Connolly makes Championship debut as Irish internationals on target in EFL
Scott Hogan and Will Keane were among the scorers today.
# Wanted
St Mirren boss admits Jamie McGrath is 'highly unlikely' to stay
The club have made ‘a very good offer’ to the Ireland international, according to Jim Goodwin.
# Due north
Aaron Connolly completes loan move to Chris Wilder's Boro
The Ireland forward joins until the end of the season.
# The42 Reads
A year of two halves: the inside story of Stephen Kenny's Ireland in 2021
With Stephen Kenny in talks over a new contract, The42 spoke to some of those closest to the situation to see how the Ireland manager turned his year around.
All time
# Stockholm Syndrome
Elbouzedi declining Libya call-ups as he keeps Ireland 'dream' alive
The decision to take his club career to Sweden has paid dividends for the former Ireland U21 winger.
# Box Office
A former Ireland U21 international's journey from Crystal Palace to a movie role at the Bernabeu
Danny Boxall looks back over a career that was tarnished by injuries.
# Fixtures
Ireland to begin with home game against Ukraine as Uefa Nations League schedule is confirmed
It all kicks off for Stephen Kenny’s side on 4 June.
# Danny's boy
Portsmouth boss allays concerns over Manchester City recall for 'incredible' Gavin Bazunu
City loaned the 19-year-old goalkeeper to Pompey in July.
# ooh ahh
Jamie McGrath hits a stunner but St Mirren held
The Ireland star showed quick-thinking to break the deadlock.
# Irish Eye
Ireland international trio among the goals in the Championship
Ireland U21 defender Mark McGuinness also found the net as Cardiff City beat Preston North End.
# Valerien steel
West Brom boss issues positive injury update on 'warrior' Dara O'Shea
Things are looking ‘really good’ for the Irish defender as he recovers from a fractured ankle.
# Potential
'He’ll go right to the top' - St Mirren team-mate believes McGrath has Premier League calibre
The Ireland international is highly regarded in Paisley.
Ireland beat Bulgaria to advance in U19 European Championship qualifiers
Tom Mohan paid tribute to his players after they progressed to the elite qualifying phase.
# Oh what a knight
‘Loads more in locker’ – Jason Knight sees better times for Ireland and himself
The 20-year-old had a hand in all three goals in Luxembourg.
# The yellow wall
'The whole squad can't quite believe how good this guy is'
Effusive praise for Ireland goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu on today’s instalment of The Football Family podcast.
# Xs and Os
Tactics board: Ireland hunted Portugal cleverly - and then used the ball confidently
Shane Keegan breaks down more encouraging signs of progress in Ireland’s performances under Stephen Kenny.
# Kenny at the wheel
Stephen Kenny has made Ireland tough to beat – and a whole lot more
Following Ireland’s draw with Portugal, a new episode of The Football Family podcast is now available.
# Souvenir
FAI won't take action against young fan who was given Ronaldo's shirt
Addison Whelan, aged 11, made her way onto the pitch after last night’s game at the Aviva Stadium.
How the Boys in Green rated in tonight's draw with Portugal
Honours even for Stephen Kenny’s Ireland and Portugal at the Aviva Stadium.
Omobamidele and Horgan not included in Ireland matchday 23 to face Portugal
Stephen Kenny revealed yesterday that Omobamidele is struggling with an Achilles’ issue.
'There seems to be a growing level of confidence that the contract extension will be granted'
The latest episode of The Football Family podcast is a preview of Ireland’s clash with Portugal.
# Allez les Verts
First Irish call-up 'the icing on the cake' for French-born midfielder Hondermarck
The 20-year-old has made a good impression recently while playing in the Championship for Barnsley.
# Room to improve
Michael Obafemi omitted from Swansea City squad for disciplinary reasons
‘You have to behave every day like what you are – a professional footballer,’ says boss Russell Martin.
# latest
O'Dowda returns to Ireland squad to replace injured Collins
The 26-year-old Bristol City winger is back in the fold following his recent injury setbacks.
# Boys in Green
'Until he's playing semi-regularly, you can't argue that he deserves a place in the Irish squad'
Aaron Connolly’s omission from the Ireland squad is the main talking point on The Football Family.
# Cherry blossoming
Scott Parker reckons Gavin Kilkenny is 'on the right track' for an Ireland call-up
The midfielder will hope to make a fourth consecutive start for Championship leaders Bournemouth tomorrow.
# international duty
Ronan Curtis 'surprised' by being left out of Ireland squad
The 25-year-old winger wasn’t selected by Stephen Kenny for the Azerbaijan and Qatar games.
# latest
Injury update on Jamie McGrath brings encouraging news for Ireland
The St Mirren midfielder sustained a hip injury during his club’s defeat to Rangers on Sunday.
# Danny's boy
Portsmouth boss backs 'brilliant' Bazunu to recover from Rotherham error
A mistake from the Ireland goalkeeper helped Rotherham regain the lead in yesterday’s game.
# exes and ohs
Tactics Board: is this really Ireland we're watching?
Shane Keegan looks back at how Ireland’s two impressive victories this week were achieved in a very different manner and explains why that’s such a positive for Ireland going forward.
# Qatar gently weeps
'Hendrick has always had it in him, that's why he's had so much criticism'
Jeff Hendrick’s performance against Qatar was dissected on the latest episode of The Football Family.
# Podcast
The Football Family: Ireland v Qatar debrief
A free clip from the latest instalment of our football podcast, which is available exclusively to members.
# Report
Ireland U21s suffer big qualification blow following horror start in Montenegro
Jim Crawford’s side were unable to adequately recover after conceding twice in the opening nine minutes.
# The Kenny era
'Getting a result against Luxembourg next month is going to be massive for him'
Stephen Kenny strengthened his claim for a new contract with Saturday’s win over Azerbaijan in Baku.
# Podcast
The Football Family: Azerbaijan v Ireland debrief
A free clip from the latest instalment of our football podcast, which is available exclusively to members.
# Family affair
Like father, like son: Getting to the top of my game to skipper Ireland
Read an exclusive extract from Meyler: A Family Memoir, the new book from David and John Meyler.
# Podcast
The Football Family: Azerbaijan v Ireland preview
A free clip from the latest instalment of our football podcast, which is available exclusively to members.
# Don't look Baku in anger
'Ireland haven't been good enough over the last five years to expect to beat anyone'
We previewed Saturday’s clash with Azerbaijan on the latest episode of The Football Family podcast.
# Ronandinho
St Mirren boss reckons Stephen Kenny 'will have a decision to make' about Connor Ronan
The playmaker scored twice in Sunday’s win over Aberdeen.