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# Green shoots

25th March 2023
# Green shoots
Kevin Zefi penalty keeps Ireland's U19 Euro qualification hopes alive
Tom Mohan’s side beat Estonia 1-0 at Ferrycarrig Park today.
Last week
19th March 2023 - 25th March 2023
# Green shoots
'Lads were singing in the room' - Ireland U20s drew inspiration from senior Grand Slam success
This was an incredible weekend for Irish rugby.
Last month
February 2023
# Green shoots
Shelbourne double winner named interim head coach of Ireland underage team
Megan Smyth-Lynch takes over from U16 boss and Vera Pauw’s assistant coach, Tom Elmes, until after the World Cup.
Last year
# Green shoots
'The performances are getting better but we are not there yet'
It has been a difficult start to the season for Connacht but they have improved significantly in their last three games.
# Green shoots
Ireland U19s qualify for Euros Elite Phase after big win over Wales
Tom Mohan’s side struck twice late on to seal their progression with a game to spare.
# Green shoots
Ireland U19s open Euro qualifying campaign on a high with 6-0 rout
Mark O’Mahony scored a hat-trick against Gibraltar.
# Green shoots
Irish attacker scores on Blackburn debut, Shane Long marks first Reading start in 11 years with goal
Sam Szmodics swiftly endeared himself to his new fans, while Callum O’Dowda and Jimmy Dunne were also among the scorers.
# Green shoots
Impressive Ireland warm up for World Cup qualifier with victory over Philippines
Lily Agg scored on her debut to give Ireland a 1-0 victory in a friendly played in Turkey.
# Green shoots
‘He’s got huge potential’ – James Tarkowski tipping Nathan Collins for the top
The Irish centre-back has impressed following his summer move from Stoke.
# Green shoots
Ireland's Troy Parrott on target but MK Dons suffer blow in promotion chase
Elsewhere, it was a good day for Chiedozie Ogbene.
# Green shoots
Nine-try Ireland U20s crush Scotland to claim Grand Slam success
Richie Murphy’s side are the first Ireland U20s generation to win a Grand Slam having had to travel to both France and England.
# Green shoots
'I'm not worried about Ireland's loss in Paris - they are still capable of beating anyone'
As Ireland try to get their Six Nations campaign back on track, The42 speaks to a panel of experts about the big issues affecting the team and the competition.
# Green shoots
4 Irish players on target as Portsmouth earn last-gasp draw
Elsewhere, Connor Ronan was sent off in the Scottish Premiership.
# Green shoots
Irish international on target as West Brom end almost 8-hour wait for goal
However, Jayson Molumby could not prevent a defeat for Steve Bruce’s side.
# Green shoots
Ireland U21 international scores 3rd goal in 3 games, 39-year-old Wes Hoolahan on target
Joel Bagan helped Cardiff earn a draw against Blackpool.
# Green shoots
Irish youngsters key as Derby boost hopes of pulling off great escape
Festy Ebosele and Jason Knight both started and produced influential displays for the Rams.
# Green shoots
Doyle scores amid LOI rumours, Irish midfielder hits 4th goal in 5 games
Mark Sykes is in excellent form for Oxford.
All time
# Green shoots
Ireland's dynamic midfield duo turn heads against Ronaldo, Fernandes and co
Josh Cullen and Jeff Hendrick put in a massive shift.
# Green shoots
Ireland international on target as Birmingham halt Derby’s unbeaten run
Scott Hogan scored the side’s first home league goal of the season – his 50th in the Championship and third in six games this season.
# Green shoots
'They are certainly a talented crop' - Crawford excited by new faces in Irish U21 squad
The Ireland U21s play Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday in their opening European U21 Championship qualifier.
# Green shoots
James McCarthy close to full fitness after Celtic cup cameo
The ireland midfielder came on in the 75th minute of Celtic’s Premier Sports Cup win over Heart.
# Green shoots
The Ireland team named today can form the basis of the side for the next decade
Andy Farrell opted for youth and power in the the team named to take on the USA on Saturday.
# Green shoots
Rory McIlroy looking on the bright side despite extending winless run in majors
The 32-year-old finished tied for seventh in San Diego.
# Green shoots
Ireland U20s get Six Nations campaign over to perfect start with 6-try win
Ireland defeated Scotland 38-7 in the opening game of the Six Nations.
# Rising Stars
Joe Schmidt touches base with former sidekick to wish Ireland's Under 20s luck
The Irish Under 20 side begin their Six Nations campaign against Scotland today and face five games in 24 days.
# Green shoots
'These young players are similar to our seniors - they apply themselves well'
Ireland Under 20 coach Richie Murphy is positive about the talent coming through at underage level ahead of this year’s Six Nations.
# Green shoots
The most encouraging passage of attack in Ireland's entire autumn campaign
The sequence leading to Duncan Taylor’s yellow card gave us a glimpse of what Ireland are trying to do.
# Green shoots
'We want to create that sporting joy... but if a result doesn’t come around, it’s not going to stop the progress'
Ireland’s Louise Quinn on tomorrow night’s all-important showdown against Germany, and her new Italian Job.
# Analysis
Analysis: Lowe shows quality but Ireland's attack misses too many chances
Mike Catt’s attack delivered some real smarts off set-piece but they blew some big opportunities.
# Green shoots
Conor Hourihane on target in Aston Villa win
It’s the 29-year-old midfielder’s first Premier League goal since December.
# Green shoots
'I've probably found this week the hardest' - coping with Tokyo Olympics postponement
Ireland hockey captain Katie Mullan talks to The42 on what would have been the opening week of the Tokyo Olympics.
# Green shoots
CAO applications: Jump in demand for climate and transport college courses
The date for the main body of offers for students completing the Leaving Cert has not yet been set.
# Green shoots
What to expect in the first 100 days of the new FF-FG-Green government
There are big challenges ahead. Here’s what to look out for.
# Green shoots
Former Bohs defender Warren O'Hora offered new Brighton deal
The Dubliner is one of six U23 players being retained.
# Green shoots
Irish trio feature as Arsenal overcome Liverpool
Katie McCabe, Louise Quinn and Niamh Fahey were all in action tonight.
# Young Guns
Ireland underage international on target as Derby beat Dortmund in Uefa Youth League
Eiran Cashin slotted home, while Festy Ebosele also starred for Derby County.
# Green shoots
Mixed injury update ahead of Wales showdown, but key Ireland duo on course to return
Out-half Ellen Murphy’s absence could open the door for Claire Keohane, who won her first 15s international cap on Sunday.
# bright spark
20-year-old Craig Casey's energy an exciting prospect for Munster
The Shannon scrum-half showed his potential in a cameo off the bench at Thomond Park yesterday.
# Green shoots
Irish duo feature as Arsenal reach cup semis
Meanwhile, it was a disappointing night for Megan Connolly and her Brighton team-mates.
# Green shoots
Ireland U21 star Jason Knight ends Rams' long wait for a win ahead of Rooney bow
Wayne Rooney watched on as the 18-year-old Dubliner scored twice against Charlton.