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Irish Prospect Jack Byrne’s Disappointing Loan Spell At Blackburn Looks To Be Over

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 17: Blackburn Rovers' Jack Byrne under pressure from Cardiff City's Sean Morrison during the Sky Bet Championship match between Cardiff and Blackburn at Cardiff City Stadium on August 16, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Kevin Barnes - CameraSport/CameraSport via Getty Images)

Ireland under-21 international Jack Byrne’s stay at Blackburn Rovers looks appears to be coming to a premature end. Big things were expected of the Manchester City midfielder when he made the season-long move to Owen Coyle’s side in the summer, especially having earned rave reviews in the Eredivisie with Cambuur last season, but it it hasn’t gone at all to …

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Watch: Irish Star Conor Hourihane Scores 30 Yard Screamer For Barnsley

FLEETWOOD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 04: Conor Hourihane of Barnsley celebrates victory after a penalty shoot out with team mates during the Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern section semi final second leg match between Fleetwood Town and Barnsley at Highbury Stadium on February 4, 2016 in Fleetwood, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Looking ahead to 2017, the Republic of Ireland have a real chance of qualifying for their first World Cup since 2002. Martin O’Neill’s side sit atop of the qualification group, ahead of Serbia, Wales and Austria. There are many calls for certain players to be included in the side to add spice to the campaign, with Barnsley captain Conor Hourihane …

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That’s A Wrap: Irish Football’s All-Star XI For 2016

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Harry Arter of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on September 17, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

With 2016 drawing to a close, we take a look at the Irish players position-for-position that made a huge impact on 2016. This team is certainly up for discussion. _____ GK: Darren Randolph After establishing himself as Irish number one just in time for the Euros, the Bray man put in some key performances for Ireland. Having finally broken into …

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Top 10 Players Most Likely To Break Into The Ireland Squad In 2017

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: John Egan of Brentford applauds supporters during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Fulham at Griffin Park on November 4, 2016 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

With 2016 drawing to a close, a number of Irish players will be hoping to break into Martin O’Neill’s plans. This time last year very few would have anticipated Shane Duffy becoming an automatic starter or Callum O’Dowda making the grade at senior level. Here we take a look at some players hoping to establish themselves in the squad and …

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Opinion: Is Stephen Ward Ireland’s Most Improved Player Of 2016?

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2016 Republic of Ireland vs Georgia Ireland's Stephen Ward

Stephen Ward has been a much maligned figure by Ireland fans in recent years. However the past eighteen months have marked a huge improvement for the Burnley fullback. Although he is far from the complete package, he has made many positive changes to his overall game. Ward endured much criticism in the later stages of Giovanni Trappatoni’s reign as Ireland …

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A Football XI For Each Irish Province

Republic of Ireland Squad Training, FAI National Training Centre, Dublin 23/5/2016 Shane Long, Jeff Hendrick and Callum O'Dowda Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Gary Carr

With Munster set to tackle Leinster in Thomond Park on Monday and with Ulster having beaten Connacht on Friday, we look at what Ireland’s provinces might look like when it comes to football.  Ireland is a country that thrives on provincial and inter-county rivalry. This hasn’t always transferred to football, but these lineups could certainly make for some interesting games. _______ …

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Martin O’Neill Targeting Another Irish-Qualified Striker

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND-DECEMBER 17: Lukas Jutkiewicz of Birmingham City and Dale Stephens of Brighton & Hove Albion in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Brighton & Hove Albion at St Andrews Stadium on December 17, 2016 in Birmingham, England (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images).

Martin O’Neill’s search for a striker has led him to an unlikely source. The Ireland manager has spoken of his eagerness to find more options up front following the retirement of Robbie Keane. The Irish Daily Star (via the Irish Independent) have reported that O’Neill will attempt to encourage Lukas Jutkiewicz to switch allegiances to Ireland. The striker’s inclusion could soften …

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