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# rocky road to france
Explainer: How Ireland can still qualify for the 2019 World Cup
Their bid to reach a first-ever major tournament took a hit last night, but it can still be done.
# Down but not out
'This certainly doesn't rule us out of any World Cup. We'll come back fighting in June'
Katie McCabe says last night’s defeat to Netherlands, as damaging as it was, will be a learning curve for her side.
# setting high standards
'I’m trying to get away from this mentality of ‘We only lost 2-0 against the European champions… Brilliant’'
Ireland manager Colin Bell was left frustrated after a couple of errors led to two Dutch goals in last night’s World Cup qualifier.
# coygig
European champions too strong for Ireland as first-half goals end unbeaten streak
There were over 4,000 in attendance at Tallaght Stadium as the Netherlands claimed a 2-0 win.
# History Beckons
Online tickets sold out for Ireland's crucial World Cup qualifier against European champions
Colin Bell’s side are looking to get a result against stiff opposition in Dublin.
# girls in green
The ex-Donegal GAA star and trainee teacher who became Ireland's latest hero
Peamount United striker Amber Barrett popped up with a first international goal on Friday and she’ll be aiming to bag another tomorrow night.
# Road to France
'The best team in the world on their day' - Ireland prepare to shut out European champions again
Having drawn 0-0 with the Dutch back in November, manager Colin Bell is hopeful of pulling off something similar at Tallaght Stadium tomorrow.
# Unbelievable Jeff
Watch: All the goals from Ireland's thrilling World Cup qualifier victory over Slovakia
Ireland now prepare to take on the European champions the Netherlands next week.
# Support
Aviva announce sponsorship of Ireland WNT ahead of crunch World Cup qualifiers
They’ve agreed a three-year deal.
# extending his stay
Ireland women's boss Bell agrees new contract after impressive first year
The Englishman has overseen a number of encouraging results as the Girls in Green attempt to qualify for their first-ever World Cup finals.
Ireland's first-choice goalkeeper Hourihan leaves Man City for Brighton
The 30-year-old has gone on loan until the end of the season.
# mental strength
'I’m in the best place to recover at Man City so it’s definitely not something that will end my career'
After rupturing ligaments in her knee, Ireland and Manchester City full-back Megan Campbell is on the long road back to full fitness.
# Report Card
Stand-offs, world rugby awards and record-breaking crowds - women's sport in Ireland in 2017
It has been a progressive year for women’s sport in Ireland, but there were some low points.
# Interview
Ireland's five-time FA Cup winner who has been adjusting to life in France
Former Galway ladies footballer Niamh Fahey is one of the country’s most decorated players, but qualifying for a major tournament is still top of the to-do list.
# Rise To The Top
'I'd never expected to be captain of Ireland at 21. It's what you've always dreamed of'
2017 has been one to remember for Katie McCabe. She brings The42 through her rise to where she is today.
# Solid
'I think there was hamstrings left on the pitch, a few stud marks and ball marks on legs'
Drawing with the European Champions in a World Cup qualifier took a huge physical effort from the Republic of Ireland women’s team.
# Play Without Fear
'Football experts may say Ireland hardly have a chance. That's fine, but we don't believe in that'
The Republic of Ireland women’s team face European champions Holland this evening.
You can watch Ireland's World Cup qualifier live on Facebook tomorrow night
Kick-off against the Netherlands is 7pm Irish time.
# safe pair of hands
'It didn’t feel like there was a decision to be made because I have an attachment with Ireland'
Early signs suggest Manchester City goalkeeper Marie Hourihan is well-equipped to fill Emma Byrne’s sizeable gloves.
# Making Good Choices
'It was just me being realistic. I wouldn't have been happy sacrificing my education for football'
Republic of Ireland’s Harriet Scott decided to put her studies first but kept the faith that she might still have the chance to pursue international football.
# Speedy Recovery
Ireland dealt huge blow as Man City defender Campbell ruptures knee ligaments
The full-back requires surgery after picking up the injury in the Women’s Champions League last night.
# coygig
'It was an incredible feeling': From All-Ireland championships to an international debut
Peamount United captain Amber Barrett on making her Ireland international debut and the sacrifice of stepping away from the Donegal inter-county panel over the summer.
# Financial Boost
'This is a fantastic step forward for women's football in Ireland' - FAI handed €200k grant
The government funding will go towards running the Ireland women’s senior team and developing elite player development.
Roche and O'Gorman ruled out as Colin Bell names squad for Slovakia qualifier
Ireland’s bid to reach their first major tournament recommences with an away clash in two weeks time.
Three new faces as Ireland name squad for crucial World Cup qualifier
Colin Bell’s side face Northern Ireland next month.
# captain material
21-year-old Katie McCabe named as new Ireland captain
The forward takes over from Emma Byrne, who announced her international retirement yesterday.
Big names included as Ireland gear up for final friendly before World Cup qualifiers
Colin Bell’s side face Scotland in July.
# coygig
Ireland women put off-the-field issues behind them to claim victory over Slovakia
Stephanie Roche scored the only goal of the game at Tallaght Stadium.
# Rise and shine
'I hit a low point, I nearly gave it all up. But I'm back now, I'm in a much better place'
Clare Shine on her move back to Cork City FC from Glasgow, the Ireland WNT and her career-threatening injuries.
# resolved
'Now we set the standards' - Ireland boss keen to move on from 'tracksuit-gate'
After the events of this past week, Colin Bell has stressed that there is nothing he can do about what went on before he took the job.
Women's national team boycott training as they prepare for meeting with mediator over FAI row
“The players have not taken this decision lightly.”
Fighting for fairness, Ireland stand together on a landmark day for women’s football
Standing up and standing together, as the players demand improvement treatment from the FAI.
FAI told players going public would 'damage women's football and its future development'
PFAI solicitor Stuart Gilhooly revealed a series of emails between the players and FAI at today’s press conference.
# standing up
'They are the dirt off the FAI's shoe': Women's national team demand improved treatment
14 members of the squad were present at a press conference this morning as they outlined the conditions they play under.
# Squad Selection
Young guns reserved for U19s as Colin Bell calls on experience to face Slovakia
The Ireland WNT look to build on their impressive start under new management at Tallaght Stadium next month.
# coygig
McCabe hits brilliant winner as Ireland see off Wales in Cyprus Cup
The Girls in Green have topped their group after a second win this afternoon.
Ireland are searching for a new head coach after long-serving Sue Ronan steps down
The former international was in charge for three qualifying campaigns.
# Report
Ireland outclassed as Euro qualification campaign suffers setback
Spain prevailed despite an early penalty save from goalkeeper Emma Byrne.
# Hopeful
'There's no room for error now but we have nothing to fear' - Ireland target second spot in Euro group
Manager Sue Ronan believes finishing runners-up is still achievement after yesterday’s loss to Spain.
Ireland's hopes of Euro 2017 qualification suffer a setback with home defeat to Spain
Sue Ronan’s team went down 3-0 at Tallaght Stadium this afternoon.