Performance against Italy our most encouraging for years
Not for the first time, it's been a week where Roy Maurice Keane has overshadowed the more humdrum goings-on in Irish football.
It's hard to get enough of him, or certainly hard to avoid him. Just last week, a nothing pitch-side briefing produced a picture which promptly adorned the front pages.
He looked like some kind of ancient prophet – the hood up, the rain, the stare, those cheekbones.