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Dunne Deal! Blackrock’s Jimmy gets Ireland senior call

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Local player Jimmy Dunne in action for Hearts in the Scottish Premiership.

Blackrock native Jimmy Dunne has been called up to the 36-man provisional senior Republic of Ireland panel for the upcoming internationals against Northern Ireland and Denmark.

Martin O’Neill’s side are staring relegation to League C of the UEFA Nations League in the face as they prepare to travel to Aarhus to face Denmark on Monday November 19th. Before then, the Republic will welcome Northern Ireland to the Aviva Stadium on Thursday November 15th for a friendly international.

Dunne, who is currently staring for Scottish Premiership leaders Hearts while on loan from Premier League outfit Burnley, has received a first call-up to the senior set-up having recently been involved in the Republic of Ireland Under 21 side who failed to qualify for next year’s European Championship finals.

The senior call-up caps a whirlwind year for the 21-year-old player who as recently as May was helping Accrington Stanley to the League Two title and promotion to English football’s third tier.

The former Manchester United centre half has played in 10 of Hearts 12’s league games to date this season, completing 90 minutes in every one and impressing enough to warrant a call-up to the provisional selection.

He faces a tough battle to retain his place however with Premier League players Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark and Kevin Long as well as the experienced Richard Keogh and Championship duo John Egan and Darragh Lenihan ahead of him in the pecking order as things stand.

Last month, Dunne was a substitute for the Republic of Ireland’s Under 21 team in a 0-2 defeat to Germany in Heidenheim.

His involvement extends the Louth association with the current Irish senior set-up. Ex-Dundalk players Richie Towell and Shaun Williams are also included in the extended squad, which will be cut ahead of training on Monday November 12th.

Callum O’Dowda’s grandfather, the late Brendan O’Dowda, hailed from Dundalk.

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Gone are the days of Steve Staunton, Ian Harte, Gary Kelly and Nicky Colgan frequenting the Republic of Ireland senior team but there’s no shortage of local links in the current squad.

He faces a tough battle to retain his place however with Premier League players Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark and Kevin Long as well as the experienced Richard Keogh and Championship duo John Egan and Darragh Lenihan ahead of him in the pecking order as things stand.

Last month, Dunne was a substitute for the Republic of Ireland’s Under 21 team in a 0-2 defeat to Germany in Heidenheim.

His involvement extends the Louth association with the current Irish senior set-up. Ex-Dundalk players Richie Towell and Shaun Williams are also included in the extended squad, which will be cut ahead of training on Monday November 12th.

Callum O’Dowda’s grandfather, the late Brendan O’Dowda, hailed from Dundalk.

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