Hearts defender Jimmy Dunne earns first Ireland call-up
The on-loan stopper's displays for the Jam Tarts have been recognised by his country.
Hearts defender Jimmy Dunne has been called up to the Republic of Ireland senior squad for the first time.
The centre-half has impressed since joining the Jam Tarts on loan from Burnley in the summer and has now been rewarded by Ireland boss Martin O'Neill with international recognition.
Dunne, who came through the ranks at Manchester United, has quickly become a key figure for Hearts, who top the Premiership table.
The 21-year-old has played ten times in the league and scored twice so far this season, with his importance enhanced following injuries to influential defenders Christophe Berra and John Souttar.
Dunne's current six-month loan deal at Tynecastle expires in January.
Manager Craig Levein has said he will hold talks with counterpart Sean Dyche about prolonging the stopper's spell in Edinburgh until the end of the season.
Ireland face Northern Ireland and Denmark later this month.