Peter Cassells: “There was actually a point where Dick Spring asked for that Monday to be declared a public holiday but Charlie Haughey basically told him to go to hell.”

“I’m one of the ones with regrets,” says Peter Cassells. “I regret that I didn’t just sell the fridge and go; or that I wasn’t of the ones that went(...)

Jack Charlton with Arnold O’Byrne (left) and Brian Lenihan.

When Opel signed up as the FAI’s main sponsors in a four-year deal worth £100,000 per year in 1986 it looked like a decent bit of business by the ass(...)

Niall Quinn of Ireland scores the qualiser past Hans Van Breukelen of Holland. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Something Happens were on tour in the United States as Ireland played their group stage games and getting to see games presented quite a challenge fo(...)

Charles  Haughey walks towards the fans after the Republic of Ireland’s defeat to Italy in Rome. “I didn’t go on that trip no but he took a whole lot of people, including a lot of opposition people; he took Alan Dukes, I think, and De Rossa, they all went out on the government jet. It was a big story at the time.”

It was a momentous time for Europe, recalls PJ Mara, the Government Press Secretary when the map of the continent was being redrawn but even history m(...)

Packie Bonner makes his save during the shootout against Romania. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It seems like it was yesterday,” says Kevin Sheedy. “The goal against England, the penalty against Romania and the quarter-final against Italy were a(...)

John Delaney speaks to the press after Ireland’s playoff defeat to France which saw Thierry Henry’s handball and lead to a €5 million Fifa payment to the FAI. Photo: Dara Mac Donaill

The FAI’s now famous €5 million “settlement” with Fifa gets a belated mention in the association’s accounts for 2014 – or at least in the letter that (...)

Shamrock Rovers manager Pat Fenlon: brings his side to Galway, then to Luxembourg for a Europa League tie on Tuesday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The league’s leading clubs must juggle domestic and European demands over the next couple of weeks. Shamrock Rovers have the most pressing schedule gi(...)

Ireland players have rubbished suggestions made in an Argentinian newspaper that they were paid $10,000 each in return for Lionel Messi emerging from 2010’s friendly game at the Aviva unscathed. Photograph: Getty

Irish players involved in the friendly game against Argentina nearly five years ago have dismissed as “absolute nonsense,” a story in which it is sugg(...)

Dundalk player Daryl Horgan was presented with the SSE Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award for May on Tuesday.  Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Daryl Horgan is the latest Dundalk player to pick up an Airtricity/SWAI Player of the Month award in 2015 with the 22-year-old midfielder making it a (...)

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny secured Champions League success over BATE Borisov during his time with Bohemians. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Stephen Kenny is adamant that neither he nor his players will be daunted by the scale of their task but Dundalk will do well to expand their Champions(...)