Robbie Keane’s five goals in two matches against Gibraltar have enabled him win back top scorer slot in  history of European qualification matches from Cristiano Ronaldo. Photograph: Adam Davy/PA Wire.

Andrea Pirlo was one of the classiest midfield playmakers in Europe for more than a decade, but it turns out that doesn’t count for much in Major L(...)

Kyle Lafferty: “I had to grow up sometime. The team and the country needs the Kyle Lafferty with the head screwed on”. Photograph: William Cherry/INPHO/Presseye

Two years ago this week Steven Davis was part of a Northern Ireland side that lost 3-2 to Luxembourg on the way to finishing fifth in their World Cup (...)

Ascreengrab from a video posted by Sea Shepherd activists on Friday shows slaughtered whales on the coast of the Faroe islands. Photograph: Sea Shepherd/Youtube 1:01

An environment group has criticised Denmark for failing to halt the annual pilot whale hunt in the Faroe Islands. Sea Shepherd activists claim fisher(...)

Denmark’s prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt and opposition leader Lars Loekke Rasmussen speak to journalists as they arrive for the final televised duel before the election in Copenhagenon. Photograph: Liselotte Sabroe/AFP/Getty Images

Danes voted on Thursday in a cliff-hanger election, where an opposition centre-right alliance is seeking to oust prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmid(...)

Cruises with an educational theme offer cultural, cookery and creative courses on board

Cruise for culture In the world of educational travel, what name could be more august than Smithsonian? The US institution founded for the “inc(...)

Dick Advocaat (above) joins Claudio Ranieri and Temur Ketsbaia in vacating their posts for variable reasons.   Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Dick Advocaat became the third international manager to leave his post on Saturday as Serbia announced he was no longer their coach. The day af(...)

Scotland’s Archie Gemmill scores against the Netherlands in 1978. Coming in a 3-2 win for the Scots, it was one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

The Scots were once so proud as to be picky about the way in which they qualified for major championships, a fact that makes the last 16 years of stay(...)

Former Dior designer and Gibraltarian John Galliano  was charged with hurling anti-Semitic slurs in a Paris cafe in 2011, allegations that shocked the fashion world and cost him his job at the renowned French high-fashion house.  Photograph: Thibault Camus

Gibraltar face the Republic of Ireland in Dublin on Saturday in just their second competitive match ever.Allen Bula’s men are the minnows of Euro 201(...)

Darina Allen and René Redzepi at the Kerrygold Ballymaloe Litfest food festival in Co Cork yesterday. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision 1:16

Follow our coverage of Ballymaloe Lit Fest @irishtimesfood and @mcdigby René Redzepi was impressed. “This is the most organised farm I’ve (...)

Pat the Cope Gallagher. File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Irish MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has called on the European Commission to implement sanction measures against Iceland, saying that Iceland and (...)