A fireman removes part of a damaged facade of a building in Melilla, Spain after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake. Photograph: Jesus Blasco de Avellaneda/Reuters

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Mediterranean early on Monday, causing some material damage in southern Spain and northern Morocco, although (...)

Fionnuala Walsh trains off the west Clare coast

Fionnuala Walsh’s mother couldn’t swim, so she made sure her six children could. Growing up on the Shannon Estuary, the record-breaking long-distance(...)

Shane Long during training in Warsaw Photograph: Adam Holt/Reuters

The enormity of Shane Long’s most recent international goal may still be dawning on him. He may or may not have heard his mother discussing that bulle(...)

Shane Long scores the winning goal for the Republic of Ireland in the Group D Euro 2016 qualifier at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Germany 0 Fourteen years after that memorable day when the Dutch were beaten here, the Irish team finally took another sc(...)

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(...)

Seamus Coleman goeson a sprint during  Republic of Ireland squad training in Dublin yesterday. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Martin O’Neill believes there is a renewed sense of confidence in the Ireland squad ahead of this evening’s crucial qualifying game against Georgia, b(...)

Gibraltar coach Jeff Wood and captain Roy Chipolina at a press conference in Faro ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters.

Gibraltar’s players could be forgiven for thinking that international football was more fun before Uefa granted them official status and they left be(...)

Martin O’Neill says talks with Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish were fruitful. Photograph: Inpho

Martin O’Neill expects Jack Grealish to make clear his international intentions within a matter of weeks after having met with the player, his father,(...)

“The basic position is unsustainable whereby you can stand in a betting shop and pay a certain rate of tax on a bet, then stand outside, telephone a bet, and pay a different rate of tax,” says Horse Racing Ireland’s Brian Kavanagh. Photograph: Inpho.

Horse Racing Ireland’s chief executive has said there will be no delay to the upcoming introduction of a new betting tax system in this country despit(...)

Apple’s logo outside its Irish campus. The company’s tax arrangementsin Ireland are the subject of an EU investigation. Photographer: Aidan Crawley/Bloomberg

Until a few months ago, the medieval town of Athenry in County Galway owed its fame mainly to a song. Irish rugby and football fans often burst into (...)