Brian McCarthy has worked with the Ireland team since 2003, but has decided to pursue a new challenge in Sydney. Photograph: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

It started simply enough. Brian McCarthy was a school teacher and volunteer coach in Kerry who, inspired in his own youth by the genius of players lik(...)

The Republic of Ireland management team of Roy Keane (deputy manager) and Martin O’Neill (manager). The current ranking does not seem to tally with the standard of football and results being produced by O’Neill’s side. Photograph: Alan Betson

The Republic of Ireland have been leapfrogged by Gabon in the latest Fifa world rankings. Martin O’Neill’s side now lie in 65th position, sandwiched (...)

St Patrick’s Athletic  fans celebrate their side’s second goal against Derry City in the FAI Cup final at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

If St Pat’s were awarded a euro for every time their FAI Cup drought was mentioned in the last week, they’d have Messi, Ibrahimovic and Ronaldo up fro(...)

Former St Patrick’s Athletic manager Brian Kerr celebrates with man of the match Greg Bolger after the side beat Derry City 2-0 to win the FAI Cup final at Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Liam Brady once admitted to being shocked that Celtic fans took until well into the following week to pick themselves up and get their lives back on t(...)

Christy Fagan scores for St Patrick’s Athletic during the FAI Ford Cup Final against Derry City at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Derry City 0 St Patrick’s Athletic 2 In a league the size of Ireland’s and with the Dubliners generally up there amongst the better teams, sometimes t(...)

 Neymar celebrates scoring against Real Madrid on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

That was a highly decent football week, especially for those from Dundalk and Madrid, the television highlight hard to choose because there were so ma(...)

German national team coach Joachim Löw (right) with (from left) general manager  Oliver Bierhoff, goalkeeper coach Andreas Koepke and coach assistant Thomas Schneider. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters.

The age of data analysis in football began in Swindon on the 18th of March, 1950, some time around a quarter to four in the afternoon. In the crowd at(...)

Roy Keane  with Roddy Doyle during his book launch at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire.

With Mick McCarthy no longer in the picture, Brian Kerr brought Keane back into the fold against Romania in May, 2004 “My first game back was a(...)

 Angela Kerins, former  chief executive of Rehab:    She and Frank Flannery threatened legal action to prevent details of their remuneration being discussed at the Public Accounts Committee. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Rehab Group has appointed a new board in a move aimed at improving oversight and rebuilding its battered reputation following controversy over h(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s   David Meyler hold off Ali Al-Busaidi of Oman during the friendly international played at the the Aviva Satdium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho 2:56

If life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans, friendlies like this are what happens while everyone else is exploring life. A sleepy nig(...)