Former France manager Raymond Domenech says he was pipped to the Ireland job by Brian Kerr. Photo: Getty Images

No, I was not France’s public enemy No1,” insists Raymond Domenech. “I was No2, behind Sarkozy.” The quip is delivered with good humour because Domen(...)

He was torn between his delight at playing on such a superb team with the more basic fact of missing the uncomplicatedness of life at joyously unfashionable Blackburn.

Will Ireland produce a player like Damien Duff again? And if so when? And if so how? Not for the first time, Duff popped up out of the blue to put a (...)

Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)

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Critics of Ireland’s Call can rest assured that there will be at least one inspiring song sung before the rugby in Paris today. And if the opinions of(...)

Hijabs and Hat-tricks: Training together are Alena Munir, Aseel Bukhatwa, Skalla Waissi, Leila Mohamed, Chantelle O’Neill and Gugulethu Banda; and (front) Mahdiyah Ayub, Zara Himayat, Arooj Hussain, Fadhila Hajji, Amina Mustafa, Iesha Moustafa and Pauline Biron. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Growing up in Tallaght, Fadhila Hajji loved playing football with her brothers. Kicking a ball around the yard during her teen years was the perfect (...)

Damien Duff celebrates his goal for the Republic of Ireland against Saudi Arabia     at the International Stadium  in Yokohama, Japan during the 2002 World Cup. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Former Republic of Ireland winger Damien Duff has brought down the curtain on his illustrious playing career after 20 years. The 36-year-old from Bal(...)

 Oliver Bierhoff, one of the ball-pullers, was clearly and hilariously bored of the whole affair long before the end. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP/Getty Images

The build-up was long – so long that keeping awake was a real achievement. On this couch it was a matter of pulling out all the stops. Coffee. Open wi(...)

Stephen Kenny: has assembled a Dundalk team that has won successive league titles. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s the guts of two decades now since Stephen Kenny sat opposite Vinny Perth and suggested the then teenage Dubliner’s career in football might be(...)

Michael Conlan kisses coach Billy Walsh after winning the world bantamweight semi-final. Something that was working got taken apart and destroyed. Photograph: Paul Mohan

A few days after Seamus Heaney died in 2013, there was an Ireland soccer international in Lansdowne. It was against Sweden, right at the fag end of th(...)

Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova starts a kiss-a-thon with Fifa secretary general Jerome Valcke on stage during the preliminary draw for the 2018 World Cup in Saint Petersburg on Saturday. Photograph: Getty Images.

“And Djibouti play Swaziland.” (Silence.) No more than ourselves, George Hamilton tuned in to the 2018 World Cup qualifying draw a bit early, like whe(...)