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(...)

In his role as club manager or pundit you couldn’t listen to Martin O’Neill without grasping how enthralled he is by the game. As Ireland manager, he has cut a much more subdued figure. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘If they were in swimming, they’d be doing it,” Brian Kerr said about the night-after-night training repetition required of 10- and 11-year-olds with (...)

Sally (left), Jill (right) and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral Mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in  Foxrock, south Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Together for the last time, they moved slowly towards the church door as the funeral bell tolled. And in our imagination, we half expected to hear Joh(...)

Sally, Jill and Hilary O’Herlihy, daughters and wife of Bill O’Herlihy at the funeral mass of the RTÉ presenter at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The funeral has taken place of the broadcaster Bill O’Herlihy who died suddenly this week at the age of 76. The congregation at a packed Our Lady of (...)

A  memorial book during the funeral of Ray Treacy at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mourners at the funeral of former Ireland international soccer player Ray Treacy were asked to smile one more time for a man held dear in the world of(...)

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(...)