Bill O’Herlihy:  hung up his microphone as RTÉ’s main sports presenter in the summer. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Bill O’Herlihy, the gentleman of the Irish public relations scene, appears to be tying up a few more loose ends. Billo hung up his microphone as RTÉ’s(...)

 Referee Milorad Mazic speaks to Roy Keane, assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifier  at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

We knew the day had to come, but still, it didn’t stop us dreading it. Finally, management decided, for this encounter at least, and with the natur(...)

Paul Kimmage began work on Brian O’Driscoll’s autobiography only to past the work onto Mark English, who ghosted The Test. Photograph: Inpho.
The game of sports ghostwriting
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  • November 1, 2014, 01:00

Hunter Davies published the authorised biography of the Beatles in 1968 and the football classic, The Glory Game. He’s also ghosted a few football boo(...)

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers took a chance on the controversial striker Mario Balotelli and it has not paid off so far. Photograph: Getty Images.

When Brendan Rodgers spoke of the “calculated gamble” he had made in bringing Mario Balotelli to Liverpool, deep in his heart he knew that he was talk(...)

 John O’Shea races away in celebration with his teammates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s equaliser at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

From the Dáil to Deutschland, a Tuesday to put the fear of Gawd in you. And come evening Eamon Dunphy was left trembling and aghast by the austerity m(...)

Roy Keane: The focus on the Alex Ferguson feud, the sport’s most tiresome quarrel, suggested that recent signs of a genuine softening in Keane’s thinking and perspective were deceptive. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What’s your favourite Roy Keane story? Is it Robbie Savage’s voicemail, John Hartson’s crisps or Abba on the bus at Sunderland? Is it the one about th(...)

Former minister for justice Ray Burke arriving at the Mahon tribunal at Dublin Castle in 2006. The tribunal has paid legal fees to builders Tom Brennan and Joseph McGowan, who it found made corrupt payments to Burke. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Mahon tribunal has begun making substantial payments to cover the legal fees of some of those it found to be involved in corruption in the planni(...)

Liam Brady: ‘Exhausted? No, no. Watching football sitting in a chair is not a chore. It’s not work’

It is a wonderful thing to be driven around Highbury by Liam Brady. It is the area of London he first came to as a teenager. Now the baby seat for (...)

We’ll Leave It There So – broadcasting legend Bill O’Herlihy – with the panel of John Giles, Eamon Dunphy and Liam Brady – ahead of the World Cup Final as he prepared for his final broadcast for for RTÉ Television. Photo: Steve Langan/Inpho

You know, Kleenex should have sponsored RTÉ’s World Cup final coverage, divil a dry eye in the homes of the nation. Ciao Billo. And Brazil.(...)

World Cup Supporters’ Club: John Murray

We are, one might have noticed, in the midst of a mania that grips otherwise sensible individuals once every four years, when sound judgment is rep(...)