Lock Sophie Spence never gave up the fight in the torrid IRB Women’s World Cup semi-final defeat to England at Stade Jean Bouin in Paris. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Finding Sophie Spence. it happened over three years ago.“In fairness to Goose (Philip Doyle, Ireland’s coach for another 24 hours), ” explains Ireland(...)

 Argentina’s Lionel Messi during yesterday’s game against Switzerland at the Arena de Sao Paulo. Photograph: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Day 20 and Bill O’Herlihy warned us that “it’ll be messy after the break”, so you assumed Kenny and Richie were on punditry duty again. But it was act(...)

As yet another World Cup kicks off without the participation of an Irish team, it’s clear that not only have we not qualified for this year’s feast o(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane at training in Saipan. Photograph:   Andrew Paton/Inpho

“He came. He saw. He went home.” So ran the tag-line of the box office smash hit comedy I, Keano, an epic musical melodrama about a Roman legion prepa(...)

Spectators line the street for the best view of the finish of stage three of the Giro d’Italia on Merrion Street, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: Eric Luke 1:27

The worlds of two of Dublin’s most famous sons, Stephen Roche and Roddy Doyle, collided on Merrion Square in the city centre yesterday.As some of the (...)

David Wallace massaged by Willie Bennett at the Ireland rugby training camp in 2001: “Nobody actually believes me that this actually happened. They think that I set it up, that I put on a tape or something and got them to pose for it. But genuinely I just happened to be in the room and it came on the television. It was a complete happy coincidence. They weren’t paying any attention to me, they were just working away. Willie was giving him a massage and there was different stuff on the TV. And then this shot came up and obviously when they saw it, they started laughing.”

The All Blacks were coming, coming. Tacking their merciless way down towards the Havelock Square end. Aside from the referee and the 15 Irish men tryi(...)

Richie McCaw and the New Zealand players after Sunday’s win over Ireland. “Everyone has a lot of faith in the group,” said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

A fuming Seán O’Brien was the first vital sign of encouragement on All Black Sunday. As the Irish flanker shuffled on his feet and shot back curt, (...)

New team: Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Denis O’Brien is a well-known philanthropist, and this week he saved John Delaney’s bacon. The chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (...)

Martin O’Neill:  ‘They ask me if I have regained my enthusiasm for the task after my experience at Sunderland. The answer is I never lost my enthusiasm.’ Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Do not underestimate the fire that still burns in Martin O’Neill’s belly. Roy Keane might be the “iconic figure in world football, never mind Irish f(...)

Niall Quinn welcomes Roy Keane to Sunderland.

It was while walking into the glitzy celebration dinner in honour of Brian O’Driscoll at the Convention Centre in Dublin last Friday night that I was (...)