Ireland celebrate Ronnie Whelan’s stunning winner against the USSR in 1988. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1988: Ronnie Whelan’s goal v USSR June 15th 1988 Is there an Irish person in their mid-30s or older who can’t close their eyes and picture it t(...)

Cyclist Stephen Roche’s triumphant homecoming to Ireland in 1987 after winning the Tour De France. His victory sparked a new wave of interest in cycling.

When Stephen Roche won the Tour de France back in 1987 Ireland caught cycling fever. The Dubliner’s open-top bus homecoming through his native city wa(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

Martin O’Neill: close proximity to fans at 1982 World Cup was ‘really fantastic’. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With all the briefings and workshops in the run-up to Euro 2016, you’d think some might be fluent in the local language by the time the tournament fin(...)

Former Ireland soccer manager Jack Charlton: ate at Moran’s as did  Seamus Heaney who wrote about “laying down a perfect memory” in the “cool of thatch and crockery” in his poem Oysters. Photograph: Peter Thursfield / The Irish Times

Former taoiseach Charles J Haughey, former Irish football manager Jack Charlton, actors Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, British MP Clement Freud all h(...)

Philips Manager of the Year award winners  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill with  Philips MD Cel O’Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Without it being groundbreaking, there’s some symmetry to the O’Neills sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. At the 33rd instalment of(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates after the match. Photo: Lee Smith / Reuters

If the French public are nursing fears that Friday night’s atrocity in Paris might keep visitors away from their country, the celebratory roar emanati(...)

The University of Limerick has awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science to former Ireland rugby captain Paul O’Connell. He is pictured with his wife Emily, children, Lola (1) and Paddy (5) as he prepared for the conferring ceremony. Photograph: Alan Place/Fusionshooters.

He may give the orders on the rugby pitch but Paul O’Connell insists team-mates will not have to call him ‘Dr Paul’ following his conferring with an h(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Robbie Keane applauds the fans after losing the European Championship Qualifying match at the National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland. Photograph:  Tony Marshall/PA Wire

The Republic of Ireland will face Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-offs. Martin O’Neill’s men missed the chance of automatic qualificat(...)

Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)