Still green: Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for Ireland Under-21s in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Try walking in Jack Grealish’s shoes this week. True, he wears the best quiff of any English-born youngster with Irish heritage since Johnny Maher fir(...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

Wesley Sneijder does a “baby celebration” with Jetro Willems after Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s late equaliser for the Netherlands against Turkey in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Amsterdam last week. Photograph: Epa.

Johan Cruyff refused to wear their blazer. He just wouldn’t put it on. And some said it came down to that. It was the final straw. Cruyff and t(...)

Roy Keane takes on the Poland defence in Poznan in 1991. Photograph: Alan Betson/Inpho

Jackie Carey is said to have written in his official report to the FAI on the game between Ireland and Poland in Katowice in May 1958 that it was “fit(...)

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly scores a goal against Castlebar Mitchels in the All-Ireland club football final in March 2014, having won the Leinster club title in the previous calendar year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

There are a few things in the GAA of which it could be said: if you were starting out, you’d never come up with that way of doing it. One example is (...)

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 (...)

Paddy ‘Rala’ O’Reilly celebrates with the Ireland rugby team on there way back to Dublin after winning the Six Nations last season. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paddy O’Reilly, or ‘Rala’ as the Irish rugby team calls him, has been Ireland’s bagman for the last 20 years and ‘Baggage Master’, an uppity title (...)

Philips Manager of the Year Joe Schmidt with his award following the ceremony at the Shelbourne Hotel: “It’s humbling because of the competition that is here today.”

Despite the mass influx, Joe Schmidt is the only foreign rugby coach to be named Philips Sports Manager of the Year.Not the first foreigner, mind. Th(...)

European Championship qualifier  between Republic of Ireland and Scotland on February 18th, 1987. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Never mind the history the management team and top scorer have with the place, Scotland is where it all began for Ireland’s great “haven’t beat a dece(...)

Roy Keane’s lost film reviews -  E.T: People say he is cute and adorable, all this . . . but where’s his loyalty? Hides in your wardrobe and breaks your kids hearts and then f**ks off back to whatever planet he came from? No, a big disappointment for me, that little fella. Only out for himself. Worst behaviour I’ve seen since Veron.

What is the last film you saw, Roy? Roy Keane: Gone Girl. Rubbish. Absolute rubbish. I went with a couple of lads from the Irish team but if I wa(...)