The Second Captains team, from left: Simon Hick, Ciaran Murphy, Ken Early, Eoin McDevitt and Mark Horgan, Malachy Logan, sports editor of The Irish Times (centre left) and Malachy Clerkin, sports reporter (extreme right). The team’s sudden departure from Newstalk’s Off the Ball programme was one the biggest talking points in Irish radio this year. Photograph: Dave Meehan

In a year when Irish radio went through more upheaval than in the previous three combined, one sudden exit stands out, one that left a station bereft (...)

The Ireland of O’Neill and Keane will be more exciting to follow than the increasingly forlorn team that spent the last few years being patronised by Giovanni Trapattoni.

The news that Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are to take over the running of the Irish team is the most exciting thing to happen in Irish football since(...)

Playing a blinder: Cillian Murphy runs a gangland empire in Birmingham in Peaky Blinders

There’s no getting away from it: Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, Thursday) is the daftest, most unlikely name for a vicious mob drama, never mind one that’s (...)

Second Captains: Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early, Ciaran Murphy, Simon Hick and Mark Horgan. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are no second acts in American life, F Scott Fitzgerald famously said. He turned out to be wrong, but in the media world the sentiment is much m(...)

 The Second Captains team Ken Early, Mark Horgan, Eoin McDevitt, Simon Hick and Ciaran Murphy.

The Second Captains podcasts at The Irish Times will move to four shows per week from the start of August, it was announced this afternoon. The(...)

New Manchester United manager David Moyes

David Moyes’s first Manchester United press conference was notable for the deference he showed to his new surroundings, which ranged from painstaking (...)

Alex Ferguson gestures before a photocall at the club’s Carrington training complex in Manchester. Ferguson is to retire at the end of the season.

Yesterday the BBC posted an archive video showing Sir Alex Ferguson standing on the Old Trafford touchline after his appointment as Manchester (...)

The Second Captains - Simon Hick, Ciaran Murphy, Eoin McDevitt, Ken Early and Mark Horgan - make themselves at home in The Irish Times’ studio. Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

Second Captains, the artists formerly known as the Off the Ball 5, will make their return to the airwaves from next week in a series of shows i(...)

An acoustic engineer will be amongst the 76,000 crowd at Old Trafford tonight. Photograph: Michael Regan/Getty Images

It was reported last week that among the 76,000 people at tonight’s Manchester derby will be an acoustic engineer who has been hired to work ou(...)

It’s a football cliché that “teams are made in the image of their manager”. Although we would struggle to explain the actual mechanisms involve(...)

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