A  memorial book during the funeral of Ray Treacy at the Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Mourners at the funeral of former Ireland international soccer player Ray Treacy were asked to smile one more time for a man held dear in the world of(...)

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’(...)

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has defended James McCarthy after he was labelled ‘a terrible flop’ by Eamonn Dunphy. Photograph: Reuters

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has hit back at Liam Brady and Eamon Dunphy following their criticism of midfielder James McCarthy.Dunphy labeled the 24(...)

Paul Ince wonders about an emerging generation who, he feels, are so coached in specialist roles that they fail to develop into the more rounded midfielders. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Paul Ince spent two years at the start of his career playing for West Ham alongside Liam Brady, who was approaching the end of his. Having arrived int(...)

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(...)

 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(...)

 Jack Grealish: will be hoping to make a big impression with  Aston Villa’s first team this season. Photo: David Rogers/Getty

There will be few better days for Roy Keane to combine his club and county roles than the opening day of this new Premier League season.Aston Villa’s (...)

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.(...)

Prof Philip Pettit from Princeton University (left) with Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn, and Prof Brian Nolan, principal, college of human sciences, UCD, at the UCD Garret Fitzgerald summer school in UCD yesterday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

It may seem counter-intuitive but putting more power into the hands of “unelected agents” at the expense of politicians can enhance democracy.That wa(...)

Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring the  second goal against England. Photograph:Christopher Lee/Getty Images

This World Cup is a bit good. To the point where you can’t even resist sharing the company of the Ivory Coast and Japan at 2am and beyond, Tony O’Dono(...)