Ludwig Wittgenstein: ‘Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.’ Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

If Ireland can lay claim to St Patrick, Mick McCarthy and Barack Obama, surely it can take some ownership of Ludwig Wittgenstein too. The Austrian (...)

Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring in the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The Republic of Ireland are on course to be seeded in the Euro 2016 play-offs as things stand if they retain third place in Group D. But they would be(...)

“We want Jack!” roared the enormous crowd. They had sweated in the June heat for hours and it wasn’t to see preening ministers and councillors.

Yes we all partied. Excessively, some may have said. Lost the run of ourselves and celebrated too much, according to others. People went mad, it’s (...)

Daryl Murphy: “I was delighted to get back in the squad after being out so long.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

After the season he’s had, there’s been talk of interest from bigger-budget Championship outfits and even a suggestion that he might have earned himse(...)

Steven Reid of Ireland during the Uefa Euro 2008 qualifying match between Germany and the Republic of Ireland at the Gottlieb-Daimler Stadium. Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

After a career spanning 17 years, encompassing 10 different operations, former Irish international Steven Reid will retire at the end of the season, o(...)

 Wes Hoolahan of Norwich City scores their first goal from the penalty spot during the  Championship play-off semi-final second leg match against Ipswich Town at Carrow Road. Photo: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

Norwich 3 Ipswich 1 (Norwich win 4-2 on aggregate) Norwich saw off 10-man Ipswich 3-1 at Carrow Road to earn a shot at Middlesbrough in the Cha(...)


Even now, after so many attempts to get them right, the Fifa rules that govern international eligibility are an imperfect attempt to address an intrac(...)

Ipswich Town were bottom of the Championship when Mick McCarthy took over two-and-a-half years ago. Photograph: Ben Stansall/AFP Photo/Getty Images

Sitting in his office at Ipswich Town’s training ground as he prepares to take his latest team into the Championship play-offs, Mick McCarthy laughs (...)

Bournemouth are promoted as Championship winners after Watford could only draw 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday. Photograph: Getty

Derby County 0 Reading 3 Derby saw their play-off hopes crushed by out-of-form Reading who ended a run of four Championship defeats by pulling (...)

 Mick McCarthy: “The first thing I said to the players in the dressing room after the game was what a belligerent, stubborn, hard working, tough, horrible bunch you have turned out to be and I love you and I am proud of you because you need all those qualities to be a good team. It is lovely to have.” Photograph: Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy hailed the “belligerent, stubborn and hard working” qualities of his “horrible bunch” of players after a determined 1-1 dra(...)