Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Adam Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

So how did it come to this? How did the bright, sassy, funny, seemingly streetwise young woman dubbed “the new Karren Brady” end up going into hiding(...)

Sunderland AFC Chief Executive Officer Margaret Byrne pictured on the left. During the trial the jury was told that, by May 4, chief executive Margaret Byrne met Johnson and his barrister and she had all the messages exchanged and transcripts from police interviews. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Sunderland football club’s chief executive is believed to have left the country following mounting pressure over her conduct during the child abuse tr(...)

Graham Barrett: ‘What is most frustrating is that the reasons we are so far behind are as clear as day. Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are not doing nearly enough.’

I believe there are huge issues at grassroots/underage level within Irish football - issues that are either not given enough recognition, underplayed (...)

Former soccer player Niall Quinn. File photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

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Every Airtricity League game will be streamed from next season  under the FAI’s four-year deal with Trackchamp. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish clubs look set to receive about €10,000 each per year plus help with video analysis as their share of a deal signed by the FAI that allows for (...)

Sarsfields’ Ivan Kenny and Craughwell’s Adrian Cullinane in action during the  Galway senior hurling championship final replay at  Pearse Stadium, Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Sarsfields 2-10 Craughwell 0-14 Two goals in the opening half proved decisive as Sarsfields, the first club to win successive All-Ireland club (...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill  celebrates with two-goal hero Jon Walters.   Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Well, isn’t life just grand? You know, if Liveline had a poll today on replacing Amhrán na bhFiann with ‘Super Jonny Walters’, it might be the first 1(...)

Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

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Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in action with West Brom’s Craig Gardner. City look a different side when the midfielder is firing on all cylinders. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Reuters

As a declaration of presence, as a reminder of a forceful personality – even as a motto – Yaya Touré’s statement on Monday night following Manchester (...)

Chris Kamara and Niall Quinn  in Dublin to launch Sky Sports’ Premier League coverage. “You have to start and say: can we envisage seeing Shamrock Rovers playing Bohemians with a good crowd at the match, and you’re in a bar in Kenya,” said Quinn.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Selling domestic television rights to foreign countries is the key way in which to positively develop soccer in Ireland – along with a change in wh(...)