Ian Madigan could play at scrumhalf if necessary for Ireland.

Murphy’s Law – “whatever can go wrong, will” – is something Australia coach Michael Cheika is unlikely to take too seriously. While most teams (...)

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(...)

Former soccer players Chris Kamara and Niall Quinn   in Dublin on Tuesday. Quinn said there needs to be more of a focus on the development of young Irish players. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

It’s a discussion often had when it comes to Irish sport but rarely does a revolutionary plan come about to improve domestic and international foot(...)

Newcastle United caretaker manager John Carver celebrates after Newcastle United’s Argentinian midfielder Jonas Gutierrez scores during their Premier League match against West Ham United at St James Park. Photograph: AFP

It was “Squeaky Bum Tyne”, as one headline rather excellently put it yesterday ahead of Hull (and their Geordie manager) and Newcastle’s efforts to cl(...)

“It’s not nice and you feel like you’ve let people down . . . it is terrible to go through and you just have to accept it,” says Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, who has been relegated three times in his career. Photograph: Getty. 1:11

Preparing to leave Burnley’s Gawthorpe Hall training ground after another morning workout, Stephen Ward flashes a wide grin having shared a joke with (...)

Thierry Henry is earning €5.6million as a football pundit on Sky Sports. Photograph: Getty

Oh, Thierry. It wasn’t meant to be this way. How did we get here? What happened? And is there a rewind button? Eight months into that giddily well-rem(...)

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’(...)

Vincent Hickey, chair of the SCSI Property and Facilities Management Professional Group with former soccer star Niall Quinn

Former Republic of Ireland soccer legend Niall Quinn was the star turn at the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland’s Property and Facility Managers (...)

Louis  FitzGerald’s Anglo loans were secured against well-known pubs, including The Stag’s Head and Kehoes  as well as the Arlington Hotel in Dublin. Photograph Joe St Leger

Louis FitzGerald, the publican and hotelier, has refinanced his empire with the support of Broadhaven Credit Partners and AIB. Mr FitzGerald’s busines(...)