Life’s work: the first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, from 1623. Photograph:  Graeme Robertson/Getty

Colm Tóibín Author Favourite play: Hamlet gave me permission to put an antic disposition on whenever the notion took me, to go all melancholy any(...)

His doctors remain reluctant to predict a date for his return, and Alan Judge dares not for fear that he might not make it, but the 27-year-old Dublin(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Callum O’Dowda and Andrea Conti of Italy. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Italy 4 A heavy defeat to Group Two leaders Italy at the Waterford RSC yesterday has all but ended the Republic of Ireland’s U(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane speaking after training at FAI Headquarters in Abbotstown. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Roy Keane has insisted the Republic of Ireland will trust their security team at the Euro 2016 finals following the terrorist attacks in Belgium. Ire(...)

Adi Roche with baby Victoria Doronona in the cardiac unit of Kharkiv general hospital, eastern Ukraine, in 2015. Ms Roche is set to be nominated for the award in the coming weeks by Cork’s Lord Mayor.

Adi Roche is expected to be awarded the Freedom of Cork city later this year for her work in assisting the people of Chernobyl following the nuclear (...)

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.

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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 Our structures are outdated and they have been failing us for a long time, yet we still dance around the subject and pretend that we are doing something, when the reality is that we are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 (...)

The FAI are yet to confirm if Martin O’Neill has signed a new contract. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The new €2.5 million deal secured by Michael O’Neill from the Irish Football Association, some four months after his Northern Ireland side completed (...)

Nicky Butt is not much into symbolism, though – this is a man without a single medal or item of memorabilia on display at home. He is into reality and is quite aggressive about it. Those are qualities Manchester United need badly. Photograph: Getty Images

Even inside a church, Nicky Butt was prepared to make a challenge. It was September 2009 and beneath the towering arches of Durham Cathedral, coinci(...)

Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joins the BBC panel during their coverage of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Photo: BBC

What do international management teams do in their spare time a few months before leading their team to the European Championships? Attend Super Bowl(...)