Niall Toibin   at a ceremony in Cork city hall where he was bestowed with  the Freedom of the City of Cork  in recognition of his lifetime contribution to film, stage and television. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Actor and comedian Niall Tóibín has been awarded the Freedom of Cork in recognition of his film, television and stage work.Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Mar(...)

Manchester United’s David de Gea had to be withdrawn due to injury, giving Victor Valdes his debut. Photo: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Manchester United 1-1 Arsenal There is a reasonable chance this might have been David de Gea’s final performance for Manchester United at Old Traf(...)

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 (...)

Stuart Bingham reacts as he comes close to making a 147 break in the World Championship Final  against Shaun Murphy at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.  Photo: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

Stuart Bingham was producing the best snooker of his life in the biggest match of his career and almost made a maximum break as he moved within sight (...)

Celtic manager Ronny Deila has led his side to winning the Scottish Premiership title. Photograph: Reuters.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell admits they took a risk in appointing Ronny Deila as manager – but he feels the Norwegian’s first title win can b(...)

Still green: Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for Ireland Under-21s in 2013. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Try walking in Jack Grealish’s shoes this week. True, he wears the best quiff of any English-born youngster with Irish heritage since Johnny Maher fir(...)

 Rory McIlroy:  victories and  sponsorship deal  make him Ireland’s richest sportsman. Photograph: Ezra Shaw/Getty

He’s got the world number-one spot, four Majors and counting, and now Rory McIlroy can add the title of Ireland’s richest sportsman to his burgeoning (...)

Tony McCoy found it hard to stay motivated when his 300 wins target was no longer a reality. Photo: David Davies/PA

“It’s a terrible way of describing it but I’ve been like a drug addict this week,” Tony McCoy says on a quiet morning at home. In a beautiful house on(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager  Martin O’Neill has a  kickabout  with Mark Bates and Anna Secka at the launch of the 2015 SportsWorld FAI Summer Soccer Schools at the  Aviva Stadium. Photograph:   Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill has not ruled out the idea of looking to stay on for a second qualification campaign, even if his team fail(...)

Roy Keane  did not attend a brief hearing at Trafford Magistrates’ Court today but a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer. Photo: Niall Carson/PA

Roy Keane has pleaded not guilty to an alleged road rage claim made following an incident near Manchester in January.The Republic of Ireland assistant(...)