Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Happens more often than you’d think, this sort of fixture. Not Ireland v Germany specifically, more Ireland v the like of Germany. Or to put more f(...)

Spot the Irish man: the Republic of Ireland team do a bit of sun-bathing before the start of  World Cup finals in Italy. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“We all suffer from nostalgia and everything seems better looking back at it. I actually forget that the games were rubbish and I got dropped!” Perha(...)

Republic of Ireland players celebrate David O’Leary’s winning penalty against Romania in Genoa, on June 25th, 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

The whole country seemed to come to a standstill 25 years ago today as Ireland faced Romania for a place in the World Cup quarter finals. Shops closed(...)

Roy Keane: The focus on the Alex Ferguson feud, the sport’s most tiresome quarrel, suggested that recent signs of a genuine softening in Keane’s thinking and perspective were deceptive. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

What’s your favourite Roy Keane story? Is it Robbie Savage’s voicemail, John Hartson’s crisps or Abba on the bus at Sunderland? Is it the one about th(...)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was in flying form at yesterday’s  press conference at the Grand Hotel in Malahide. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

Not since CJ Haughey appeared on our screens and advised us to tighten our belts has an address to the nation been so feverishly anticipated, TV3 even(...)

Instead of Stetsons, there are flip-flops, shorts, hoodies, headphones and sunglasses: players at the Full Tilt Poker Festival in Galway this week. Players pay €1,100 to take on some of the world’s top professionals. The tournament runs until Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Even among the tables at the Full Tilt Poker Village, Gus Hansen is free to mingle in relative anonymity. “I’m not a tournament player per se,” he exp(...)

Independent TD Clare Daly claimed there was no strict adherence to rules when Jack Charlton was building his Republic of Ireland teams in the 1980s and 1990s. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The Government should take an approach to whistleblower Edward Snowden’s asylum plea similar to Jack Charlton’s approach in building his Republic of I(...)

Arjen Robben slides the ball past Borussia Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller during their Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Phil Noble

What goes through the mind of a striker as he runs through on goal? Apparently quite a lot. Wayne Rooney says that at these moments, time seems(...)

Alice Kelly, from Blackwater, Co Wexford at Punchestown races yesterday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The race of the day turned out to be the anti-climax of the day for the punters yesterday. Much of the anticipation was(...)