Referee Milorad Mazic speaks to Roy Keane, assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland, during the EURO 2016 Group D qualifier  at Celtic Park. Photograph:  Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

We knew the day had to come, but still, it didn’t stop us dreading it. Finally, management decided, for this encounter at least, and with the natur(...)

 John O’Shea races away in celebration with his teammates after scoring the Republic of Ireland’s equaliser at Arena Auf Schalke in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Photograph: EPA

From the Dáil to Deutschland, a Tuesday to put the fear of Gawd in you. And come evening Eamon Dunphy was left trembling and aghast by the austerity m(...)

‘The panel weren’t far wrong, just a point off, although as Cyril noted: “If Hawk-Eye wasn’t there, Tipp would be All- Ireland champions.”’

Only one thing matched yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final in the entertainment stakes: the reaction of English folk on the Twitter machine who were(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters out-jumps David Kvirkvelia of Georgia European Championship Qualifier, Boris Paichadze National Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia. Photograph: Inpho

One of the reasons Giovanni Trapattoni used to give for picking Robbie Keane in every game, regardless of the fluctuations of his form, was that he co(...)

Eamon Dunphy left  Bill O’Herlihy pale-faced after a four-letter word slip.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Day Six and Richard Sadlier’s cheeks were sizzling when Tony O’Donoghue introduced him as “the thinking woman’s Eamon Dunphy”, the implication being, (...)

Pepe and Thomas Muller: not strictly a head-butt but not strictly not a head-butt either.

Day Five. A Monday. You’ve put in a weekend of frankly heroic football watching and then just when you’ve got to go back to work, you realise it’s Day(...)

Arjen Roben of the Netherlands (left) shakes hands with goalkeeper Iker Casillas of Spain their Group B match at the Arena Fonte Nova in Natal. Photograph: EPA

Day Two and Tony O’Donoghue and Kenny Cunningham were on the RTÉ couch, a particularly big one too for just the pair of them, the distance between (...)

Dunphy: he was sent off for kicking me, a bad tackle, but nothing was broken. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Eamon Dunphy has denied his criticism of Noel King had anything to do with a reported feud stretching back to their playing days, and described the(...)

Interim manger Noel King in high spirits during yesterday’s press briefing at Abbotstown. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Eamon Dunphy will be back in Lansdowne Road this morning overseeing a training session for politicians aiming to get into some sort of shape before an(...)