Everton’s Aiden McGeady: “Capable of lighting up any game, the Glaswegian conjurer could also vanish down a tunnel by the corner flag at the start of games”. Photograph: Getty Images.

After the storms, the traffic was backed up on the Clontarf Road on Monday morning to the extent that the 130, like many other Dublin Bus routes, was (...)

 Victor Dubuisson and Graeme McDowell of Europe warm up on the first tee during practice ahead of the 2014 Ryder Cup on the PGA Centenary course at  Gleneagles  in Auchterarder, Scotland. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

The four vice-captains, none of whom would break 120 from the back tees at Gleneagles, were revved up for their Ryder Cup call to arms. Included among(...)

Port Vale hailed from Burslem in nearby Stoke, they had a decent travelling support, who filled most of the enclosures opposite, bizarrely named the Ice Cream Van Stand at Grest Road.  Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

There were 6,357 fans at Gresty Road on Saturday afternoon, one of whom, a burly chap in his 50s sitting in the old Railtrack Stand, had no emotional (...)

The shrill sound of the doorbell stirred Vinny Fitzpatrick from his favourite armchair. “Hold yer horses, I’m coming,” he said as he heaved his bulky (...)

Paul McGinley: “The Donegal link reminded the lads of their darkest hour on Sunday, and there was no joy either as McGinley flourished his wild card trio.” Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images.

That a fourball of middle-aged men could tee off for a pint a little after noon on a Tuesday seemed slightly incongruous, but Foley’s pub on the Clont(...)

“The stretch of water between the Bull Island and St Anne’s Park was the venue for a unique rowing challenge involving the four pubs fronting Clontarf Road – The Schooner, Foley’s, Shingles and The Dollymount Inn”. Photograph: Frank Miller.

Considering his deep trade union bloodline, Vinny Fitzpatrick would have been entitled to saddle up for work, on Sunday and Monday, wearing war paint (...)

As he opened his canvas fold-up seat, and squatted down for duty, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick the fine folk of Clontarf Harriers were not as far-sight(...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes (left) on his way to gold against India’s Devendro Laishram during the light flyweight bout at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Just as every long journey starts with a small step, the unseemly row in Foley’s hostelry on Saturday teatime broke out as a consequence of several st(...)

It had been a grim Sunday, only a part of which was to do with the mauling suffered by the Dublin hurlers in Thurles, a result which cost Vinny a score, as he felt evens on a plus four-point advantage was worth a punt. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Angelus had just started to chime when there was a shout from the far end of the bar in Foley’s to switch channels and see how far Bernhard Lan(...)

Gerry McIlroy’s successful  lucrative bet on his son’s British Open success inspired Vinny Fitzpatrick to wager on his son’s future sporting successes. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/RPA

Watching the Tour de France survivors snake their way through the Pyrenees, it struck Vinny Fitzpatrick he would get juicy odds on Oisín, his brawny b(...)