Paul Howard at home in Avoca, Co Wicklow, with his basset hound Humphrey. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘I sit at a desk thinking in the voice of an idiot for ten hours a day,” says Paul Howard. “That’s my job. Imagine driving home every evening with tha(...)

Aiden McGeady celebrates his late winner last night. “If my career finished now, I could look back happily on it. But you always want to do better.” Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer.

For the best part of a year now Martin O’Neill has poked fun at Aiden McGeady but always with a fondness that suggested he felt the player was a littl(...)

Queuing for new houses

An enterprising trio of aspiring homeowners in Swords, Co Dublin has, since last Tuesday, been queuing – day and night – to buy new houses that will g(...)

Possible Republic of Ireland full-international Jack Grealish celebrates scoring for the country’s Under-21s against the Faroe Islands Under-21s   at the Showgrounds in Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While the focus may all be on Jack Grealish in the Republic of Ireland’s concluding Uefa Under-21 Championship qualifier against Germany in Halle toda(...)

  Padraig Harrington has been named as a vice captain to the European team for the upcoming Ryder Cup. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Padraig Harrington, Miguel Angel Jiménez and José María Olazábal have today been named by European Captain Paul McGinley as the men who will complete (...)

Ryder Cup team US captain Tom Watson opted for a blend of experience and form in choosing Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wildcard picks for this month’s Ryder Cup against holders Europe. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

Redemption was the overriding theme after United States captain Tom Watson named Keegan Bradley, Hunter Mahan and Webb Simpson as his wild cards for (...)

 Valencia  announced they have reached an agreement to sign striker Alvaro Negredo on loan from Manchester City with a clause making the deal permanent at the end of the season.  Photograph: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire.

ArsenalPlayers in: Alexis Sánchez (Barcelona, £30m), Mathieu Debuchy (Newcastle, £12m), David Ospina (Nice, undisclosed), Calum Chambers (Southampton,(...)

  The names of Ian Poulter of England, Stephen Gallacher of Scotland and Lee Westwood of England are positioned in the final line-up of the European team as European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley of Ireland announces his three captain’s picks during a press conference at Wentworth. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images
European Ryder Cup Pen-pics
  • Golf
  • September 2, 2014, 13:53

RORY McILROY (Northern Ireland). Age 25. Caps 2 (2010, 2012). Record Won 4 Lost 3 Halved 2. Majors 4 (2011 US Open, 2012 US PGA, 2014 Open, 2014 US (...)

Shay Given during the Republic of Ireland squad workout at  Gannon Park, Malahide, yesterday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For Shay Given to decide he wants to add to his 125 international caps is perfectly understandable, but then it would be reasonable, too, for the oth(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper returns to the national squad after two-year absence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Senior Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has called on West Ham midfielder Mark Noble to make a swift decision on his international futur(...)