Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon told the “Belfast Telegraph” in September: “I need the buzz: the livelier the city, the better.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Ulster Bank’s new chief executive Gerry Mallon will be a busy man next June. That’s when he takes up the reins at Ulster Bank’s business in the Republ(...)

Michael O’Flanagan: ushered customers out of the family pub on hearing he had been called up to play for Ireland, cycled to Terenure to collect his boots and then on to Dalymount

Michael O’Flanagan, who has died aged 92, was the surviving member of a family partnership which captivated fans at a time when the amateur ethos in i(...)

Peaceful protests have taken place ahead of Northern Ireland’s first ever Sunday football fixture on home soil against Finland. Photograph: Afp

A peaceful religious protest has taken place outside Windsor Park in opposition to Northern Ireland’s first ever Sunday fixture on home soil.The Irish(...)

 Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes was among the Irish people recognised by Queen Elizabeth in her New Year’s Honours List. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

An Olympic boxing hero, a legendary pentathlon gold medallist and the man at the head of the football world’s “men in black” are among the Irish peop(...)

Sergio Aguero celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s third and matchwinning goal last night. Photograph: Alex Livesey/Getty Images
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  • November 26, 2014, 08:32

The Champions League returned last night and it certainly didn’t disappoint, a smash and grab Manchester City victory over Bayern Munich keeping their(...)

 FAI chief executive   John Delaney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho 0:39

The FAI has again failed to respond to questions from The Irish Times over the controversy surrounding its chief executive John Delaney. This time (...)

Former Derry player Joe Brolly, now a GAA pundit. “A lot of our boys play rugby as well, the thing is there’s no barriers when you play a sport at a young age. My own son plays rugby for Malone, there’s no issues and it’s very normal for him.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

To the southern mind it probably seems prehistoric and idiotic and that’s because it is. If a young child, devoid of bitterness and historical baggage(...)

Northern Ireland sports minister Carál Ní Chuilín  arrives at Windsor Park to attend Northern Ireland’s Euro 2012 qualifying  match against the Faroe Islands. Photograph:  Paul Faith/PA

The Irish Football Association (IFA) has confirmed it has been granted the funding needed for the redevelopment of Windsor Park.The Department of Cult(...)

 President Michael D Higgins  shares a joke with Ian Paisley, former First Minister of Northern Ireland, during a reception at Belfast City Hall to mark St Columbanus Day. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA Wire

History can be an instrument of reconciliation rather than of division, the President Michael D Higgins said on a visit to Belfast yesterday.President(...)

Gary McAllister, spokesman for the Amalgamation of Official Northern Ireland Supporters’ Clubs 
said: “Constant calls for an all-Ireland football team, whether to participate within a competitive arena or indeed in an exhibition game, do nothing to aid community relations within football in 

The governing body for Northern Ireland football has reacted dismissively to Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s proposal for an all-Ireland soccer team which woul(...)