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 
(AONISC)
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 
Ireland.”

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

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (R) - who is from Derry - and his assistant Roy Keane - a Corkman -  commentating for ITV on  the UEFA Champions League match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United in San Sebastian, Spain, earlier this week. Photograph:  Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has proposed the creation of an all-Ireland soccer team to play charity games against England, alternately in Croke Park and Wemb(...)

 New Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill (R) and his assistant Roy Keane look on prior to the UEFA Champions League Group A match between Real Sociedad and Manchester United at Estadio Anoeta. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill does not expect the appointment of Martin O’Neill as Republic of Ireland boss to have a significant impact o(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill. “I am extremely happy to have agreed a new two-year deal.” Photograph: William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye

Michael O’Neill has agreed a two-year extension to his contract as Northern Ireland manager, the Irish Football Association has announced.The new dea(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty gets sent off off against Portugal last week. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Presseye

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill has reiterated his dissatisfaction with striker Kyle Lafferty, claiming he has “contributed very little” to (...)

 Workmen attempt to clear the Windsor Park pitch this morning following a night of heavy snow. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye

Northern Ireland's World Cup football qualifying fixture against Russia due to be played at Windsor Park tonight (7.45) has been called off aft(...)