Roy Keane signing the back of Sadie McCarthy’s jacket at the book signing of his first autobiography in Easons, Patrick Street, Cork. Photograph: Alan Betson

Charles Dickens was the first literary superstar. On his legendary public reading tours, he enthralled audiences of thousands but as an old booksel(...)

 Ireland manager Martin O’Neill talks to members of the media ahead of his side’s crucial European Championship qualifying game against Scotland in Celtic Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho 2:31

Martin O’Neill is likely to make a call on James McCarthy’s fitness this morning in Malahide with the Republic of Ireland strongly suggesting that th(...)

Rio Ferdinand, QPR footballer on the sport stage of Web Summit. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile 2:03

Soccer player Rio Ferdinand has confirmed he won’t appeal a three-game ban and £25,000 fine after directing a jibe on Twitter to a follower who had cr(...)

Manchester United captain  Wayne Rooney in action. A number of travel agents  arrange trips to see the team play at Old Trafford.  Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
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I want to treat my two sons to a trip to see their favourite football team, Manchester United, play in the Premiership, preferably at home. How do I g(...)

Roy Keane: ’If you think it’s a sending-off or David Gill might be wrong or Alex Ferguson, you say it. These people are just: ‘It’s Man United, woh!’ It’s like Disneyland – Man United Land, with f**king Micky Mouse running everywhere.  Photograph: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images

Roy Keane’s sustained criticism of Alex Ferguson extended to a new target during a night at Lancashire County Cricket Club to promote his latest bo(...)

John Aldridge of Liverpool in  the 1989 FA Cup final: sports ticketing website to bring buyers and sellers together. photograph: simon bruty/allsport

Liverpool football club officially launches its new merchandising store in Dublin’s Ilac Centre today. Rather amusingly, it is two doors down from a j(...)

 Former  Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is pictured with the European Ryder Cup team after delivering a motivational speech ahead  at the Gleneagles Hotel on Tuesday night. Photograph: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images 1:36

There would be a certain element of natural bias given his allegiance to Manchester United but Rory McIlroy was still effusive in describing the talk (...)

 Former Manchester United manager  Alex Ferguson will address the European Ryder Cup team at Gleneagles on Tuesday night.  Photograph: PA Wire

Alex Ferguson has been revealed as the Ryder Cup’s not so secret weapon, with the former Manchester United manager to address Paul McGinley’s players (...)

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal (right) and his assistant Ryan Giggs during their Premier League defeat to   Leicester City at the King Power Stadium. Photograph: Darren Staples / Reuters

Juan Mata has apologised to Manchester United fans after the team’s embarrassing 5-3 defeat to Leicester. United looked set for a comfortable win afte(...)

Paul Costelloe with Nicholas, left, and William, two of his three sons whose paintings are about to go on show in an upcoming art exhibition in Dublin. Photograph: Andrew Wiard

Paul Costelloe is a very busy man. He’s hard to catch, constantly travelling between Asia and London, where he is based. But he is about to return (...)