Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

‘I knew, maybe subconsciously, that I had put in four years that were as much as I could give. Each year, the tank was a little em(...)

1991: Ireland’s Gordon Hamilton  is mobbed after scoring a dramatic late try against  Australia at Lansdowne Road during the Rugby World Cup which was largely based in England.

The running game has always been rugby’s essential gift to sport

Fighting erupts between Irish and Australian players during the second Test of the 1984 series. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho.

This one-Test series likely to be swansong of a sport that never really existed

Scotland’s defender Grant Hanley challenges Irish keeper David Forde during the Euro 2016 qualifier at Celtic Park in Glasgow last night. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/AFP

The atmosphere was electrifying as the two tribes roared their support

Martin O’Neill: “It will be really strange to walk into the club and walk right into the away dressing room rather than left.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill intruding on his own past at Celtic Park for Scotland tie

Gordon Strachan at Celtic Park: “That’s Scottish territory and you’ll know it’s Scottish territory.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Scotland manager relishing clash with Republic of Ireland at Celtic Park

Scotland Steven Naismith has said before that his upbringing in Ayrshire, an area blighted by unemployment, left a keen impression on him. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire.

Scotland Striker unconcerned over a hostile reception for his Everton team-mates

Footage of Cooke’s match up with LeBron James (above)  is unforgettable. Photograph: Jason Miller/Getty Images

LeBron James old rival Lenny Cooke was regarded as dead cert NBA material before disappearing off scene

1989: Pat Bonner (centre) of Celtic celebrates with his team mates after the Scottish Cup Final match against Rangers at Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland. Celtic won the match 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK /Allsport

No county wears its Glasgow allegiance more vibrantly than county in north west

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