Guest speaker and former professional boxer Frank Bruno on stage at Croke Park in Dublin. Photograph:   Patrick Bolger/Getty Images for One Zero

Frank Bruno cracked his standard one-liner early into the interview. It was a deep, sub-baritone “heh, heh, heh, heh, heh”. Then everyone replied in u(...)

The results of the Fifa football World Cup 2018 European play-off draw is displayed on the big screen in Zurich. Photograph:	Getty Images

Martin O’Neill says Ireland’s meeting with Denmark in next month’s World Cup playoffs will be “an interesting confrontation”, with the games providing(...)

Ireland’s James McClean celebrates with David Meyler after the final whistle of their World Cup qualifier against Wales. Photo: Geoff Caddick/Getty Images

A week has passed since James McClean stuck the ball in the Welsh net and we are now just hours away from discovering who Ireland’s opponents will be (...)

Ireland’s win against Wales, courtesy of James McClean’s winning goal, brings the national team closer to a place at the World Cup – and reminds us that international soccer has a way of subverting the rules of global power. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

With Ireland’s win against Wales, Martin O’Neill’s team is within two matches of a spot at the World Cup – another reminder that international soccer (...)

 Republic of Ireland  manager Martin O’Neill and Shane Duffy celebrate after the win over Wales in Cardiff. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Time and again the players who play for Martin O’Neill say his great strength is the belief he shows in them and how it leaves them wanting to repay h(...)

 Darren Randolph makes one of his  second-half saves in Cardiff. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Late on Monday night, Darren Randolph summed up another hugely defiant Ireland performance with an observation that could serve as a manifesto for the(...)

No overground trace of the abbey now remains, except in local place names

History has a bad habit of not being as quotable as we like to think. Take, for example, the question King Henry II is once and famously supposed to h(...)

Fifa are to investigate an alleged headbutt by Robbie Brady on Wales captain Ashley Williams. Photograph: Harry Trump/Getty

Fifa have confirmed they are to investigate an incident between Robbie Brady and Ashley Williams during Ireland’s 1-0 win over Wales on Monday night. (...)

Ireland’s Harry Arter in action against Wales during their World Cup qualifier in Cardiff. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Harry Arter has saluted his Republic of Ireland team-mates for getting it right on the night once again to preserve their World Cup dream. Just as th(...)

The front page of the Western Mail after Ireland dashed Wales’ World Cup hopes. Photo: Western Mail Twitter

This was supposed to be a coronation for a ‘golden generation’ of Welsh footballers. The round ball revolution in a country so dominated by rugby was (...)