Vera Pauw celebrates Ireland’s win over Ukraine last October. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mary Hannigan runs us through everything ahead of a big evening for Vera Pauw’s side

Rachael Blackmore on Honeysuckle celebrates winning the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Mares Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in April 2019. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martina Navratilova, Sonia O’Sullivan and Rachael Blackmore speak at virtual event

Tyler Toland in action for Ireland against Montenegro. “There’s nothing that makes you more proud than pulling on the green jersey, so hopefully some day soon I’ll pull it back on.” Photograph: Laszlo Geczp/Inpho

Young Donegal native hoping loan move to Glasgow City will further her footballing education

Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a brace as Milan beat Internazionale. Photograph: Miguel Medina/Getty/AFP

Slovenia’s Under-21s have an issue with their gaffer, Ronaldo gives some virus advice

Self-portraits from more than 3,000 primary school children across Armagh in the stands during the Allianz Football League Division 2 game between Armagh and Roscommon on Saturday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

TV View: Having not seen players for seven months, panellists hadn’t a notion who to tip

Finland celebrate Fredrik Jensen’s winner against Ireland. Photograph: Tomi Hänninen /Inpho

8,000 are present in Helsinki as Mick McCarthy reminds us it’s a results business

Harry Maguire came under the (satricial) wrath of Imran Khan. Photo: Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images

Steve McClaren on holding doves, Merse stands by Gunnersaurus and more

Republic of Ireland midfielder  Jayson Molumby  runs with the ball during the Uefa Nations League match against Wales at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Manager must be wondering what he has done to vex the gods after a most trying week

Railway Union’s Kate Lloyd in action. Photograph:  Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Catholic Institute sail past Muckross as Loreto end Old Alexandra’s unbeaten run

Slovakia goalkeeper Marek Rodák challenges Ireland captain Shane Duffy during the Uefa Euro 2020 playoff semi-final at the Tehelné Pole Stadium in Bratislava. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

We wouldn’t have blinked if Michael Flatley suddenly tapped his way across the floor

Limerick’s Martina McMahon in action on her way to winning the All-Ireland 60x30 softball title for third time in a row at Crinkle  in Co Offaly. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The Limerick handball player has been described as a once in a generation talent

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the 2002 World Cup after their playoff against Iran in Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

It took five attempts to win one and there’s been more heartbreak than joy down the years

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti  has compared Seamus Coleman to his former AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini. File photograph: Getty Images

The numerical mind of Nicklas Bendtner, Arsenal’s tactics in terms of lions and steaks

 Competitors in the Elite Women’s Field run past cardboard cutouts of Prince William  and Queen Elizabeth during the  London Marathon around St James’s Park. Photograph: John Sibley/Pool/Getty Images)

TV View: At Old Trafford, Spurs’ response to ‘pendemic’ leaves Mourinho smirking

Sarah Hawkshaw: was on the scoresheet for Railway in the win over Muckross. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Two Dublin clubs on maximum points after victory in their opening two games

Dundalk players celebrate at the final whistle at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday night.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Giovagnoli hopes for Mourinho clash as playoff victory puts Irish club into group stage

Ian Botham (right) of England hits a four off Geoffrey Lawson of Australia during the Third Ashes Test match at Headingley in Leeds, England. England won the match by 18 runs. Photograph: Adrian Murrell/Allsport

‘Miraculous’ and unlikely victory over old foe Australia ‘was as unbelievable as Dunkirk’

Bruno Fernandes celebrates after scoring his last-minute penalty against Brighton. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/EPA

Oxford take the long road north to get to Accrington Stanley, Zlatan versus Covid-19

Farmer Billy O’Kane watches the golf during day three of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Galgorm in Ballymena. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

TV View: Golfers – and cows – get on with it while tennis stars get hot and bothered

Ruth Fahy was working in the legal department of the FAI when she wrote a newspaper column condemning the treatment of the Ireland women’s team. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former Wexford Youths player lost her ‘dream job’ with the FAI after speaking out

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti with new signing James Rodriguez. Photograph: Nick Potts/EPA

SV Holdenstedt II keep their distance, Jack Grealish gets Andrés Iniesta comparison

Saracens’ Alex Goode celebrates scoring a try with Sean Maitland in their Heineken Champions Cup quarter-final game against Leinster at Aviva Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

TV View: Disbelief in the air at Aviva Stadium; Republic of Ireland women face D-Day

Ireland v Germany kicks off at 1pm, with live coverage on RTÉ 2 television. File photograph: Inpho

Vera Pauw’s side face eight-times European Champions Germany on Saturday

Katie McCabe celebrates scoring a goal for  Arsenal against Birmingham City. Photograph:  Alex Davidson/Getty Images

Irish players will have to battle hard for game time at top English clubs

The GAA’s John Horan and Tom Ryan arrive at  an  Oireachtas Committee on Covid-19 on Friday. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

IRFU, FAI and GAA outline grave picture and say it is critical supporters are allowed back

Joey O’Brien of Shamrock Rovers heads the ball as a high challenge comes in from AC Milan’s Alexis Saelemaekers during the Europa League second qualifying round game at Tallaght Stadium on Thursday night. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

TV View: All eyes on Ibrahimovic as Milan turn the heat up on Rovers in balmy Tallaght

Germany’s Boris Becker  kisses the  trophy to celebrate  his victory over  South Africa’s Kevin Curren in the 1985 Wimbledon final. Photograph:  Steve Powell/Allsport/Getty Images

The 1985 Wimbledon men’s final introduced a new tennis superstar to the world

Fulham’s Michael Hector in action against Arsenal. Photograph: Paul Childs/PA

Cristiano Ronaldo missing the buzz of the crowd, unlucky Celtic fan draws a blank

Mikel Arteta: the fact that Arsenal’s manager can speak to his international players in their own language is not necessarily a plus for BT pundit Martin Keown.  Photograph: Paul Childs/EPA

Merits of plain English more to the liking of former Arsenal stalwart-turned-pundit

Katie Taylor shows off all her belts  after winning the undisputed lightweight title contest against Delfine Persoon at  Matchroom Fight Camp in Essex. Photograph: Mark Robinson/Inpho/Matchroom Boxing

Bray fighter continued dominance of lightweight division with second win over Delphine Persoon

Roberto Mancini arrives in Amsterdam ahead of Italy’s clash with the Netherlands. Photograph: Claudio Villa/Getty

Harry Maguire has a few words for Greece, the violins are out for poor Alexis Sánchez

Ireland’s  Adam Idah is challenged  by  Juhani Ojala of Finland  during the Uefa Nations League match at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/EPA

Changes on the pitch and up in the Sky but sun fails to shine on start of Kenny’s reign

Jeff Hendrick challenges Bulgaria’s   Strahil Popov  during the Uefa Nations League  match in Sodia. Photograph: Vassil Donev/EPA

Bulgaria v Republic of Ireland v Finland v Wales was all a little hard on us viewers

Dublin’s Lyndsey Davey in action against Galway in last September’s All-Ireland Final at Croke Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Four-time All-Ireland winner on the ‘rollercoaster of highs and lows’ of 17-year career

Robbie Brady during an Ireland training session at Abbotstown on Monday ahead of the trip to Bulgaria. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Passionate’s the word. I know how much this job means to him’

Louis van Gaal with new signings Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Matteo Darmian in July 2015. Photograph: John Peters/Getty

Former manager rues the miserly Glazers, Bohemians cashing in the Doherty dollars

Manchester United and England soccer player Harry Maguire leaving court on the island of Syros, Greece on Saturday August 22nd. Photograph: Michael Varaklas/AP

TV View: Aubameyang’s umpteenth goal and ‘A Little Bit of Fry and Waddell’ revisited

West German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher clashes with French defender Patrick Battiston during the World Cup semi-final in 1982. File photograph: Getty Images

France team at 1982 World Cup team made so many people fall in love with football

Ciara Mageean became the first Irish woman in history to break the two-minute barrier for the 800m with her victorious run in Bern, Switzerland.

Irish runner broke the national 800m record at her first meet back in Bern

Murray Walker: the legendary motorsport television commentator and journalist, now 96, contributed via phone during coverage of the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone. Photograph:   Darren Heath/Getty Images

Legendary Murray Walker joins trip down memory lane for 70th anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone

Bohemians midfielder Danny Mandroiu. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Ross County’s squad living up to their name, Alexis Sánchez’s eye-watering numbers

 Team doctor Ciara Grant during a Republic of Ireland women’s under-17 training camp at Tramore AFC in Waterford. Photograph: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Ireland international moved back to her native Letterkenny to volunteer in the hospital

A documentary about Jürgen Klopp will air on Monday. Photo: The Royal Foundation/PA Wire

Carlsen throws shade at Firmino, knives out for Frank, quotes of the week and more

Ronnie O’Sullivan looked a bit surprised when he heard the canned crowd noise ring out. Photo: Tai Chengzhe/VCG via Getty Images

TV View: Eerie Wembley gave a strange feeling to Arsenal’s FA Cup win on Saturday

A new mural of Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson holding the Premier League trophy, not all fans though felt he was deserving of his player of the year award though. File photograph: Getty Images

Jordan Henderson lifted the Premier League trophy and was named player of the year

Manchester United’s English striker Mason Greenwood in action on the final day of “the extraordinarily elongated campaign”. Photograph: Getty Images

Irish fans grimace as Jack Grealish and Declan Rice embrace at the end of the game

People line the streets as the funeral cortege of Jack Charlton passes through his hometown of Ashington in Northumberland. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Final curtain comes down on England’s honorary Irishman at service in Newcastle

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa takes his analysis of the opposition very seriously. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Meanest wager of the season; quote of the week; by the numbers and more

St Martin’s vs Oulart-The Ballagh at Wexford Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/©Inpho

Mary Hannigan: The weekend’s sport confirms some things are stranger than ever

Rachel Hill stands while her Chicago Red Stars team-mates take a knee during the US national anthem before a game in the  NWSL Challenge Cup  in Herriman, Utah. Photograph: Alex Goodlett/Getty Images

Rachel Hill and Samantha Leshnak-Murphy draw ire for refusal to take the knee

Republic of Ireland manager Jack Charlton has a drink during a press conference at the 1990 World Cup. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Mary Hannigan looks back at some of the more colourful stories about the great man

Jack Charlton with Paul McGrath before the international friendly match between the Republic of Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium in June 2015. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Laughter and tears in equal measure as former Ireland manager fondly remembered

Ireland manager Jack Charlton at the pre-World Cup training camp in Malta in 1990. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Mary Hannigan looks back on some of the best quotes from the honorary Irishman

Gina Akpe-Moses has been a powerful and moving voice on the Black lives Matter movement. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tokyo Olympics hopeful has been a powerful voice on the Black Lives Matter movement

Lionel Messi takes a free-kick for Barcelona during their draw with Atletico Madrid. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty

French pundit forced to backtrack, Gianluigi Buffon sets a new Serie A record

Serpentine and Emmet McNamara string them out en-route to victory in the Epsom Derby. Photograph: George Selwyn/PA

English King denied his coronation by 25-1 winner but Love conquers all at Epsom

Manchester City beat Liverpool 4-0 at the Etihad. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/PA

Liverpool defend like they’re still on champagne in their first match as champions

Ken Doherty with his mother Rose after winning the Snooker Workd Championship. Photograph: Matt Browne/Inpho

From the wicked wit of his mother Rose to a half-time spin round the Theatre of Dreams

Leeds United’s Jack Harrison celebrates amongst the cardboard cutouts at Elland Road. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Michael Martin senior’s questionable loalty, Gary Neville goes underground again

Katie Taylor with her gold medal after the 2012 Olympic Games in London. Photo: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Con Houlihan’s funeral, Morrissey gets as dark as ever, glistening wet otters and more

Liverpool fans celebrate outside Anfield after winning the Premier League. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

Gary Neville must have been delighted Sky Sports weren’t showing Chelsea v Man City

England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates after the 1990 FIFA World Cup quarter final match between England and Cameroon. Photograph:  David Cannon/Allsport/Getty

Quotes of the tournament and memorable moments from the World Cup

Diego Maradona of Argentina walking on the pitch to face Cameroon match at the 1990 World Cup in Milan. Photograph: Allsport

It was a different world, from overtly sexist ads in media to shamelessly bigoted punditry

Hector Bellerin speaks to referee Martin Atkinson during Arsenal’s defeat to Brighton. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty/AFP

Saturday’s Premier League marathon gets off to a sluggish start at Vicarage Road

The Premier League is back, we’ve 90 games over the next 39 days. Photograph: Carl Recine/PA Wire

While first match back offered little, the taking a knee gesture proves striking

Wesley Sneijder says he could have become as good as Lionel Messi - if he’d wanted to. Photograph: Gabriel Bouys/Getty/AFP

Harry Redknapp considering a disguise, Mainz say good riddance to bad news

Armand Duplantis of Sweden competes in the men’s pole vault during the Diamond League Impossible Games at Bislett Stadium in Oslo, June 11th. Photograph: Epa/Cornelius Poppe

Impossible Games sees competitors take part in several countries – and in their gardens

Cork’s Orlagh Farmer in action during the 2019 Lidl Ladies National Football League Division 1 Final against Dublin at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Cork footballer has been putting the fun back into the game for girls while researching her PhD

Edilson might have lived in the shadow of Ronaldinho, Ronaldo and Rivaldo on the pitch - but the Brazilian’s pranks were unrivalled. File photograph: Getty Images

Jadon Sancho’s ‘Bad Herr Day’, first impressions of Harry Kane and Mr Burger King

The best bit of sporting nostalgia from all of last week was the 2019 Airflo Spring Fly Fishing Invitational. File photograph:   Eye Ubiquitous/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

Viewers are treated to ‘Champions League of fly fishing’ . . . and Crouch kicking a teabag

Unsung Heroes: David Brophy and his new choir rehearse

TV review: In Unsung Heroes the conductor forms a choir of hard-pressed family carers

Isolation Stories: Sheridan Smith as Mel

TV review: These four mini dramas are a bit hit and miss, but they’ve all been made in lockdown

Hilary Andersson reporting on Panorama: Coronavirus: Destination New York.

TV review: Panorama reporter Hilary Andersson couldn’t believe what she was witnessing

Harry Redknapp was on the receiving end of a scathing reply from the Nigerian FA. Photo: Getty Images

Quotes of the week, a feast of football and a steaming cup of Bisto in Owen Coyle’s house

Mohamed Salah sealing the title for Liverpool to the sounds of War and Peace would be interesting. Photo: John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

Fans asked about it would probably rather listen to Jacob Rees-Mogg

Heads Up: Prince William at Everton with Séamus Coleman, Tom Davies, Jordan Pickford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Theo Walcott

TV review: Soccer’s ‘man up’ culture belongs to the Stone Age, as too many players know

Hannah Gadsby: being told she had autism ‘felt like I’d been handed the keys to the city of me’. Photograph: Ali Goldstein/Netflix

TV review: The Australian comedian’s new special tackles the ‘haters’ and her autism

Judges, from left, Benoit Blin, Liam Charles, Cherish Finden and Tom Allen. Photograph: Channel 4

TV review: Even some of the professionals can’t create patisserie perfection

Match-winner Joshua Kimmich looks on as Robert Lewandowski celebrates Bayern’s win over Dortmund. Photograph: Federico Gambarini/AP

Eyes roll at James Richardson’s clichés and hearts sink as fans check-in on a Zoom call

For quite a while, Rory Delap’s long throws were  Stoke’s biggest weapon. Photo: Ian Kington/AFP via Getty Images

Quotes of the week, by the numbers, Alex Song’s financial honesty and more

Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies is chased by Gelson Fernandes of Eintracht Frankfurt during their Bundesliga clash on Saturday. Photo: Andreas Gebert/Pool via Getty Images

Slip ups from co-commentators are harder to avoid when working from home

A highly enjoyable 60 minutes from Hector Ó hEochagáin

When broadcasters get bored, there’s only one thing for it: a chatshow from the shed

Kellie Harrington has been named Irish Times/Sport Ireland Sportswoman of the Month for April. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

With her Olympic dream on hold until 2021, the boxer got stuck in on the front line

Marty in his titular shed. Photograph: RTÉ

At some points in Marty Morrissey’s online chatshow you just don’t know where to look

The Big Flower Fight: hosts Natasia Demetriou and Vic Reeves

TV review: Vic Reeves plays host as 10 teams compete in a ruthless battle of the butterflies

Melissa Satta and partner  Kevin-Prince Boateng. Photograph:  Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Boateng boasting backfires . . . Bolsonaro fails to calm worried players . . . quotes of the week

It hardly lasted 60 seconds but it’s the best sporting action we’ve had in yonks

Grayson’s Art Club: Mary Hannigan’s drawing of Donald Trump

TV review: Grayson’s Art Club wants to soothe our lockdown blues. It’s almost working

Paul Mescal as Connell and Daisy Edgar-Jones as Marianne in the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s second novel

Two superb central performances are at the heart of this adaptation of Sally Rooney’s novel

Ross Barkley’s 5km time aroused some suspicion among Chelsea fans. Photo: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Emanuel Adebayor says it as it is, quote of the week, word of mouth and more

With his fondness for the high life, it’s little wonder that Gerry Ryan formed a ‘connection’ with Charles Haughey. Photograph: Maxpix

To some he was a mouthy, blowhard egomaniac – but 500,000 listeners disagreed

Karis Teetan of Mauritius (L) onboard Mr Stunning after winning the Chairmans Sprint Prize in Hong Kong. Photo: Handout / Hong Kong Jockey Club

Gaining new knowledge during pandemic is no problem when you watch Formula E

Nicole from Cork and David from Wigan, who believes ‘having an English accent in America is like having a 12-inch dick’ 

It’s Netflix’s most watched series in Ireland. Clearly, we like a bit of drecky dreck

Kieran McCarthy and Maggie Molloy are the presenters of Cheap Irish Homes on RTÉ One on Tuesday night. Photograph: RTÉ

TV review: Maggie Molloy is on a mission to help house-hunters with small budgets find a home

Chrissie, Ann and Tim in Abbeyfealegood, which makes you think hairdressers should have been deemed essential services

A warm, gentle, sumptuously shot gem about hair-cutting in a country town

Graeme Souness’s fixation with World Cup winner Paul Pogba continues. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty

Frenchman has plenty of medals of his own, FC Midtjylland proposing drive-in action

Italy’s Ludovico Fossali  in action during the Speed event at the IFSC Climbing World Championships at the Esforta Arena  in Hachioji, Tokyo. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Getty Images

Spider-Man wouldn’t be at the races compared to climbers at the top of their game

Merritt Wever as Ruby with Domhnall Gleeson as Billy, on a train from New York to Chicago in Run

Review: College sweethearts reunite after 15 years, in a promising opening episode

The Operation Transformation team: Karl Henry, Dr Sumi Dunne, presenter Kathryn Thomas, Aoife Hearne and Dr Eddie Murphy

Review: This special Covid-19 Keeping Well Apart edition more about the health of the head rather than the body

The dining area in Ethna Dorman’s converted carriage house, which won the 2020 Home of the Year title. Photograph: RTÉ

TV review: 19th century building is a home in which you’d be happy to be locked down

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