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The Aviva Stadium could host the 2024 Europa League final. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Smarting from losing their Euro 2020 games in June, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) have instead turned their attention towards bidding to s(...)

Luxembourg’s Mathias Janisch celebrates scoring the winning goal against Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier in 2013. Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Winston Churchill claimed “Success consists of going from failure to failure without any loss of enthusiasm”. If true, then Luxembourg deserve to ar(...)

“Staging a Fifa World Cup would provide an incredible opportunity to deliver tangible benefits for our nations,” said a joint statement by the Football Association of Ireland, Northern Ireland’s Irish Football Association, the English FA, the Football Association of Wales and the Scottish FA. File photograph: iStock

Ireland and the UK are to make a joint bid to host the 2030 Fifa World Cup, a Government spokesman has confirmed. In a joint statement, the five foot(...)

 Colombian singer Shakira performs during the  Super Bowl  halftime show in February  2020. Photograph: Rob Carr/Getty Images

Colombian pop superstar Shakira has become the latest artist to sell the rights to her catalogue of 145 songs to London-listed Hipgnosis Songs Fund, t(...)

Ireland’s Peter O’Mahony and Italy’s Federico Mori during a Six Nations match at the Aviva Stadium in October. Photograph: INPHO/Billy Stickland

Putting sporting or other events of national importance behind broadcasting paywalls “unfairly excludes” some viewers, Minister for Media Catherine Ma(...)

The NBA is preparing to resume competitive action on July 30th. File photograph: Getty Images

At one end of the spectrum there is Wilt Chamberlain, the NBA Hall of Famer who built a Bel Air mansion with a mirrored velvet sex den and claimed to (...)

Croke Park opened up to rugby and soccer in 2005. Photograph: David Maher/Sportsfile

If all that 1971 did was to abolish the old Rule 27 – the Ban on foreign games – it would still qualify as one of the most important years in the GAA’(...)

Pat Hickey opens his hotel room  door to a Rio police officer on the morning  of August 17th, 2016.

Like a John Cassavetes movie or the ‘lost in the bowels of the stadium’ sequence from the mocumentary ‘This is Spinal Tap’ we all vicariously lingered(...)

Republic of Ireland women’s manager Vera Pauw welcomed clarity on the women’s Euro Championships, which have been postponed to 2022. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Uefa has acknowledged that it may be impossible to conclude league seasons in some countries across Europe given the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, and said(...)

 Protesters clash with Spanish policemen on the highway leading to El Prat airport in Barcelona on Tuesday. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images

There was a conspicuous casualty amidst the chaos at Barcelona’s international airport on Monday afternoon, following Spain’s Supreme Court ruling tha(...)

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