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 Manchester United Executives Joel Glazer (2nd L) and Avram Glazer (C) and Ed Woodward at the New York Stock Exchange in 2012. Photograph:  Dario Cantatore/Getty Images

In 2005, a generation ago now, when supporters were first protesting against the pending takeover of Manchester United by the Glazer family, the appro(...)

Sam Twiston-Davies on Clan Des Obeaux jumps ahead of Paul Townend on Al Boum Photo during the the Ladbrokes Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

No crowds were at Punchestown to watch Clan Des Obeaux win Wednesday’s Ladbrokes Gold Cup but it’s a victory that reverberated loudly across the Irish(...)

Ruby Walsh on Kemboy comes home to win ahead of Paul Townend and  Al Boum Photo in the 2019 running of the Punchestown Gold Cup. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It is two years since Kemboy supplied Ruby Walsh with a perfect Punchestown ‘send off’ and the Willie Mullins-trained star will try to defend Ladbroke(...)

These days a club’s playing style increasingly reflects the corporate character of its ownership. File photograph: PA

According to reports, the high-powered meeting between Boris Johnson and Ed Woodward at 10 Downing Street earlier this month was actually a chance enc(...)

 Stephen Kenny: Far from apologetic or deflated, just six months in and he  emerged fighting from the drawn Qatar game strafing the room with defiance. Not at all the empty husk of a defeated manager.   Photograph: Trenka Attila/PA

Irish football manager Stephen Kenny may have just experienced what the financials call a dead cat bounce. That is a short-term recovery in a declin(...)

Ulster Bank’s building on Georges Quay in Dublin. The lender was charged a record fine by the Central Bank. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The tracker mortgage scandal hasn’t gone away for Irish lenders, nor is it likely to do so anytime soon. Ulster Bank’s record €37.8 million fine for (...)

A few weeks ago, it seemed certain that infection rates would be low enough to ease restrictions and allow families and businesses room to breathe. Illustration: Paul Scott

Exactly 18 years ago this month, Alex Ferguson gave his most memorable interview as Manchester United manager. He coined a phrase that entered popular(...)

Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer has put shares worth more than £70million up for sale. File photograph: PA

Manchester United co-chairman Avram Glazer has put shares worth more than £70million up for sale. The Old Trafford giants announced “the offering of (...)

Shane Keegan and Filippo Giovagnoli at a press conference ahead of the Europa League game against Rapid Vienna in Austria last November. Photograph:  Philipp Brem/Inpho/GEPA Pictures

Dundalk say they have reorganised their management structure ahead of the new season with Shane Keegan taking on more responsibility as the club look (...)

Dalata chief executive Pat McCann. ‘People think you’ll spend all your time looking at the hotels you built. But for me it was the people and what we built together.’ Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Pat McCann, the chief executive and founder of the Dalata hotel group and a veteran of more than five decades in the industry, is a committed Arsenal (...)

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