Brian Kerr

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At one point, football found itself in the curious position of fielding two teams called Ireland

Football is many things: a funny old game, a game of two halves, and not a matter of life and death, but something more important than that. Now, in t(...)

Former FAI CEO John Delaney is seen after a meeting with the board of the FAI on Monday. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The controversy over the abject governance of Irish football is only that – gross mismanagement in sport. Perspective is important; lives aren’t at st(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Jeff Hendrick scoring against Gibraltar  in Saturday’s  Euro  qualifier  at  Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar. Photograph:   Reuters/Peter Cziborra

Perhaps not since Martin O’Neill deployed Cyrus Christie in midfield against Denmark last year had we been so befuddled by a footballing role and the (...)

Brian Kerr is among the trio set to meet with government politicians. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Niall Quinn, Brian Kerr and Mike Farnan – the Dublin-born CEO of the firm hoping to build a network of football academies around Ireland – will meet w(...)

 Cian Lynch and his Limerick team-mates celebrate their All-Ireland win over Galway at Croke park in August. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All Blacks We waited 111 years for Ireland’s first victory over New Zealand, now we have two in two years. It’s becoming a habit. “As of now Ireland (...)

New Republic of Ireland under-21 manager Stephen Kenny has earned his chance at an international job. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Oriel Park, Dundalk, a slow Wednesday afternoon, June 2017. Turning left at the Spar on Carrickmacross Road, a sign on the back of the main stand dec(...)

Ireland’s Robbie Brady celebrates scoring the winner against Italy during the group stages at Euro 2016. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

So, when does the draw take place? Proceedings will kick off at 11am this Sunday morning (December 2nd). There will undoubtedly be the usual drawn ou(...)

FAI high performance director Ruud Doktur with new Republic of Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

The FAI’s director of high performance, Ruud Dokter, believes that the plan for Stephen Kenny to succeed Mick McCarthy as manager of the senior team i(...)

New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with FAI chief John Delaney at the Aviva Stadium. “Really it’s going to be about winning games.” Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

It was, above all else, an appropriate occasion for the times. Mick McCarthy’s return to the top job in Irish football was notably short of pomp and t(...)

Don’t look back: New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the press conference at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lest you had any doubts that you’re not getting any younger, Friday night and Sunday afternoon’s TV viewing was a chilling enough reminder that the ye(...)

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