David O Leary

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon congratulates Shane Duffy after his winning debut for the club. Photograph: Paul Campbell/Getty

Irish businessman, Dermot Desmond, believes that the acceleration of changes in the broadcast and digital rights landscape brought about by the corona(...)

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

There are probably close enough to a thousand images that would fill your head when you think back to Jack’s Irish reign, and so many of them popped u(...)

Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer will go down as the strangest that Ireland has ever experienced- except for those hallucinogenic few weeks that were Italia 90. Thirty yea(...)

O’Leary took his penalty with princely elegance, and the roar that followed would have awoken the moon from its stony, distant slumbers. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

And so it came to pass, the worst of all finishes to a football match - a penalty shoot-out, a means of deciding a match which has all the pleasantnes(...)

Michael Kennedy, former advisor to Roy Keane, played a key role in the Saipan story in 2002. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Michael Kennedy, the London-born property solicitor who came to prominence in the run up to the 2002 World Cup when he was an adviser to Roy Keane, ha(...)

The Irish team in an open-top bus are welcomed by the crowds in Dublin on their return from the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Photograph: Inpho

The obvious concern with a documentary such as The Boys In Green (RTÉ One, 9.35pm) is that it will take itself and its subject matter too seriously. (...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

Japan skipper  Michael Leitch and Fumiaki Tanaka  celebrate the victory over Ireland at the Ecopa stadium in Shizuoka. Photograph:  Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The fireworks that shook the concrete. Japan have their Genoa moment to follow Stuttgart. They have their David O’Leary to put beside Ray Houghton as (...)

 The Turf pub sign in Burnley  depicts an image of ex-player, Northern Ireland’s James McIlroy, who was instrumental to the club’s league title success in 1960. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Jimmy McIlroy died in August, it was a moment to return to his autobiography, Right Inside Soccer. It was written in 1960 when Burnley had just w(...)

Whether Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane stay or leave won’t change the realities of football in Ireland.   Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

During his stout defence of Roy Keane this week, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill joked that they’d had a quick chat about the latest family(...)

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