Denis Irwin

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World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Arsenal’s Martin Keown taunts Manchester United’s Ruud van Nistelrooy after he missed a penalty given away by Keown in the final minutes of the game at Old Trafford on September 21st, 2003. Photograph: Paul Barker/AFP via Getty Images

Many clubs have struggled at Old Trafford in the Premier League era, but it’s perhaps surprising that Arsenal have such a poor record at the ground. F(...)

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

1966 World Cup Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores the only goal of the playoff for the 1966 World Cup (...)

Jack Charlton and assistant Maurice Setters walk out into the cauldron of Windsor park to play against Northern Ireland in 1993. Photograph: Pacemaker

Ask any reporter and they’ll tell you being inside a glassed-in press box is no way to watch a sporting event. Echoey, removed and unnatural. But on t(...)

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(...)

 Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa runs with the ball during the pre-season friendly match between RB Leipzig and Aston Villa. Photograph:  Matthias Kern/Getty Images

By Sunday afternoon Mick McCarthy should have a slightly stronger sense of how his players with Premier League clubs are going to fare over the course(...)

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

 Roy Keane of Manchester United missed a penalty during the Liam Miller tribute match. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Man Utd Legends XI 2 Glasgow Celtic/Republic of Ireland XI 2 (Man Utd win 3-2 on penalties) As sporting spectacles, the Man Utd Legends XIvs Glasgow (...)

A tribute screen displaying photographs of Liam Miller above the stands during the tribute match at Páirc Uí Chaoimh, Cork. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

It may not have set hearts racing but the Liam Miller Benefit Match did exactly what it set out to do. Nearly 43,000 fans turned out to pay a warm tr(...)

Keen soccer fan: President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

President Michael D Higgins has accepted an invitation to attend the tribute match in honour of former Manchester United footballer Liam Miller in Cor(...)

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