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Glentoran’s Michael Halliday challenges Derry’s Barry Molloy in the Setanta Cup in 2007, the last all-island tournament. File photograph:  Darren Kidd/Presseye/Inpho

After 18 months working behind the scenes on the project, Dublin-based entrepreneur Kieran Lucid is to brief a meeting of Airtricity League clubs in A(...)

Linfield’s Michael Gault tackles Derry City’s Ciaran Martyn in the Setanta Cup at, Windsor Park in 2006. The last major cross-Border tournament ended in 2014.  File photograph: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

The man behind the proposal to form a new 14-team All-Island Premier Division says he hopes to meet Uefa and other stakeholders over the coming months(...)

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(...)

Johnny Sexton’s only defeat in 21 starts for province or country in 2018 was with Leinster away against Toulouse in October. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It’s a good news day when the World Player of the Year signs up for another two years with Leinster and Ireland, and in doing so Johnny Sexton has lik(...)

Demonstration calling for an end to the direct provision system. File photograph: Tom Honan

What’s wrong with our legislators? Are they collectively incapable of multi-tasking? Irrespective of which party is in the ascendant, it appears their(...)

Former chairman of Paddy Power Fintan Drury said: ‘You cannot have booze advertising on television in this country until a certain hour of the evening, but you can have gambling.’ File photograph: Frank Miller

Betting firms as well as alcohol companies should be taken out of sports sponsorship to help combat gambling addiction, a conference on ethics in(...)

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt and  Simon Zebo. “He’s moved to the periphery. But he’s still there . . .,” the Irish coach said this week with regard to Zebo’s situation with the Ireland squad. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

On Black Tuesday Joe Schmidt almost convinced us Simon Zebo had not been dropped at all.   “I was asked would Simon be in the mix,” went Schmidt(...)

Celebrating with my team-mates after scoring against France in  2009. There is a story behind my big happy head that  my kids can tell people about because now it is etched into their childhood. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

I used to be Jordan Larmour. A talented teenager physically able for the men’s game. The difference between now and back then is Larmour seemed mental(...)

Harry Arter has emerged as a doubt for Ireland’s final two World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales. Photo: Andrew Surma/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter’s chances of featuring for Ireland in the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Wales took a knock on Friday as (...)

A protest against the direct provision system in 2014. Photograph: Patrick Browne

It’s not often the judiciary finds on a matter of social justice and rolls the ball back to the executive to determine how the issue should be resolve(...)

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