Emma Byrne

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Arsenal kit manager Vic Akers salutes the fans after his final home game before leaving the club during the Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

You would be forgiven for thinking the sporting world has ended as we know it. A man who, for many years, I thought had a club named every him merely (...)

Ronaldo and Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens with their respective ‘Best Player in Europe’ awards in Monaco. Photograph: Valery Hache/AFP/Getty

Much was made of the fact that both the Republic of Ireland’s two goalscorers in Friday’s win over Slovakia were home-based but tonight the part-timer(...)

Republic of Ireland Women’s squad during training ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Slovakia. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Fifa Women’s World Cup Group 3 qualifier Slovakia v Republic of Ireland National Training Centre, Senec KO 5.30pm (4.30, Irish) After opening thei(...)

Former Ireland goalkeeper Emma Byrne makes a save. Photograph: Inpho

Republic of Ireland women’s team captain and goalkeeper Emma Byrne has announced her retirement from international football after 21 years of service.(...)

Katie Walsh and Seabass in the Aintree Grand National in 2012. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

It started out as just a bit of fun, a rule-free spot of reminiscing, a list of 50 memorable moments produced by Irish sportswomen. But then(...)

Swearing is only recommended for people who are amiable and know how to communicate. It should never be used by those who are nasty or angry. Photograph: Getty Images

I gave a TED talk organised by London Business School a few weeks ago. I did not think it went particularly well – all the faffing and rehearsing that(...)

Women’s sports need to be marketed better. Why are Republic of Ireland women’s international soccer games kicking off  on a Thursday afternoon at 3pm? Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Sit back and think hard of all the athletes Ireland has produced. Now, think of how many of those are female. Now, think about how often you see or he(...)

 Carli Lloyd   lifts the trophy as the USA celebrate winning the Women’s World Cup in 2015. Photograph: Ben Nelms/EPA

At the height of the dispute between the Irish women’s squad and the FAI, an email arrived from a college coach over here. Having read about Ireland’s(...)

Stephanie Roche scored Ireland women’s solitary goal as they beat Slovakia at Tallaght on Monday. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The investment it took was tiny by comparison with the men, of course - and the success less celebrated - but when the Chelsea women’s team won the le(...)

Ireland’ players defend a free kick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 1 Slovakia 0 The players might be ever so slightly better remunerated than this time last week, but the Monday lunchtime kick-of(...)

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