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(...)

  Michael Robinson’s debut international was in Paris in October 1980. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Reading the sad news of the footballer Michael Robinson’s death, I was surprised to realise that I had attended his debut international, in October 19(...)

Many Irish Liverpool fans are familiar  with the atmosphere and colour of the Kop at Anfield on match days.  Photograph:  Richard Martin-Roberts/CameraSport via Getty Images

Almost half of Irish adults say they “support” a football club with close to two -thirds of those listing Manchester United or Liverpool as the team t(...)

Philip Lynch grew up in Finea, Co Westmeath.

I suppose I should’ve known better. But one morning, back in July, my daughter and I walked the short walk to our old house in rural Ireland. I was qu(...)

Lisa Fallon celebrates with Mark McNulty and Achille Campion after Cork City’s victory over Dundalk in the 2017 FAI Cup Final at the Aviva stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It’s normal for me,” Lisa Fallon says as she reflects on her extraordinary career in men’s football. “In Cork City I’m completely normalised. The lad(...)

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(...)

Philip Lynch with his daughter Molly: ‘I’d like to go down here and offer her some encouragement, but she’s already told me she doesn’t need my guidance as she’s seen several YouTube clips, and she knows what to do.’

She’s out there again in her now almost too small Arsenal top that she got last Christmas. This drizzle won’t faze her. But, for all that, she cuts a (...)

A dejected Shay Given and Mick McCarthy after Ireland’s 2-1 defeat to Belgium in Brussels. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland’s 5-1 defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night was galling for a number of reasons. Most obviously - it means there will be no World Cup appearance(...)

Chris Hughton: “Fans appreciate his honesty and calmness in victory or defeat. He has never tried to make the success about him or individual players. It’s about the whole team and the club.” Photograph: Reuters/Alan Walter

There are places on the map of English football that pulsate when viewed through Irish eyes. Manchester, Liverpool, north London? Places where many of(...)

From left: John Murphy, Dave O’Leary, Frank Stapleton and Liam Brady in 1973 as they signed for the Arsenal.

When you’re a kid of Irish parents growing up in England in the 1970s, you learn to accept the fact that you’re a Paddy. Sure, it makes it that bit mo(...)

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