Cristiano Ronaldo makes a rare appearance in Ireland on Thursday night. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Appearing oblivious to the danger of tempting fate the FAI recently launched a new ‘Our Time is Now’ slogan. The first visitors to stress test this bo(...)

Frank Worthington in action for Leicester City against Liam Brady’s Arsenal in 1975. Photograph: Getty Images

The former England forward Frank Worthington has died at the age of 72 after a long illness, his family have said. Worthington played for more than 2(...)

Arsenal celebrate their 1979 FA Cup final win over Manchester United. Photograph: Getty

‘Fever Pitch’ is the best book ever written about Arsenal and possibly the best book ever written about football. Somewhat unusually the book is not a(...)

Ronaldo and co having won Euro2016 and the first edition of the Nations League over the past few years. Photo: Getty Images

Portugal World Ranking: 5 Ireland’s record against them: W4 D2 L7 There was never going to be any way of avoiding having to come up against a good (...)

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(...)

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