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(...)

Monaghan United and Derry City are unable to capture everyone’s attention during a league game at Gortakeegan Park in 2012. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Love is cruel. One minute you’re head over heels and the next you’re sending out a press release announcing the end of the affair. I have oft been ac(...)

Northern Ireland’s Kyle Lafferty attempts an overhead kick on goal during the Euro 2016 Group C match against Poland at the Stade  de Nice. Photograph:  Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Poland 1 Northern Ireland 0 Michael O’Neill stood rigid in his technical area. The final whistle had just blown and the Northern Ireland manager was (...)

The Après Match team of  Risteard Cooper, Gary Cooke and Barry Murphy  will be an intrinsic part of RTÉ’s TV  coverage  of the Euro 2016 finals. Photograph: Domhnall Farmer/Inpho

The Après Match team – Risteárd Cooper, Gary Cooke and Barry Murphy – will be an intrinsic part of RTÉ’s television coverage for the duration of the (...)

 Neymar celebrates scoring against Real Madrid on Saturday. Photograph: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

That was a highly decent football week, especially for those from Dundalk and Madrid, the television highlight hard to choose because there were so ma(...)