Jack Charlton

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Party time: Italia ’90 fever. Photograph: Tony O’Shea

The hairstyles were bigger, but the people in Tony O’Shea’s 1990 photographs look smaller than the Irish of today. Or at least thinner, that being the(...)

The Republic of Ireland’s Ray Houghton (C) is mobbed by his teammates after scoring in  the World Cup match between Italy and Ireland in East Rutherford New Jersey on June 19th, 1994. Irish super fan Jim Ryan, who has followed the team around the world, says Houghton’s goals in 1994 and against England in 1988 are some of his most memorable moments.  Photograph: Ray Stubblebine/Reuters.

It’s just as well Jim Ryan isn’t fitted with an odometer because if he was, the clock would be well around a second if not a third time. The football(...)

 Barney Green (87) shot dead the Heights Bar in Loughinisland in 1994.

What was building towards a night of World Cup celebration turned to murderous horror in an instant. The Republic of Ireland were beating Italy 1-0 i(...)

The Republic of Ireland team sun bathe during Italia ‘90. Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

Paul Getty, Marlene Dietrich and Sarah Bernhardt are among the many rich and famous who have checked in to the Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles sin(...)

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Paul Howard, writer/creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly Football is the game of the people. It’s played everywhere in the world. I know we get excited ar(...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill celebrates after the memorable victory over world champions Germany at the Aviva Stadium.   Photo: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

You’ll have seen the ad by now, from the FAI’s main sponsors, 3 – the one urging Ireland to #makehistory at Euro 2016. A man in a green shirt runs out(...)

Paul McGrath celebrates his goal with Liam Brady, Mark Lawrenson and Ray Houghton during the European Championship qualifier at Lansdowne Road on October 14th 1987. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

In the era of the “what if...” novel, it may be only a matter of time before somebody revisits Jack Charlton’s time as Republic of Ireland manager an(...)

Ireland celebrate Ronnie Whelan’s stunning winner against the USSR in 1988. Photograph: Getty

Euro 1988: Ronnie Whelan’s goal v USSR June 15th 1988 Is there an Irish person in their mid-30s or older who can’t close their eyes and picture it t(...)

Cyclist Stephen Roche’s triumphant homecoming to Ireland in 1987 after winning the Tour De France. His victory sparked a new wave of interest in cycling.

When Stephen Roche won the Tour de France back in 1987 Ireland caught cycling fever. The Dubliner’s open-top bus homecoming through his native city wa(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

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