John Giles

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French president Emmanuel Macron reacts during the victory over Croatia in the World Cup Final in Moscow.  Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Reuters

After the five-ish very lovely weeks that had gone before, there was almost an inevitability about the final being a letdown, a monumental snooze-fest(...)

Après Match: Gary Cooke, Barry Murphy and Risteard Cooper. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

His lunch mates consider diving for cover when Risteard Cooper launches into his Shane Horgan impression, the hand movements so violent everyone at th(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2016  match between Ireland and Sweden at the Stade de France.

After the announcement from Wes Hoolahan that he is retiring from international football, it seems only fitting that we look back on some quotes from (...)

Brent Pope, Tom McGurk and George Hook at the launch of RTÉ Sport’s comprehensive live coverage of 2008 RBS 6 Nations. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Once upon a time the sports journalist was an authority figure. Especially when they came brandishing RTÉ paraphernalia. Today marks the end of an er(...)

“I should have called it Roy Keane House”: Eamon Dunphy at home. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

“That was a cakewalk for Liverpool last night,” says the photographer. “It was, but they’re still dodgy at the back,” says Eamon Dunphy. “And Klopp’(...)

Conor McGregor’s brash attitude and hyperbole perfectly capture the current generation of youth in Ireland. Photo: Getty Images

When he lived in digs above The Fountain café on Cork’s Grand Parade, Christy Ring used to walk the short distance to St Augustine’s church each morni(...)

The 2,000 plus who attend created an atmosphere in Turners Cross as addictive as the temple of the Camp Nou. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I am a football romantic. I worship at the church of Cruyffism. I enjoy (to quote John Giles) tippy-tappy football. I like watching midfielders dictat(...)

The biggest switch a professional soccer player must make on the road to becoming a professional pundit is to change the direction of his glance. It g(...)

 Pictured at   Enterprise Town launch in Birr Co Offaly were  David Merriman,  Bank of Ireland, Owen Finn, Shannonbridge Pottery, Mary Walsh-Kinsella , Castle Courtyard Cafe and Kevin Mahon  My Tee Print and Embroidery. Photograph: Seán Curtin/True Media

Bank of Ireland plans to invest more than €1.2 million this year on its Enterprise Town programme, which is being expanded to include 120 locations a(...)

Anne O’Brien (pictured right, wearing the number nine) scoring one of her three goals in the 1975 French Cup Final. Photograph: Tony O’Brien

Even for today’s generation of female Irish football internationals, the opportunities to play the game on a full-time professional basis, and make a (...)

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