John Giles

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Irish fans  in the stands of the Stadio Luigi Ferraris in Genoa for the World Cup round of 16 game against Romania in 1990. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

This summer will go down as the strangest that Ireland has ever experienced- except for those hallucinogenic few weeks that were Italia 90. Thirty yea(...)

Huge crowds would regularly turn out to watch the seven-a-side tournaments at the Gloucester Diamond with residents watching from the windows. Photograph: North Inner City Folklore Project

There’s a photograph of a woman looking out of her window at a quiet Foley Street below. All around her are boarded up windows. The buildings up and d(...)

1/9/2001 World Cup QualifierRepublic of Ireland vs HollandRoy Keane of Ireland tackles Marc Overmars of HollandMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Billy Stickland

On St Patrick’s Day there were a lot of greatest Irish XIs named by folk with some unexpected spare time. None, or very few, approached this as a cros(...)

Often a better ‘watch’ than the Irish team, Dunphy turned half-time analysis into a national institution.

A week spent peering into the unnatural world of sports punditry suggests there must be extinction fears for that TV sub-species known as the lesser-s(...)

Roy Barrett is a stockbroker who eschews the caricature, focused on family rather than excess.

As a footballer, Roy Barrett was a contradiction. Tall and slim, he had the close control that would be expected of a much more compact player, accord(...)

Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus celebrates scoring their second goal during the  Premier League  match against  Burnley  at  Turf Moor. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

“The band,” Premier Sports had revealed last week, “is back together!” And there they were come Tuesday evening, on our telly screens all over again(...)

 The Shamrock Rovers Ireland XI  that faced then world champions Brazil in a friendly international at Lansdowne Road in 1973. Brazil won 4-3. Photograph: Connolly Collection/Sportsfile

There’s enough division about this Christmas to make season’s greetings of goodwill sound hollow. So with accord at a premium, and a New Year around t(...)

 The Turf pub sign in Burnley  depicts an image of ex-player, Northern Ireland’s James McIlroy, who was instrumental to the club’s league title success in 1960. Photograph:  Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

When Jimmy McIlroy died in August, it was a moment to return to his autobiography, Right Inside Soccer. It was written in 1960 when Burnley had just w(...)

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(...)

Eamon Dunphy: As Michel Platini might put it, not a great analyst, just a good one. But when it came to the gaiety of the nation and chat generation, he was one of a kind. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For most RTÉ watchers down the years, “roll it there, Colette” was the most memorable and most oft-repeated phrase they heard on their tellies. But fo(...)

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