John Giles

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Stephen Kenny has worn the pressure well and is sticking to his guns of getting Ireland to play the way he wants. Photo: Evan Treacy/Inpho

There’s a nicely sly moment in the turn-of-the-century comedy Meet The Parents when Ben Stiller’s Greg Focher gifts his future father-in-law, a CIA op(...)

Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley and player Ronan Finn with the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division trophy at the launch of the SSE Airtricity Premier & First Division and Women’s National League 2022 season, at HBV Studios in Clarehall, Dublin. Photograph: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

The most sought-after opinion proved the most elusive at the League of Ireland season launch on Wednesday, with Shelbourne’s new manager Damien Duff m(...)

Through a translator, Luc Holtz continually labelled Ireland as British and accused Kenny and his staff of bad sportsmanship. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Oh dear. This final World Cup qualifier ended in accusations and counter accusations. Liam Brady and Robbie Keane even got a mention. But in (...)

 Mick McCarthy  and assistant  Terry Connor have left Cardiff City after an eighth straight loss on Saturday. Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire

Another one of Mick McCarthy’s many managerial lives dissolved on Saturday when the 62-year-old was cut loose by Cardiff City following an eighth stra(...)

Callum Robinson celebrates with the match ball along with Andrew Omobamidele after scoring a hat-trick in the friendly international against Qatar at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Numbers the FAI board and Packie Bonner cannot ignore: 37 passes before Jeff Hendrick’s perfectly weighted ball for Callum Robinson to complete his ha(...)

Leeds United with Eric Cantona were the very last winners of the old First Division. Photograph: Mark Leech/Getty Images

In the summer of 1991, Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson was interviewed by a Yorkshire television reporter about the signing of Eric Cantona, who had re(...)

Cork’s Kevin Flahive celebrates Mark Keane after they beat Kerry to win the Munster title last year. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Predictions are the stock in trade of the modern professional pundit, as Rio Ferdinand discovered to his cost last week. On the eve of England-Scotlan(...)

George Best taking the long walk  to the dressing room at Windsor Park after being sent off in the  game with Scotland in April 1970. Photograph: Staff/Mirrorpix/Getty Images

There’s a time and place for everything. Across Ireland, people are tired and battered and a bit weepy because we’re not sure when the government is g(...)

Sir Matt Busby in 1991: ‘I was in awe of him. Amazingly intelligent and cunning. Very hard and charming.’ Photograph: Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images

Eamon Dunphy answers the phone mid-conversation. Things to sort, things to do. Two podcasts to record tomorrow, one in the morning, one in the afterno(...)

Finland celebrate Fredrik Jensen’s winner against Ireland. Photograph: Tomi Hänninen /Inpho

As if our manager and his players hadn’t experienced enough weirdness of late, Helsinki presented them with even more - real, actual people hooting an(...)

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