John Giles

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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 (...)

 Mixed martial artist Conor McGregor celebrates his birthday at Intrigue Nightclub at Wynn Las Vegas on July 10th. Brian O’Conor writes: “MMA regards elbowing a prone, defenceless opponent in the head as a legitimate manoeuvre. That’s just violence.” Photograph: David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Las Vegas

1: Cristiano Ronaldo is a knob. Anyone possessed of even the slightest embarrassment, that vital brake on the worst excesses of our appetites, knows (...)

Football pundit John Giles on RTE. Screengrab: RTÉ

Football pundit John Giles “represented the best of the game, in its roots, in its performance,” President Michael D Higgins said on Monday. The Pr(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo in a slightly better mood after Portugal’s 1-0 win over France in extra time. Photograph: Afp

Fernando Santos and Didier Deschamps might have had major selection headaches for the final but they were in the ha’penny place next to the head-wreck(...)

Martin was the first in a long line of football men who talked, and taught me, about football. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The other night in Lille, your correspondent registered a ‘first’ in post-match press conferences. Normally, these are bustling crowded affairs where (...)

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Robbie Brady is consoled by John O’Shea after the 1-2 defeat to France on Sunday. Photograph: Getty.

Revenge may be best served cold but from the off there was little cool about the overwhelming smell of burning martyr among the RTÉ football panel. (...)

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(...)

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