Liam Whelan

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Total Kickboxing chief instructor master Liam Whelan, who has been involved in the sport since the 1980s

Liam Whelan is the chief instructor at Total Kickboxing in Sandyford, Dublin, and has been involved in martial arts since he was 12 years old. Having (...)

George Best celebrates scoring United’s second two minutes into extra time. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

They never really spoke about the 1958 Munich air disaster at Manchester United. The unspeakable tragedy was exactly that – unspeakable. As goalkeeper(...)

Manchester United line up before their 1958 European Cup quarter-final second leg against Red Star Belgrade. Photograph: Inpho/Getty

In the first week of February 1958 a syndicated bulletin from Yugoslavia hit newspaper offices across England. It began: “A crowd of autograph hunters(...)

Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy and Claudio Ranieri after Wednesday night’s Champions League match with Sevilla. Photograph: Reuters

Wednesday night and the telly is full of the sorrowful mysteries of Leicester City’s slide down the snake past all the ladders they climbed last seaso(...)

A grave can be anything from 4 to 10 feet deep. “The gravediggers used to get paid by the foot and they’d always be delighted to get a 10-footer.” Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

How mean-spirited would you have to be to have the flaws of your wife carved onto her gravestone as soon as she goes to her eternal reward? Such a mea(...)

When the ball was at Wes Hoolahan’s feet against Portugal in the recent friendly at Meadowlands, one could relax and hope that just maybe, something thrilling and special was going to happen. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sight of Wes Hoolahan out there on the field in Meadowlands said it all. There were few green shirts on the trains leaving Penn Station for Mead(...)

Soon to be World Cup winning England manager Alf Ramsey issues instructions as internationals Ray Wilson and Alan Ball (centre) toy with the ball while captain Bobby Moore listens attentively; The Irish Times eulogises the famous victory. photograph: pa

Before his untimely death in 1993, Ronnie Whelan snr was apt to recall that growing up in Cabra on Dublin’s north side, he was never regarded as the b(...)