Packie Bonner

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Question 100: What was Father Ted’s routine explanation for alleged financial misconduct?

What was Father Ted’s money doing? What did Mary Robinson’s electors rock in 1990? And could Lindsay Lohan play soccer for the Republic of Ireland? (...)

Sometimes at Christmas there’s nothing for it but to crack out a board game,  Photograph: istock

Once presents have been played with, the fight over the remote control has led to an impasse, and dinner has been doled out, there’s only one other ti(...)

Shay Given: “You know what I’m like, I love the craic, the buzz around the lads. When you’re a coach, it’s tough if you lose, it is quite draining. But when you win, it’s mad, it’s magnified.” Photograph:  Dan Mullan/Getty Images

He strides in smiling wearing his new work gear: an all-black kit, a little white ram above his heart, ‘SG’ initials alongside. He is sweaty after a s(...)

Euro 88: Adri van Tiggelen and  Ray Houghton during Ireland’s Netherlands match. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Anchored by the pragmatism of an upbringing in the northeast of England, Jack Charlton was a man not given to flights of fancy. Yet he had no hesitati(...)

Republic of Ireland fans at the European Championships in 1988. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Famous as the win over England may have been, it’s not my favourite memory of Euro 88. The real high point of that glorious week was three days later,(...)

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(...)

Packie Bonner directs his Celtic  team-mates during a game against Aberdeen in 1991. Photograph: Russell Cheyne/Allsport

“Then the door opens and in walks Jock Stein.” For a moment Packie Bonner is back in the Ballyraine hotel in Letterkenny. It is May in 1978 and Bonne(...)

Celtic and Ireland fans at Jackie McNamara’s testimonial  in 2005. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The FAI has confirmed that the Irish senior team will provide the opposition for Celtic in Scott Brown’s testimonial which has been scheduled for a 2p(...)

Penalties. For better or worse, it’s one of the great set-pieces, in the theatrical or cinematic sense, in all of sport. From Stuart Pearce to Chris W(...)

Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph with kit man Dick Redmond after Saturday’s World Cup first-leg play-off against Denmark at Parken stadium in Copenhagen. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

An hour or so after the end of Ireland’s game at Parken stadium, and Darren Randolph is digging deep, trying to remember for a huddle of reporters anx(...)

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