Philip Rainey

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Phil Coulter’s Ireland’s Call has earned a kind of begrudging acceptance over  the years through the absence of an alternative. Photograph: Jayne Russell/Inpho

On Syokaun-Dori Avenue, about a half-hour train ride away from Tokyo Stadium where Johnny Sexton, on Friday, went through the captain’s run under heav(...)

The Ireland team huddle as they listen to the Rose of Tralee in 1987. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

The late Con Houlihan, a son of Castle Island – he insisted on that spelling – came up with many wonderful lines during his time as Ireland’s premier (...)

The scene of the IRA car bomb at Killeen in April 1987 in which Judge Maurice Gibson and his wife Lady Cecily Gibson were killed. What remained of their car is to the right behind the telegraph poles. The car in which |reland internationals David Irwin, Nigel Carr and Philip Rainey were travelling is in the middle of the road.

Mick Doyle was going apoplectic. David ‘Doc’ Irwin, Philip Rainey and Nigel Carr were late for Ireland training. It’s April 1987. Des Fitzgerald say(...)