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Jack Charlton with his assistant manager Maurice Setters after the 1990 World Cup quarter-final. Both men died in 2020. File photograph: Inpho

The two men could hardly have been more different, other than, in their own way, each became footballing deity. Diego Maradona’s death, at the age of(...)

 Stephen Kenny showed his players a video containing historical references ahead of their friendly match against England. Photograph: Inpho

A few frantic days of probing by interim chief executive Gary Owens led the Football Association of Ireland board to conclude no action was justified (...)

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny before the friendly intenational against England at Wembley Stadium arlier this month. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The FAI has confirmed that it is “looking into” as “a matter of urgency” reports that members of the Irish team were upset by a short video shown to t(...)

World Cup, Stadio Sant’Elia, Cagliari, Italy,  1990. Ireland’s  Kevin Sheedy scores a vital goal. File photograph: Inpho

1. June 11th, 1990 World Cup (Cagliari) Republic of Ireland 1 (Kevin Sheedy, 73) England 1 (Gary Lineker, 9). You might remember this one. Of all pe(...)

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the 2002 World Cup after their playoff against Iran in Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

1966 World Cup Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores the only goal of the playoff for the 1966 World Cup (...)

As a sports star Bradley Wiggins knows fine well the relevance of nationality. Photo by Ben Radford/Corbis via Getty Images

“I was going: ‘Our lot are rubbish? Your Swindon lot are shit! And he got aggressive and I went berserk.” - David Brent in The Office The most i(...)

Taoiseach: Micheál Martin: “I do have a lot of experience of negotiations. You allow things to… evolve.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill / The Irish Times

Hon the Taoiseach! Get in there now. The opposition was putting Micheál Martin under pressure to put Boris Johnson under pressure and deliver a resu(...)

Jack Charlton and Billy Bremner having breakfast in bed after securing the FA Cup the day before. Photo: Varley Picture Agency

Big Jack was unimpressed. “What the fook you doing ’ere?” he said. It was a question, possibly, though in the moment it felt like an accusation. “Eh,(...)

Shay Brennan in action for the Republic of Ireand.

Born in Manchester to parents both from Carlow, Shay Brennan was an unlikely pioneer, perhaps even a reluctant one for a time. But the Manchester Un(...)

Sonia O’Sullivan on her way to finishing second in the 1,500m. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

There are possibly some people, somewhere, who still attribute the most incredible running performances of our time to the fresh turtle blood and cate(...)

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