Ray Houghton

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Former FAI CEO John Delaney pictured this week after a meeting with the board of the FAI. Photograph: Colin Keegan/Collins

The bunting will be out next Saturday in Castleisland for the official opening of the much-anticipated Georgie O’Callaghan Park. But will John Delane(...)

 Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has yet to meet Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford. Photograph:  George Wood/Getty Images

As Mick McCarthy prepares to name the first senior squad of his second spell in charge of Ireland on Thursday, a meeting with Leeds United’s Patrick B(...)

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp gestures on the touchline during the  Champions League round of 16 first leg at Anfield stadium. Photograph:  Oli Scarff/AFP/Getty Images

Granted, there’s been a blip or three of late, but still, Liverpool fans would surely have had a reasonable helping of hope in their hearts as they to(...)

Declan Rice: has now chosen to play for the county of his birth. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Martin O’Neill might well have had a point when he suggested that making a senior appearance should decide a player’s international future. But reall(...)

Ireland’s Andrew Porter, Jonathan Sexton, Tadhg Furlong and James Ryan celebrate victory over the All Blacks in 2018. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

“It just wouldn’t happen today,” Willie John McBride says on a rainy morning at home in Ballyclare as he explains the vast differences between the gle(...)

Republic of Ireland’s Andy Townsend in action against Belgium in November 1997. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Time’s a goon. On Saturday, November 15th, 1997, the All Blacks came to Dublin to play in Ireland. The following Monday, an excited headline across th(...)

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

Declan Rice may just have decided he didn’t fancy the Ireland setup. Photo: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Sometimes you waste time worrying about the wrong things. Back in 2011 Roy Keane gave an interview to Cork’s LifeFM 93.1, in which he sketched out a d(...)

Christy Moore: Joxer Goes to Stuttgart captured the mood of 1988.  Photograph: INM/Getty

It’s customary for key moments in Irish history to be documented in song – The Wind That Shakes the Barley, Boolavogue, The Foggy Dew. When Ray Hought(...)

Euro 88: I was damned if I was going to witness the event chasing other supporters for quotes and racing to meet deadlines. I would be going as a fan, a paid-up member of Jack’s Green Army. Photograph: INM/Getty

In the spring of 1988 I was a 24-year-old reporter at the Irish Press when my editor offered me a dream assignment: would I be the paper’s colour writ(...)

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