Ray Houghton

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Monaghan’s Jack McCarron celebrates with his father Ray and mother Patricia after the game in which Dublin were defeated. Photograph: Inpho

Well, that was a cracker of a weekend. Sometimes you’d just be left in awe of the sheer mastery you’re witnessing, and that was precisely the feeling (...)

Alan McLoughlin after his spectacular equalising goal against Northern Ireland in Windsor Park. Photograph: Billy Stickland/ ©INPHO

The final whistle blew on many a player who had lived for the noise of the crowd, through careers – be it in the League of Ireland, or in England at p(...)

Ireland’s Callum Robinson celebrates scoring his second goal with Adam Idah during the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan in Baku. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

It’s unlikely he’ll choose it as the title of his autobiography when he gets around to writing it, but ‘From Vaccines and Virility To Victory’ would a(...)

Stephen Kenny: ‘I don’t think you can underestimate the importance of the Azerbaijan game. If we do end up finishing bottom of the group it is a tough sell for Stephen,’ said Virgin media analyst and former international Damien Delaney.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Patience as a virtue is being tested to the limit during Stephen Kenny’s first 16 games as Republic of Ireland manager. “With Stephen Kenny I just s(...)

Adam Idah was named man of the match in Ireland’s 1-1 draw with Azerbaijan. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Mathematics first, just to mop up any hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup, as expressed by junior members of Stephen Kenny’s squad, Josh Cul(...)

Noah Gooch (6) with his dad, Lee

Champion jockey Rachael Blackmore and singer Daniel O’Donnel are among those supporting a 250km fund-raising bed push across the country later this we(...)

Gareth Southgate: “I understand that on this island, we have a desire to protect our values and traditions – as we should – but that shouldn’t come at the expense of introspection and progress.” Photograph:  Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate was lying on a beach in Greece thinking about Eddie McGoldrick. It was June 1994 and Ray Houghton had just scored against Italy in Ne(...)

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(...)

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