Ray Houghton

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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(...)

Seán Hanley (left) and his Scoil Bhríde team-mates celebrate defeating Lios na nÓg in the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals at Croke Park in 2018. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

I’ve been blessed down the years. Spoiled rotten. So many big games in Croker. As a 12-year-old, I was there when Séamus Darby scored arguably the mo(...)

Belgian goalkeeper Jean Marie Pfaff claims the ball ahead of  Spanish forward Emilio Butragueno during the World Cup quarter-final in Puebla, Mexico in June 1986. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Easily the most thrilling 45 minutes I’ve ever known – up to April 1987 – is spent standing behind Jean-Marie Pfaff. Actually, I’m perched slightly ab(...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: His team essentially updates the principles of Paisley’s best side.  Photograph: John Walton/PA Wire.

Statistically, this is likely to be Liverpool’s greatest league season, which for a club with 18 championships is no small achievement. The only seaso(...)

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