Jose Mourinho speaks to Conor McNamara of the BBC after Manchester United’s 0-0 draw with West Brom on Saturday. Photo: BBC

Post match interviews are tricky things. Sometimes the problem is that they don’t actually quite happen. Such a time was when a manager was back in D(...)

Nazi escape route: Margaret Kearney Taylor, the Irish emigre who owned the Embassy tea room in Madrid

After Margaret Kearney Taylor died her friends couldn’t believe what they discovered. This graceful Irish emigre, who owned the Embassy tea salon on (...)

Javier Marías at his home in Madrid. “I love Swift, Wilde and Heaney.” Photograph: Francis Tsang/Getty Images

The year 1980 was an exhilarating time to be alive in Spain. General Francisco Franco had died five years earlier, in November 1975. There followed a(...)

Increasingly sophisticated software tools enable employers to monitor their employees’ activity in granular detail

The phrase “what gets measured gets managed”, widely attributed to the renowned business thinker Peter Drucker, was coined in the last century, when h(...)

‘The world of football has possibly never known a man to distribute the ball like Xavi Hernández (L). Arguably only Andrea Pirlo (R) in the modern game can rival him in being so niggardly with possession.’ Photographs: Reuters and EPA.

Someone calculated that the gematria values – where a numerical value is assigned to a letter – of Xavi (56) and pass (55) and they are almost iden(...)

Neymar: Barcelona’s marquee signing in the summer is struggling to find his form after controversy over his multi-million euro move from Santos.

On Sunday, Barcelona will play Real Madrid at the Bernabéu stadium. Clásicos tend to define a season in Spanish football, this year’s encounter(...)

Cardiovascular disease kills some 10,000 people in Ireland each year, the equivalent of the capacity of Hill 16 in Croke Park.

Donal O’Neill’s father, Kevin, had hardly put on any weight since the 1960s when he won two All-Ireland football medals with Down. He was always fit a(...)

Barcelona captain Carles Puyol  argues with  referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco during the heated Spanish Cup semi-final second leg against Real Madrid   at the Camp Nou in  February. Photograph:  Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’d be a ref, eh? Or worse, a Spanish referee. Ten days ago the referee for today’s clásico between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou – Albe(...)