Ronnie Whelan

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Ireland’s Chiedozie Ogbene celebrates scoring a goal against Luxembourg with Callum Robinson in Stade de Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifying match. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Before Rotherham United there were stints at Brentford and Exeter City. Before Limerick FC there was Nemo Rangers. Go further back and find an eight-y(...)

Ray Kennedy in action for Liverpool  during an FA Cup semi-final match against Everton at Maine Road in April 1977. Photograph: Tony Duffy/Allsport/Getty Images

Former Liverpool and Arsenal player Ray Kennedy has died at the age of 70, the Merseyside club have announced. Kennedy won three European Cups and fi(...)

Stephen Kenny congratulates Josh Cullen after Ireland’s win over Luxembourg. Photograph: John Walton/PA

One of the most delicate of parenting tasks is hosting a play date for two little chums who, for whatever reason, don’t want to share their toys. This(...)

Ireland’s Séamus Coleman, Jamie McGrath, Andrew Omobamidele and Gavin Bazunu dejected after the concession of a goal in the World Cup qualifier against Portugal. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The evening was going perfectly fine until we were told Portugal’s starting line-up, at which point you’d be frantically trying to remember where you (...)

 Flag bearers Donata Katai and Peter Purcell-Gilpin of Team Zimbabwe during the opening ceremony of the Tokyo  Olympic Games. Photograph: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

No offence is meant here at all, at all to the good people who organised that opening ceremony, it’s just that by the time it concluded with Naomi Osa(...)

Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal takes a drink. Photograph: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Didi, Duffer, Kenny and Ronnie sounds a little like RTÉ’s version of Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich, although the quartet’s intermittent grump(...)

England midfielder Jack Grealish in action against Scotland defender Kieran Tierney during the game at Wembley. Photograph:  Justin Tallis/AFP via Getty Image

Day Eight and, at last, the game we’d all been waiting for: Sweden v Slovakia. If Ger Canning and Aine O’Gorman don’t get a joint gong at the 2021 Peo(...)

 Romelu Lukaku  of Belgium and Andreas Christensen  of Denmark applaud after the ball is kicked out of play in the 10th minute of the match to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen. Photograph:  Friedemann Vogel/EPA

The 10th minute of Denmark v Belgium, the ball is kicked out to allow a minute’s applause from the players and supporters in Copenhagen’s Parken Stadi(...)

 Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson celebrate Liverpool’s second goal. Photograph: EPA

West Ham 1 Liverpool 3 With around a quarter of this match left, West Ham won a corner on the right. Scenting a set-piece equaliser, claret-and-blue (...)

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(...)

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