Stephen Ward

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Après Match: Gary Cooke, Barry Murphy and Risteard Cooper. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/ The Irish Times

His lunch mates consider diving for cover when Risteard Cooper launches into his Shane Horgan impression, the hand movements so violent everyone at th(...)

Declan Rice has been a regular at West Ham this season. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

He will have an eye, of course, on play-offs that might yet increase the number of eligible players at clubs competing in the top two divisions but as(...)

Chelsea’s Victor Moses celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game with team mates during their Premier League win over Burnley at Turf Moor. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Burnley 1 Chelsea 2 The FA Cup may have assumed greater importance than Antonio Conte dared imagine at the start of the season but Chelsea are not gi(...)

Matt Doherty in action for the Republic of Ireland against Turkey in Antalya. “There are a lot of new players in the squad and it is an opportunity.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Matt Doherty has had to wait a while for his international debut but, having lived life in the shadows a little over the past few seasons, the 26-yea(...)

Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan has retired from international football. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

And so to all of the other vacancies he has on his hands going into his Turkish training camp and friendly next month, Martin O’Neill can add the job (...)

Burnley’s Ashley Barnes celebrates after scoring the winner in their Premier League clash with Stoke City. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Burnley 1 Stoke City 0 Ashley Barnes grabbed a late winner as Burnley reached the dizzy heights of fourth place. In doing so Sean Dyche’s side took t(...)

Profumo affair: Christine Keeler in Cannes during the 1963 film festival. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty

Christine Keeler, the former model at the centre of the Profumo affair, which shook British politics in the 1960s, has died at the age of 75, her fami(...)

Bohemians and St Kevin’s Boys have announced a new underage partnership. Photo: Inpho

Dublin clubs Bohemians and St Kevin’s Boys have announced a five-year deal aimed at developing young players and jointly participating in the new Unde(...)

A disconsolate Stephen Ward after the second leg of the World Cup playoff against Denmark. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has welcomed his crushed Irish contingent back to Turf Moor with open arms. Stephen Ward, Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady all (...)

Stephen Ward loses the ball to Yussuf Poulsen, leading to Denmark’s second goal against Ireland. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Nobody is too surprised today, are they? Not really, not honestly. Maybe there’s an innate fatalism that comes along with hanging around with Ireland (...)

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