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Tony Dunne: he suffered with dementia over the last 12 to 18 months of his life. Photograph: Getty Images

A prominent Dublin neurologist has criticised the reluctance of sports organisations to take more precautionary action in relation to long-term brain (...)

Former Dublin goalkeeper John Leonard now lives in rural New Zealand. Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

‘Lenny, show this lad the ropes, will ya?’ ‘No problem, Ski. Who is he?’ ‘Diarmuid Connolly – the most talented footballer in the country is who h(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Standing there in the driving rain on November 15th, 1995, it was hard to comprehend just how much optimism there had initially been about the Irish t(...)

Kyle Walker took on Twitter and it did not end well for the Manchester City right back. Photograph: Matt McNulty/Getty Images

Best quote: “It was like trying to charge an iPhone with a Nokia charger. It just slowly went flat.” Former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lind(...)

Terry Phelan and Maurice Setters at Windsor Park. Photograph: Inpho/Billy Stickland

Northern Ireland TOMMY WRIGHT Had a stint at Manchester City before finishing his playing career at Bolton in 2001. Moved into coaching at Norwich, (...)

Empty seats appeared pretty quickly during last year’s World Cup playoff defeat to Denmark at the Aviva stadium. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The current level of popularity enjoyed by the Irish soccer team was highlighted by a message that I received in the aftermath of their abject 4-1 sur(...)

Women draw tickets during the Irish Hospitals Sweep Hurdle draw (sweepstakes) at Ballsbridge in Dublin in January 1986.Photograph: Paddy Whelan

Margaret Thatcher told Peter Mandelson “you can’t trust the Irish; they’re all liars”. That was a bit harsh, maybe. But we’re certainly not above the (...)

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(...)

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