Ireland’s Troy Parrott with assistant manager Robbie Keane after being substituted. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

It all worked out grand in the end, but let Thursday night be a lesson to all of us, especially Jim Beglin - never, ever chortle at the quality of tea(...)

Ireland manager Mick McCarthy with his assistant Robbie Keane after the game. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All week we were being told that our boys had never, in our entire international history, qualified for a major tournament with a game to spare. Like(...)

Tony O’Donoghue was in his first year at UCC and, at 17, was ‘really still a child’ when he lost my dad, says the sports commentator.

More than 3,500 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in Ireland every year and, while it is a fairly common occurrence, it has a very good survival (...)

  Robbie Brady  scores Ireland’s second goal. Photograph; James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland’s team bus breaking down on the way to the stadium wasn’t the most auspicious of starts to the evening, ominous even, although you would imagi(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy: “I’d love to have turned everybody on with some sexy football but, ultimately, we have won the game.”

Mick McCarthy knows who his reliables are. They have not changed. Nor will they. Seamus Coleman is the leader, followed in times of trouble by James M(...)

 Shane Duffy celebrates scoring Ireland’s equaliser against Denmark. Photograph:   Bradley Collyer/PA Wire

The schedulers really didn’t help us on this one, turning our Friday evening in to the telly equivalent of rush hour on the M50. Not only did the open(...)

Philippe Coutinho scores Barcelona’s  third goal during the  Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United at the Nou Camp. Photograph: Susana Vera/Reuters

By the 20th minute Manchester United were in need of a comeback of Tiger-ish proportions after the Messi Man thrust a stake in to their Champions Leag(...)

Darren Randolph collects tennis balls during Ireland’s win over Georgia. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s hard to know where to start, really. Although a particular highlight was that heated half-time debate about tennis balls, with Stephen Kelly stu(...)

The ball goes into the Ireland supporters during the Euro  2020  qualifying match against  Gibraltar at the Victoria Stadium. Photograph: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

It was, said Jim Beglin, “the kind of game where you have to keep your high balls low”, the gustiness of the conditions necessitating at least an effo(...)

Don’t look back: New Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy during the press conference at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Lest you had any doubts that you’re not getting any younger, Friday night and Sunday afternoon’s TV viewing was a chilling enough reminder that the ye(...)

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