George Best

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Barcelona’s Lionel Messi: rather than standards slipping, it is in fact the rising median which only makes it all the harder for even exceptional talent to stand out. Photograph: Pau Barrena/AFP/Getty Images.

Nostalgia can make liars of us all and sporting nostalgia is a particularly seductive invitation to believe what we want. That it’s relatively harmle(...)

1 Grace O’Malley (1530-1603) The Abbey, Clare Island, Co Mayo Pirate queen and warrior princess, clan chieftain and matriarch, Grace O’Malley had (...)

Caroline Aherne after winning a  BAFTA award for best comedy performance for The Royle Family in 2000. Photograph:  Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Caroline Aherne created many memorable characters in her career, which has been cut short by cancer at the age of 52. She rose to national attentio(...)

Ryan Giggs in action against Oldham Athletic at Boundary Park on St Stephen’s Day 1991 during his debut season in Manchester United’s first team. Photograph:  PA Wire.

The departure of Ryan Giggs from Manchester United breaks one of the club’s strongest remaining links with the glorious Alex Ferguson era. For two de(...)

Northern Ireland’s goalkeeper Michael McGovern dives for the ball at the Parc des Princes. Photo: Getty Images

Germany 1 Northern Ireland 0 On one hot sticky summer’s eve in Paris, when toil and perspiration were more in evidence than local chic, Northern Irel(...)

The lobby of the Imperial Hotel, Cork, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. Photograph: Flynn Hotels

Napoleon was settling into his first full year of exile on St Helena, Rossini’s Barber of Seville premiered in Rome and in Cork a group of merchants s(...)

 The Rubberbandits. Blindboy:  ‘When I was 10, Jack Charlton took me fishing out the side of a helicopter, up in Carrick on Shannon. I’d won a competition off the back of a packet of Odlums bran that belonged to my uncle Caviar. I’d never heard of Jack Charlton, only had him described to me by other children.’  Photograph: Dave Meehan

Paul Howard, writer/creator of Ross O’Carroll-Kelly Football is the game of the people. It’s played everywhere in the world. I know we get excited ar(...)

Adrian Doherty of Manchester United in 1990 in Manchester, England. Photograph: Manchester United FC/Getty Images

It seemed like an idea to start this in the Ponderosa on the Glenshane Pass. We were there a few weeks ago, eating champ, my daft mate telling stories(...)

 Frank Worthington in 1973 when he was with Leicester City. Photograph:  PA Wire

Frank Worthington’s daughter has questioned whether heading heavy leather footballs could have played a part in her father developing Alzheimer’s dise(...)

Over the years I’d pluck a name from the mind’s eye to describe a young player. We all do. Once in a blue moon I’d nudge Noel O’Reilly, my late partner in crime, and nod towards a tall, languid boy with every skill under the sun, “bit of Cruyff about him .  . .”

Up until 1974 Ireland never feared Holland. We were always expected to beat them. But that World Cup changed perceptions. Back then European teams we(...)

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