Paul Mcgrath

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Richard Dunne: “Retiring from international football has been an extremely difficult decision for me to make.”

After 14 years as Ireland’s last line of defence, Richard Dunne has decided that the time is right to bring down the curtain on his international care(...)

When the ball was at Wes Hoolahan’s feet against Portugal in the recent friendly at Meadowlands, one could relax and hope that just maybe, something thrilling and special was going to happen. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The sight of Wes Hoolahan out there on the field in Meadowlands said it all. There were few green shirts on the trains leaving Penn Station for Mead(...)

Brazil’s Neymar practising his free-kick technique at the Arena de Sao Paulo ahead of the hosts’ World Cup opener against Croatia. Photo: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

It may be hard to imagine Brazil kicking off this World Cup against Croatia without a certain amount of swagger.But don’t be entirely surprised if thi(...)

Jacqueline O’Brien with  Vincent O’Brien and the then president Mrs Mary Robinson. Photograph: Alan Betson

Some things really get on my goat, one of them being arguments about the Goat, or greatest of all time. These disputes invariably descen(...)

Ted McCoy won the RTÉ sports person of the year award. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was way, way back in January that Ted Walsh said of the four-legged athlete Benefficient, “there are days when he looks a helluva horse, and there (...)

 Tony McCoy was crowned 2013 Sports Person of the Year. Photograph: David Davies/PA

Tony McCoy was crowned the 2013 RTÉ Sports Person of the Year on Saturday night.The 18-times British champion jockey created further history in Novem(...)

John Joe Nevin, an Olympic boxing silver medal winner, has been given the benefit of the Probation Act after pleading guilty to public order offences. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times.

Olympian John Joe Nevin has been given the benefit of the Probation Act for public order offences after he agreed to give a boxing masterclass to youn(...)

Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez celebrates his goal against Norwich City with Ashley Young (R). Photograph: Darren Staples/Reuters.

A number of former Manchester United players have accused Ashley Young of diving in the wake of last night’s 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad.The England (...)

 Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni.  Photograph:  David Davies/PA Wire

Niall Quinn has called for long-term investment in the Irish game if the Republic are to avoid being cast into the international wilderness.Giovanni (...)

Nikos Michaloliakos, leader of Golden Dawn, last month referred to two Greek citizens, sons of Nigerian immigrants, as “chimpanzees”. Photograph: John Kolesidis/Reuters

A report in these columns in July that an Italian senator had referred to the black Italian minister for integration as an “orangutan” should not give(...)

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