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FAI chief executive John Delaney  at the Ireland-Denmark game. The association would have been guaranteed about €6.8 million in prize money for participating at the tournament. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ireland’s defeat to Denmark on Tuesday night represents a significant blow to the FAI as it continues its long-running battle to clear the huge burden(...)

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium: Winning the bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup would bring a potential economic windfall of €1.5 billion. Photograph: ©INPHO/James Crombie
Answering Ireland’s call

Two Irish teams will do battle for the 2023 Rugby World Cup: the starting XV on the pitch; off it, an organising group hoping to land hosting rights. (...)

Shane Long, Rob Elliott, Daryl Horgan and John O’Shea in good spirits during the Republic of Ireland squad training session  in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jon Walters looks set to make it safely into the travelling party for this weekend’s World Cup qualifier in Georgia. Jeff Hendrick may yet be fit in(...)

Cork celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup after their victory in 2015. The All-Ireland camogie final has been designated free to air. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The All-Ireland senior women’s Gaelic football and camogie finals have been designated as free-to-air events for Irish television viewers. In a boost(...)

Martin O’Neill: “We’ve four games left and we have to get points on the board. But we think we can do it.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill says he still believes that the qualification and play-off slots from Ireland’s World Cup group will come d(...)

South Korea’s players take part in a training session for World Cup qualifier against China on Thursday. South Korea’s embassy in Beijing has issued a safety warning to  fans planning to attend the match amid heightening tensions between the two countries. Photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

South Korea’s embassy in Beijing has issued a safety warning to football fans planning to attend this week’s World Cup qualifier against China, amid a(...)

 Robbie Brady is nominated for both the senior and young international player awards. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady tops the list of nominations for this weekend’s FAI awards with the 25-year-old making the shortlist for both the seni(...)

Lollipop questioning: Páraic Duffy, John Delaney and Philip Browne. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

To the national parliament, where the heads of the country’s three biggest sporting bodies got a demonstration of how not to run a committee meeting. (...)

Muhammad Ali: accidental boxer was ranked the greatest athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated magazine. Photograph: Getty Images

The Greatest Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) Born Cassius Marcellus Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, the son of a house painter, the man who would change h(...)

EA’s current licence agreement with Fifa only runs for five more years. Photograph: Getty Images

Jan Tian stood in nervous silence in the departure hall of Beijing Capital International Airport. Beside him, his sister held an envelope containing a(...)

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