Thomas Flynn of Galway slips the challenge of Tipperary’s George Hannigan during the game at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, Co Offaly. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Tribesmen dispatch inexperienced rivals with brace of goals either side of break

Cork manager Brian Cuthbert: “We were under so much pressure, coming into this match, we just had to win it, by hook or by crook.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Impressive performance bodes well for crunch game in Croke Park

After two years battling against adversity Ciara Mageean  showed up in Santry last Sunday, glided around for three laps, then kicked down the backstretch to win the Irish 1,500m title in 4:15.35 – “full of running”, as her coach Jerry Kiernan would say. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Both athletes have had to overcome major setbacks before achieving track success

Cork manager Brian Cuthbert rings the changes for the meeting with Sligo. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers – Round 4A previews

 Galway manager Alan Mulholland, left: “We were disappointed with our performance in the Connacht final but we believe we have learned a lot from that game and our preparation for the Tipperary match has been very good.”. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Both sides stick with the same starting 15s for qualifers

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper at the Mansion House for the All-Ireland Series launch: “A lot of emphasis would be placed on discipline, on and off the pitch. Jim [Gavin] makes that very clear . . ” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Corner back says boss Jim Gavin won’t tolerate indiscipline and points to the fact the team has yet to receive a black card

Wexford goalkeeper Mark Fanning in action. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Veteran of All-Ireland win over Limerick in 1996 acting as a goalkeeping coach for manager Liam Dunne

In attendance at the launch of the  All-Ireland Series, from left, Robert Hennelly, Mayo, Dublin’s Jonny Cooper,  Karl Lacey, Donegal (with the Sam Maguire cup), and Kerry’s James O’Donoghue at  St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. Photo:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

All Star says the only currency that counts in Kerry is All-Ireland winner’s medals

Defender Liam Rushe, right, has put the Dublin hurlers’ poor Leinster final showing against Kilkenny down to abandoning their original game plan in the face of intense Kilkenny pressure. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Defender hoping Leinster final walloping by Kilkenny will ultimately force the team to regain competitive edge

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