Joey Barton:  banned for 18 months after he admitted to  placing over 15,000 bets across a range of sports since 2004, including 1,260 on football. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

The more obsessed and consumed we are with elite sport, the less active we’ve become

Fans interfere with the scoreboard during the All-Ireland under-21 final of 2002. Galway defeated Dublin by 0-15 to 0-7. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin and Galway will bring down the curtain on the most competitive of GAA competitions

Dublin’s Cillian O’Shea made his breakthrough at under-21 level. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cillian O’Shea and his team-mates face Galway in historic game in Tullamore

Polish native Lukasz Kirszenstein has also worked with Irish women’s rugby team and with Munster rugby academy. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Polish strength and conditioning coach switched to Tribesmen from All-Ireland winners

Galway captain David Burke celebrates with the Division One trophy, with his neice and nephew. Photograph: Inpho

David Burke: ‘Getting up for games all the time, can be hard. We’ve to be on our guard’

Brendan O’Neill, at the back of the three runners, taking part in the R3 Race across the  Grand Canyon.

Brendan O’Neill took on a scorching endurance run that’s all about the finishing, not the time

Conor Cooney: back hurling with confidence  after a spate of injuries which sidelined him on and off for 18 months. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In-form forward now injury-free and looking forward to league final against Tipperary

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin: Fitzgerald’s pitch incursion “crossed the line”.  Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Even if Fitzgerald gets a sideline ban, Shefflin believes his presence will still be felt

Liam Sheedy: “You don’t win All-Irelands in April.”Andrew Paton/Inpho

All-Ireland victors in mood to double up on silverware ahead of championship campaign

 Galway’s Aidan Harte and Tipperary’s Noel McGrath at the Allianz Hurling League Division One final preview at Croke Park. Photograph:   Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Classy Tipperary forward expecting another close battle against old rivals Galway

Galway’s Aidan Harte: “We’re not looking past Sunday . . . Will it define our season if we lose the game? Probably not.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway corner back looks forward to challenge posed by free-scoring Tipperary forwards

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty with Daithí Burke of Galway during the semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Confident Tribesmen show their ample experience to secure showdown with Tipperary

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes in action against  Adrian Tuohy of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tribesmen run out 10-point winners at the Gaelic Grounds

Rob Heffernan at City Hall in Cork with his bronze  medal from the    London Olympic  50km walk. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cork man Rob Heffernan has the chance to compete in a record sixth Olympics

Cork cyclist Eddie Dunbar won the under-23 race at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium – a  gruelling 168km contest with some of world’s  best young riders

New generation of cyclists deserve more recognition for their achievements

Lydia Gurley in action on the velodrome. “I think any of the coaching staff will tell you the only reason I’m still here is because I just wouldn’t go away. I just stuck at it.”

Irish team travel to World Championships in Hong Kong with high hopes of medals

Limerick’s Michael Casey and David Dempsey: “The mood is hopeful that we can transform the U-21 and minor successes over the last two or three years into senior level,” said Dempsey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League final place beckons if they can avenge narrow defeat to Galway in last round proper

Jonnny Glynn  in action for Galway against  Tipperary in the 2015 All-Ireland sem-final. The forward spent last season in New York. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pádraic Mannion says return of team-mate to intercounty action is a real boost

Declan O’Keeefe has  escaped most of the hype around the county, but there’ll be no masking the Wexford support in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Diarmuid O’Keeffe says Wexford always had the players as they prepare to face Tipperary

Lydia Gurley will compete in the women’s scratch race

Lydia Gurley will be the first to compete for Ireland in Hong Kong

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill congratulates Galway’s Seán Armstrong: Sunday’s two-point defeat  extends Kildare’s losing record against Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Sunday’s second consecutive defeat to Galway raises questions for Kildare

 Jim Gavin: Dublin manager felt his side made too many errors against Kerry. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin manager’s selection for Allianz League final appeared formidable at first glance

Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry brought Dublin’s 36-match unbeaten run to an end at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

AFL final win over Dublin significant regardless of managers suggesting otherwide

Jim Gavin congratulates Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice after the game in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager praises Kerry as he laments his own side’s carelessness in possession

Kildare’s Fionn Dowling challenges Galway’s  Johnny Heaney during the Tribesmen’s Division Two final win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Galway

Tribesman crowned Division Two champions to end 16-year winless streak at HQ

Dustin Johnson  has never admitted to drug offences because he doesn’t need to: such is the nontransparent anti-doping code on  PGA Tour. Photograph: Tannen Maury/Epa

Of 1,003 Sports Ireland tests in 2016, only one – in Irish Ladies Golf Union – was in golf

 Kerry’s Shane Enright: ready to face the challenge of Dublin head on in Croke Park.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Allianz League final against Dublin as chance for Kerry’s youngsters to test themselves

Rob Heffernan was awarded retrospective Olympic 50km racewalk bronze from London 2012. The event could be removed from the athletics programme. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rob Heffernan could be denied the chance to compete at a record sixth Olympics

Ireland’s boxers, including Michael Conlan, failed to win any medals in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sport Irealnd cut high performance grant from €900,000 to €700,000

Cavan’s Dara McVeety celebrates scoring a goal in the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Seanie Johnston’s late free earns valuable point for home side

Dublin manager Jim Gavin on the sidelines during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One game against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘We got a good performance here, but we didn’t get the complete one'

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes is tackled by  David Murray of Roscommon during the Allianz League Division One game at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side extend their unbeaten league and championship run to 35 games

Davy Fitzgerald and his Wexford charges will not be letting up against Laois on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Clare gathering momentum and should have edge over Derek McGrath’s side in Ennis

Athlete Ciara Mageean speaking at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 on Thursday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

Irish 1,500m runner Ciara Mageean says ‘No I wouldn’t, definitely not’

 In attentance at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 were (from left) Caroline Murphy, chairperson, Anti Doping Committee, Sport Ireland; John Treacy, chief executive , Irish Sports Council; Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; Dr Una May, Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, and Siobhan Leonard, Sport Ireland Anti-Doping manager.  Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Just 4 of 1,003 doping tests carried out by Sport Ireland resulted in rule violation

Irish boxer Michael O’Reilly (red) failed an out-of-competition drugs test just before the Rio Olympics last year. Photograph: Ilyas Gun/Inpho.

Results of Sports Ireland’s latest doping survey are properly disturbing

The Dublin team at last year’s Senior All-Ireland final. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Dublin-Mayo clash ahead of Dublin-Roscommon mens ‘promises to be a great game’

Brian Cody: “As far as we’re concerned, Brian Cody will always be up there. No matter what happens from here on,” says Eddie Keher. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny legend says manager’s achievements will never be repeated in any county

Dublin’s Dean Rock scores a point from a free kick against Mayo in the Allianz League. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Free-taking forward has played in every game of Dublin’s unbeaten run

Derek McGrath: “I’m such an obsessive character. First thing in the morning I tend to think about hurling.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford boss has taken break from teaching after he felt his standards were slipping

Waterford manager Derek McGrath with Cork manager Kieran Kingston after the recent league clash at Walsh Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford manager joins calls for the revamping of both main hurling competitions

Colm Cooper of Dr. Crokes scores a goalas they beat Slaughtneil to claim the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star to decide future in coming days after win over Derry side Slaughtneil

“It used to get him bad tempered and act down said his wife. He used to pick on me. But now he’s stopped he’s much better in our sex life and in our general life.” Photograph: Murray Close/Getty Images

Not many people noticed massive dose of anabolic steroids seized in Donegal

Representing Ireland should require some basic knowledge of Irish sport, right?

Kerry’s Killian Young in action against Dublin’s Shane Carty in the last league or championship game Dublin lost  – in Killarney in March 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry stalwart keen for Kingdom to register an overdue win over Dublin in Tralee

Down’s Conor Maginn and Derry’s Conor Nevin in action in the National Football League Division Two. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Fermanagh prop up the table and yet remain only four points adrift of the Lillywhites

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly  gets away from David Noonan of Glen Rovers during the Munster hurling club final in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tony Kelly’s outfit are riding a wave of momentum ahead of All-Ireland club final

 Oisín Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte lift the trophy after Cuala’s  Leinster club final win over O’Loughlin Gaels at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Schuttes, O’Callaghans and Treacys now bidding for historic All-Ireland club success

Mattie Donnelly played an attacking role for Tyrone in their  Football League Division One win over Cavan at  Healy Park on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Loss of Connor McAliskey to long-term injury will not hold Tyrone back

Lee Chin has qualified comments he made about his experience with the Vancouver   Canucks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford hurler had talked openly about his spell with the Vancouver Canucks

Kevin Mulcaire: “How many Irish juniors actually go on to achieve something? It’s so easy to get lost in Ireland.” Photograph: Inpho

Kevin Mulcaire the latest to slip through the cracks in the Irish athletics system

Lee Chin features in The Toughest Trade this Friday at 10:35pm on RTÉ2. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Wexford hurler says fighting part of the game while drinking culture is tolerated

Lee Chin swapped places with former Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Alex Auld for AIB’s Toughest Trade. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘They were lowering pints the day before a game, and that was sitting at lunch,’ he said

Danielle Hill in action during 200m backstroke heats at the European Championships at  London Aquatics Centre in 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The Belfast swimmer broke the national 50 metres freestyle record at the age of just 17

 Cian O’Callaghan: “We had a 13-week gap, between the Leinster final and the semi-final, which I suppose is unheard of in any other sport.” Photograph:    Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Fixtures chaos ensures Cuala defender is unable to fulfil UCD and Dublin duties

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly, left, and Cian O’Callaghan from Cuala ahead of their clash in the AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Hurler of the Year: ‘If the Super 8 were to come into the hurling I’d be a fan of it’

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had to drop out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Photo: Inpho

The 1,500m runner was the great medal hope in Belgrade but withdrew during the final

Tempers flare between both sets of players during the Allianz League Division 1A clash between Kilkenny and Cork. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

An assured performance from the Cats saw them ease past Cork and answer the critics

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after dropping out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish runner struggled after her heat yesterday and dropped out with two laps to go

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth in her heat and qualifying for the European Indoor 1,500m final . Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish athlete glad to get through in European Indoors, despite illness affecting performance

Coach Alberto Salazar with athletes Mo Farah (right) and Galen Rupp. Photograph: PA.

Wada consider reinstating world’s favourite stimulant to banned substance list

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after finishing fourth on Friday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

John Travers saw his chances of qualifying disappear after he heard a re-start gun

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean competing in the 1,500m at the Rio Olympics last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Portaferry native getting over all difficulties to give her best at European Indoor Championships

Ciara Neville of Emerald AC (number 72) will make her senior debut for Ireland in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Ciara Mageean is the leading hope of the team of 10 travelling out to Serbia

Brian Cody: “I wouldn’t say we are in a difficult place. We’re in a difficult league. It is a competitive league.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kilkenny manager will continue to ‘bed in younger players’ despite two league defeats

 Michael Murphy trained with Clermont Auvergne as part of  AIB’s ‘The Toughest Trade’ airing at 9.30pm on Wednesday the 1st of March on RTÉ2. Photograph:   Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Courtesy and welcome within Top 14’s side professional environment surprised him

Michael Murphy in action against Dublin in the Allianz League.  The Donegal forward says the pace of the competition has risen over the past few years. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal forward says issue is ‘demoralising’ for intercounty and club players

 Television commentator and former Wales player Shane Williams: “I have no idea what happened in the second half. Scotland frustrated Wales.” Photograph: Getty Images

Former Wales winger reflects on his week with Donegal’s Michael Murphy

“There may be a slight increase in the number of games [broadcast] but it’ll be limited,” says GAA director-general Páraic Duffy. Photograph: Inpho.

Duffy says more games could be broadcast but there will be no change in financial terms

Tempers flared during the 2015 league meeting between Kerry and Dublin in Killarney. The sides meet in Tralee on March 18th this year. Photograph:   Cathal Noonan/Inpho

A win for Jim Gavin’s team over Mayo on Saturday would set up intriguing encounter

The International Olympic Committee is left with only two candidate cities for the 2024 Olympics – Paris and Los Angeles – after Budapest, Boston, Hamburg and Rome dropped out of the race. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Olympics are a poisoned brand few cities want to touch – where do they go from here?

 Páraic Duffy:  as chairman of the intercounty work group, 17 years ago, he successfully introduced the most radical reform in the history of the GAA’s championship. Photograph: Donall Farmer

GAA director general aims to pilot through biggest reform to championship since 2000

GAA director general Páraic Duffy. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

70% of membership against proposed reform to football championship

The GAA Annual Congress will take place in Croke Park this year. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Donegal and Wexford will voice unanimous opposition to Páraic Duffy’s plan

 Club Players’ Association chairman Michael Briody: “We have called the GAA to take on board other stakeholders’ views.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Association remains emphatically opposed to proposed football championship changes

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Ciara Mageean hoping to repeat or improve on European bronze medal at 1,500m

Ciara Mageean of UCD AC with her gold medal after winning the 3000m at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Transfer of allegiance now suiting Ireland as shown at new National Indoor Arena

“And that is the magic of cycling: the simple forward motion from the power in your legs treats you to great bursts of freedom.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Cycling on the open road has its own gentle rush and slow thrill

Darren O’Sullivan: the Kerry star will spearhead Glenbeigh-Glencar’s bid for the All-Irlenad Junior title against Tyrone side The Rock.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Kerry star Darran O’Sullivan bidding to add an All-Ireland junior medal to his honours' list

Ciara Mageean: finished fifth in the 1500m at the Athlone International Indoor meeting. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Romanian Claudia Bobocea runs a personal best of of 4:08.19 as she secures victory

Liam Rushe: “These lads have the same route to travel. Ger [Cunningham] has given them the rope. It’s up to them to seize their opportunity.”  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Captain says young guns must grab their chance as Dublin face tough trip to Cork

Wexford hurler Lee Chin: “I’m not worrying about injury. Obviously I just hope I come back in one piece.” Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Wexford’s finest heads to Canada to train with professional NHL team Vancouver Canucks

Shane Carthy of St Vincent’s  is put under pressure by the Slaughtneil trio of  Christopher Bradley, Keelan Feeney and Patsy Bradley  during the All-Ireland club semi-final at Pairc Esler, Newry. Photograph: Inpho

Derry champions already in football final while the hurlers face Cuala in the semi-final

Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer and Paddy Smyth tackle Aidan McCormack of Tipperary during their Allianz League clash. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The All-Ireland champions picked up exactly where they left off at GAA headquarters

Eamonn Coghlan winning the Wanamaker Mile in New York in  1977. Photograph:  William N. Jacobellis/New York Post Archives /via Getty Images)

Bernard Ibirogba and Emily Kelly get the chance to compete at world famous event

 Sarah Keane is congratulated after being elected as the new president of the Olympic Council of Ireland during their EGM at the Conrad Hotel in Dublin. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Swim Ireland chief executive wins overwhelming majority of vote at EGM

Willie O’Brien: worked closely with Pat Hickey and has been involved with the  OCI for 21 years. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile/Getty

Former competitive archer has long been regarded as a Pat Hickey loyalist

Pat Hickey was president of the Olympic Council of Ireland from 1989. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Who is favourite; how will the vote work; who has a vote and what will it take to win a seat

 Cian Dillon at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Banner County begin defence of their league title away to Cork on Saturday night

Tipperary’s Seamus Callinan:  “Sometimes you won’t score as much as you do in other days, but you have to take that too. Once you’re enjoying the game, that’s the main thing.” Photograph: Inpho

Winner of All-Star in 2016 says Tipperary want to continue last year's success

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald at the Allianz Hurling League launch in Croke Park. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Former Clare manager has mellowed but his passion for competition is still unmistakable

Pat Hickey will play no role in Thursday night’s vote to replace him as OCI president. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

71-year-old: ‘Time has now come to pass the Irish Olympic torch to a new generation’

Richie Hogan scored 11 points as Kilkenny edged out Galway to secure a 20th Walsh Cup. Photograph: Inpho/Tommy Dickson

Ever-reliable Richie Hogan slots 11 points to see Brian Cody’s Cats home at Nowlan Park

Mick Clohisey in the marathon in Rio. “I’ve seen some pictures of myself in Rio, and can’t believe how bad I look.” Photograph: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Ron Hill clocked up over 150,000 miles, the equivalent of running six times around the world

Dublin’s Rory O’Carroll is currently living in New Zealand. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All Star full-back is expected to remain in New Zealand until after the summer

 Peter Crowley will continue as Kerry captain for the time being. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Roscommon manager Kevin McStay names two debutants to take on Tyrone

Last year’s Ice Mile swim in Lough Dan.

Sixteen half mad swimmers will attempt the Ice Mile in Lough Dan this Saturday

Sports agent now represents the interests of best-known figures from a range of sports

 Wicklow manager Johnny Magee watches his side play Carlow in the All Ireland Senior Championship last year. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Manager feels his county would benefit from a more liberal cross-border agreement

There are three candidates to succeed Pat Hickey as president of the OCI. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

Willie O’Brien, Sarah Keane and Bernard O’Byrne the candidates to replace Pat Hickey

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