Liam Dunne: “The blame comes back to me but there has to be consequences for players as well. We will be seeing the start of some fellas’ careers and the end of others’.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny drubbing leaves manager looking for big improvement against Cork

Ger Cunningham: the Dublin manager may be tempted to rejig his side following the heavy defeat by Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Ger Cunningham’s side aiming to bounce back after the shock of Galway hiding

Antrim manager Frank Fitzsimons. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Even without Ryan McCluskey they should win all-Ulster battle

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald: his charges take on Offaly in the first round of the All-Ireland senior hurling qualifers. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clare set to win first hurling championship match since All-Ireland final replay of 2013

Joe Canning no longer has to carry Galway forward line on his shoulders. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian Cody can rely on all his players to hit their marks and it should see them through

Roscommon’s Cathal Shine is an injury doubt for match against Cavan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Terry Hyland’s men can overturn bad run of results against team from Connacht

Kildare manager John Ryan reacts late on in their defeat to Dublin. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey look at the weekend’s action

Westmeath’s Paul Sharry celebrates with John Egan and David Lynch at the final whistle in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Thrilling comeback gives underdogs their first win over neighbours

Donegal’s Colm McFadden tries to evade Niall Holly and Oisin Duffy at Clones. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Monaghan await in final for third year in row, with one win apiece for each county

Martin O’Reilly scores  Donegal’s goal in the Ulster SFC semi-final against Derry at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Derry’s failure to take chances leaves McIver wondering what might have been

Andriú MacLochlainn disputes referee Cormac Reilly’s decision to award a free to Bernard Brogan and Dublin in the dying moments of the Leinster semi-final in 2011. Kildare moved on to the qualifiers and did not get a second bite at their rivals that year. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster champions hot favourites but four years ago only a disputed free separated teams

Down’s Donal O’Harewho looks to be fit again,  battles against Derry’s Dermot McBride and Sean Leo McGoldrick during the Ulster quarter-finalat  Celtic Park, Derry. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 1B – Wexford v Down, Wexford Park, 6.30

 Kieran McGeeney’s Armagh side take on Wicklow at the Athletic Grounds with victory likely. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland SFC Qualifier Round 1B – Armagh v Wicklow, Athletic Grounds, 2.30

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Rory Gallagher’s side look too settled, too experienced and too in tune to be stopped

A view of Sunday’s game at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin reflect on the performances of John O’Dwyer and Dick Clerkin

Malachy O’Rourke spoke for the first time about the two-year ban given to former Monaghan county panellist Thomas Connolly last week. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Malachy O’Rourke calls for more education after Monaghan player’s two-year drugs ban

Monaghan’s Neil McAdam tries to get his shot away despite the attentions of Paul McCusker and Ciaran Flaherty of Fermanagh during the   Ulster SFC semi-final at Breffni Park. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Malachy O’Rourke’s side through to third straight Ulster decider

Cyril Donnellan: will be aiming to cause problems for Laois at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Leinster SHC semi-final, Tullamore, Saturday, 5pm - Live Sky Sports 5

Sligo footballers will be looking to forward Mark Breheny to unlock the Roscommon defence in the Connacht SFC game at Markievicz Park. Photograph: Sportsfile.

Connacht SFC Semi-final, Marrkievicz Park, Saturday, 7pm - Sky Sports 5

Donie Kingston scores a goal for Laois during the county’s defeat to Kildare in the Leinster SFC. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/ Inpho.

Last chance saloon for footballers of four counties

Weeshie Fogarty: the voice of Kerry football on Radio Kerry. “In Kerry I would have no hesitation in saying that people’s priorities go like this – family first, Kerry football second and maybe religion third.” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Commentators across the country have become the voices of the GAA and their communities

Mayo beat rivals Galway in front of a packed Pearse Stadium on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Malachy Clerkin and Gavin Cummiskey with the weekend’s main talking points

Tipperary’s Michael Quinlivan battles with Mark Griffin during Kerry’s Munster Championship semi-final win. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland champions race out of blocks in second half and into the Munster final

Kildare manager Jason Ryan and Laois manager Tomas O’Flatharta shake hands  at the final whistle of last weekend’s draw

Laois could live to regret not closing out last week’s game when they had the advantage

Cork’s Daniel Goulding, Paul Kerrigan and Noel Galvin reflect after the Division One final loss to Dublin in the spring.

Munster SFC semi-final, Sunday, Páirc Uí Rinn, 4pm

Colm Cooper will make his first start since the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final as Kerry face  Tipperary

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has picked team of players who will be out to prove themselves

Wicklow manager Johnny Magee. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Even with such a devastating injury list Royals still look too strong

Lee Chin: player has made the move to Wexford’s hurling side alongside Daithí Waters. The footballers have suffered, no point pretending otherwise.  Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The loss of Daithí Waters, Lee Chin shows balance of power has shifted to Dunne’s side

German-born band leader James Last conducts his big band during the German TV show “Willkommen bei Carmen Nebel”. Photo: Kerstin Joensson/AP

Malachy Clerkin charts the story of the famous tune

Liam Rushe can’t keep fighting fires for Dublin all over the park. Photo: Cathal Noone/Inpho

Dublin’s hurlers all at sea . . . hurling’s hottest rivalry continues to give . . . Bradley proves his worth to Derry

Waterford scorer-in-chief Maurice Shanahan. Photograph:  Inpho/James Crombie

McGrath says it’s time county abandoned its defeatist attitude

Derek McGrath celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Inpho/James Crombie

‘We’re just trying to improve. It sounds monotonous, but that’s where we are’

The scoreboard in Tullamore shows Galway leading Dublin 3-9 to 0-1 in the first half. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Early hat-trick sets tone as Galway leave shell-shocked Dubs with far too much to do

Pauric Mahony: Waterford will have to do without one of the game’s top free-takers when they take on Cork in the Munster senior hurling semi-final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford are without a player who has contributed one third of their scores in the league

Dublin’s Conal Keaney tackles Joe Canning. Galway will be looking for more from the gifted Portumna star in the replay at Tullamore. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If Joe Canning can deliver, Tribesmen can put up a score Dublin will struggle to match

It has been a mixed eight days for  hurling’s Cunningham clan. Photograph: Inpho

Seán Moran, Gavin Cummiskey and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Johnny Coen of Galway tussles with Dublin’s Mark Schutte during yesterday’s Leinster SHC quarter-final clash at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Capital’s footballers continue their inevitable march with 27-point hammering of Longford

Dublin’s Paul Flynn scores a goal despite the efforts of Cian Farrelly and Dermot Brady of Longford during the Leinster SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side were 1-5 to no score up after eight minutes in one-sided affair

Longford’s Barry Gilleran and manager Jack Sheedy celebrate the championship victory over Offaly at Tullamore. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tomorrow is their first championship game in Croke Park in a decade

Shane O’Donnell found himself outnumbered too often to hurt Limerick.

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin with the main talking points from the weekend

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke watches  from the sideline of Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Monaghan manager happy to get win after Ulster Championship clash goes down to wire

Conor McManus scored seven points for Monaghan as they pipped rivals Cavan at Breffni Park. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster favourites turn to the bench to help them pass tough examination from rivals

Roscommon manager John Evans has no significant injury concerns ahead of his side’s clash with London at Ruislip. Photograph: Tommy Greally/Inpho.

Expect John Evans’s side to leap Ruislip hurdle with ease

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin is likely to be given the task of  curbing Gearóid McKiernan’s influence in the Cavan midfield.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Malachy O’Rourke’s side need to get over high expectations to finally live up to favourite’s tag

Cavan’s Eugene Keating locks horns with Kieran Duffy and Drew Wylie of Monaghan in the Ulster Championship two years. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

For as long as there has been football, there has been enmity between counties

Louth’s Declan Byrne celebrates scoring a point in the first half of the Leinster SFC first-round game against Westmeath at  the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Callum McCormack, Shane Dempsey and Ray Connellan on the mark in Drogheda

Ronan McEntire of Longford competes for the ball with Offaly’s Johnny Moloney during the Leinster SFC first-round match at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Pat Flanagan left frustrated after Jack Sheedy’s side overturn seven-point deficit

Paul Sharry returns at wing forward for Westmeath. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Return of James Dolan and Paul Sharry can tilt the balance for the midlanders

Offaly’s go-to forward Niall McName will line out for his 13th championship this summer. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Offaly forward reached depths of despair – but the toughest road was the one to recovery

Longford’s Brian Kavanagh gets ahead of Johnny Moloney of Offaly during the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round game at Pearse Park on May 18th, 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Visiting side have yet to win a championship match against their hosts in Tullamore and are unlikely to break their duck

Ross Munnelly, who with the Kingston brothers makes up a dependable inside forward line for Laois, who take on Carlow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tómas Ó Flatharta’s charges have edge in experience in Leinster championship clash

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan was last year’s Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The 2014 Hurler of the Year played a key role in Kilkenny’s All-Ireland success

Wherever you are, get ready for All-Ireland championship

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

The Banner were like a boulder that landed from a clear blue sky

Tony McCoy is overcome with emotion after coming third on Box Office at Sandown Park Racecourse in  the final race of his career. Photograph:  Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images

Everyone likes to win and most people want to win – but the legendary jockey needed it

Cork and Dublin managers Brian Cuthbert and Jim Gavin shake hands after the Allianz Football League Division One  final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin manager’s thoughts quickly turn to summer goals after defeating Cork in Allianz Football League Division One final

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Champions miss hatful of chances and still cruise home, while Cork begin postmortem

Waterford manager Derek McGrath at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photo: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Post-match reaction: Waterford v Tipperary

Dublin Manager Dessie Farrell has a  formidable looking side as they prepare to take on Tipperary in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: All-Ireland Under-21 Football semi-final – Dublin v Tipperary, Tullamore, Saturday, 4pm; Roscommon v Tyrone, Markievicz P(...)

Rob O’Shea has been the league’s main discovery for Cork during the  Allianz Hurling League. Photograph: Inpho

Preview: Allianz Hurling League semi-final – Cork v Dublin, Nowlan Park, 2pm , TG4

Michael “Brick” Walsh, seen here during the league match against Galway, is one of Waterford’s more mature players. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Manager is maturing in his roll along with his youthful team who are proving their worth

 Donegal manager Rory Gallagher shakes hands with his Cork counterpart Brian Cuthbert at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Rory Gallagher won’t lose too much sleep over Donegal missing out on the final

Michael Murphy tries to block down Mark Collins during Cork’s victory over Donegal in the national league semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Colm O’Neill scores 2-2 as Brian Cuthbert’s team ensure repeat of 2014 final

Jim Gavin: won’t be entirely put out by another game where his side have to test each brick in the wall to find the loose one. Photo: Ryan Moore/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s men to gain more experience of coping against a blanket defence

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: “This is a team of lads who are working hard and we would believe that we have every opportunity to get wins this summer.”

Eyes turning now to a championship clash with either Carlow or Laois

Rory McIlroy – fell 14 shots behind leader Jordan Spieth after bogeying the first hole. Photograph: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Sky’s holograms no substitute for live coverage of Jordan Speight’s exploits

Jack Nicklaus: Jack dropped in and chewed the fat, benignly allowing Monty and Butch and Paul McGinley kiss his ring.  Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

US Masters care not one jot what the modern sports consumer wants, needs or likes

Paul Geaney: “We showed great character in the games we needed to win or needed to get results in. So that’s a positive to take.”

All-Ireland champions turn thoughts towards preparation for the championship

Kerry’s Colm Cooper: made his first appearance for the Kingdom in 19 months when he came on against Tyrone at Healy Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Late Tyrone equaliser against Kerry ensures Donegal pip Kingdom to a semi-final place

Manager Malachy O’Rourke has engineered a dramatic reversal in the fortunes of the county, with Monaghan having lost just eight out of the last 32 league and championship games since he took over. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Malachy O’Rourke’s side need draw to clinch first league semi-final since 1998

Cormac Costello of Dublin gets by Derry’s Oisín Duffy during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at Croke Park. Dublin won the game by 0-8 to 0-4. Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho.

Still much to play for in all four divisions as league season comes down to wire

  Cork’s  Seamus Harnedy gets away from Wexford’s Daithi Waters and Eoin Conroy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin, Waterford and Tipperary complete semi-final line-up in hurling

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

Shane Long joins growing list of vital late goal scorers alongside Aiden McGeady and John O’Shea

Cormac Costello of Dublin with Oisin Duffy of Derry. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The extra bit of attacking class edges the Leinster champions on in final 10 minutes

Séamus Hickey: “For us, there was pressure on to try and get promoted but when you finish the league it’s easy to leave it behind you. I’m not sure that’s the same if you’re after being relegated.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Quarter-final against Dublin at Croke Park an opportunity to gauge where they stand

Henry Shefflin   announcing his retirement: he deserves to know that he meant something beyond the endless titles and medals and glory he brought to Kilkenny and Ballyhale – although that is what he holds dearest. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Retirement of Henry Shefflin followed by overwhelming and lavish praise

Henry Shefflin won 10 All-Ireland hurling titles with Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

36-year-old Kilkenny centre-forward won 10 All-Ireland titles and 13 Leinster medals

Niamh Briggs with the Six Nations trophy Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

‘We have the potential to keep improving now, I think we’ve shown that,’ says Briggs

Ireland coach Tom Tierney won the championship in his first Six Nations campaign. Photograph: Inpho

Sunday’s 73-3 victory over Scotland secured a stunning second title in three seasons

Dublin’s Shane Durkin challenges with Joe Cooney during his side’s win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho.

Ger Cunningham’s side leave nothing to chance as strong second half seals victory at Parnell Park

Katie Walsh:  ‘I never in my life went down to the start of a race thinking that I was girl in a field of lads.’ Photograph: Spencer Murphy

Katie Walsh, Hayley O’Connor and Jessica Harrington are united by their love of horse racing

Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA: Padraig Harrington waves to the gallery as he walks up to the 17th green during the second play-off hole during the final round of the Honda Classic. Photograph: Peter Casey/USA Today

Famine ends: Ever-popular golfer wins big US tournament for first time in seven years

Tommy O’Donnell is tackled by Billy Vunipola and Richard Wigglesworth after coming on for Seán O’Brien in Ireland’s 19-9 victory against England. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/INPHO

Flanker has contributed more than most in Ireland’s Six Nations success thus far

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor make his first start of the year as his side face Monaghan at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin and Kerry’s clash in Killarney the highlight of the weekend's actions

Irish Times sports journalist Carl O’Malley, who passed away suddenly on Thursday at the age of 36

Father-of-three will be hugely missed by everyone in the paper

Aogán Farrell: his big pitch on the campaign trail  was for clarity and due respect to finally be brought about for club players. Photograph: Inpho.

Dromgoon man’s long and distinguished record of service stretches back 40 years

Shane O’Donnell and Domhnall O’Donovan after winning the 2013 All-Ireland final replay in which O’Donnell scored a hat-trick. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Clare star glad to put celebrity madness and injuries behind him ahead of Cork rematch

Dublin’s Danny Suttcliffe evades  Kieran Bergin of Tipperary during the Dubs Allianz League win. (Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer)

Tipp All Stars soundly beaten as bookies favourites all lose opening top flight Allianz League games

St Vincent’s Ger Brennan with Garrycastle’s Dessie Dolan. “He is an exceptional player for Vincent’s and he’s the one person that makes them tick,” says Dolan. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

All-Ireland champions aim to extend their long unbeaten run at Corofin’s expense

Cork’s Donal Og Hodnett tries to get past Monaghan’s Stephen Gollogly. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

Tyrone record convincing win in Mayo as Kerry see off Derry

Dublin’s Dean Rock played more rugby than football at school and modelled his place-kicking technique on England’s Jonny Wilkinson. photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin forward started only first league game last week and is determined to make up for lost time

Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton and Michael Murphy of Donegal during last year’s All-Ireland Football Championship semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crosbie/Inpho.

Croke Park evening highlight gives capital a chance of revenge for last autumn’s defeat

Dublin’s Kevin McManamon and Odhran Mac Niallais of Donegal will renew battle at Croke Park in their Allianz League Division One clash. Photograph: Inpho

Croke Park are expecting something in the neighbourhood of 25,000 for Dublin v Donegal Division One clash

A long-standing fixture on RTÉ’s rugby panel alongside host Tom McGurk and fellow panellist Brent Pope, George Hook is bowing out (...)

 Conor Ridge (left) of Horizon Sports Management leaving the Four Courts after reaching an agreement with golfer Rory McIlroy’s legal team  on February 4th, 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Deal thought to consist of fees owing, future earnings now lost and general damages

Rory McIlroy and Conor Ridge of Horizon Sports, who have settled their High Course case. Photograph: Getty

Hugs all round as golfer and Horizon Sports reach a settlement

Golfer Rory McIlroy arrives at the High Court in Dublin on Tuesday morning. Photograph: Collins.

If the case is taking a toll, the world’s top golfer is displaying little sign of it

Ireland’s players singing ‘Ireland’s Call’. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Liked by some, loathed by others, Phil Coulter’s song was the answer to enduring problem

Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh in McKenna Cup action recently. The veteran is named at full forward to face Monaghan at Healy Park. Photograph: Inpho

Division One Dublin holders kick off campaign against Cork who have just three home

Donal Óg Cusack: For Coming Out Of The Curve, the documentary he has made for RTÉ, he spent a year travelling to different parts of the world to feel his way around what it is to be gay. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Documentary to air on RTÉ tonight shows sportsman reflecting on what it is to be gay

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