Jim Gavin with the 72-year-old biplane he will be flying at the Bray Air Display. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/Inpho

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Tyrone players celebrate at the final whistle in Clones. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tyrone, Dublin and Galway are champions after a day of provincial finals

Leinster GAA Senior Football Championship Final, Croke Park, Dublin 17/7/2016Dublin vs WestmeathWestmeath manager Tom CribbinMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Tommy Grealy

Battling Westmeath test Jim Gavin’s tactics more than most have done in Leinster

Jim Gavin: has led Dublin to two All-Irland titles, five Leinster titles and four successive national league titles.  Photograph Nick Bradshaw

Champions haven’t lost in 24 games and are aiming for a sixth successive provincial title

Aidan Walsh: has returned to help Cork footballers against Longford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tricky assignments for Cork and Mayo

Waterford’s Michael Walsh closes down Tipperary’s James Barry. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INpho

Mick Ryan’s side inflict drubbing on rivals to march into last four of All-Ireland

Waterford Manager Derek McGrath  near the end of the Munster final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘Our unity and togetherness will be needed more than ever,’ says Derek McGrath

Michael “Brick” Walsh: “Brick is very competitive and he’d be quite content doing anything as long as it was driving the lads on.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Waterford manager’s brave decision to play Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh as attacker has paid off

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is ready for the Ulster final. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Tyrone manager looking forward to county’s first Ulster final in six years, against Donegal

eter Harte scores Tyrone’s second goal against Cavan. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Cavan put up a good score but are no match in the end for Mickey Harte’s team in Clones

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty gets his shot away as the Monaghan defence close on him during the Ulster SFC semi-final replay at Breffni Park. Photograph: Jonathan Porter/Inpho/Presseye/

Deserved win but determined Monaghan push them right to the wire

Donegal and Monaghan players scuffle at Breffni Park.  Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The sides don’t hate each other, but the temperature never drops below simmering point

 Galway’s manager Michael Donoghue shakes hands with Kilkenny boss  Brian Cody after the league encounter in March. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin run the rule over a busy weekend of action

Westmeath’s Denis Corroon celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Second half purple patch by Tom Cribbin’s team enough to edge dull encounter

Dublin’s Paul Bealin  is tackled by Meath’s Trevor Giles and John McDermott in 1996. Photograph: Inpho

Twenty years ago the Leinster senior football championship was fiercely competitive

John Kavanagh: “I find it a bit strange that I’m still only ever asked on to defend the sport [MMA]. Nobody ever asks Katie Taylor why she likes punching girls in the head. It’s always just praise.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Memoir details journey from bullied Rathfarnham schoolboy to major figure in MMA

Rory McIlroy delivered a blow to Ireland’s hopes of an Olympic medal on June 22, 2016, when he said he would not be going to the Rio Games over fears of the Zika virus. “After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realise that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the 27-year-old four-time major champion said in a statement. Photo: Jim Watson/Getty Images

Golf at the Olympics has been nothing but a constant pebble in Rory McIlroy’s custom-made Nike Rors golf shoes

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte talks to his players after Sunday’s game. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

‘We could have won the game and we could have lost. It had a draw written all over it’

Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t alter his approach based on any decisions made by the IAAF. Photograph: Grigory Dukor/Reuters

IAAF and IOC reaping what they sowed after ignoring the doping problem for decades

Cavan’s James McEnroe dives full length to try and stop Tyrone’s   Colm Cavanagh during the Ulster SFC semi-final at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Forward’s second goal squares up matters after pulsating ding-dong encounter

Tipperary have a tendency to start slowly in the second half, something highlighted in their victory over Cork in the Munster quarter-final last month. Photograph: Inpho

But former star Eoin Kelly believes the Premier men will be too strong for Limerick

Former footballer Stan Collymore chats to police outside the train station in Lille city centre, France, as clashes took place between England fans and Russian hooligans at Euro 2016. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Roy Hodgson the England trend-setter and Uefa ignore Wes Hoolahan

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Football action across all four provinces with six games down for decision

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Donnell in action against Kilkenny’s  TJ Reid during the  Leinster SHC semi-final at  O’Moore Park in  Portlaoise. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Enthralling first half contest is ended by scoring blitz just after break

“God knows, this group of players might never set foot in Croke Park again for an All-Ireland quarter-final. If people want to slate us for enjoying it, that’s just not being realistic,” says Seán Quigley. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

‘I’m not saying the Dublin players aren’t enjoying it. But it just wouldn’t be for me’

Waterford manager Derek McGrath during his side’s Munster SHC win over Clare. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

“The league was absolutely everything to us. Everything to us. We had built up to that game like it was an All-Ireland final”

Waterford manager Derek McGrath celebrates at the final whistle. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan /Inpho

Derek McGrath's side recovered from the hurt of the league final to beat Clare

John O’Loughlin of Laois is red carded in the first half. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side rarely troubled by 14-man Laois as they open their championship campaign

Malachy Clerkin: By and large, I’ve seen as much as I’ve wanted to of every major tournament since 1986. This time around, however, I have a small problem. A very small problem. That small problem is a 15 month old. Photograph: iStock

‘Those 5pm games are going to be tricky with feeding time, dribbling time and crying time’

Bernard Brogan is part of a core of Dublin players that have backboned the county’s Leinster dominance. Photograph:  Ryan Byrne/Inpho

All-Ireland football champions Dublin return to action in Kilkenny

The Donald has his say on the competitors: ‘Russians? Great vodka, great women’

Armagh manager Kieran McGeevney saw his side well beaten by Cavan. Photograph: Inpho

Cavan’s beating of Armagh the latest in an unusual string of one-sided fixtures

Cavan’s Martin Reilly wheels away after scoring a penalty in his side’s win over Armagh. Photograph: Inpho

Seanie Johnston enjoys fine return as Terry Hyland’s side send out a message to Tyrone

Cavan’s Sean Johnston. “I’m completely at ease with where I’m at in my career. I’m delighted to have got this opportunity to play again.” Photograph: Lorraine O’sullivan/Inpho

Experienced forward delighted to be donning Breffni blue in the championship again

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin with Cork’s Brian Lawton in the Munster quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho/Ken Sutton

Rain was no excuse for a Cork performance that made it an easy win for the home side

Wexford’s Liam Óg McGovern is going nowhere with Dublin’s Oisin Gough lying on top of him at Croke Park on Saturday evening. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin find it all too easy as depleted Wexford struggle to raise a gallop

Dublin’s David O’Callaghan is challanged by Eoin Conroy of Wexford Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin advance with ease as Wexford unable to cope with Ger Cunnigham’s side or the weather

Mickey Harte’s Tyrone side will come up against a competent Derry on Sunday. Photo: Inpho

Although Mickey Harte’s team look stronger than ever Derry will hope for an upset

Wexford’s Ciaran Lyng will hope to help his side to a surprise victory over Kildare at Croke Park. Photo: Inpho

The attacking line of Ciaran Lyng, Ben Brosnan and PJ Banville fancy their chances

 Darren Sweetnam  playing for Cork in the national hurling league. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Munster player has made good progress at province since committing himself to oval ball

Rory McIlroy at the 12th hole during Friday’s second round at The K Club. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As the rain stalks at The K Club, he hauls five birdies from frustrating second round

A county, a people: Mayo fans during the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final replay at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Malachy Clerkin asks are you ready for the Championship 2016 off, stuttering as it may be?

Michael Fennelly again played no part in Kilkenny’s league campaign. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

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No cocktail umbrellas or fine wines are needed in a match day pub. Just a location near the action, and porter

Clare’s Tony Kelly celebrates scoring a goal during the Allianz Hurling League Division One final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Holders Waterford lose their title in the final seconds of a riveting replay

Clare manager  Davy Fitzgerald celebrates at the final whistle after victory over Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“That will give us massive confidence going into the championship in June”

Tomás Ó Sé in action for Kerry in the 2010 Munster Championship. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Pundit says he meant that ‘they have a few scamps’

Clare’s Shane Golden and Waterford’s Tom Devine challenge for the sliotar during the Allianz Hurling League Division One Final replay at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Waterford had led game until last puck on dramatic final replay had dropped

Waterford corner-back Noel Connors admits to being mentally drained after Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League final draw with Clare. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Turning 26 today, the two-time All Star is a veteran among Waterford’s young guns

Wetmeath hurling manager Michael Ryan was surprised by the extent of his side’s victory over Offaly. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

After a win apiece on the opening weekend, Leinster round-robin places are in the balance

Laois’s Donie Kingston: “It’s a big thing to get them out of Croke Park and I think it should have been done before this year.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Winners of Wicklow-Laois clash will this year face the champions at Nowlan Park

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh and Brian Cody at the launch of the Leinster championship. “It’s a good starting point for any team to be functional, I’d say,” said Cody. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

“He might just throw anything out there just for the sake of throwing it out?” says top Cat

Ireland celebrate Ronnie Whelan’s stunning winner against the USSR in 1988. Photograph: Getty

Stunning volley caps off exceptional Irish performance in Hannover draw at Euro 1988

Clare’s Seán and Podge Collins celebrate winning Allianz Football League Division Three Final on Saturday. Podge will be targeting a Division One Hurling title with Clare next Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Clare dual star has come back from a cruciate injury and looks as exciting as ever

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte and Cavan manager Terry Hyland shake hands after the game. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Tyrone are quickly making up ground on the main contenders for All-Ireland title

Kerry’s Bryan Sheehan clashes with Dublin players during the Allianz National League final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin boss plays down league win saying it is only third most important competition

Cavan manager Terry Hyland with experienced forward Seanie Johnston who has returned to duty with his native county.  Photograph: James Crombie/inpho

Terry Hyland’s talented new-look team have thrown off the shackles

“At the start  I could not-drown for a length. Two lengths, tops,” Malachy Clerkin wistfully recalls.  Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

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Kilkenny’s Jonjo Farrell dejected at the final whistle. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Fitzgerald’s team blitz Cats with three first-half goals to reach league final

Clare’s Colm Galvin and Lester Ryan of Kilkenny clash during Sunday’s Allianz League semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s side ran riot against the Cats in Thurles to reach the league final

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates a Tom Devine goal against Tipperary in the Munster Championship last June. It’s a sight rarely seen this season as goals have proved hard to come by for Derek McGrath’s side with Devine scoring the team’s only goal  in seven league games ahead of their semi-final with Limerick. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In Division 1A of the Allianz National League there were only 29 goals in 15 games

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Dublin  manager Jim Gavin at   Allianz Football League Division One semi-final in  Croke Park: “I think the last quarter of the game fizzled out a bit, but Donegal do pose a lot of threats.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Dublin ease past lacklustre Donegal, while experienced Kerry brush aside Roscommon

Donegal’s Ryan McHugh: “We have eight weeks to prepare for championship . . the Dubs beat us and they were a far superior team.” Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

The league is great. . . but championship is what we thrive on,” says Ryan McHugh

Kieran Donaghy: has added his substantial presence to Kerry’s options at centrefield. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Possible league final with Dublin would focus the attention of all in the Kingdom

Dean Rock finds the net for Dublin against Roscommon in Carrick-on-Shannon, Leitrim, after the game was switched from Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin supporters get sharp end of stick after late venue change to Carrick-on-Shannon

Michael Murphy of Donegal and Neil McAdam of Monaghan compete for the ball. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Colin Walshe’s point against Donegal was enough to relegate Cork to Division Two

Dublin’s Chris Crummy attempts to block a shot from John Fitzgibbon of Limerick Photograph: Inpho/Gary Carr

Dublin forwards struggle to get into the game as Limerick take Parnell Park win

Conor McManus’s 2-37 makes him the top scorer in the division by a distance – nine points ahead of Ciarán Murtagh of Roscommon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ulster champion’s over-reliance on star forward is doing them no favours

 Mayo selector Tony McEntee. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

‘Composure and character is one way of looking at it, but I’d be a slight bit harsher on them’

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan collides with  Peter Pekarik of Slovakia during the friendly international at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Martin O’Neill says Newcastle goalkeeper suffered ‘serious knee injury’

Brendan Harrison slides along the wet turf at Dr Hyde Park  to gather possession for Mayo, who checked Roscommon’s recent run of good results in the Allianz League. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Victory over Roscommon on Sunday afternoon opens route to survival in Division One

Mayo’s Lee Keegan has no regrets about the incident in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final that led to Diarmuid Connolly’s dismissal. “There’s no point in me trying to make out that we go out to be innocent,” he says. Photograph: Donall Farmer/inpho

County’s sports person of the year had little interest in the game when he was younger

Sports journalist (and now swimmer) Malachy Clerkin now has something to tell Mr Intercounty Footballer/ Mr One Of The Fittest Men In Ireland. “We’re not so differenct.” Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Malachy Clerkin: ‘We’re not so different, me and you, Mr Intercounty Footballer’

“My Dad passed away on Sunday, I signed for Houston Dash on Thursday and then went to the awards on Sunday and won International Player of the Year. My emotions were all over the place.”

Denise O’Sullivan is set for a dream move to the US but the loss of her father at 63 makes it all bittersweet

TJ Ryan: “It’s a huge game for Limerick hurling and we are in the position that we wanted to be in with four wins.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tough assignment for TJ Ryan’s men as they travel to face great rivals in Ennis

Na Piarsaigh’s David Dempsey and Martin Burke of Ruairí Óg Cushendall during the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Club Championship final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

First All-Ireland for a Limerick hurling club after emphatic win over Cushendall

Na Piarsaigh’s David Breen under pressure from Neil McManus and Eoghan Campbell of Ruairí Óg Cushendall during the All-Ireland club hurling final at Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick club bring the first All-Ireland title back to the county after victory at Croke Park

Former Limerick senior player Shane O’Neill manages Na Piarsaigh. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

All-Ireland Hurling Club final preview: Cushendall Ruairí Óg (Antrim) v Na Piarsaigh (Limerick)

Barry Moran (left) has been a steadying influence during Castlebar Mitchels’ march to the All-Ireland final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho.

All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship preview: Castlebar Mitchels (Mayo) v Ballyboden St Enda’s (Dublin)

Conor McGregor during the UFC 196 weigh-ins at the MGM Grand. Photograph: Getty

Questioning of MMA as a sport receives defensive response from supposed trash-talk lovers

Waterford’s Michael Walsh tries to escape the attentions of Dublin’s Shane Barrett. Photograph: Inpho

Ger Cunningham’s side keep subdued hosts at bay in a bitty encounter at Walsh Park

Irish times swimmer Malachy Clerkin feels he has been lazy. A lazy gobshite in fact. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Unless they hand me an outboard motor, I won’t be able to swim for a mile

 Juliet Murphy: “I miss it more now than when I first retired. To be honest, I am probably struggling more with it now than I did originally.”

Ex-Cork star has played little since 2013 – but that’s all about to change

Maria Sharapova addresses the media regarding a failed drug test in Los Angeles. Photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

The authorities' response shows how the game doesn’t really care about doping

Tom Parsons: “We have a quick turnaround, we have Kerry at home, so this is forgotten straight away and we are back to square one.” Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Stephen Rochford’s side relived to have earned a crucial win over Monaghan

 Karl O’Connell of Monaghan and Brendan Harrison of Mayo. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Goalkeeper strides forward to convert two monster kicks for Rochford’s side

Ryan Wylie of Monaghan is tackled by Mayo’s Conor O’Shea. Photo: Andrew Paton/Inpho

Monaghan suffered a second consecutive defeat as they missed Conor McManus

Paul Murphy: originally a corner-forward and then midfielder, he has carved out a permanent spot at corner-back for himself on Brian Cody’s Kilkenny team. Photograph: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Luck helped corner back find his role for Kilkenny but retaining it has been down to himself

Seamie O’Shea returns to the Mayo starting line up against Monaghan in Clones. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Dublin likely to pile more misery on Cork at Croke Park

Ruby Walsh: “When I was going out over her ears, I could see her head was folding in under her. And when you see that, you only have one thought. ‘Oh God, don’t break your neck.’ Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The first day of the 2015 Cheltenham Festival proved to be one of incredibly high drama

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Jim Gavin unhappy with his team’s performance but Dublin make it three from three

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly sends Monaghan goalkeeper  Rory Beggan the wrong way as he slots home a penalty in the  Allianz Football League Division 1 match at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cormac Costello also knocks over late point in see-saw encounter

Irish Times swimmer Orna Mulcahy is finding ways to cope with the boredom of countless lengths. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For Malachy Clerkin, every session follows a familiar pattern – "do it, nearly drown, do it again, get annoyed, do it again”

Gladys Ganiel: “Show up, put in the work, keep at it day after day even just doing a little bit and you’ll get there.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Marathon runner posts Olympic-standard time just nine months after having first child

Mayo’s Sarah Rowe: “No lads team would put up with the conditions we train and play in, they would go nuts.” Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Never mind paying for fake rain, how about simple things like some food after training?

Donegal manager Rory Gallagher: “It was great to be able to train like a professional team and to have good down time together [in Tenerife training camp].” Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Two wins from two as traditionally slow Division One starters find winning rhythm

Daire Plunkett helped Dublin get back to winning ways against Galway in the NHL at Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

After defeat to Tipperary, beating Galway came brought much-needed relief

Dublin’s Liam Rushe holds off the challenge of Galway’s  Niall Burke during the  Allianz Hurling League Division 1A game at  Parnell Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Liam Rushe and David Treacy impose themselves in Parnell Park encounter

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