Denis O’Brien: ‘The craic (in soccer) is just great. The people you meet. The slagging is lightning. The same kind of fun as rugby but different.’ Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

Something doesn’t feel right about billionaire chipping in to bring Johnny Sexton home

 Oliver Brady celebrating his third place with Baron de Feypo in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/Irish Times

Flamboyant Monaghan man fought cancer and heart disease for over a decade

Jack O’Connor: sees Kerry as being in the perfect position in the build-up to Sunday’s All-Ireland final against Donegal. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

‘It will be hard for Donegal to replicate’ intensity of Dublin performance

 Former Mayo manager James Horan has been critical of the county boardfor not backing his team in the week between the drawn All Ireland semi-final against Kerry and its replay. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Former manager feels they didn’t back team in week between the drawn semi-final and replay

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan tussles with goalkeeper Eoin Murphy and Joey Holden of Kilkenny during yesterday’s All-Ireland final draw at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Richie Hogan the best of a brilliant lot with Callanan not too far behind

Eamon O’Shea: “I know what has happened here. I know I’ve worked with a really good group. That’s what matters to me.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Despite playing for Tipp and Dublin for seven seasons, he never won a championship game

Tipperary’s Patrick ‘Bonner’ Maher: “People will say there is a rivalry there – maybe there is. Maybe it heightens a little bit, they bring the best out of us and we bring the best out of them as well.” Photo: Cathal Noonan

Army man will to lead the charge from centre-forward as Premier County lock horns again with their great rivals

Stuart Wilson, pitch manager at Croke Park. “For football and hurling, you don’t want the pitch as firm as you would for American football.” Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Stuart Wilson and team work flat out to ensure pitch is in perfect shape for All-Ireland final

Jim O’Brien at work in his Tipperary workshop on hurleys that will be used by some of the Tipperary players in the All-Ireland final. Photo: Bryan O’Brien

Hurley makers Jim O’Brien (Tipperary) and Brian Dowling (Kilkenny) maintain a noble tradition

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