Antrim’s  Neal McAuley and Clare’s David McInerney at the launch of the  Hurling Development Committee action plan in Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

Celtic Challenge to be played nationwide from May and June of next year

“I turned professional because I was going badly as an amateur. I needed to try something different,” says Rachael Blackmore. Photograph: Caroline Norris

Blackmore is Ireland’s only professional female jumps jockey – but that wasn’t her plan

Michael Conlan kisses coach Billy Walsh after winning the world bantamweight semi-final. Something that was working got taken apart and destroyed. Photograph: Paul Mohan

Some people in boxing saw Billy Walsh as a milkman from Wexford who got lucky

Billy Walsh leaving Dublin Airport en route to his new position as coach of the American women’s boxing team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Departure of coach has now morphed into a political row between the two bodies

The IABA changed their view between the Saturday and the Tuesday on Walsh’s salary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Billy Walsh gone but the boxing association have Sports Ireland firmly in its sights

Billy Walsh’s new salary in the US is believed to be $200,000, with add-ons of health insurance, pension plans and flights. Walsh has consistently said that money was not at issue for him. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Boxing coach Billy Walsh, Ireland’s most successful Olympic coach, has left for the US

The IABA have stated they did everything within reason to retain the services of head coach Billy Walsh. Photograph: Inpho

Organisation release statement reacting furiously to the intervention of Sport Ireland

Former Ireland Boxing head coach Billy Walsh makes his way through departures at Dublin Airport. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

August deal with the Sports Council worth €95,000 was withdrawn within days

Irish Sports Council chairman Kieran Mulvey has promised boxer fraternity best financial support possible. Photograph: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Billy Walsh needed permission from CEO to talk to media, according to new details

Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council is still hopeful of securing Billy Walsh’s return. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The IABA are to hold an emergency meeting following Kieran Mulvey’s comments

“There’s a lot more to this sport than training hard and turning up for a fight. The game does that to you,” says Conor McGregor. Photograph: Emily Harney/Inpho.

The Dublin fighter is well aware of what it takes to get to the top of his game

Despondant Ireland fans watch on in Clondalkin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

While the pundits tried to get their heads around it most had theirs in their hands

Kerry’s Daniel Collins shoots at the Antrim goal during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B relegation/promotion play-off at Parnell Park, Dublin, in May. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho.

Kingdom coming as Leinster hurling has new and unlikely contestants for 2016

Everyone knows what the problem with TV3’s coverage is. It’s the ads.

Comment: They’re worth €6m to the station, but the endless ads are a source of irritation

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue: “Maybe this year I kind of owe it back to the club to battle on.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star must decide when operation on troublesome shoulder will be carried out

Milford GAA and Cork camogie star Ashling Thompson at the launch of the AIB Club Championships. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork captain admits she was little concussed after winning All-Ireland camogie final

Irish and French fans  ahead of  the Pool D clash at  the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Loic Venance/AFP

A Super Sunday of sport finds heroes at every turn both sides of the remote control

Germany’s Matthias Ginter and Republic of Ireland’s Jonathan Walters  battle for the ball. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Reigning World champions shown up by the tireless effort of Ireland's midfield pair

Gary Kelly celebrates after scoring for Ireland against Germany in Hanover in 1994, the only occasion that Ireland have  beaten  holders of world cup. Photograph:  Billy Stickland/Inpho

Heroics on historic scale will be required to topple World Cup holders Germany

Germany coach Joachim Löw at Wednesday’s press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Germany coach says his side will be wary of being caught on counter at the Aviva

Lukas Podolski is Germany manager Joachim Löw’s only injury concern ahead of Thursday night’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Ireland. Photograph: PA

Lukas Podolski the world champion’s only injury concern ahead of Thursday’s fixture

Ireland supporters feel the strain during the World Cup Pool D game against Italy at the Olympic Stadium. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Ireland played with all the intensity of men blessing themselves as a funeral passed by

Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes have announced their decision to stand down as Mayo senior football managers. Photograph: Inpho

Managerial duo announced their decision to step aside at McHale Park on Friday night

Reports say 30 Mayo players turned up to a county board meeting on Thursday night. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Local media report that 30 players were in attendance at Thursday night’s meeting

Cork’s Briege Corkery and Rena Buckley celebrate with the Brendan Martin Cup in Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

While it was a close game, experience and grit eventually paid off for the Leesiders

Cork’s Valerie Mulcahy and Mairead Corkery celebrate at the end of the game as they beat Dublin to claim their fifth All-Ireland title in a row. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Mulcahy may have been off target but patience paid off in a tough test

 Cork’s Briege Corkery leaves Dublin’s Sinead Finnegan in her wake during the TG4 All-Ireland ladies senior football final in Croke Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Rebelettes’ second half performance was enough to see them narrowly past the Dubs

Dublin’s James McCarthy, Rory O’Carroll and Philly McMahon tackle Kieran Donaghy of Kerry during yesterday’s All-Ireland football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Dubs’ energy and commitment all over the pitch prove too much for the Kingdom

James McCarthy celebrates at the final whistle as Dublin are crowned All-Ireland champions 12 months ater semi-final heartbreak against Donegal. Photo: James Crombie/INPHO

Dublin players adamant that last year’s sem-final defeat to Donegal spurred them on

Canada’s flanker John Moonlight: “Ill met by Moonlight,” Barnes cracked. The guffaws from Conor McNamara and Liam Toland in the commentary box told us it was funny. So did Google, once we’d established that Barnes was referencing a 1950s Dirk Bogarde war movie from a non-fiction book by W Stanley Moss. You get a different level of badinage with the rugby lads.

TV3’s coverage of Ireland’s win also witnesses the birth of the ‘underlap’

Maurice Fitzgerald of Kerry in full flight. Photograph: Inpho

Maurice Fitzgerald is a reluctant interviewee, but Darragh Ó Sé draws foul and fair from him

Jerry Grogan PA stadium announcer for Croke Park with the Sam Maguire Cup which he is responsible for on the day of the All Ireland Final which takes place on Sunday between Dublin and Kerry. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien / The Irish Times

The voice of Croke Park, the stadium announcer - explaining why he’s a Kerry Blue

Head over heels: Cork celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup following their win over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Late goal seals yet another victory for the Munster side in one-sided final at Croke Park

Cork players celebrate with the O’Duffy Cup after winning the Liberty Insurance  Senior Camogie Championship Final against Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Briege Corkery’s 54th-minute goal settles decider against Galway

Galway’s Niamh McGrath will be vital to the county’s title hopes in Croke Park. Throw in is at 4pm with full live coverage on TG4. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Galway are looking to stop Cork from lifting a second consecutive camogie title

This, as all TV slobs will readily attest to, is bad news. Not so much because we want all rugby all the time, you understand. It’s more that when you know there is a game every night, you don’t have to waste brain power wondering when the next one is.

Before we know it the tournament will be over - so make the most of the feast on TV

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid celebrates as he leaves the Croke Park pitch after yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling final win over Galway. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Kilkenny’s unerring and deadly marksman exacts punishment for every Galway error

Galway boss Anthony Cunningham believes his side can learn and improve from their All-Ireland final defeat to Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

‘If we stay at the same level we won’t be back here . . . So we have got to work harder ’

In waiting: in the three games Kilkenny have needed to make it to the final, Cody has used just eight substitutes. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Cody’s bench for this year’s All-Ireland final looks the thinnest one for quite a while

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea under pressure from Cian O’Sullivan and Philly McMahon of Dublin during the All-Ireland semi-final. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

With ‘home’ advantage Dublin should not be coming out the wrong side of the free count

Republic of Ireland’s Wes Hoolahan in action during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Gibraltar in Faro, Portugal. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jon Walters puts club issues behind him despite not scoring against Gibraltar

Dublin’s goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton and Jack McCaffrey block  a goalbound effort from Mayo’s Andy Moran in  yesterday’s All-Ireland Football Championship semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin manager believes game will stand Leinster champions in good stead next day

Aidan O’Shea shakes hands with Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton after the All-Ireland semi-final ends all square at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo forward earns ire of Hill 16 and will relish chance to stir pot in capital once more

A view of the match programme. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

A look at some of the best reads during championship 2015 thus far

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea will pose a huge threat to Dublin’s ambitions at  Croke Park. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Experienced full back will have the unenviable task of stopping Mayo’s talisman

Kieran Donaghy of Kerry gets surrounded Tyrone players during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Kerry’s half-forward line were the difference against a formidable Tyrone defence

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte was left ruing his side’s missed chances after they lost out to Kerry in the All-Ireland senior football championship semi-finals. Photo: Tommy Grealy/INPHO

Sean Cavanagh left distraught as Tyrone pass up chance to reach first final since 2008

 Kerry’s Johnny Buckley competes with Mattie Donnelly and Colm Cavanagh of Tyrone: You’d have to imagine Kerry have enough about them to see their way to September. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kingdom’s patience and precision should be enough to win day over Red Hand

Darren McCurry  played championship before he ever got a run in the league. Photograph: Inpho.

Not many would have bet on Darren McCurry and Connor McAliskey being the players to make it from Tyrone’s underage pack

Tyrone’s Ryan McMenamin in action against Kerry’s Declan O’Sullivan during an All-Ireland qualifier match in 2012. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Some of the commentary last week was borderline xenophobic

Tipperary’s manager Eamon O’Shea after the defeat against Galway on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary boss - ‘I just feel that we gave it everything every time we went out. We tried to win’

Shane Moloney of Galway scores the winning point in injury time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

An abrasive and elusive Galway side bounce their way to a stunning victory over Tipperary

Galway’s Iarla Tannian: “He was an All Star in 2012, unlucky not to make the shortlist for Hurler of the Year. The Sunday Game panel made him Man of the Match in the drawn All-Ireland final.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Galway managers have used him in different positions – but he always figures somewhere

Tyrone’s Mickey Harte: “It’s typical of our game indeed in general where you have lots of nit-picking going on and fault-finders and they think that’s their brief in life.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tyrone manager confirms county board will be appealing the CCCC decision

European Tour CEO Keith Pelley said on Tuesday morning that they will be withdrawing their support for the WGC tournament next year - which Shane Lowry won last week in Akron, Ohio. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Money won in invitational won’t count towards Race to Dubai or Ryder Cup points

 TJ Reid celebrates scoring his goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Seán Moran and Malachy Clerkin on Kilkenny’s dominance in semi-finals and Monaghan’s inability to reach the next level

Waterford hurling manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

For all the advances made by the mid-ranking teams, All-Irelands are still being won by the sides whose main aim is to attack

TJ Reid celebrates scoring the opening goal against Waterford. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

TJ Reid’s goal crucial in giving Cats the necessary platform for victory

 Mark Bradley and Darren McCurry celebrate a Peter Harte point during Tyrone’s All-Ireland quarter-final win over Monaghan at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Ulster champions dealt a masterclass as Mickey Harte’s side reach All-Ireland semis

Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy finds the Mayo net in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final replay in Limerick. Of the four teams that have contested All-Irelands in the past five seasons, Mayo have consistently conceded more goals than Dublin, Donegal and Kerry. photograph: Cathal  Noonan/Inpho

Donegal will look to exploit high-pressing game that leaves holes at the back

Formerly a wing back for the county, Conor McManus has developed into Monaghan’s standout forward, scoring 1-19 out of the county’s total of 1-47 during the championship this year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Clontibret clubman hoping to propel his county to a first semi-final since 1988

Mickey Harte leads Tyrone into their 10th football quarter-final in 13 years. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Croke Park will have bumper weekend as promise of glory attacts fans from all quarters

Cathal McCarron is one of Tyrone manager Mickey Harte’s solid back-line options. Photograph: Inpho.

Malachy O’Rourke’s side have all the momentum after Ulster final triumph

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte has certainly mastered the qualifier route. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Across 140 minutes of football on Sunday no cards were flashed by the referees

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal past Fermanagh goalkeeper Thomas Treacy during the All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph:   Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Despite never threatening to overturn Dublin, Pete McGrath’s side never gave in

Galway manager Kevin Walsh appears to have infused his charges with some backbone, with the team conceding only one goal so far in the championship. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Galway haven’t won in Croke Park since the 2001 All-Ireland despite underage success

Kerry midfielders David Moran and  Anthony Maher in action against Mayo last summer. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Duo have been best pairing in championship – but they took while to find each other

Tyrone’s Peter Harte scores from the penalty spot against Meath in Round 2B of the All-reland SFC last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Connacht final beating must got over but Mickey Harte’s side should have too much

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly will be in action for the Leinster champions against Fermanagh at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Only 10 teams remain in the race for Sam Maguire and eight of them play this weekend

Brian Fenton, seen here in possession against Monaghan  in the league, starts at centrefield for Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho. Allianz Football League Division 1, Clones, Monaghan 5/4/2015Monaghan vs DublinMonghan’s Owen Duffy and Brian Fenton of Dublin Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne.

Manager Jim Gavin has the firepower to choose from for quarter-final encounter

Ryan McHugh of Donegal in action against Monaghan’s Darren Hughes during the Ulster SFC Final in Clones. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘It’s not easy, there’s no point lying. We planned at the start of the year that we’d be going to Croke Park as Ulster champions’ (...)

Jim Gavin: “Their Division Three record and promotion speaks for itself and the way that they have dispatched Roscommon and Westmeath was quite impressive.”

Dublin manager praises ‘fantastic achievement’ of Pete McGrath’s team this year

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring his side’s fourth goal at Dr Hyde Park in Roscommon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘At the end of the day we want to win the big one’

Galway’s Danny Cummins celebrates scoring his side’s  goal. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian McIvor hits out at standard of refereeing before quitting Derry post

Aidan O’Shea scored a hattrick as Mayo thrashed Sligo to in their fifth Connacht title in a row. Photograph: Inpho

O’Shea bags a hattrick to inspire Holmes and Connelly’s side to record win at Dr Hyde Park

Liam Silke tackles Benny Heron during Galway’s victory over Derry in Salthill. Photograph: Inpho

Kevin Walsh’s Tribesmen get past Derry in a miserable Salthill

Colm Cooper has been named on the substitutes’ bench again for the Munster final replay against Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dr Crokes forward needs minutes on pitch after 14 months out with a knee injury

Tipperary’s Colin O’Riordan in action against Limerick during  the Munster U-21 hurling semi-final in midweek. He will line out against Tyrone at Thurles. Photograph: Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Loss of George Hannigan and Stepen O’Brien big blows to Premier County’s hopes

Derry manager Brian McIver joins the pre-match team huddle before the win over Wexford. They will likely have to score something like 1-14 to win in Galway. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho/Presseye

Derry’s woes on the road in the qualifiers look likely to continue

Donald Trump visiting Turnberry golf club in Scotland last month after its $10m refurbishment. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Trump has invested heavily in golf for a very specific reason. He got in cheap and is making a fortune as economies recover

GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship Round 2, Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary 11/7/2015Dublin vs LimerickDublin's Paul Schutte and Declan Hannon of LimerickMandatory Credit ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Paul Ryan’s haul of 1-10 helps keep Ger Cunningham’s side in the Championship

Bernard Brogan celebrates scoring a goal in the Leinster SFC Final against Westmeath at Croke Park. Photograph:  Inpho

Congested nature of game will stand to Jim Gavin’s side in tougher battles

Johnny McCaffrey celebrates at the final whistle after Dublin’s one-point win over Limerick in the round two qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Paul Ryan’s haul of 12 points helps keep Ger Cunningham’s side in the Championship

Manager Tom Cribbin believes his own selection errors were the main cause of Westmeath’s league relegation. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Manager believes they can beat Dublin six months after crisis of confidence in county

Ger Cunningham: has reshaped the Dublin team in the wake of the heavy defeat to Galway. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Do-or-die qualifier for two experienced teams inevitably short of confidence

Kildare’s Emmet Bolton feels the pain following the heavy Leinster semi-final defeat by Dublin.  Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Midlanders haven’t beaten Kildare in the championship since 1967

Seán Quigley: his free-taking provides Fermanagh with a solid foundation. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

John Evans’ talented side still have big ambitions this summer

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

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

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