Crossmaglen’s captain Paul Hearty lifts the Ulster cup. Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho

Armagh club crowned Ulster champions for an 11th time after hard-fought contest

Frank Greally has been editing and printing Irish Runner magazine for 35 years. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónail

Newly released book - Running Full Circle - a brilliant insight into a life less ordinary

Oulart the Ballagh team mates Paul Roche (left) and Keith Rossiter were in the same class at school growing up. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Wexford champions reeling after seven Leinster final defeats in 20 years

 Thomas Barr goes up to collect his  won Athlete of the Year award during the GloHealth National Athletic Awards at the  Crowne Plaza Hotel in Santry. Photograph:  Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Waterford star targets final appearance at next summer’s Rio Olympic Games

Nemor Rangers’ James Masters: At his peak he  was central to the Cork team, scoring 6-80 in his 26 championship appearances. Photo: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Cork star aiming to help famed city club to another provincial title

Darragh O’Connell of Cuala and Jack Langton of Clara at the Leinster Club semi-final at Parnell Park earlier this month. Photograph: Donall Farmer/INPHO

Darragh O’Connell’s loyalties straddle Kerry and his adopted home of Dublin

Stephen Hiney of Ballyboden St Enda’s in action against St Loman’s of Westmeath in last Sunday’s provincial football semi-final. Hiney is one of several dual players on team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Portlaoise stand between Ballyboden and another provincial title heading to capital

 Australia’s Patrick Dangerfield tries to tackle Ireland’s Philly McMahon  during the International Rules Series  match  at Croke Park. Photo:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Dublin defender believes International Rules series is here to stay and should prosper

Fionnuala McCormack won her seventh   National Inter-club Cross Country title at Santry. Photograph:  Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Wicklow runner rediscovers her cross-country roots to take club crown

Shane Flynn of St Loman’s chases Conal Keaney of Ballyboden St Enda’s during the Leinster club senior football championship semi-final at  Cusack Park, Mullingar. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin club are just one victory short of a first Leinster club football title

Jack McCaffrey: Footballer of the Year, All Star, and twice winner of the All-Ireland with Dublin.

Jack McCaffrey a perfect example of the true enjoyment of sport

Ballygunner’s Pauric Mahony will miss Sunday’s Munster club hurling final against Na Piarsaigh due to a long-term injury lay-off. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Pauric Mahoney hopes absenteeism does not impede Waterford team against Na Piarsaigh

Last year’s series was Harry Taylor’s first experience with the compromise game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Australia defender presumes Joe Kernan’s side will start as they finished last year’s Test

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey, in training with the Ireland International Rules squad at Carton House. The  Rules Test against Australia is on Saturday next in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

McCaffrey swaps blue of Dublin for green of Ireland for showdown with Australia

Australia’s David Mundy has brought his wife and two young children to Ireland for the International Rules one-match series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Ireland up against the best AFL has to offer in Croke Park decider

Lar Corbett scored a spectacular hat-trick in the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny, to win his second All-Ireland and help deprive Cats of five titles in a row. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

County stalwart won two All-Irelands, three All Stars and a hurler of year award

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

2010 hurler of the year follows Shane McGrath, James Woodlock, Conor O’Mahony

 Conor McManus GAA’s player of the match for the last two Tests. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Australia will need no reminding of dangers posed by prolific Monaghan forward

Michelle De Bruin was banned form swimming for four years two years after winning three swimming gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Photograph: Eric Luke.

As Irish athletes hope to garner medals from previous competitions, do we've some to return?

Lee Keegan at Croke Park: “What we do on the pitch during the year is totally separate to what we are doing here for Ireland.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

‘I’m getting to play with some of the best players in the country’ says Mayo stalwart

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly has been named in the Irish squad despite being club tied for the preparations so far. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Ireland manager Joe Kernan admits how hard it was to select squad for Australia Test

Dublin will play either Wicklow or Laois in the quarter-finals of the Leinster SFC at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny on Saturday June 4th. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Nowlan Park will host meeting with either Wicklow or Laois on Saturday June 4th

 Ireland team captain Bernard Brogan and team manager Joe Kernan. Photo:   Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Ireland manager set to reveal the 23-man squad chosen for International Rules clash

Brian Cody: returning for 18th season as Kilkenny hurling manager. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Eddie Brennan named as manager for Kilkenny’s under-21 hurling team

 Sergey Kirdyapkin of Russia crosses the line to win gold during the Men’s 50km Walk at   the London Olympic Games in August 2012. Photograph: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Irish walker set to be upgraded to bronze medal for London 2012

Dick Pound (centre), chairman of the Wada   Independent Commission into   corruption and money-laundering within international athletics at the launch of their findings in Geneva. Photograph: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images

Analysis: Implications far more widespead than Russia, and indeed athletics

Coolderry’s Joe Brady challenges Colm Cronin of Cuala during the Leinster Senior Hurling Club  Championship Quarter-Final at O’Connor Park, Tullamore yesterday Photograph: Inpho

Dublin side ease to 14-point victory to secure home tie against Clara in semi-final

Marijuana has been legalised for medical purposes or decriminalised for personal possession in 25 US states.

Euphoria of good run and smoking marijuana may have more in common than you think

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid is the frontrunner to be named hurler of the year tomorrow night. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Seven Cats honoured along with four from Galway and three from Waterford

Chris Froome at the Web Summit in the RDS: “It sounds silly, but we really are on that edge, pushing our bodies to the absolute limit, day in, day out.” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile.

Interview with Chris Froome too short to gain many insights into cycling

Race walker Rob Heffernan, Ireland’s longest serving Olympian, kick-starts his ‘Road to Rio’ training programme for his fifth Olympic Games with the backing of Nissan. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ireland walker likely to have medal from London confirmed before he gets to Rio

Pauline Curley was the first Irish female athlete to finish the Dublin Marathon on the October Bank Holiday Monday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Lesson of Dublin Marathon triumph is to make most of limited time you get

“[Diarmuid Connolly] has all the talent but he’s matched that in with his physicality, his work rate and with his leadership of the team,” says St Vincents teammate Paddy Andrews. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

Cuala tackle St Judes in Dublin hurling decider; St Vincents and Ballyboden in football

St Vincent’s Diarmuid Connolly was a thorn in Na Fianna’s side in the county semi-final. Photograph: Donall Farmer

Dublin defender hails team-mate as St Vincent’s target third title in succession

The Quinn brothers (from left): Seán, Brian, Frank, and Michael. Photograph: courtesy of MS Ireland

Four Tyrone men prepare to retrace their steps from their initial run in Big Apple in 1980

Dublin’s Jonny Cooper in action against Kerry in the All-Ireland final. “Winning the All-Ireland is as good as it’s going to get for any one of us, as a team.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Dublin corner back shows his mettle by bouncing back from a vicious knife attack

Fiona Coghlan winning ‘The Irish Times’/Irish Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year for 2013 after she captained the Ireland women’s rugby team to its first ever Six Nations Grand Slam that season. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ex-Ireland rugby player says progress has been good – but there is still more to do

Ireland manager Joe Kernan chats with his captain Bernard Brogan in  Croke Park. Ireland will play Australia on November 21st. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin star to lead side in International Rules test, but Stephen Cluxton opts out

Australia’s Jobe Watson and Nick Riewoldt with Ireland’s Aidan Walsh and Seán Cavanagh in action in Perth last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Bernard Brogan says both players and fans would relish a trip to likes of Nowlan Park

The 15,000-plus people who completed the soggy SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon didn’t go straight from couch to finish line: here’(...)

Former All-Star goalkeeper will give up his role as a hurling analyst on RTÉ’s The Sunday Game to join up with Davy Fitzgerald on the Clare management team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Former Cork goalkeeper to take up role as coach and selector under Davy Fitzgerald

 Ethiopia’s Alemu Gemechu crosses the line to win the the  men’s race at the  the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ethiopia’s Alemu Gemechu times run to perfection to win race

Pauline Curley of  Tullamore Harriers after finishing as the leading Irish women in the  2015 SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

46-year-old Tullamore runner admits she was still limping from knee surgery a month ago

 Ireland’s Jason Smyth celebrates after winning the Men’s 100m T13 Final in a time of 10.62 at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar. Photo: Marcus Hartmann/Sportsfile

Derry sprinter wins 100m in impressive 10.62 as McKillop claims 800m title

Ireland’s Michael McKillop  celebrates winning the men’s 800m T38 final during day three of the IPC Athletics World Championships at Suhaim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, Qatar. Photograph: Francois Nel/Getty Images

Paralympics stars both run season best times to claim World Championship titles

Wheelchair athlete Patrick Monahan pictured during a training session at the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Although he is a relative newcomer to the sport, Patrick Monahan is a dead cert for Monday’s Dublin marathon

Pat Flanagan with his Offaly team. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Flanagan warns of growing gulf between Dublin and the other Leinster counties

Longford’s Michael Quinn: “Hopefully we can get a run, win a couple of games, and push for a Leinster title.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster club championship success now the target for newly-crowned Longford kingpins

Johnny Kelly: “Galway had a good year this year at senior level and we need to be cognisant of that.”  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Coolderry manager says incumbent should be given every chance to remain at the helm

Dublin’s Alan Brogan celebrates with the Sam Maguire trophy in front of Hill 16 following victory over Kerry. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Michael Reynolds says most counties and players want to play games at headquarters

Paddy Barnes and departed Ireland boxing coach Paddy Barnes. Photograph: Inpho

‘Mickey Mouse could be training us, and we’d be winning silver and gold medals’

Jason Smyth: “I look back on London, and I was silly, silly close. I know I was in shape to run 10.18. I just kept making a few mistakes.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

To reach his target, Derryman must first become the fastest Irishman of all time

Athlone Town have been awarded €200,000 under the  Sports Capital Programme. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

GAA, FAI and IRFU the chief beneficiaries as overall funding rises by €500k

Paddy Andrews of Dublin is tackled by Kerry’s Fionn Fitzgerald during this year’s All-Ireland senior football final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Spending 2011 in the stands has made the Dublin forward a better player

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid has been named the GAA/GPA Hurler of the Month for Sepetember. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Body language says it all for Kilkenny’s comeback king and All-Ireland winner

Cian O’Neill has been appointed as the new Kildare football manager, while Joe Quaid will take charge of the county’s hurlers. Photograph:  Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former Limerick goalkeeper Joe Quaid will take charge of the Kildare hurlers

Stephen Rochford: guided Galway club Corofin to an impressive All-Ireland club final success earlier this year.

Mayo native and current Corofin manager has impressive credentials for the job

 Bernard Brogan: “My two gripes are the length of the season, and the need for more games of importance. And I wouldn’t do that by taking away games.”

Trio believe current GAA season in real need of a pragmatic if radical overhaul

GPA chief executive  Dessie Farrell with county footballers, from left, Dermot Malone, Monaghan, Michael Quinlivan, Tipperary, James McCarthy, Dublin, Ronan Sweeney, Kildare and Michael Quinn, Longford, at the presentation of the GPA’s Football Competitions Proposal. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile

More games in a condensed season part of GPA plan for new-look football season

The Gaelic Players Association (GPA) has unveiled its proposals to the GAA’s competition structures review. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Structure of the football competition has been a burning issue for several years’

Lizzie Lee: “I’m not presuming I’m going, not at all, but I’m in contention, and I’m going to train like I am, until someone tells me I’m not. Because if I do make the start line in Rio I want to be in the best possible condition I can be.”

Cork athlete has a great chance of making it to Olympic Games after her run in Berlin marathon

Kevin Seaward produced the fastest Irish marathon performance in three years in Berlin. Photograph: Inpho

Ireland to have full quota of men’s marathon runners for first time since Barcelona 1992

Ireland’s Paul Pollock has already proved he is capable of bettering the Olympic marathon qualification time of 2:17:00. Photograph: Ian McNicol: Inpho.

Countdown to next year’s Olympics has begun with distance runners giving their all

Denis Bastick: “Anything is possible with this team. We’ve three All-Irelands, early in the decade, and who knows what can happen.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Veteran midfielder didn’t allow a stolen car impinge on his focus for the big game

Philly McMahon tackles Kieran Donaghy: “It probably did look bad. But there was no intention whatsoever.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘This is Gaelic football, we get stuck into each other and we shake hands after it’

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly waits to take a free during Sunday’s All-Ireland football final win over Kerry. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Brian Rennick strongly disagreed with DRA tribunal’s decision to rescind suspension

A dejected looking Colm Cooper after Kerry’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Kerry manager gives honest credit to victors after their comprehensive win

Kerry players celebrate their minor football final victory over Tipperary at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Jack O’Connor’s young charges dominate to cast a bright light on Kingdom’s future

Sonia O’Sullivan was one of the many Irish athletes to accept a scholarship at a US university. Photograph: Getty.

American universities didn’t so much open a path of opportunity as bulldoze it

Paul Geaney has been given the nod ahead of Kieran Donaghy for Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Dublin. Photo: Andrew Paton/INPHO

Eamonn Fitzmaurice has instead decided to name Paul Geaney at full forward

Dublin footballer Denis Bastick feels that Stephen Cluxton’s kick-outs have been over-analysed and is confident going into Sunday’s All-Ireland final with Kerry. Photo: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

Dublin midfielder feels analysis of Cluxton’s kick-outs has been completely overplayed

Kerry’s Marc Ó Sé in action in the Munster final against Cork. “Physically, I feel great, so I’ll just keep going as long as I feel I can,” he says. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry defender not thinking about records or retirement – only winning sixth medal

Kieran Donaghy: ‘The battling for positions and starting jerseys has been huge all summer. It’s probably the main reason why we’re back in this position . . . We all have to fight for that jersey.’ Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

All-Ireland SFC final: Skipper banishing all thoughts of lifting Sam Maguire

Dublin hurler Mark Schutte and Galway’s Dave Collins at a press conference announcing the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival Announcement, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts. Photograph: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox

It will be the first time since November 1954 that hurling will be played at the world famous home of the Boston Red Sox

Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice celbrates beating Donegal in last year’s All-Ireland Senior Football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Kerry boss relishing a tight contest and his first championship win over rivals

Kerry selector Diarmuid Murphy won four All-Ireland medals as a goalkeeper with the county. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Exploits of Dublin’s netminder has not gone unnoticed by Kingdom’s All-Ireland winner

Limerick’s Cian Lynch and Simon Donohoe of Wexford during the Under-21 hurling final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Impressive Treaty county led from early on, playing to the tune of a 18,554 crowd at Semple Stadum

Wexford’s Conor McDonald will be determined to help his side take Under-21 glory in Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Battle for the Cross of Cashel trophy is set to be tight in repeat of 1996 senior final

Mick Murphy, who won the Rás Tailteann in 1958, was also an acrobat, rower, weight lifter and sporting philosopher.photograph: Valerie O’Sullivan

Winner of Rás Tailteann in 1958 would cut vein of cow and drink blood during race

Former Dublin captain Bryan Cullen with Morgan Freeman, Savannah Keogh, Summer O’Callaghan and Charlie O Reilly from St Audoens NS, Dublin. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall

Former All-Ireland winning captain reckons tactics will be vital in final against Kerry

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody on his future: “I was able to obviously marry both all along, and it won’t have any influence on what I decide to do or not to do.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Kilkenny manager is very forthright about how hurling can be improved

Jackie Tyrell celebrates Kilkenny’s All-Ireland Hurling victory over Galway at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

'You want to be playing, you want to be out there, but to say nine medals is unbelievable.'

Jim Gavin: the Dublin manager does not believe that Diarmuid Connolly’s appeal process was in any way distracting.  Photograph: Dublin

Dublin manager believes his side will learn a lot about themselves from two matches against Mayo

Galway defender Iarla Tannian competes with Kilkenny’s TJ Reid during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny manager was not concerned as his side trailed by three points at half time

Joe Canning’s uncharacteristic late miss denied Galway the chance to get back into the All-Ireland final against Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

Ian O’Riordan looks at five key turning points in the Cats’ All-Ireland final win

Dublin manager Jim Gavin Photograph ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

A week of controversy and debate ends with a seven-point win for Gavin’s side

Clare’s Podge Collins: “It’s going to go professional eventually. It’s just a matter of when and who makes that happen.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘Páirc Life’ looks at how GAA players feel about being amateurs in a professional era

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid and Richie Hogan: former player Derek Lyng must now instill confidence into the players: Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny selector says watching from the sideline creates a different kind of emotion

Michael Delaney: has served alongside manager Brian Cody since 2005 – a glorious period of success in Kilkenny hurling. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

In his decade with the Cats, their fitness trainer has sought to keep things fresh

Kilkenny’s Walter Walsh:  “Every player wants to be playing, but if someone is going better than you they deserve to be playing.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Under Brian Cody’s regime, current form alone determines team selection

Brian Cody: “We learn from each other, and we learn from matches. We learn from all the various aspects of the game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny manager’s killer instinct constantly being honed by adapting to ‘challenge’

Nickel Ashmeade, Usain Bolt, Nesta Carter and Astafa Powell take a picture with fans after winning gold in the 4x100m men relay during the Beijing 2015 IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium. Photo: Diego Azubel/PA

After the recent talk of cheating these championships were needed

Rob Heffernan came fifth in the 50km race walk in the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Inpho

Cork athlete fails to defend World Championship title as Matej Tóth takes the gold

Netherlands’ Dafne Schippers crosses  the finish line to win the 200m women’s final at the World Championships in Beijing. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch runner takes gold in a time of 21.63 - the third fastest in history

Gold medallist Usain Bolt turns to wave to the crowd during the victory ceremony for the men’s 200 metres. Photograph: Getty Images

Beijing has seen the second-longest-ever triple jump and the third-furthest javelin throw

Rob Heffernan on issue of doping in his event: “I hear about all these doping allegations, and I think to myself, ‘sure I’ve already known this the whole time.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork man feeling confident having trained for month in Atlas Mountains

A cameraman riding a segway drives into a celebrating Usain Bolt after the men’s 200m final at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing. Photograph: Rolex De La Pena/EPA

Jamaican sprinter reaches landmark as he completes sprint double over Justin Gatlin

Usain Bolt rounds the bend in his 200m semi-final at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

With two Kenyan athletes suspended for failing doping tests, all eyes are on 200m final

 Ciara Everard of Ireland competes in the Women’s 800 metres heats during day five of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images

Irish duo disappointed not to get out of their heats in World Championships

Dublin’s Denis Bastick: “A lot of it is mental. We are a better team. We have been improving the last few years but there is the mental factor in that.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Veteran midfielder says Jim Gavin’s side know what it takes to get over the line

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