Mayo’s Evan Regan appeals after  a point  is waved wide during the All-Ireland SFC Round 4A Qualifier against Cork at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Mayo make it seven quarter-finals in a row; Peader Healy steps down as Cork boss

The first mountain bike trail in the Dublin Mountains at Ticknock Forrest, near Sandyford, Co Dublin. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Glencullen golf course has been adapted to an activity circuit, a sign of changing times

Tyrone celebrate their Ulster title win. “You might win one game, but you won’t beat a Kerry or a Dublin or a Tyrone back-to-back. I’ve no doubt about that,” says O’Brien. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

Carlow boss says new system will ensure that strong counties grow even stronger

Irish sprinter secures rare sprinting gold medal in Italy

Mayo endured a similarly stuttering championship campaign last year – but they still reached the final and forced eventual champions Dublin to a replay.

Former Mayo boss believes struggling Rebels are still capable of producing a big display

 Thomas Barr is back in training in perfect timing for this weekend’s Irish Life Health National Championships at Santry. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

400 metres hurdler hopes to be in rude health for National Championships at Santry

Sonia O’Sullivan presenting her daughter Sophie with a medal at Cork City Sports on Tuesday evening. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

'It’s important for young athletes to explore and enjoy the things beyond the track'

 Clare coach and selector Donal Óg Cusack with joint managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The former Cork champion hopes to coach his Clare team to victory at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Ireland’s Jason Smyth (right) wins the Men’s 200m T13 Final during day five of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships at London Stadium. Photo: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

The Irish sprinter continued his complete dominance of the T13 200m in London

Down’s Jerome Johnston with Cathal McCarron of Tyrone during the Ulster football final at Clones. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Substitute Ronan O’Neill grabs two goals as Harte’s men see off outclassed Down

 Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop celebrate their gold medals at the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London. Photograph: Luc Percival/Sportsfile

Duo claim victories within 10 minutes of each other at World Para Athletics Championships

Sean Cavanagh is tackled during Tyrone’s Ulster SFC final win over Down. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

Mickey Harte lifts Anglo-Celt Cup for a sixth time as his side ultimately cruise to victory

Britain’s  Mo Farah wins the  3,000m at the r Anniversary Games at London Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The question of whether or not he is clean will continue to follow him no matter what

Cian O’Neill: “We’ve invested a lot of time, energy and hard work into trying to get our game plan right.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian O’Neill’s side braced for crucial test against defending All-Ireland champions

The Olympics in Ireland is a simply ridiculous idea and Shane Ross needs to step into the real world. Photo: Getty Images

The assertion that Ireland could host the Olympics is absolutely and utterly ludicrous

Clare selector Donal Óg Cusack said in no way were his loyalties tested during Sunday’s  Munster SHC final against Cork. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Clare selector and former Cork goalkeeper calls for standardisation of sliotar manufacture

The start of last year’s Dublin marathon. Photograph: Inpho

All 20,000 race entries filled over three months ahead of the event on October 29th

Jim Gavin at the Dublin senior football press conference, at The Gibson Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Inpho

Gavin has resumed full cooperation with RTE in terms of doing one-on-one interviews

Niall Kelly eludes a challenge from Colm Begley  of Laois: “We’re under no illusions about what Dublin can bring, what they will bring.” Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

‘We don’t think it’s a foregone conclusion’ says impressive Lilywhite forward

Jonny Cooper: “There seems to be a good bit of expectation amongst themselves, Kildare GAA, and the team, and they’ve a manager, a coach, who’s put a lot into them.”

Dublin stalwart is looking forward to locking horns with an expectant Kildare again

Clare have apologised to Cork for a member of their backroom team throwing away Anthony Nash’s sliotars. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cork will not take the matter further, having considered approach to Munster Council

Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash and Damian Cahalane celebrate after the final whistle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meanwhile, the indications are that Brian Cody will be back for more with Kilkenny

The new Páirc Uí Chaoimh will open up for the hurling quarter-finals on the weekend of July 22nd and July 23rd. Photograph: Cork County Board.

Renovated stadium will open its doors again for meeting of Clare and Tipperary on July 22nd

Roscommon players celebrate after beating Galway to win the Connacht SFC. Photo: Bryan Keane/Inpho

A year ago no one would have believed Roscommon or Cork could do what they did

Waterford’s Tadhg de Burca gets his shot away despite pressure from TJ Reid of Kilkenny at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland SHC Qualifier: Kilkenny were out-hurled both in normal and extra-time

Waterford’s Maurice Shanahan celebrates after the All-Ireland hurling qualifier win over Kilkenny at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Cats rage against the dying of the light in seismic Semple Stadium clash

Germany’s John Degenkolb and Great Britain’s Mark Cavendish lie on the ground after falling near the finish line of the fourth stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday. Photograph: Jeff Pachoud/AFP/Getty Images

Mark Cavendish’s injury shows the risks on the bike, but running is a different level

Clare player Podge Collins: “Cork are the form side, will be favourites. They gave us a nice trimming in the league down in Páirc Uí Rinn.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player says final is ‘massive occasion’ for county given their poor record over the years

Dublin defender Cian O’Callaghan: believes all the pressure will be on Tipperary in the knockout qualifier at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Optimistic defender hoping to make amends for hammering inflicted in league clash

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly: player who is serving a 12-week suspension will become eligible to play for Dublin in the semi-finals if they advance. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cooper believes team-mate was ‘probably’ hard done by in ‘Sunday Game’ analysis

Kilkenny’s Liam Blanchfield under pressure from Seamus Hickey of Limerick at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Limerick fearless but wasteful and naive in encounter Cody calls ‘hell for leather’

Kilkenny’s Pádraig Walsh under pressure from David Dempsey of Limerick during the All-Ireland Round One hurling qualifier at Nowlan Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Brian Cody’s side were lucky that the visitors were so off target at Nowlan Park

Pat Hickey:  gave his version of events surrounding  Rio  when interviewed by Paul Williams on Newstalk Breakfast.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Ex-OCI boss fails to address key questions about tickets controversy in interview

Éamonn Cregan: “In Nowlan Park, Kilkenny will always be competitive, and I still think they will be a force to be reckoned with as the championship progresses.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Former star Éamonn Cregan says victory in Nowlan Park a big ask for a young team

Mona McSharry has won 50m breaststroke gold at the European Junior Championships. Photograph: Giorgio Perottino/Inpho

16-year-old from Donegal wins 50-metre breaststroke in Netanya, Israel

Jack O’Connor: “I love playing, I love championship matches. That’s what I train for, and this is what’s going to be the end product.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Wexford team mascot in 1997 now looking forward to facing Galway in Leinster final

Tipperary’s Pádraic Maher in action against Cork. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Meeting of Kilkenny and Limerick the highlight of hurling qualifier draw

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald in the team huddle ahead of the Allianz Hurling League quarter-final against Kilkenny at Nowlan Park in April. Photograph:  Ken Sutton/Inpho

Wexford’s hurling manager reflects on a dynamic time for the county

Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke. Photograph:  Philip Magowan/Inpho/Presseye

Defeat last year to Longford ended the summer campaign earlier than expected

Dublin manager Jim Gavin hit out at Pat Spillane and ‘The Sunday Game’ over comments on Diarmuid Connolly. Photo: Inpho

Even ‘The Sunday Game’ themselves fell for it. Maybe Connolly should have been let off?

Down’s Conor Maginn and Kieran Hughes of Monaghan contest a high ball at the Athletic Grounds. Photograph: Philip Magowan/Inpho

Eamonn Burns’ charges produce an energetic, skilful display to shock Monaghan

Mark English (centre) finishing second to  Thijmen Kupers  of The Netherlands in the men’s 800m at Stockholm last week. English registered an impressive victory  in 1:49.02 at the European Team Championships in Finland. Photo: Anders Wiklund/EPA

Ireland secure First League status at European Team Championships in Vaasa

Down’s Ryan Johnston takes on his man. Photograph: Inpho

Darragh O’Hanlon’s second half penalty puts Down in their first Ulster final since 2012

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt  embraces South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk after winning the “Salute to a Legend” 100 metres during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica. Photograph: Bryan Cummings/AP

Wayde van Niekerk already has the times to claim the mantle of the retiring Usain Bolt

OCI president Sara Keane at the organisation’s pre-AGM media briefing at the Davenport Hotel. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

President Sarah Keane confirms costs to date are €1.5 million – and rising

The OCI has paid out €1.04 million in legal fees alone.

‘The past year has been extremely damaging, financially, as well as reputationally’

The late introduction of Dermot Malone before  the Ulster quarter-final win over Cavan illustrates Monaghan’s strength in depth. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Experience the key to Malachy O’Rourkes’s side reaching four of the last five Ulster finals

Claire McCarthy running the Women’s Half Marathon at the 2016 European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam. Her selection for London was confirmed last month. Photograph: Karel Delvoije/Inpho

Returning to distance running after giving birth is not child’s play, but has real benefits

Bernard Brogan: his proven quality will still be an asset for  Dublin this summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Proven forward still has plenty to offer Jim Gavin this summer, reckons his brother

Davy Fitzgerald confronts Jason Forde during the league semi-final at Nowlan Park.  “I deserved the ban, I was on the field, and if you’re on the field, that’s it, you accept it.”  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

New vantage point proved an eye-opener for Wexford manager in the defeat of Kilkenny

Roscommon’s Conor Devaney with Dean McGovern and James Rooney of Leitrim in the Connacht senior football  semi-final at Dr Hyde Park. Photograph: INPHO/Donall Farmer

Roscommon finish Connacht senior football semi-final with 10 different scorers

Part of the former athletics track at Belfield is now being used as a car park. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Six years later, Ireland’s biggest university lacks a proper suitable facility for athletes

 Caster Semenya winning the women’s   800m  at the Golden League Bislett Games in Oslo. Photograph: Vidar Ruud/Reuters

Implications of intersex athletes and hyperandrogenism yet to be finally addressed

Ireland’s Thomas Barr came third in the Diamond League meeting in Oslo. Photo: Inpho

Despite running in last lane, 24-year-old surged to claim third in Diamond League race

Cathal McCarron and Michael Murphy of Donegal in last year’s Ulster SFC final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Rejuvenated and younger Donegal side ready for familiar Ulster rivals Tyrone

Mayo’s Tom Parsons as the the launch of the  GPA’s  new three year strategic plan. Photograph:  Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Defeat to Galway in Connacht semi-final won’t halt a side used to dealing with adversity

Dermot Earley: launched the GPA’s 45-page strategic plan, entitled Players Thrive On and Off the Field. Photograph:  Seb Daly/Sportsfile

GPA CEO wants to consult with members on ‘Super 8’ plans for hurling championship

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean is aiming for titles and new records. Photograph: Inpho

‘Sonia was a fantastic athlete, if I can go after some of those records it would be special’

 Sean Armstrong is congratulated by supporters after the semi-final victory over Mayo at Salthill. Photograph: Cathal Noonan

Skilful forward delighted to be playing his part in Kevin Walsh’s improving panel

Galway’s Sean Armstrong is congratulated by supporters after beating Mayo. Photograph: Inpho

‘Everyone knows what Sean brings to the panel; he is a natural corner-forward’

A view of the ongoing redevelopment at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

New Páirc Uí Chaoimh stadium won’t be ready to host first game until mid-July

 Conor Moynagh reacts to Ryan Connolly’s miss at the end of the game. Photograph: Tom Beary/Inpho

Width of a post denies Cavan a replay as Ryan Connolly’s shot hits the woodwork

 Paul Hession celebrates winning his  200m heat at the Beijing Olympic Games. Hession’s national records for the  100m and 200 metres, set in 2007, still stand. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Could the likes of Jack McCaffrey or Sean Murphy have been another Paul Hession?

Seán O’Shea has impressed Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice while training with the senior panel. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice has added U21 stars to senior panel ahead of Clare clash

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly walks away from linesman Ciaran Branagan against Carlow. Photograph: Inpho

Is 12 weeks enough or too much? ‘Looking at the incident on its own, it’s a little bit harsh’

Michael Murphy at Croke Park where the GAA and GPA announced  a new partnership with Pat the Baker. Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Donegal star dismisses suggestions that supplements are being widely abused

Pádraic Maher: says criticism has helped bring the Tipperary squad together.  Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Defender believes some of commentary on Cathal Barrett was ‘ridiculous’ and ‘personal’

 Henry Shefflin reckons Kilkenny will be a completely different proposition to what Wexford faced in early April, and injury worries aside, Brian Cody (pictured) will have done his homework this time. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Quarter-final defeat to Wexford has primed Cody’s men for semi-final, says Shefflin

Aogán Ó Fearghail is hopeful that the proposals will also help ease the club fixture problems. Photograph: Inpho

Proposals would mean Leinster and Munster Championships would be on round-robin basis

 Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice is not happy with Sport Ireland. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Kerry boss unhappy with length of the process and asks how was it leaked to media?

 Ciara Neville of Castletroy College, Co Limerick, embraces Aoife Lynch of Luttrellstown, Co Dublin, after winning the Senior Girl’s 100m at Tullamore.  Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Her performances help Castletroy to the senior girls’ team title at Tullamore

Louth’s Beven Duffy and Jim McEneaney tackle Graham Reilly of Meath. Photograph: Inpho

Graham Reilly hits seven points from play as match remains tight until final quarter

Brendan O’Sullilvan: he took one capsule before the game and another at half-time before making an appearance as a substitute in last year’s league final against Dublin Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Delay over publicising the banned stimulant Brendan O’Sullivan took quite mystifying

Brendan O’Sullivan:  did not consult with or check with the Kerry team nutritionist    before ingesting the Oxyburn Pro Superthermotech tablet. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Why did it take 13 months to identify product which presents a risk for similar cases?

Jamie Clarke: opted out for the entire 2016 season but re-established himself during Armagh’s league run this year. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Corner forward to start for first time in two years in Ulster quarter-final against Down

Brendan O’Sullivan’s failed drugs test was cause by fat-burning pills called ‘Oxyburn Pro Superthermotech.’ Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Sport Ireland reduced Kerry player’s ban for taking ‘contaminated product’ to 21 weeks

Clare’s Aron Shanagher in action against Waterford’s  Stephen Daniels and Conor Gleeson during the teams’ league clash at Cusack Park in March. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho e

Skilful forward expecting a fierce battle with Limerick as rivals vie for coveted final place

“It’s unfortunate in this case that Cathal was out injured and he let his guard down.”

County secretary suggests door will remain open for possible return

Armagh’s Jamie Clarke at the launch of the 2017 Global Games Development Fund. Photo: Gary Carr/Inpho

The 26-year-old will play championship football for the first time since 2015 this year

Laois’s Charles Dwyer, Wexford’s John Tubritt and Laois’s Ross King become involved in an off the ball tussle during the Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final at  O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Davy Fitzgerald’s absence not felt as Wexford push home advantage in second half

Kerry have confirmed footballer Brendan O’Sullivan (R) missed a drugs test after last year’s Allianz League final. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Offence came in wake of 2016 Allianz League final defeat to Dublin at Croke Park

Wheel deal: Carlow GAA Football Manager Turlough O’Brien has just published a book, ‘Cycling South Leinster: Great Road Routes’. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Manager wants his team to shake their negative self-image as they prepare to face Dublin

Sam Barry: “The dream is to become number one in the world, to win Grand Slams and stuff. The reality is I’ve got to be top-100 before I can even start talking about that.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A documentary about the Irish tennis player shows just how isolated the tour can be

Wexford’s Lee Chin at the launch of the Global Games Development Fund at  Iveagh House in Dublin on Wednesday. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Banned hurling manager ‘sees everything, we just can’t see him’, says Lee Chin

Dublin’s Shane Barrett: “Hopefully on Sunday now, we right the wrongs and come out with a win. And I’m very confident we can.” Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defender Shane Barrett says he is confident Dublin can up their game to beat Galway

Carlow’s Brendan Murphy scores a late goal during their Leinster SFC first round win over Wexford. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Wexford manager Séamus McEnaney held back in his assessment of referee Fergal Kelly

Tipperary’s Séamus Callanan takes on Cork’s Damian Cahalane during last year’s Munster championship meeting. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Fermanagh face tough task in Clones, Mayo to get past Sligo while Tipperary and Cork clash

Former president of the Olympic Council of Ireland Pat Hickey, is still awaiting a court date to face ticket-touting charges in Brazil. Photograph: Getty Images

Change will happen regardless of outcome of the still pending ticket-touting charges

John Treacy talking the silver medal in Los Angeles in 1984 with  a time of 2:09:56

Dick Hooper say Irish athletes ‘went soft in their thinking and willingness to do the work’

 Monaghan manager Malachy O’Rourke has this season welcomed back a fully fit  Jack McCarron (left). Photograph: INPHO/Presseye/Trevor Lucy

Fermanagh not sure of fitness of key players such as Ryan Jones and Tomas Corrigan

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea: “I am good even though I obviously missed out on some game fitness I would liked to have had coming into the championship.” Photograph:  INPHO/Donall Farmer

Player has been dropped despite coming off the bench in final two league games

Kevin McManamon at the launch of the Topaz Cash for Clubs in Ringsend, Dublin, on Wednesday. Photograph:  INPHO/James Crombie

Psychology behind McManamon’s game has taken him from an ‘imposter’ to a winner

Eoin Morton  celebrates winning the second stage of the Rás last year from Mullingar to Charleville in Cork. Photograph: INPHO/Ryan

Morton last year became first rider with a full-time job to win a Rás stage in seven years

Kevin McManamon in action for club side St Jude’s. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Forward raring to go ahead of June 3rd Leinster opener against Wexford or Carlow

Wexford manager Seamus McEnaney: “I think it’s been cut and dried for the last 10 years . . . I think Dublin are still streaks ahead of everyone else.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Wexford manager enjoying challenge but stresses coaches ‘life commitment’

Cork’s Seamus Harnedy tackles Michael Cahill of Tipperary. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

All-Ireland champions are still haunted by 16 point defeat to Galway in the league final

Wicklow manager Johnny Magee: “It will be interesting to see the loss of players, next year, and not just in Wicklow, but all the so-called weaker counties. Just getting fellas committing to county squads. I hope I’m wrong, but I think there will be.”

Wicklow manager says it’s been a frustrating season so far ahead of Leinster first round

Tipperary’s Jason Forde clashes with Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny in April. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

One-match ban rules Forde out of Munster hurling quarter-final against Cork on Sunday

Olympian Mick Clohisey, international athlete Clare Gibbons-McCarthy, reigning national champion Laura Graham and two-time national marathon champion Sean Hehir, launched the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon and Race Series at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

2017 race, taking place on a Sunday for second year, will increase competitors to 20,000

Mark Bradley enjoyed All-Ireland under-21 success with Tyrone in 2015. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Mark Bradley, Niall Kelly, Michael Daly, Jack Barry and Con O’Callaghan set for big years

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