Fionnuala McCormack: has been  building up again for another crack at the European Cross Country title which she claimed  in 2011-12. Photograph:  Eoin Noonan/Sportsfile/Getty Images

Two-time former European champion Fionnuala McCormack a notable absentee

Micheál Donoghue celebrates as Galway beat Waterford in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final at  Croke Park in September. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After league, Leinster and All-Ireland wins, Galway manager doesn’t mind losing in Boston

Dublin manager Pat Gilroy in Boston for the AIG Super 11’s Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston last weekend. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin manager will welcome players who commit to hurling, if it’s for the right reason

The Clare and Galway players clash at Fenway Park in Boston. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

All-Ireland champions beaten in Super 11s format as Dubs and Tipp bow out in semis

John Treacy winning the World Cross-Country title at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow, in 1978

In the NCAAs in 1992 it felt like half the teams were built around Irish runners

Dublin and Galway during the Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston on November 22nd, 2015, The game can  be remembered for the brawl  between the teams. Photograph: Ray McManus/Sportsfile

Super-11s is a shortened version of hurling designed for overseas players

Ronan Lynch in action for  Na Piarsaigh in the Limerick SHC Final against Kilmallock at the  Gaelic Grounds in Limerick. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh and Limerick hurler on the search for another Munster title

Pat Gilroy and Mickey Whelan pictured in 2011 during their time as manager and coach of the Dublin football team. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Anthony Cunningham, Mickey Whelan and Paddy O’Donoghue also brought in

Cork goalkeeper still aiming for Munster success with his club Kanturk

Rathnew arrive on the pitch for Sunday’s Leinster GAA Senior Club Football Championship quarter-final against St Vincent’s in Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tommy Grealy

Rathnew’s win over St Vincent’s could boost confidence in Wicklow county team

Rathnew’s Warren Kavanagh battles with Diarmuid Connolly of St Vincent’s during the Leinster club quarter-final in  Aughrim, Co Wicklow. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Leinster senior club football quarter-final: Wicklow side finish with 1-3 to seal progress

James Stafford’s late goal helped Rathnew to a surprise victory over St Vincent’s. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

James Stafford’s late goal ends Dublin champions’ hopes of eighth Leinster title

 During his career champion jockey Kieren Fallon resorted to “flipping”, when he would eat a normal meal, then almost immediately stick his finger down his throat and “pop the lot out”. Photograph: Inpho

Former champion jockey explored the ‘dark art of starving’ in order to succeed

Pat Hickey will not now return to Rio de Janeiro from Ireland for the trial date of November 29th, as was originally scheduled. Photograph: Alan Betson

The charges include alleged ticket touting, tax evasion and money laundering

Rathnew captain Leighton Glynn:  “We know it’s a massive challenge on Sunday, obviously.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Rathnew captain says his side will utilise their strength in midfield in testing clash

Carlow’s Mark Rennick and Dublin’s Paul Mannion during their  Leinster quarter-final at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise, in June. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin footballers were on the road for their last two opening championship games

Clare joint managers Gerry O’Connor and Donal Moloney. Former Galway minor coach Gavin Keary has been added to the backroom team. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy yet to officially announce make-up of backroom team

Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers crossing  the line  in  Merrion Square  during   Dublin Marathon 2017.  Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Events around Dublin Marathon give O’Hanlon the national title he deserves

Stephen Martin is to step down as the chief executive officer of the Olympic Council of Ireland. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Martin has held position of CEO since 2006, following a career as deputy CEO of Team GB

 Na Piarsaigh’s Shane Dowling: “Once we get out of our county we try to express ourselves. The hardest part is trying to get out of your county.”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Defending the Munster title has been the problem for the Limerick hurling club

Galway’s Gearóid McInerney and Jamie Barron of Waterford in the senior All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Both have collected an All-Star award. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Beaten All-Ireland finalists Waterford next best represented county with five awards

Gary O’Hanlon of Clonliffe Harriers A.C reacts after crossing the finish line during the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon 2017 at Merrion Square in Dublin City. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Freddy Sittuk came home first in Dublin marathon but result has been overturned

All-Ireland hurling final: 2018’s final will be played on August 19th. Photograph: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile via Getty Images

GAA director general Páraic Duffy says ‘dramatic’ changes will help club players

 The redevelopment of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The Rugby World Cup evaluation report  raises questions over its  suitability. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Eight GAA grounds have joined four rugby stadiums as part of Ireland’s World Cup bid

The first round of the leagues at the end of January will include a Croke Park double header. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Leinster and Munster hurling finals to take place on the one day in the 2018 season

Men’s national medalists at the Dublin Marathon, second-placed Gary O’Hanlon, Clonliffe Harriers A.C, race winner Freddy Sittuk of Raheny Shamrock, and third-placed Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Disappointed Gary O’Hanlon initially assumed he was the first Irish finisher on the day

 Laura Graham of Mourne Runners, Co Down, crosses the line at Merrion Square in Dublin city to be the first Irish finisher in the women’s category of the Dublin Marathon. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Co Down mother retains Irish title and places fourth overall with improved time of 2:39:06

Freddy Sittuk of Raheny Shamrocks after crossing the line to take the Irish title. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Sittuk won Irish men’s title despite hailing from, and training in, his native Kenya

I wouldn’t necessarily recommend a double espresso about 30 minutes before the start of a marathon except to say it always works well for me. 

Caffeine drinks, caffeine gels, caffeine powders, caffeine pills and no sex

A competitor in the Dublin Marathon last year. Jerry Kiernan’s time  of  2:13:45, set in 1982, remains  the fastest run by an Irish man in Dublin. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Jerry Kiernan: ‘Gym culture’ and strength and conditioning of little use to runners

Laura Graham crosses the finish line to win the ladies race in the 2017 Belfast City Marathon last May. Photograph: Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

Mother of four who started running at 31 is favourite for Sunday’s Dublin Marathon

Ireland athletics manager Patsy McGonagle has stepped down from his position. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

The Donegal man held the position for 25 years which included four Olympic Games

Joe Kernan: “The beauty of this series is that there are players who are going to come out of the woodwork that you would not have thought of.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

But no Dublin players available to travel to the two-Test series in Australia

Donal Og Cusack will not be involved with the Clare hurlers again in 2018. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Cusack acted as a coach and selector with Moloney and O’Connor this season

 Ryan McHugh:  “You can’t blame Dublin, they’re setting the bar at that level. It’s about trying to be the best we can be.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

McHugh’s club has set up Ulster showdown against Monaghan champions Scotstown

Limerick’s Shane Dowling:  “I don’t think Limerick are a million miles away, but time will tell.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Na Piarsaigh face into a Munster campaign looking to repeat All-Ireland run of 2015/2016

Sonia O’Sullivan on her way to finishing second in the 1500m at the 1993 World Championships. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Wada are taking the matter seriously having reviewed documentary aired on German TV

Shona Heaslip competes in the  5,000m Women’s Final at the World Student  Games in Taipei, Taiwan. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

An Riocht AC representative displays strong development over 6km at national campus

Chinese athletics coach Ma Junren at a press conference in Beijing, 1993. Photograph: Manuel Ceneta/AFP/Getty Images

Former team doctor says all Chinese medals won in the 1980s and 1990s are tainted

Brother John Dooley reckons in all there are 55 to 60 Irish athletes on scholarship this year, a still-successful side of the sport that is sometimes forgotten. Photograph: Matthew Lewis/Getty Images

For young Irish athletes, the scholarship path to US universities is far from a dead end

Roscommon’s Enda Smith:   was speaking at a promotion for AIB-produced Behind The Gates, a four-part miniseries about Roscommon’s championship. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Player ready to give it a go as his side look to build on quarter-final replay defeat to Mayo

 John Meyler has been confirmed as the new Cork hurling manager. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former under-21 manager and father of David takes over from Kieran Kingston

Johnny Coen in Croke Park to launch the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic. “There’s a serious effort required, hopefully we can replicate what we did this year.”  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Midfielder says panel’s eventful trip to Boston in 2015 helped bring squad together

Pat Gilroy: “This team will have a different culture to the football team, and will have a different culture to this current football team. Things just adapt based on the people that are in the group.” 

‘The thing for Dublin is to try and become a top-four team consistently,’ says new boss

 Michael Cahill in Croke Park to launch the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. “Whatever it is about Tipperary, rumours seem to fly.”  Photograph:  Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Thurles Sarsfields defender hopeful Cathal Barrett returns to Tipp squad for new season

 New Dublin hurling manager Pat Gilroy in Croke Park to launch the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

‘A lot of it is their mindset, their physical conditioning, their diets - all the package’

The Budget will present Leo Varadkar with the chance to set send out a statement about exactly how much he values sport in what will be his first properly financial act as Taoiseach.

Budget will present Varadkar with chance to set send out statement about sport's value

Already there is some uncertainty surrounding the date for next year’s All-Ireland Football final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Date of football final in doubt due to planned papal visit to Ireland in late August

Referee Jerome Henry covered the max distance in football (11.7km) in the All-Ireland Round 2A qualifier, Laois vs Clare, in Portlaoise. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All national hurling and football referees were tracked using GPS units this summer

Pat Gilroy: firmly in the frame to take over as manager of  the Dublin senior hurling team. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Crucial county board meeting will also consider successful Cuala boss Mattie Kenny

Jamie Barron: The Nire/Fourmilewater dual star, a candidate for hurler of the year, said: “It’s all a backlog of games being called off due to ourselves going so far in the championship.” Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

County won’t have their football championship completed in time for Munster action

Ireland’s Sean Cavanagh in action against  Jackson Geary of Victoria Football League in Melbourne in 2014. Cavanagh is club-tied with Moy this year.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ireland manager Joe Kernan faces task recruiting All-Ireland winners for Australia

 Minister for Sport Shane Ross is July made the crazy suggestion that Ireland should bid for the  Olympics, should its hosting of the 2023 Rugby World Cup prove successful. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Dublin half marathon last weekend hardly a major sporting event yet problems emerged

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Shane Aston (decathlon), Ciara Neville (60m),  CX+Sport chief executive Tom MacGuinness and Mick Clohisey (marathon) at the unveiling  of the latest Athletics Ireland team kit

Irish athletes to wear the new kit in international competitions through to 2020

Kevin Doyle has retired from football on medical grounds. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The 34-year-old has suffered repeated headaches and two concussions this season

 Conor McKenna of the Essendon Bombers in action against the  Carlton Blues.  “At the minute I am happy there and I’ll see after four years what happens.”  Photograph:  Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Ex-Tyrone minor has secured a four-year full-time deal with AFL side Essendon

 Ireland International Rules manager Joe Kernan with  Tyrone native Conor McKenna who now plays with AFL side Essendon. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Manager yet to get full commitment from any of Dublin’s All-Ireland football winners

 Mayo’s Andy Moran with Michael Fitzsimons of Dublin: “In terms of football this is what we do, what we love, so we just go again.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Mayo veteran has no intention of giving up pursuit of his goal – All-Ireland glory

Galway’s Conor Cooney celebrates with the Liam MacCarthy cup after the All-Ireland final victory over Waterford. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

All-Ireland winner backing the GAA’s bid to revise the hurling championship format

Mayo’s Andy Moran and Waterford’s Jamie Barron were confirmed as the PwC GAA/GPA Players of the Month for August in football and hurling. Pictured is Andy Moran of Mayo after being presented with his award. Photo: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The 33-year-old full forward was named as the GAA/GPA Player of the Month for August

Stephen Roche and Sean Kelly at the Nissan Classic in 1988. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Barry Ryan’s new book ‘The Ascent’ looks at doping in Irish cycling which media ignored

A dejected Mayo manager Stephen Rochford at the final whistle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

‘We rattled the post with a free kick in injury time. And Dean Rock nails it, and that’s the margin

 James McCarthy turned in an all round man-of-the-match performance. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Ian O’Riordan assesses the Dublin performances as history is made at Croke Park

Mayo manager Stephen Rochford after his side’s All-Ireland final defeat to Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager saw his side pipped by a point in All-Ireland final for second year in a row

Classroom visits by All-Ireland winners a still effective strategy for improving participation levels among school children. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

In a sports-mad nation why is one in four Irish schoolchildren considered overweight?

Cian O’Sullivan in action against Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

A swim, a meal and a movie on Saturday all part of Dublin defender’s preparations

New OCI president Sarah Keane. She can influence positive changes through athlete support and improved results.   Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Athletes left to fend for themselves may just lose heart, faith and confidence in the OCI

 Star of Erin  GAA club at  Glencullen in the Dublin mountains. The club was founded in 1903. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

GAA club is 10 miles from O’Connell Street but a million miles from Croke Park

Ciarán Kilkenny: “You’re just so in that bubble – the heat of the battle, in Croke Park.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

The forward believes Dublin have strength in depth. But he won’t look beyond Sunday

 Professor John Coolahan,  Sonia O’Sullivan and Labhrás Ó Murchú at the ceremony in DCU where they were awarded Honorary Doctorates. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

‘The enormity of the individual ambition became inextricably intertwined with that of the nation’

All-Ireland champions: Jim Gavin and the Dublin captain, Stephen Cluxton, with the Sam Maguire Cup in 2015. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘The ultimate test is an All-Ireland final against a great Mayo team’

As selector to Jim Gavin, Declan Darcy won two under-21 All-Irelands in five seasons; Darcy was again his first choice as selector when Gavin was offered the top job in 2013. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Selector says current success is not down to size but the work done ten years ago

Last week, a court in Rio de Janeiro set a date in November for the start of Pat Hickey’s trial on the charges related to the Rio Olympic Games. Photograph: Alan Betson

In letter to IOC, Hickey reiterated his innocence over alleged ticket touting charges

 Chris Froome (centre) of Sky is likely to  become the first rider in history to win the Tour de France and Vuelta in succession. Photograph: Javier Lizon/EPA

Ian O’Riordan: Aside from the grey area of marginal gains their smothering tactics are boring fans

Kevin Nolan in action against Kerry’s Donnchadh Walsh in the 2011 All-Ireland final in which Nolan won the man-of-the-match award. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former Dublin All-Ireland winner still harbours ambitions of intercounty football

Seán Cavanagh with Dublin’s Paul Flynn: “All things being equal I think Dublin are going to dominate for a while to come.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

‘I believe they’re the best team I’ve ever seen play the game’ says Tyrone legend

Joe Connolly: “It’s mad that it’s been that length of time for a start but it’s great that it has come around at long last.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Former Galway captain relieved class of 2017 have finally emulated team of the 80s

Waterford’s Barry Coughlan gets to grips with Jonathan Glynn during the All-Ireland final at Croke Park. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ardrahan club man delighted to be rewarded for long commute with an All-Ireland medal

Micheál Donoghue: only when the final whistle went was the Galway manager swept up in the emotion of it all. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty

The manager gave a masterclass in precision during the All-Ireland final

Micheál Donoghue celebrates with Galway supporters after his side beat Waterford to win the All-Ireland SHC. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The myth and the truth of Galway hurling combine as Tribesmen sink Waterford

Galway’s David Burke lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup after they beat Waterford to win the 2017 All-Ireland senior hurling championship title. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Ian O’Riordan rates the victorious Tribesmen after their pulsating Croke Park win

Waterford’s young star Austin Gleeson has, according to Dan Shanahan, the winning formula that sets him apart from the masses: he is both talented and works hard. Photograph: Inpho

Be it running, cycling or hurling, talent and dedication are crucial to rising above the rest

Waterford’s Kevin Moran tries to block Darragh Fitzgibbon during the  semi-final. “We have to try and set up as best we can to prevent teams from scoring goals.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Veteran backs manager McGrath for devising a successful game plan for the county

Waterford manager Derek McGrath and selector Dan Shanahan. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The Waterford sideline’s little and large have a date with destiny in Croke Park

John Mullane loves his county so much that he says he’ll ride a horse naked down the quays in Waterford if they win. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Connacht hopes for first double, GAA goes global, numbers game, team talk and more

Waterford’s selector Dan Shanahan and manager Derek McGrath: McGrath offers up  Shanahan as  proof the entire squad have bought into their style of play. Photograph: Inpho

“It’s not as if we think we know everything,” says coach of team’s sweeper system

Galway’s Joe Canning: brother Ollie Canning thinks Galway are a more balanced team this year, more composed. Photograph: Inpho

Joe Canning will be seeking elusive senior title while nephew Jack is in the minor showdown

Eoin Murphy in action for Waterford during the 2008 All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ticket allocations for Galway and Waterford, numbers game, team talk and more

Jim Gavin prepares to introduce Diarmuid Connolly. Photograph: Inpho/Ryan Byrne

Dublin manager keen to praise Tyrone and take one game at a time

Colm Cavanagh at Tyrone GAA HQ in Garvaghey: “I think we are in a good enough place at the moment to take on Dublin.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/Presseye/Inpho

Towering figure has become a real leader this season for Mickey Harte’s improving side

Aidan McCrory: “Every team is beatable. But in order to beat them it will take the best of what we have.” Photograph: William Cherry/Presseye/Inpho

Aidan McCrory believes integration of fresh talent has made for a potent Red Hand mix

Mickey Harte: “When you play Dublin in Croke Park in the championship, it might as well be an All-Ireland final because the atmosphere is there.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne

Veteran manager relishing the task of pitting his charges against champions Dublin

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea and Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy at the GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Semi-Final at  Croke Park.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mayo manager won’t say if O’Shea will again mark Kieran Donaghy in replay

 Kieran Donaghy celebrates a Kerry goal  beside Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Éamonn Fitzmaurice: ‘We felt maybe it would be down list of possible options’

Mayo’s Andy Moran scores his side’s opening goal despite the attempted block of Kerry’s Johnny Buckley during the All-Ireland SFC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sides will meet again at Croke Park next Saturday to decide All-Ireland final spot

Mickey Harte on Diarmuid Connolly: “He’s absolutely a quality player, and has developed into an even better player than he was when he first came on the scene.” Photograph: Declan Roughan/Inpho/Presseye

Tyrone manager relishing the shot at the back-to-back All-Ireland champions

No wonder West Ham’s opening games of last season were marred by infighting among home and rival supporters. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Perfect for athletics, it will never feel quite at home as a football stadium

Former OCI President Pat Hickey has claimed there are significant inaccuracie sin Justice Carroll Moran’s report on the Rio ticket touting controversy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

However Hickey is ‘pleased to see my reputation and good name have been cleared’

Seb Coe: “We wouldn’t be in the business of marking our own homework at this stage.”  Photograph:  Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Walker was best of the Irish in London in what was his final major championships

Rob Heffernan crosses the finish line in eighth place in London. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Yohann Diniz takes the 50km walk gold as Irish great rages against dying of the light

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