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

The Shay Elliot Memorial in the Wicklow Mountains, with the yellow jersey he wore in the 1963 Tour de France. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

An AFL champion and Irish cycling greats are fondly remembered on the climb

Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman in 2015. Photograph: Jeffrey R Staab/CBS/Getty

Dylan has never tried to please anyone but himself, and at 75 he powers through a two-hour set, mischievous, buoyant and brillian(...)

Donegal’s Stephen McBrearty after winning the 2014 Minor Football Championship. Photo: Inpho

The young Kilcar player, brother of Patrick, intends on spending the summer in the US

 Conor McDonald of Wexford: “I don’t think Davy Fitzgerald gets enough credit for that, what he can do, and what he can bring out of players.” Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Conor McDonald says Wexford now have complete faith in themselves

Lindsay Peat with son Barra: “At 36, with an 18-month-old son, Barra, some might say she’s already done it all.” Photograph: Inpho

Incredibly versatile sportswoman now targeting the next World Cup with Ireland

 Dublin defender Michael Fitzsimons at the AIG Heroes event in  Blubell Community Centre with pupils from St Ultan’s school in Cherry Orchard. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Defender not taking anything for granted as Dublin go for sixth straight Leinster title

Dublin goalkeeper Conor Dooley with pupils from St Ultan’s school in Cherry Orchard at the AIG Heroes day in Bluebell Community Centre. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Goalkeeper Conor Dooley confident team has enough ‘leaders’ to take on Galway

Micheál Donoghue: “We’re under no illusion that it’s still going to be a step up for the championship.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Manager brushes off some local criticism of ‘celebrations’ after league final win over Tipp

Bob Dylan: too many album, which to choose?

After a seven-year hiatus, the bard released the wonderful, deeply personal ‘Time Out of Mind’ in 1997

Andy McEntee: “They still looked pretty decent that day, against a pretty decent Kerry team. But it does show they can be beaten.” Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Meath manager has delivered All-Ireland club glory for Ballyboden St Enda’s

Pierce O’Callaghan judging the men’s 50k race walk at the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships in 2009. Photograph: ©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Irishman’s proposal to ‘retire’ the current list of world champions draws fire

Brian Cody: “There are four or five teams who more or less on a regular basis could win the All-Ireland final.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Most successful GAA manager says he retains ‘a huge confidence in our players’

Síofra  Cléirigh Büttner, right, with her Villanova team-mates after their victory in the Penn Relays at Philadelphia’s  Franklin Field.

Irish athlete helps Villanova University record a triple success in the distance relays

Jack McCaffrey: “Playing for Dublin was a childhood dream of mine, and I love every minute of it.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Year away hasn’t diminished wish to aid Dublin’s push for third Sam Maguire in a row

Aidan O’Shea: “We’ve had a few good battles with Dublin. They’ve had the upper hand . . . but we didn’t need Kerry for us to know Dublin are beatable.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mayo talisman wants to reclaim Connacht title en route to a crack at All-Ireland glory

Clare’s Podge Collins in action against Waterford. For now he is  concentrating on Clare’s forthcoming Munster championship  with Limerick. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Willing Banner servant says trying to play both codes at top level took too big a toll

Sonia O’Sullivan could lose her outdoor 2,000 metres world record. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

Irish runner set outdoor 2,000 metres mark back in 1994

Joey Barton:  banned for 18 months after he admitted to  placing over 15,000 bets across a range of sports since 2004, including 1,260 on football. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

The more obsessed and consumed we are with elite sport, the less active we’ve become

Fans interfere with the scoreboard during the All-Ireland under-21 final of 2002. Galway defeated Dublin by 0-15 to 0-7. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Dublin and Galway will bring down the curtain on the most competitive of GAA competitions

Dublin’s Cillian O’Shea made his breakthrough at under-21 level. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Cillian O’Shea and his team-mates face Galway in historic game in Tullamore

Polish native Lukasz Kirszenstein has also worked with Irish women’s rugby team and with Munster rugby academy. Photograph: Colm O’Neill/Inpho

Polish strength and conditioning coach switched to Tribesmen from All-Ireland winners

Galway captain David Burke celebrates with the Division One trophy, with his neice and nephew. Photograph: Inpho

David Burke: ‘Getting up for games all the time, can be hard. We’ve to be on our guard’

Brendan O’Neill, at the back of the three runners, taking part in the R3 Race across the  Grand Canyon.

Brendan O’Neill took on a scorching endurance run that’s all about the finishing, not the time

Conor Cooney: back hurling with confidence  after a spate of injuries which sidelined him on and off for 18 months. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In-form forward now injury-free and looking forward to league final against Tipperary

Former Kilkenny hurler Henry Shefflin: Fitzgerald’s pitch incursion “crossed the line”.  Photograph:  ©INPHO/James Crombie

Even if Fitzgerald gets a sideline ban, Shefflin believes his presence will still be felt

Liam Sheedy: “You don’t win All-Irelands in April.”Andrew Paton/Inpho

All-Ireland victors in mood to double up on silverware ahead of championship campaign

 Galway’s Aidan Harte and Tipperary’s Noel McGrath at the Allianz Hurling League Division One final preview at Croke Park. Photograph:   Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Classy Tipperary forward expecting another close battle against old rivals Galway

Galway’s Aidan Harte: “We’re not looking past Sunday . . . Will it define our season if we lose the game? Probably not.” Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Galway corner back looks forward to challenge posed by free-scoring Tipperary forwards

Limerick’s Gearóid Hegarty with Daithí Burke of Galway during the semi-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Confident Tribesmen show their ample experience to secure showdown with Tipperary

Limerick’s Kyle Hayes in action against  Adrian Tuohy of Galway during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-final at the  Gaelic Grounds. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Tribesmen run out 10-point winners at the Gaelic Grounds

Rob Heffernan at City Hall in Cork with his bronze  medal from the    London Olympic  50km walk. Photograph: INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Cork man Rob Heffernan has the chance to compete in a record sixth Olympics

Cork cyclist Eddie Dunbar won the under-23 race at the Tour of Flanders in Belgium – a  gruelling 168km contest with some of world’s  best young riders

New generation of cyclists deserve more recognition for their achievements

Lydia Gurley in action on the velodrome. “I think any of the coaching staff will tell you the only reason I’m still here is because I just wouldn’t go away. I just stuck at it.”

Irish team travel to World Championships in Hong Kong with high hopes of medals

Limerick’s Michael Casey and David Dempsey: “The mood is hopeful that we can transform the U-21 and minor successes over the last two or three years into senior level,” said Dempsey. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

League final place beckons if they can avenge narrow defeat to Galway in last round proper

Jonnny Glynn  in action for Galway against  Tipperary in the 2015 All-Ireland sem-final. The forward spent last season in New York. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Pádraic Mannion says return of team-mate to intercounty action is a real boost

Declan O’Keeefe has  escaped most of the hype around the county, but there’ll be no masking the Wexford support in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Diarmuid O’Keeffe says Wexford always had the players as they prepare to face Tipperary

Lydia Gurley will compete in the women’s scratch race

Lydia Gurley will be the first to compete for Ireland in Hong Kong

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill congratulates Galway’s Seán Armstrong: Sunday’s two-point defeat  extends Kildare’s losing record against Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/INPHO

Sunday’s second consecutive defeat to Galway raises questions for Kildare

 Jim Gavin: Dublin manager felt his side made too many errors against Kerry. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Dublin manager’s selection for Allianz League final appeared formidable at first glance

Éamonn Fitzmaurice’s Kerry brought Dublin’s 36-match unbeaten run to an end at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

AFL final win over Dublin significant regardless of managers suggesting otherwide

Jim Gavin congratulates Kerry manager Éamonn Fitzmaurice after the game in Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager praises Kerry as he laments his own side’s carelessness in possession

Kildare’s Fionn Dowling challenges Galway’s  Johnny Heaney during the Tribesmen’s Division Two final win. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Galway

Tribesman crowned Division Two champions to end 16-year winless streak at HQ

Dustin Johnson  has never admitted to drug offences because he doesn’t need to: such is the nontransparent anti-doping code on  PGA Tour. Photograph: Tannen Maury/Epa

Of 1,003 Sports Ireland tests in 2016, only one – in Irish Ladies Golf Union – was in golf

 Kerry’s Shane Enright: ready to face the challenge of Dublin head on in Croke Park.  Photograph:  Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Allianz League final against Dublin as chance for Kerry’s youngsters to test themselves

Rob Heffernan was awarded retrospective Olympic 50km racewalk bronze from London 2012. The event could be removed from the athletics programme. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Rob Heffernan could be denied the chance to compete at a record sixth Olympics

Ireland’s boxers, including Michael Conlan, failed to win any medals in Rio. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Sport Irealnd cut high performance grant from €900,000 to €700,000

Cavan’s Dara McVeety celebrates scoring a goal in the Allianz Football League Division One game at  Kingspan Breffni Park. Photograph:  Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Seanie Johnston’s late free earns valuable point for home side

Dublin manager Jim Gavin on the sidelines during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One game against Roscommon at Croke Park. Photograph:   Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘We got a good performance here, but we didn’t get the complete one'

Dublin’s Eric Lowndes is tackled by  David Murray of Roscommon during the Allianz League Division One game at Croke Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side extend their unbeaten league and championship run to 35 games

Davy Fitzgerald and his Wexford charges will not be letting up against Laois on Sunday. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho.

Clare gathering momentum and should have edge over Derek McGrath’s side in Ennis

Athlete Ciara Mageean speaking at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 on Thursday. Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile.

Irish 1,500m runner Ciara Mageean says ‘No I wouldn’t, definitely not’

 In attentance at the Sport Ireland’s Anti-Doping Annual Review for 2016 were (from left) Caroline Murphy, chairperson, Anti Doping Committee, Sport Ireland; John Treacy, chief executive , Irish Sports Council; Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport; Dr Una May, Sport Ireland Director of Participation and Ethics, and Siobhan Leonard, Sport Ireland Anti-Doping manager.  Photograph: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Just 4 of 1,003 doping tests carried out by Sport Ireland resulted in rule violation

Irish boxer Michael O’Reilly (red) failed an out-of-competition drugs test just before the Rio Olympics last year. Photograph: Ilyas Gun/Inpho.

Results of Sports Ireland’s latest doping survey are properly disturbing

The Dublin team at last year’s Senior All-Ireland final. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Dublin-Mayo clash ahead of Dublin-Roscommon mens ‘promises to be a great game’

Brian Cody: “As far as we’re concerned, Brian Cody will always be up there. No matter what happens from here on,” says Eddie Keher. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kilkenny legend says manager’s achievements will never be repeated in any county

Dublin’s Dean Rock scores a point from a free kick against Mayo in the Allianz League. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Free-taking forward has played in every game of Dublin’s unbeaten run

Derek McGrath: “I’m such an obsessive character. First thing in the morning I tend to think about hurling.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford boss has taken break from teaching after he felt his standards were slipping

Waterford manager Derek McGrath with Cork manager Kieran Kingston after the recent league clash at Walsh Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Waterford manager joins calls for the revamping of both main hurling competitions

Colm Cooper of Dr. Crokes scores a goalas they beat Slaughtneil to claim the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry star to decide future in coming days after win over Derry side Slaughtneil

“It used to get him bad tempered and act down said his wife. He used to pick on me. But now he’s stopped he’s much better in our sex life and in our general life.” Photograph: Murray Close/Getty Images

Not many people noticed massive dose of anabolic steroids seized in Donegal

Representing Ireland should require some basic knowledge of Irish sport, right?

Kerry’s Killian Young in action against Dublin’s Shane Carty in the last league or championship game Dublin lost  – in Killarney in March 2015. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry stalwart keen for Kingdom to register an overdue win over Dublin in Tralee

Down’s Conor Maginn and Derry’s Conor Nevin in action in the National Football League Division Two. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Presseye/Inpho

Fermanagh prop up the table and yet remain only four points adrift of the Lillywhites

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly  gets away from David Noonan of Glen Rovers during the Munster hurling club final in Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tony Kelly’s outfit are riding a wave of momentum ahead of All-Ireland club final

 Oisín Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte lift the trophy after Cuala’s  Leinster club final win over O’Loughlin Gaels at O’Moore Park, Portlaoise. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Schuttes, O’Callaghans and Treacys now bidding for historic All-Ireland club success

Mattie Donnelly played an attacking role for Tyrone in their  Football League Division One win over Cavan at  Healy Park on Sunday. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho.

Loss of Connor McAliskey to long-term injury will not hold Tyrone back

Lee Chin has qualified comments he made about his experience with the Vancouver   Canucks. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Wexford hurler had talked openly about his spell with the Vancouver Canucks

Kevin Mulcaire: “How many Irish juniors actually go on to achieve something? It’s so easy to get lost in Ireland.” Photograph: Inpho

Kevin Mulcaire the latest to slip through the cracks in the Irish athletics system

Lee Chin features in The Toughest Trade this Friday at 10:35pm on RTÉ2. Photograph:  Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Wexford hurler says fighting part of the game while drinking culture is tolerated

Lee Chin swapped places with former Vancouver Canucks goalkeeper Alex Auld for AIB’s Toughest Trade. Photo: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

‘They were lowering pints the day before a game, and that was sitting at lunch,’ he said

Danielle Hill in action during 200m backstroke heats at the European Championships at  London Aquatics Centre in 2016. Photograph: Inpho

The Belfast swimmer broke the national 50 metres freestyle record at the age of just 17

 Cian O’Callaghan: “We had a 13-week gap, between the Leinster final and the semi-final, which I suppose is unheard of in any other sport.” Photograph:    Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Fixtures chaos ensures Cuala defender is unable to fulfil UCD and Dublin duties

Ballyea’s Tony Kelly, left, and Cian O’Callaghan from Cuala ahead of their clash in the AIB GAA Senior Hurling Club Championship Final in Croke Park on St Patrick’s Day. Photograph: Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

Former Hurler of the Year: ‘If the Super 8 were to come into the hurling I’d be a fan of it’

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean had to drop out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade. Photo: Inpho

The 1,500m runner was the great medal hope in Belgrade but withdrew during the final

Tempers flare between both sets of players during the Allianz League Division 1A clash between Kilkenny and Cork. Photo: Ken Sutton/Inpho

An assured performance from the Cats saw them ease past Cork and answer the critics

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after dropping out of the 1,500m final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Photo: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish runner struggled after her heat yesterday and dropped out with two laps to go

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean on her way to finishing fourth in her heat and qualifying for the European Indoor 1,500m final . Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

Irish athlete glad to get through in European Indoors, despite illness affecting performance

Coach Alberto Salazar with athletes Mo Farah (right) and Galen Rupp. Photograph: PA.

Wada consider reinstating world’s favourite stimulant to banned substance list

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean after finishing fourth on Friday. Photograph: Sasa Pahic Szabo/Inpho

John Travers saw his chances of qualifying disappear after he heard a re-start gun

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean competing in the 1,500m at the Rio Olympics last year. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

Portaferry native getting over all difficulties to give her best at European Indoor Championships

Ciara Neville of Emerald AC (number 72) will make her senior debut for Ireland in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships. Photograph: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile.

Ciara Mageean is the leading hope of the team of 10 travelling out to Serbia

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