Waterford hurlers are bidding to win a first All-Ireland senior hurling title since 1959. Photo: Inpho

Waterford waiting 58 years for Liam MacCarthy cup – Galway 29 without a win

Ireland captain Claire Molloy addresses the team in the huddle. Display against Australia was critically analysed by former team-mates.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Lynne Cantwell, Fiona Steed and Rosie Foley spared nothing in their analysis

Waterford’s Jamie Barron scores his side’s fourth goal against Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.   Photograph: Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork get burned off in frantic finale as Waterford march on to final with Galway

Waterford manager Derek McGrath celebrates his team’s victory over Cork at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise delight likely to be tempered by concern over Gleesons

Waterford’s Jamie Barron scores their fourth goal of the game past Cork goalkeeper Anthony Nash during the All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Déise delight with win over Cork tempered by disciplinary issues

Stephen O’Keeffe: “Stephen is the quarterback,” says Karl Cooney.  “He’s your Tom Brady. You need to be a bit of a freak to handle that responsibility.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Goalkeeper’s astute distribution now a key part of the Déise’s well-honed game plan

GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final replay, Croke Park. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

Roscommon have no answer to Mayo's huge physicality in the middle third

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor scores their fourth goal against Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

All-Ireland quarter-final replay is a mismatch as Connacht champions are blitzed

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea with John McManus, Niall McInerney and Colin Compton of Roscommon during the drawn quarter-final. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Young Roscommon side will relish another crack at neighbours in headquarters

Armagh’s James Morgan, Anthony Duffy and Joe McElroy look on dejected as Tyrone score a late point at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kieran McGeeney says Armagh must learn to deal with suffocating defences

Tyrone’s David Mulgrew scores his side’s second goal despite the efforts of Armagh’s Niall Grimley and goalkeeper Blaine Hughes. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Peter Harte penalty ends game as a contest after only 15 minutes

Galway’s Joe Canning snaps  the sensational late winning point despite the efforts of Tipperary’s Niall O’Meara and Noel McGrath at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Galway’s talisman breaks Tipperary hearts with majestic last-gasp winning point

Galway’s Joe Canning watches his match-winning point go over the bar in the All-Ireland SHC semi-final against Tipperary  at Croke park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Sides level 12 times during the game before ace forward seals final spot for Tribesmen

Tyrone’s David Mulgrew scores his side’s second goal despite the attempts  of  Niall Grimley and goalkeeper Blaine Hughes of Armagh during the  All-Ireland SFC quarter-final at Croke Park. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Armagh’s attempt to go like for like tactically proves futile at Croke Park

Stephen Cluxton acknowledges the crowd in the celebrations after last year’s All-Ireland victory. Photograph: Inpho

Dublin captain takes all-time GAA appearances record against Monaghan on Saturday

 Conor McManus: Monaghan will be looking to their star forward for inspiration against Dublin at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side don’t lose quarter-finals and Malachy O’Rrourke’s team don’t win them

Galway’s Eoghan Kerin and Paul Murphy of Kerry. Photograph: James Crombie

Despite giving Galway too many sights of goal, Kingdom won in second gear

Roscommon’s John McManus argues with Cillian O’Connor and Donal Vaughan of Mayo. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The two sides will meet again on bank holiday Monday to see who plays Kerry

Roscommon fans cheer on their team during their All-Ireland SFC semi-final draw with Mayo. Photo: Inpho

A small county’s team going on a run that lasts this long is something to be savoured

Roscommon’s Sean McDermott and Jason Doherty of Mayo. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Fatigue not a factor for Mayo, says Stephen Rochford, giving credit to the opposition

Armagh’s James Morgan and Kildare’s Paul Cribbin. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

For the Ulster side, beating a Division One side to reach last eight is a fine achievement

Armagh’s Stephen Sheridan and Charlie Vernon with Kildare’s Kevin Feely. Photograph: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Kieran McGeeney’s more clinical side head into another All-Ireland quarter-final

Kildare’s Fergal Conway is challenged by  Armagh’s Niall Grimley during the All-Ireland Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph: Oisín Keniry/Inpho

Kieran McGeeney’s side return to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2014

Armagh midfielder Niall Grimley has been one of the finds of the championship. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Croke Park hosts the last two football qualifiers and the first two quarter-finals

Mayo’s Andy Moran celebrates scoring a goal against Roscommon in the FBD League. Photograph: Inpho

Published ahead of the 2011 Connacht final; The strange situation of Ballaghaderreen

Massed Mayo ranks at the 2015 All-Ireland semi-final replay against Dublin. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Supporters of Stephen Rochford’s team have all been aboard a magical roller-coaster

Down’s Conor McGinn in action against Tyrone. The Mourne men will be seeking to secure a quarter-final place when they face Tyrone.  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Over 100,000 expected at headquarters as eight teams put their year’s hopes on the line

Dublin will play their quarter-final on Saturday August 5th. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Headquarters to host the final 12 games in football and hurling championships

Wexford’s Davy Fitzgerald speaks to his team before the game on Sunday. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Both teams progressed in 2017 but they have hardly made giant strides

Kildare manager Cian O’Neill patrols the sideline at Croke Park yesterday. Photograph: Inpho/Oisín Keniry

Turnovers identified as biggest disappointment by manager

Croke Park  provide sports psychologists for referees now to work on mental issues, including going again after a bad performance. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Tipping Point: GAA quite happy with the standard of the current batch of officials

 James McCarthy scores Dublin’s second goal despite the efforts of Kildare’s  David Hyland during the Leinster football final at Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Dublin and Tyrone retain their provincial titles with convincing victories on Sunday

Bernard Brogan was a force off the bench for Dublin in their Leinster final win over Kildare. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Jim Gavin’s side win seventh Leinster in a row as spirited Lilywhites fall way short

 Paul Cribbin  during a Collingwood AFL training session  in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012: he was  approached by AFL scouts at the end of the Hogan Cup final in 2009. Photograph:  Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

Paul Cribbin, Kevin Feely, Daniel Flynn and Paddy Brophy all tried their hand at pro sport

You gain a community at the click of a finger, regardless of the level you’re playing at

Fans take photos of Jon Rahm as he plays his second shot at the 13th during the final round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart. Photo: Warren Little/Getty Images

Tipping Point: The silence, snooty attitudes and sacred rules are all still holding golf back

Clare’s John Conlon gets his shot away under pressure from Cork’s Colm Spillane during Sunday’s Munster hurling final at Semple Stadium, Thurles.Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clare unable to find their rhythm against Kieran Kingston’s in-form side in Thurles

Michael Murphy of Donegal takes a free  during his team’s win over Meath in Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Extra-time looked a certainty, until it wasn’t, and Paddy McBrearty stole it at the death

Clare’s John Conlon is blocked down by Colm Spillane of Cork during the Munster Senior Hurling Championship final at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The Rebels brushed aside Clare in Thurles as they continue to defy the critics this year

 Galway manager Kevin Walsh celebrates with Gareth Bradshaw after winning the Connacht Senior Football Championship final replay against Roscommon last year. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Manager has led young side to Connacht Senior Football Championship final once again

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates scoring the winning point late in the Round 3A football qualifier against Meath at Páirc Tailteann in Navan. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Patrick McBrearty’s late point seals tight encounter against Meath in Navan

Roscommon’s Ciarán Murtagh was a one-man resistance in last year’s Connacht senior final defeat to Galway. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Donegal, Meath and Monaghan should progress from pick of the All-Ireland qualifiers

During his visit to Ireland in 1979, Pope John Paul II didn’t visit Croke Park. Photo: Getty Images

All Ireland finals may have been brought forward but the Vatican aren’t too happy

“Their side fell in the end to a 0-29 to 1-17 beating but this will still be the summer when Wexford hurling was reborn.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Micheál Donoghue’s side could be the outstanding team the championship is lacking

 Galway’s Adrian Tuohey upends Harry Kehoe of Wexford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Galway win battle of the skies in front of record crowd to underline All-Ireland credentials

Rebels with a cause. Cork line up for the Munster semi-final against Tipperary.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Peadar Healy’s team hardly brimming with confidence as they face Kerry in Killarney

James O’Donoghue: will pose a big threat to Cork in Killarney. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kerry likely to add to their haul of Munster silverware against out-of-sorts Cork

Dublin manager Jim Gavin: ‘I’ve a duty of care for the player and I firmly believe there was an attack on his good name.’ Photo: Inpho

Dubs manager withdraws co-operation with broadcast media after Connolly coverage

Dublin’s Niall Scully has his shot blocked by Killian Daly. Photograph: Inpho

Between the 13th minute and half-time, Dublin scored 1-11. Westmeath only scored 0-1

Nameless, faceless band of brothers are an essential component in the Association

Cork manager Kieran Kingston and assistant manage Diarmuid O’Sullivan celebrates at the final whistle of the  Munster senior hurling semi-dinal against Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Kieran Kingston's side have too much for curiously wan Waterford

 Kildare’s Chris Healy and Fionn Dowling celebrate after the game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Cian O'Neill's side were far superior, with their full-forward line scoring 2-9 from play.

Cork’s Conor Lehane looks to secure possession under pressure from Tadgh de Burca during Cork’s Munster SHC semi-final win over Waterford. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Rebels too lively for leaden opponents as they defy baking heat to reach Munster SHC final

Cathal McNally celebrates scoring Kildare’s opening goal in their win over Meath in Tullamore. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

O’Neill’s side show they are Dublin’s closest Leinster challengers after first half rout

Cian O’Neill with his young Kildare team. “I would see us as similar in terms of our stage of development,” he says of Meath.  “Two very young teams, both in terms of players and what the managers are trying to do.”  Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho

Experienced coach aiming to lead his native county to a first Leinster final since 2011

Kildare’s Daniel Flynn with Darren Strong of Laois in close attendance. Photograph: Inpho

Westmeath retain edge over Offaly going into this replay with home advantage set to tell

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty stretches away from Conor Hamill of Antrim during the Ulster GAA Senior Football Championship Quarter-Final.  Photograph: John McIlwaine/Presseye

Roscommon wary of young Leitrim outfit keen to break fixture’s 17-year losing streak

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan and Paul Flynn take a selfie with supporters after last year’s All-Ireland final. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Social media is the biggest change in intercounty football in a generation

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody looks to get his side going before their loss to Wexford. Photo: Oisin Keniry/Inpho

Of seven matches they’ve played this year, Cody’s men have only beaten Dublin and Cork

Wexford’s Lee Chin is mobbed by supporters after the victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster SHC semi-final at Wexford Park on Saturday night. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Inspirational performance from captain sets off incredible scenes at Wexford Park

 Wexford’s Lee Chin celebrates at the final whistle. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kilkenny decidedly second best at Wexford Park as Slaneysiders secure famous win

Liam Dunne: “I wanted to stay on for another year, everybody knew that. It didn’t happen and I think, in fairness, it’s been good for me and good for the players.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Former manager says Wexford must expect to be ‘hit head-on’ by a fired-up Kilkenny

Brian Cody stands above the cityscape of the championship always, a stately Eiffel in the distance. Photograph: Inpho

In football and hurling, this weekend’s intriguing match-ups hold huge promise

Evan Comerford: Tipperary’s goalkeeper is suspended and will miss the championship game against Cork. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Suspension and injuries could ruin their chances against a vulnerable Cork team

Louth’s Patrick Reilly is shown a yellow during his side’s defeat to Meath, a result which saw them drop into the qualifiers where they will play Longford. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

Leinster sides both on an upward curve, Carlow can bounce back against London

Clare’s Shane O’Donnelly scores his second goal against Limerick at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Talented duo to the fore as Clare book place in the Munster final for first time since 2008

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores his second goal during the Munster SHC semi-final against Limerick at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Shane O’Donnell grabs two goals as Banner back in final for first time since 2008

Carlow midfielder  Brendan Murphy  receives a red card following a second yellow from referee Sean Hurson during the Leinster SFC quarter-final against Dublin  at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise. Photograph:  James Crombie/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly’s discipline will be a talking point long after the game is forgotten

Carlow celebrate their victory over Wexford in the first round of the Leinster championship at Netwatch Cullen Park.  Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

It’s as low-key an entry into the summer’s business as Jim Gavin’s side have seen

Armagh’s Aidan Forker in action against Tipperary’s Robbie Kiely during the league clash at the Athletic Grounds.   Photograph: Philip Magowan/Presseye/Inpho

All-Ireland champions Dublin begin their campaign against Carlow, Clare face Limerick

Kerry footballer Brendan O’Sullivan: The tangled machinations of the GAA’s disciplinary system are labyrinthine enough at the best of times. Add in lawyers and Sport Ireland and doping and the weeds get thicker with every step. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Kerry footballer owned up straight away to minor offence, but appeals delayed the case

Tyrone’s Peter Harte is tackled by Derry’s Niall Keenan during his side’s comfortable Ulster championship win. Photograph: Lorcan Doherty/Inpho

Tyrone have pulled well clear of bitter rivals Derry and it is symbolic of a wider pattern

Jonathan Sexton, George North and Jonathan Davies dejected after defeat in the second Test to Australia in 2013.  Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Test series against the All Blacks will be great sport but players cannot sustain the pressure

An extra week after the end of the season would have made all the difference

Shane Kingston of Cork celebrates scoring a goal. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

An epic encounter in Thurles saw the championship blown wide open early on

Ched Evans playing for Chesterfield in February. Photograph: Pete Norton/Getty Images

If Evans is going to talk about rape culture he needs to steer clear of victim-shaming first

Shane Kingston celebrates scoring during Cork’s epic win over Tipperary in Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Munster championship roars into life as vibrant Rebels ransack Semple Stadium

Monaghan’s Jack McCarron is challenged by Fermanagh’s Ryan McCluskey during his side’s Ulster Championship win in Clones. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Visitors give a good account of themselves in Clones but can’t keep pace after the break

 Tomás Corrigan: “Coming from Fermanagh, I didn’t realise that there were Irish people who didn’t know what Gaelic football was. People who didn’t follow it”

Fermanagh’s Tomás Corrigan was fourth highest scorer in last year’s championship

Jack Barry is among the Kerry young guns who inspired the Kingdom to league final  victory. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Munster: Tipperary hoping for another good campaign with Cork still vulnerable

Conor McManus and Monaghan can reach the All-Ireland semi-finals. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Ulster: Mickey Harte has built another Tyrone side nobody wants to come up against

Can Meath lay down the foundations to rediscover past glories and challenge Dublin again? Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The Dubs should make it seven-in-a-row in 2017 but they may soon get a real challenge

A view of Páirc Uí Chaoimh from overhead. Photo: Cork County Board

Cork ground is looking all the better for its €70 million makeover with opening looming

Maurice Deegan: “The black card has been a massive, massive change. It has cleaned up the game an awful lot, definitely.” Photograph: Inpho

The referee believes the controversial black card initiative has helped to clean up football

Killiney Hill: Little boxes on the hillside, Little boxes made of ticky tacky. Photograph: Andrew Sheridan

Andy Sheridan is an accidental photographer, and night-time trips have led to a deeply personal project for Pieta House

Dr Crokes’s Johnny Buckley lifts the AIB All-Ireland senior club football championship cup in Croke Park in March. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Despite tracker scandal and fines, alcohol sponsorship is seen as being more toxic

Galway captain David Burke receives the cup from President Michael D Higgins. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It's hard to imagine any other team putting such hurt on the All-Ireland champions

 Darren Gleeson saves a shot from Jason Flynn during Tipperary’s heavy NHL final defeat to Galway. Photgraph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan and Joe Canning lead Tribesmen to 16-point win

Michael Ryan: The template for how to proceed with the riches arrayed in front of him is there to cut out and keep – Brian Cody’s template. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The parallels between Tipperary 2017 and Kilkenny 2007 are uncanny

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald and Aidan Nolan clash with Jason Forde of Tipperary. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Five-goal push from All-Ireland champions overshadowed by Wexford manager

Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald clashes with Tipperary’s Jason Forde  on the pitch during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A semi-final at  Nowlan Park in Kilkenny. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

John and Noel McGrath grab two goals apiece at Nowlan Park

A mural in memory of MMA fighter João Carvalho in Pragal near Lisbon. Photograph: Malachy Clerkin

The Portuguese MMA fighter who died a year ago this week was more than just a headline. He was somebody. This is his story.

Portuguese MMA fighter João Carvalho during his fight with Charlie Ward  in Dublin last year.  Carvalho died due to blunt force trauma to the head he sustained in the fight. Photograph: Dave Fogarty

Year after João Carvalho’s death, top neurologist calls for Sport Ireland to recognise MMA

Kerry celebrate with the trophy after defeating Dublin by a point in the Allianz League final at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Diarmuid Connolly black card costs champions dear as Kingdom end unbeaten streak

Dublin’s Michael Darragh McAuley and Paul Mannion battle Kerry’s Ronan Shanahan and David Moran during Kerry’s AFL final win. Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Lost art of midfield play revived as Michael Darragh Macauley makes a huge impact

Kevin Feely has been a revelation for Kildare in the league this year and looks like he could carry the county’s midfield for years to come. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cian O’Neill’s side have got a little better dealing with leads as they face Galway

Kerry’s Colm Cooper lifts the Sam Maguire back in 2014. The 33-year-old is set to call time on his career. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

‘Gooch’ completed haul of all major senior honours three weeks ago with Dr Crokes

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his side’s second goal against Kilkenny. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

County players know they will get back from their public multiples of what they put in

Wexford’s Conor McDonald celebrates scoring his side’s second goal. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

Visitors were noticeably fitter, slicker, quicker and more urgent in all they did

Kilkenny and Wexford managers Brian Cody and Davy Fitzgerald will renew rivalries at Nowlan Park in the Division One quarter-final. Photograph: Inpho

Wexford will look for positives from Division 1A quarter-final clash against Kilkenny

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