Kilkenny’s Dara Kervick has a decent chance of making the final at the European indoor athletics championships in Prague next weekend. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/The Irish Times

It’s been another tough week in the mountains. That February wind chill might tickle the bones at sea level, but it rattles them at this altitude, the(...)

Clare’s Podge Collins: “We’re just concentrating now on Sligo, hopefully getting two points there, and just pushing on from that.” Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The last thing Clare footballer Podge Collins would admit to is any lingering insecurities. Although it may or may not help that the Clare hurlers ha(...)

Dublin’s Conal Keaney sporting a head injury after last weekend’s Allianz Hurling League victory over Kilkenny at Nowlan Park.  Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Referees have no reason to fear the proposed blood-sub type rule for players with suspected concussion, despite fears it would increase their workloa(...)

Dublin’s Conor McHugh: man-of-the-match in last year’s under-21 football championship final. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

With new title sponsors EirGrid on board another All-Ireland under-21 football championship gets underway on Wednesday, beginning with three openin(...)

Mayo’s Keith Higgins in action against Kerry’s Kieran Donaghy in last year’s All Ireland SFC semi-final replay. The cornerback admits his side were “very bitter, very sore” over the defeat. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Few teams captured the strangely unexpected openings of the Allianz Football League more than Mayo. After rolling over All-Ireland championship Kerry (...)

Mark English has been combining his athletics preparations with his third year of medical studies at UCD. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Not many Irish athletes can talk up their medal prospects in such realistic terms as Mark English. At 21, he may still be a student of 800 metre runn(...)

Announcement of the Irish Team for the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Prague - Ciara Everard, Declan Murray, Mark English and Dara Kevrick. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 2:45

Twelve Irish athletes, led by 800 metres medal contender Mark English, will contest the European Indoor Championships, which get underway in Prague on(...)

Kelly Proper on her way to winning the women’s 200m final at the National Senior Indoor Championships at the Athlone International Arena. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

IAN O’RIORDAN Only a medical student could talk about recruiting as many fast twitch muscle fibres as possible in such exact terms. For Mark English (...)

Cork’s Aidan Walsh gets away from Domhnall O’Donovan and Bobby Duggan of Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Jimmy Barry-Murphy never gives much away, although sometimes his face does. Words like relief and delight and deep down satisfaction were written all (...)

Kildare’s former star Dermot Earley: “I just think the way is gone, it’s now 24/7, so I can’t see players doing it for more than seven, eight years. That would be the max.”  Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Considering it hurts him to walk, and kills him to run, there isn’t really one day when Dermot Earley misses football. At 36 he couldn’t play any mor(...)