Last year’s series was Harry Taylor’s first experience with the compromise game. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

The problem with a one-Test series like the International Rules is the lack of comparative analysis. Australia beat Ireland by 10 points last year af(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey, in training with the Ireland International Rules squad at Carton House. The  Rules Test against Australia is on Saturday next in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

“I probably did, you know, take the eye off the ball”, says Jack McCaffrey, and with that explaining why he is now footballer of the year. Because (...)

Australia’s David Mundy has brought his wife and two young children to Ireland for the International Rules one-match series. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

It may or may not be a sign of their total commitment but the Australians are certainly here in force – including wives, girlfriends, and even young c(...)

Lar Corbett scored a spectacular hat-trick in the 2010 All-Ireland hurling final against Kilkenny, to win his second All-Ireland and help deprive Cats of five titles in a row. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Not many players “come out of nowhere” to win two All-Irelands plus a hurler of the year award, but then Lar Corbett is no ordinary player. Now, at 34(...)

Tipperary’s Lar Corbett has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Former hurler of the year Lar Corbett has joined the recent exodus from the Tipperary hurling team, announcing his retirement on Wednesday afternoon. (...)

 Conor McManus GAA’s player of the match for the last two Tests. Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

As the GAA’s player of the match for the last two Tests, Conor McManus is understandably zealous about the merits of International Rules. Not that hi(...)

Michelle De Bruin was banned form swimming for four years two years after winning three swimming gold medals at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Photograph: Eric Luke.

Someone needs to talk about Michelle. How much longer can her Olympic medal history remain so conveniently muted, now that the whole world is open to (...)

Lee Keegan at Croke Park: “What we do on the pitch during the year is totally separate to what we are doing here for Ireland.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Whoever dreamed up the International Rules slogan – “We’re all on the same team now” – probably didn’t have Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly in mind.(...)

Dublin’s Diarmuid Connolly has been named in the Irish squad despite being club tied for the preparations so far. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

Joe Kernan describes it as “one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do”, although not necessarily when it came to Diarmuid Connolly. Because(...)

Dublin will play either Wicklow or Laois in the quarter-finals of the Leinster SFC at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny on Saturday June 4th. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin will play their first championship match outside of Croke Park in 10 years after the Leinster Council voted to fix next summer’s provincial qua(...)