Kerry’s veteran midfielder Bryan Sheehan is challenged by Mayo’s Conor O’Shea during the Division One campaign last month. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

“I think it is madness, really,” says Bryan Sheehan, and although he’s not talking about Kerry’s midfield options come the football championship he mi(...)

Denis Bastick has won all three of his All Ireland medals in his 30s. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

  “Greed,” says Denis Bastick, cutting straight to the chase. A month shy of his 35th birthday, the Dublin midfielder still has an insatiable app(...)

Mickey Harte: “I believe we have the potential to be back in that zone again, that there is a really good bunch of players there.” Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Not long after claiming no team playing Division Two football could expect to win the All-Ireland title, Mickey Harte now finds himself trying to do e(...)

Pádraig Walsh: “They’re a quality team, this Clare team, and I suppose it has been a while since we were opened up like that.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It’s not often a Kilkenny defender finds himself trying to explain why his team leaked four goals in either the league or championship although for P(...)

Roger Bannister about to cross the tape at the end of his record breaking mile run at Iffley Road, Oxford. He was the first person to run the mile in under four minutes, with a time of 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. Photograph: Norman Potter/Central Press/Getty Images

There is a scene towards the end of the new Roger Bannister documentary which helps make the distinction between talent and genius. Or at least what (...)

Loyal followers: fans watch Loughmore-Castleiney play. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Click here to nominate your sports club ‘It’s not the winning that counts but the taking part” is possibly the greatest lie in sport, up there with(...)

Austin Gleeson is one of the young Waterford players to have become physically stronger, according to manager Derek McGrath. Photograph: Ken Sutton/Inpho

These are strange days in the Allianz Leagues when some managers have to defend their tactic of going flat out to win games, rather than the other way(...)

Linda Byrne competing for Ireland in the Women’s Marathon at the London Olympics: “I went into a new low, and I found it very hard to get out of it.”  Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

You know what every athlete says about running in the Olympics. The lifelong ambition. The dreamy sense of achievement. That feeling nothing will ever(...)

TJ Reid: “There certainly won’t be any pictures going up on the walls saying ‘Ger Loughnane this and Ger Loughnane that’”  Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If Ger Loughnane is to be believed, then Kilkenny wouldn’t be winning anything these days without TJ Reid – although the player himself disagrees with(...)

   Aidan O’Shea: “They are a very talented group of lads and obviously we have a good crew of them in with us at the moment.”

Just because the Mayo footballers are enjoying a two-month break between league and championship doesn’t mean there’s nothing to play for, as Aidan O(...)