Tommy Bowe, or should that be Tommy Booooooowe, scores a try against England at Twickenham in 2010. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Thoughts on the Six Nations season and television. RTÉ should use the archives more: There is an entire generation of people who never saw Ollie Ca(...)

Ballyhale Shamrocks manager Andy Moloney is wary of favourites tag against Gort. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpo

It’s not quite A-Connecticut-Yankee-In- King-Arthur’s-Court but at first glance, the notion of two Tipperary men coaching in Kilkenny hurling heartlan(...)

Dublin’s John Small tries to block John O’Rourke’s kick as Cork got their Allianz League campaign off to a winning start at Páirc Uí Rinn. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16 When August comes, Dublin and Cork will expect to be busy. And this open, entertaining Allianz league game between two of the (...)

Cork vs Dublin - John Small of Dublin with John O’Rourke of Cork during Allianz League encounter on Sunday. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Cork 1-15 Dublin 0-16After last year’s nightmares, Cork flashed with old menace and new intent on Sunday afternoon. An entertaining and end-to-end enc(...)

Marshawn Lynch of the Seattle Seahawks attends, but does not participate  in,  a Super Bowl XLIX media event at the Arizona Grand Hotel, Arizona. Photograph: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Lynch, of course, is a solid Kerry name. So there is a pleasing serendipity about the notorious reticence and cuteness within the Kingdom football tra(...)

Donal Vaughan: despite growing up in Cork, he has been shaped by Mayo and winning an All-Ireland final with the county is what drives him. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

He watched last September’s All-Ireland final at a friend’s wedding in Ballycotton. Suited up, enjoying the celebrations and standing with everyone (...)

Senan Kilbride is eager for Roscommon to progress in Division Two of the National Football League. Photograph: Ryan Byrne.

There is an unusual chime about all-ticket matches and the start of the league but that will be the case in Kiltoom when Roscommon begin their Divisi(...)

 Roscommon’s Niall Daly in action against Galway’s Danny Cummins during the FBD final at Kiltoom, Co Roscommon. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Roscommon 4-8 Galway 1-12 There is something astir in the Primrose County. John Evans stood in the drizzle in Kiltoom and made a strong appeal (...)

It is clear that referee Alan Wilkie’s regulation Umbro shorts are at least two inches too short, as if they have shrunk in the machine. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/AllSport

The infamous three minutes of footage from what should have been another poxy and soon-forgotten 1-1 English league match is like the Zapruder film of(...)

Eamon O’Shea acquired the reputation of being an innovative  hurling coach and when Liam Sheedy invited him in to join the Tipperary set up, the players instantly responded to  his training methods. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“I never retired! I didn’t retire. Babs didn’t pick me,” Eamon O’Shea clarifies with a laugh, lightly poking fun at his last days as the skilful, u(...)