Galway manager Anthony Cunningham. Nobody has come closer to bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to the county for the first time since the late 1980s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As if to confirm that Galway hurling is predictable only in its startling unpredictability, up pop Craughwell chasing a first county title since De(...)

The former Tyrone man Mattie McGleenan has been the key to Scotstown’s rise. Photo: Inpho

Tribalism may be the heartbeat of the GAA but it is often forgotten that at the intricate level of clubs and parishes, outside influences can be pr(...)

Billy Walsh at Dublin Airport en route to his new job as coach of the USA women’s team  in Colorado Springs.  Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Clusterf**k: (n) coarse slang (chiefly US) A bungled or botched undertaking; (also) a situation, state of affairs or gathering that is disorgan(...)

Paul O’Connell hasn’t made a tragedy out of The End or declared himself devastated. Instead, he lightened the mood by posting a daffy picture from hospital and will be in among the team this weekend, offering advice and probably a final rallying cry. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

An October Sunday lunchtime in Cardiff and a quarter-final against Argentina: this will easily be the most important game that Paul O’Connell never pl(...)

The grounded Leo McLoone of Naomh Conaill is crowded by St Eunan’s players during the 2012 Donegal football final in Ballybofey. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho.

Football seasons can play tricks with time. When Naomh Conaill won their first Donegal senior title in 2005, Martin Regan had just returned from a (...)

Manager Martin O’Neill has vowed that the Republic of Ireland will be ready for whatever is thrown at them as they prepare for the Euro 2016 play-offs. Photograph: Tony Marshall/PA Wire.

Martin O’Neill will have to wait to see if Shay Given will be on the lengthening absentee list for next month’s Euro 2016 play-offs. Given didn’t trav(...)

Poland’s Gregorz Krychowiak scores their first goal. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

It was freezing and nail-biting until the very last whistle but there was to be no magical conclusion for Ireland in Warsaw. On an icy night by(...)

Shane Long during training in Warsaw Photograph: Adam Holt/Reuters

The enormity of Shane Long’s most recent international goal may still be dawning on him. He may or may not have heard his mother discussing that bulle(...)

Polish head coach Adam Nawalka (L) and striker Robert Lewandowski (R)  Photograph: Bartlomiej Zborowski/EPA

Poland’s coach Adam Nawalka has reiterated his belief that “for the time being Robert Lewandowski is the best number nine in the world” in what was co(...)

Martin O’Neill masterminded one of the most famous wins in Irish sporting history against Germany on Thursday night - but now attention turns to Poland. Photograph: Inpho

Thursday night belonged to the O’Neill men. In Dublin, the team managed by Martin revived, suddenly and without warning, the belief that Irish footbal(...)