Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

“Well, you can’t be certain. You can’t be certain about . . . nearly everything,” reasons Cillian O’Connor when asked how he can’t be sure that Mayo w(...)

Eamon Branningan shoots for Galway in their Connacht league final wni over Roscommon. Photograph: Inpho

Galway 2-09 Roscommon 0-13 “Look it, it is great to get the turkey out of the system,” said Kevin Walsh as the guards ushered the traffic out of Tu(...)

There is now the beginning of a movement to keep players in the game purely because they enjoy the game. Photograph: Eric Luke

‘Joyce Carol Oates,” came the waspish, delighted reply from Gore Vidal in answering his own challenge to name the three saddest words in the English l(...)

 Andriú Mac Lochlainn finished with Kildare in 2012 at the age of 29. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The revolving door of intercounty stars is spinning off its hinges. Exiting this week was Kilkenny hurling forward Richie Power. Power is one of the l(...)

Fiona Doyle: “If everything falls into place, there is no reason I shouldn’t get into the final. And then it about whoever can put all that work – a lifetime of practice – down into this race. Then, it is anybody’s game.”

‘It has been a very long road,” acknowledges Fiona Doyle of the pact she made to herself as a 12-year-old to one day swim in the Olympic Games. That p(...)

IAAF president Sebastian Coe. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England, 1980: yes, Margaret Thatcher’s “the lady’s not for turning” speech; yes, the beginnings of the CND gatherings on Greenham Common; yes, the gl(...)

St Brigid’s celebrate after their All-Ireland club victory. The club’s success has underpinned Roscommon’s recent strength at minor and U-21 level . Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

“It is an attack on the people that we are,” says Hugh Lynn of the current Athlone boundary review implications which, if sanctioned according to loca(...)

Real Madrid’s new French coach Zinedine Zidane. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

You’d have to have a heart of stone not to feel sympathy for Rafa Benítez this week: as if receiving the most unceremoniously crude axe imaginable fro(...)

Fermanagh manager Pete McGrath: Keen to produce a winning mentality. Photograph: Inpho

“Why should we in Fermanagh sit in a dark corner and talk about winning Ulster among ourselves but feel you can’t let anybody hear you?” asks Pete McG(...)

Shane Long scores for Ireland against Germany in their Euro 2016 qualifier match at the Aviva Stadium. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

‘There is no more renowned beard in all of humanity,” purred critic Clifford Bax, as he celebrated the extravagant beehive worn by WG Grace, the super(...)