Kerry’s Colm Cooper: made his first appearance for the Kingdom in 19 months when he came on against Tyrone at Healy Park. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Inpho

When the balls finished bobbling and the wheel stopped spinning, the final shape of the various Allianz Football League table made for absorbing read(...)

Manager Malachy O’Rourke has engineered a dramatic reversal in the fortunes of the county, with Monaghan having lost just eight out of the last 32 league and championship games since he took over. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

As the Monaghan team bus snaked up the country last Sunday night, the mix of giddiness and satisfaction could have fuelled most of the miles it took t(...)

Cormac Costello of Dublin gets by Derry’s Oisín Duffy during Saturday’s Allianz Football League Division One clash at Croke Park. Dublin won the game by 0-8 to 0-4. Photograph: Donal Farmer/Inpho.

While the various machinations of your average Allianz Football League final day is usually enough to keeping the paracetamol industry in profit for a(...)

  Cork’s  Seamus Harnedy gets away from Wexford’s Daithi Waters and Eoin Conroy. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The line-up for the Allianz Hurling League semi-finals has been settled, with Cork facing Dublin and Waterford taking on Tipperary. Cork came through(...)

Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long celebrates scoring the equaliser with Wes Hoolahan and James McClean during the Euro 2016 Group D qualifying game  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA 3:20

Republic of Ireland 1 Poland 1At this rate, if Ireland make it to the Euros they’ll be the ones sprinting through the airport as the gate closes. For (...)

Cormac Costello of Dublin with Oisin Duffy of Derry. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin 0-8 Derry 0-4 Another game strangled to death by blanket defences and desperate shooting. But in the end, Dublin came through it and Der(...)

Séamus Hickey: “For us, there was pressure on to try and get promoted but when you finish the league it’s easy to leave it behind you. I’m not sure that’s the same if you’re after being relegated.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Talk about Hotel California. Limerick come to Croke Park tonight for a league quarter-final against Dublin knowing that yet again in 2016 they won’t (...)

Henry Shefflin   announcing his retirement: he deserves to know that he meant something beyond the endless titles and medals and glory he brought to Kilkenny and Ballyhale – although that is what he holds dearest. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Yeah, as if there’s any praise left. As if there’s been a single thought unarticulated, even just one hosanna unsung since Tuesday afternoon when word(...)

Henry Shefflin won 10 All-Ireland hurling titles with Kilkenny. Photograph: Inpho

And now, it seems, the end is near. Henry Shefflin has called a press conference for Langton’s Hotel in Kilkenny tomorrow lunchtime, giving the broade(...)

Niamh Briggs with the Six Nations trophy Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho 5:25

Niamh Briggs hobbles down the stairs carrying the Six Nations trophy and a limp. She’s not sure just yet what’s ailing her leg but she declines the of(...)