Longford’s Brian Kavanagh gets ahead of Johnny Moloney of Offaly during the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round game at Pearse Park on May 18th, 2014. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Round One Offaly v Longford Saturday, O’Connor Park, 7pm The pall that has settled over Longford(...)

Ross Munnelly, who with the Kingston brothers makes up a dependable inside forward line for Laois, who take on Carlow in the Leinster Senior Football Championship first round on Sunday. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

While there is every possibility that this will turn into the usual turkey shoot – Laois’s average winning margin over Carlow this century is a shade(...)

Kilkenny’s Richie Hogan was last year’s Hurler of the Year. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

The school where Richie Hogan teaches on Dublin’s northside is about 10 minutes on a bike from the Clontarf seafront where we’ve arranged to meet. Thi(...)

On a bright May morning over a decade ago, your correspondent sat across a rickety table in the Paragon Bar in Clones town chewing the fat with the pr(...)

All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho All Ireland Hurling Final 1995 against Offaly - Brian and Frank Lohan tackle Johnny Dooley. Photo: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Viewed from a distance of two decades, maybe the most remarkable thing about the hurling summer of 1995 is just how unpromising it was roundly agreed (...)

Tony McCoy is overcome with emotion after coming third on Box Office at Sandown Park Racecourse in  the final race of his career. Photograph:  Sean Dempsey/AFP/Getty Images

A quick last story about Tony McCoy as he tumbles headlong into a future of timing himself to see how quick he can get to the shops and back. The 2001(...)

Cork and Dublin managers Brian Cuthbert and Jim Gavin shake hands after the Allianz Football League Division One  final at  Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

Afterwards, you could have run a decent sweep on which was longer – the length of time Cork could legitimately claim to have had a chance or Stephen C(...)

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

History-making has never seemed so routine. Dublin totted up a three-in-a-row of National Leagues for the first time, and needed no more energy to do (...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photo: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Derek McGrath doesn’t really do over the top. His biggest result yet as Waterford manager is parsed in the language of analysis – calm, measured, rat(...)

Dublin Manager Dessie Farrell has a  formidable looking side as they prepare to take on Tipperary in Tullamore. Photograph: Inpho

After making a grand total of five Munster under-21 finals in the first 44 years of the competition, Tipperary have been in seven of the last nine. Th(...)