2014 AIBA Elite Women’s World Boxing Champion Katie Taylor. Photograph: Doug McDermott/Inpho
The Morning Sports Briefing

Katie Taylor this morning put the icing on what’s been a fantastic weekend for Irish Sport. The Olympic gold medallist secured a fifth straight(...)

 Balintubber’s Declan Larkin (left) and Martin Farragher of Corofin in action at MacHale Park. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho

Connacht SFC FinalCorofin 2-13 Ballintubber 1-07They may have taken a leisurely and, at times, frustrating route back to the top but Corofin won their(...)

Mayo players, with Liam Horan and his backroom staff in the background, before the All-Ireland football final in 2012, which they lost to Donegal by 2-11 to 0-13. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho.

KD: You managed Ballintubber to the Mayo intermediate championship before the senior final in 2007. Do you remember that day?JH: Yeah. Against Kiltima(...)

St Brigid’s goalkeeper Shane Curran with Cillian O’Connor of Ballintubber. Photograph: ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

All Star Cillian O’Connor buried the hopes of St Brigid’s, Roscommon with a stunning goal, nine minutes from time, to put Mayo champions Ballintubber (...)

 Ballintubber’s Cillian O’Connor celebrates his club’s victory over Castlebar Mitchels at MacHale Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Peter Ford’s search for a county senior championship in his capacity as manager ended at blustery MacHale Park, Castlebar, where he turned the tables (...)

Kerry’s David Moran with Jason Doherty and Cillian O’Connor of Mayo. Moran’s display in midfield was a huge plus factor for Kerry. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

In all my years playing and watching Kerry football it’s hard to recall a game of such nervous excitement as witnessed at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturd(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue and Keith Higgins of Mayo. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

By half-time, yesterday’s GAA All-Ireland football semi-final had proceeded in conformity with the dampish-squib nature of this year’s football champi(...)

Kerry’s James O’Donoghue is closely shadowed by Keith Higgins of Mayo at Croke Park.  Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Kerry 1-16 Mayo 1-16Drama all the way at Croke Park, where Mayo dragged a second half performance from the depths and almost got into the All Ireland (...)

Mayo’s Aidan O’Shea tackled by Tomás Clancy, which resulted in the  Cork player receiving a black card. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Mayo 1-19 Cork 2-15Mayo came through this with gasping room only to spare. A game that took a while to ignite developed into a barn-burner by the end,(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor enjoys the big occasions at Croke Park. “We have had two huge disappointments there but we have had some of our best performances there too.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

In January of 2011, Cillian O’Connor wrote down a brief set of personal goals for the football year ahead. He had just graduated from minor ranks but (...)