Stephen Hiney: won a National League medal in 2011 and a Leinster title (2013) during his long career with Dublin. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Dublin hurler Ryan O’Dwyer has paid tribute to former captain Stephen Hiney, who has become the latest high-profile player to announce his retirement (...)

Despite the new number plate system it would seem that the same 55 per cent of new car sales are taking place in the first three months of the year. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

While there was much ridiculous ballyhoo to the effect that the change to a twice-yearly registration plate change last year was to avoid having an “u(...)

Dublin’s John McCaffrey has nowhere to go as Pádraic Maher, Gearoid Ryan, Kieran Bergin and Brendan Maher close in during yesterday’s All-Ireland quarter-final at  Semple Stadium, Thurles. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

I was really looking forward to the day’s hurling. A huge crowd landed into Thurles and the atmosphere around the square beforehand was superb. Everyo(...)

Tipperary’s Kieran Bergin puts pressure on Alan McCrabbe of Dublin during their All-Ireland senior hurling championship quarter-final at Semple Stadium, Thurles, yesterday. photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16 A dead day in Thurles handed us a game of no particular mystery, a story that unfurled in a simple, uninterrupted arc. Tip(...)

Tipperary’s  John O’Dwyer claims the sliotar ahead of Dublin players  Shane Durkin, Liam Rushe and Michael Carton during the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final at Semple Stadium in Thurles. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary 2-23 Dublin 0-16The continuation of inevitability. Despite some remarkable revivals and the supposed levelling of hurling’s playing field in(...)

The introduction of the 142 plate earlier this month led to the biggest day in car sales in six years

New car sales have surpassed sales for all of last year, according to new figures from SIMI (Society of the Irish Motor Industry). As of July 9(...)

Dublin’s Danny Sutcliffe tries to tackle Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley in the Leinster hurling final. Photograph: Inpho

He did not intentionally reference Sinatra but Danny Sutcliffe, the Dublin hurler, knows the next challenge could define the Anthony Daly era or exte(...)

John Power of Kilkenny is challenged by Peter Kelly of Dublin during the Leinster hurling final at Croke Park. Photograph: Inpho

After a Leinster championship of snap and crackle, a final curiously bereft of pop. Kilkenny’s slicing and dicing of a fidgety Dublin side was old-sch(...)

Dublin coach Anthony Daly during the Leinster hurling final againt Kilkenny at Croke Park on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The great imponderable is you just don’t know. Some days the flame burns magnificently, on others dampness blankets everything. “This is the nearest (...)

Last year a dual registration system was introduced in Ireland for the first time, with the year split into two. Photograph: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

Some 4,264 new cars were registered yesterday, the first day of the new ‘142’ registration plate, a 120 per cent increase on the 1,924 which were r(...)