Athy’s Niall Kelly and Steven Lawlor of Sarsfields in action at the Kildare senior football final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Sarsfields 0-17 Athy 1-12 Sarsfields manager John Crofton was relieved but contented after his side scored four late points to win the Kildare seni(...)

Barry Cahill in action during Dublin’s 2011 All-Ireland final triumph against Kerry at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho.

When Dublin last met Kerry in an All-Ireland final four years ago Barry Cahill was playing. One of a half-forward line, with Paul Flynn and then capta(...)

Alan Smith goes past Brian O’Driscoll during Kildare’s victory over Cork in the final round of the football qualifiers. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

“You weren’t expecting that, were yiz?” Alan Smith said to those gathered outside the Kildare changing room on Saturday night. Not many saw it coming(...)

Longford’s Diarmuid Masterson gets a second yellow and subsequent red card during the All-Ireland SFC Qualfier in Mullingar. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 2-24 Longford 0-11 Eoghan O’Flaherty kicked five points but it was the first-half goal from Eamonn Callaghan that began the onslaught from Kil(...)

Kildare will have their hands full trying to prevent Diarmuid Connolly (left) and Paul Flynn from spraying kick passes into the danger zone and keeping tabs on the full forwards. Photograph: Inpho

In two-year increments Kildare’s challenge to Dublin has slipped away since the 2009 Leinster final. The tale is told most graphically by the bookm(...)

Kildare’s Tommy Moolick celebrates scoring the equalising point in the Leinster SFC quarter-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Kildare 0-16 Laois 0-16 “Games, games, games,” Kildare manager Jason Ryan was hardly downbeat. “Competitive games — that’s really important for us.” (...)

TJ Reid is one of four Ballyhale Shamrocks players to return to the Kilkenny side for Sunday’s Division 1A releagtion play-off with Clare. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Kilkenny have wheeled out the big guns for Sunday’s Division One A relegation play-off against Clare. As expected manager Brian Cody has given instant(...)

Mayo’s Cillian O’Connor make his first start of the year as his side face Monaghan at MacHale Park. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

SATURDAY Division One Tyrone v Derry, Healy Park, 7.0, Live Setanta Ireland  It’s been going from bad to worse for Derry and manage(...)

Kildare manager Jason Ryan: ‘A number of the teams we’re going to be playing have had more time on the pitch in preparation for the games.’ Photograph: Inpho

As Wexford manager when the GAA introduced the winter training ban in 2010, Jason Ryan was one of the initiative’s loudest critics.The rules regardin(...)

The roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme has been accompanied by lengthening waiting lists for essential tests

The roll-out of the national bowel cancer screening programme has been accompanied by lengthening waiting lists for essential tests, two reports indic(...)