Laois’s Pauric Clancy celebrates their Leinster final  victory over Kildare in 2003. Photograph: Patrick Bolger/Inpho

Twelve years ago Laois and Kildare contested the Leinster football final. On Saturday they’re in the provincial quarter-final, possibly wondering whet(...)

Carlow’s Brendan Murphy will be in the US this summer. Photo: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Carlow will have to manage without Brendan Murphy for a second consecutive championship campaign as the big midfielder intends on travelling to the US(...)

Brendan Murphy is again to join up with the Carlow fooballers after a year’s absence. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho.

Laois have been buoyed by the return of last year’s New York senior football captain Brendan Quigley to their senior panel for the 2015 season.The Ti(...)

Monaghan’s Dick Clerkin and Tyrone’s Seán Cavanagh compete for a high ball during last Sunday’s Ulster SFC quarter-final at Clones. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

The football championship this past weekend offered starkly contrasting stories; Monaghan’s controlled joy in Clones and Carlow’s 28-point humiliation(...)

Meath’s Michael Newman rounds goalkeeper Pat Coady of Carlow to score his side’s sixth goal in the Leinster quarter-final at Dr Cullen Park. Photo: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Meath 7-13 Carlow 0-6Not so long ago Anthony Rainbow discovered that Brendan Murphy, by some distance Carlow’s best footballer, so good he was recruit(...)

Carlow’s Darragh Foley claims the high ball ahead of and meath’s Shane O’Rourke during the Leinster SFC quarter-final clash  at  Dr Cullen Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Carlow 0-6 Meath 7-13 A horror show for Carlow on their own patch. So low were confidence levels by the finish that a streaker was allowed run the len(...)

While Carlow coach Anthony Rainbow knows they have a tough Leinster SFC quarter-final against Meath, he notes: “a lot of people are writing us off already but we’ll put up a fight.” Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Fact: the most destructive sportsman living on this island is a Junior B Carlow footballer. Only problem is Anthony Rainbow can’t pick him for Sunday’(...)

Seán O’Brien: very optimistic about Ireland’s future under Joe Schmidt. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Seán O’Brien’s simple rationale as to why Ireland will win the Six Nations championship in Paris this Saturday is compelling and beli(...)

Carlow 2-7 Longford 1-19Longford made short work of Carlow during a blistering first-half display at Dr Cullen Park yesterday.Jack Sheedy’s side domin(...)

It’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: Kieran McGeeney is leaving Kildare and returning to his native county Armagh. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

So it’s not dubbed the managerial merry-go-round for nothing: on the same night Jason Ryan went before the Kildare county board to be ratified as thei(...)