Ireland’s Aidan O’Shea celebrates scoring a goal in the International Rules Test. The Mayo man was superb against Australia. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

If whatever crafty gene drives the International Rules series could be isolated, it would make a fortune for the biomedical industry. Two years ago(...)

Ireland celebrate with the Cormac McAnallen Cup after beating Australia at Croke Park. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

The international series evokes a range of reactions but no one can argue with its resilience. Having hit various crises over the past 10 years and(...)

Joe Kernan: “They blew us out of the water last year, they will be wanting to do the same here again, and that’s what we have to be ready for.” Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

The difficulties for this evening’s one-off EirGrid International Rules Test could be seen and heard at Friday’s media conference when all the poin(...)

Ireland captain Bernard Brogan with his Australia counterpart  Luke Hodge ahead of the International Rules Test at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

It might appear strange that Bernard Brogan is facing into only his second international series and his first in five years, and that he does so as ca(...)

Lee Keegan at Croke Park: “What we do on the pitch during the year is totally separate to what we are doing here for Ireland.” Photograph: Gary Carr/Inpho

Whoever dreamed up the International Rules slogan – “We’re all on the same team now” – probably didn’t have Lee Keegan and Diarmuid Connolly in mind.(...)

Dublin’s Jack McCaffrey is presented with GAA GPA Player of the Year award by Dermot Earley, president  GPA, at the  Convention Centre in Dublin. Photograph: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Dublin rounded off a triumphant 2015 by taking the lion’s share, seven, of this year’s GAA-GPA football All Stars as well as the Footballer of the Yea(...)

Ireland manager Joe Kernan chats with his captain Bernard Brogan in  Croke Park. Ireland will play Australia on November 21st. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

All-Ireland football champions Dublin will be strongly represented on the Ireland team which takes on Australia in next month’s one-Test series – alth(...)

Australia’s Jobe Watson and Nick Riewoldt with Ireland’s Aidan Walsh and Seán Cavanagh in action in Perth last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Bernard Brogan would absolutely love to play a championship match outside of Croke Park. It might get some of those critics off his back who say Dubl(...)

Bernard Brogan will captain Ireland against Australia in November’s International Rules Test at Croke Park. Photograph:     Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Dublin’s Bernard Brogan will captain Ireland in the one-off game against Australia at Croke Park in November. Team manager Joe Kernan will announce hi(...)

Donegal manager Jim McGuinness celebrates with Neil  and Eamonn McGee after the victory over Dublin in the 2014 All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

A few days after the Ulster final, Pat Shovelin dropped into the house just for a chat. I was down in the office and he popped his head round the d(...)