“I love hurling. But there are more important things in life. Your family and your health. Hurling is . . . it is fun and enjoyment and it gets you excited. I think we all need something. It doesn’t have to be hurling.” Photograph: Inpho

What winds Davy Fitzgerald up? And who is he anyhow? Yes, he is still – always – the fiercely energetic and fine goalkeeper in a Clare group that seem(...)

Walter Walsh in action against Clare. Walsh played in all of Kilkenny’s league and championship games last year. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Every team has their own ambition going into Allianz Hurling League, and for Kilkenny it’s about ending the drought. After three successive league tit(...)

Richie Power has announced his inter-county retirement. Photograph: INpho

Kilkenny hurling stalwart Richie Power has announced his inter-county retirement. 30-year-old Power has been forced to call time on a stunning career(...)

Rob Kearney scores Ireland’s first try against France as Robbie Henshaw looks on at the  Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Newly released figures show big sporting events continue to attract Irish viewers to their television screens in record numbers. The Rugby World Cup(...)

Philips Manager of the Year award winners  Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill and Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill with  Philips MD Cel O’Reilly. Photograph: Morgan Treacy

Without it being groundbreaking, there’s some symmetry to the O’Neills sharing the Philips Sports Manager of the Year award. At the 33rd instalment of(...)

Martin and Michael O’Neill have been named the joint-Philips Sports Managers of the year. Ireland Manager Martin and Northern Ireland manager Michael(...)

Proven master:  Willie Mullins on the gallops at Cheltenham racecourse. Photo:  Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

The deeper he journeyed into the back nine of life, the more Vinny Fitzpatrick preferred a pint that bit earlier of an evening. It was an arrangement (...)

Kilkenny manager Brian Cody celebrates at the final whistle after his side won the 2015 All-Ireland hurling championship. Photo: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Brian Cody’s long reign at the helm of the Kilkenny hurlers is set to continue for an 18th season after he was last night ratified by the county board(...)

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham. Nobody has come closer to bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back to the county for the first time since the late 1980s. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

As if to confirm that Galway hurling is predictable only in its startling unpredictability, up pop Craughwell chasing a first county title since De(...)

Munster champions Tipperary open their defence against Cork next summer. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Cork and Tipperary will open next year’s championship in Munster after being drawn in the preliminary round. This last happened in 2010 and Tippera(...)