Irish republican leader Eamon de Valera speaking at a packed Fenway Park in Boston in 1919. Photograph: Getty Images/General Photographic Agency

An hour before the scheduled start, the police closed the gates at Fenway Park. More than 50,000 had already been shoehorned inside, safety was bec(...)

 Galway manager Cyril Farrell is carried by jubilant supporters after Galway’s victory over Tipperary in the 1988 All-Ireland hurling final. Photograph:  Ray McManus/Sportsfile

It is fitting that Kilkenny and Galway on Sunday mark the 40th anniversary of their first All-Ireland because 1975 is the start of modernity with the (...)

Cork’s Jimmy Barry Murphy (left) and Dublin legend Jimmy Keaveney, who were inducted into the GAA Museum Hall of Fame at Croke Park, Dublin. Photograph: Matt Browne/Sportsfile.

As one of the two new inductees – along with Dublin footballer Jimmy Keaveney – into the GAA Museum’s Hall of Fame Jimmy Barry-Murphy was immediately (...)

 Jimmy Doyle, Tipperary hurling legend,   at the Thurles Sarsfields Club at Semple Stadium. Photograph:  Bryan O’Brien

To aficionados of the great days of Tipperary hurling, Jimmy Doyle, who has died aged 76, will be remembered as perhaps the greatest hurler to sport t(...)

Tipperary hurling legend Jimmy Doyle photographed in June 2005 at the Thurles Sarsfields Club at Semple Stadium. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Thurles on Thursday, the spiritual home of hurling, to pay their last respects and hear warm tributes to one of the g(...)

Tipperary  legend Jimmy Doyle was once the top marksman in the history of championship hurling and also the game’s most marked player. Photograph: Inpho

It’s been a sobering few days for hurling: news of Tipperary icon Jimmy Doyle’s sudden death at the age of 76 emerged on Monday evening after a weeken(...)

Tipperary great  Jimmy Doyle pictured in June 2005  at  Thurles Sarsfields  at Semple Stadium.  Photo: Bryan O’Brien/Irish Times

The death has taken place in Thurles of the great Tipperary and Thurles Sarsfields hurler Jimmy Doyle at the age of 76. One of the most highly rated p(...)

Galway’s Jonathan Glynn and Joe Canning tackle Dublin’s Conal Keaney at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

It’s unlikely that Saturday’s Leinster hurling championship replay between Dublin and Galway in Tullamore will be televised. RTÉ could broadcast it, s(...)

Liam Brady is reunited with his former manager and stereo repair man Giovanni Trapattoni. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan/Inpho

Sporting life is a funny old thing: the highs stratospheric, the lows subterranean. Take Bobby Zamora. Time was he was serenaded, to the tune of That’(...)

2011 final : John O’Keeffe and Shane McGrath get up close and personal  – Hard work had certainly brought out a formidable talent but Henry Shefflin had what all great players possess – the confidence and nerve to execute his skills under excruciating pressure

Although it appears obvious now that it’s about to happen, there was uncertainty about Henry Shefflin’s intentions since the end of last week’s All-Ir(...)