Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match in May 2015.  BT Sports will have exclusive coverage of the tournament in 2015. (Photograph: PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUPIERRE/Getty Images)

BT Ireland said on Thursday that underlying revenues rose by 6 per cent in the first quarter of its financial year, as the broadband provider benefit(...)

Kerry captain Kieran Donaghy with supporters at the end of the game. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 1-11 Cork 1-6 Oh mercy. They said Cork might struggle to rekindle the fire of 13 days ago, and so it proved, Kerry safely keeping the Munster fo(...)

Cork’s Kevin O’Driscoll in action against Kerry’s Paul Geaney who returns to the Kingdom’s starting line-up for the replay at Killarney. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Selections are generally an indicator of how teams view replays. The obvious imperative after a draw is to learn from it and improve. A clear sign o(...)

Darragh Ó Sé shadows Graham Canty in the Munster semi-final replay in 2009. It was a game in which Kerry failed to match Cork’s tempo – but they were to regain their momentum in the qualifiers. Photograph: Lorraine O’Sullivan

Replays are all about the head. Kerry and Cork wouldn’t have been able to do a whole pile of innovation between the drawn game and this weekend. Wi(...)

Mark Collins of Cork reacts as referee Pádraig Hughes awards a penalty against him during the Munster SFC Final at Fitzgerald Stadium in Killarney. Photograph:  Donall Farmer/Inpho

Kerry 2-15 Cork 3-12 Call them charmed or call them haunted. Or call it the poise of All-Ireland champions. The sun still shone over Fitzgerald Stadiu(...)

Cork defender James Loughrey: “Personally I’ll never forget the Munster final,” he said of last year, “and I’m sure a lot of the boys won’t, but collectively – it was just a game.” Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

While this rivalry occasionally produces the unexpected, the trend is clear: Kerry win more often than Cork. That trend hardens in Killarney, where(...)

Dublin’s Ciarán Kilkenny is challenged by Cork’s  Eoin Cadogan  in yesterday’s Allianz National League Division One football final in Croke Park. Photograph: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

History-making has never seemed so routine. Dublin totted up a three-in-a-row of National Leagues for the first time, and needed no more energy to do (...)

 Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal goalkeepr Michael Boyle in the Allianz Football League semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The counties with the biggest boxes to tick after last year meet in tomorrow’s Allianz Football League final in Croke Park. Both Dublin and Cork ha(...)

Cork’s Mark Collins celebrates scoring his side’s first goal against Mayo - one of ten during the league. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

For all of their adventures on the dark side of defensive systems and auxiliary defenders Cork footballers ended the regulation league season top of D(...)

Michael Murphy tries to block down Mark Collins during Cork’s victory over Donegal in the national league semi-final in Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19 By dictat, nay by the very law of the land, semi-finals are for the winning. But what of league semi-finals? Maybe not (...)