Former All Star Colm Browne was manager of Laois back in 1995. Photograph: Tom Honan\Inpho

Tomorrow evening in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow and Laois will be among the first counties to get the 2015 Leinster football championship under way.(...)

John Montague: one of Ireland’s most internationally recognised poets. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

To mark Poetry Day Ireland, a country-wide celebration of poetry on Thursday May 7th, The Irish Times is publishing Bird Boy, a new poem by John Mon(...)

Tipperary’s Paul Curran has retired from inter-county hurling. Photograph: Inpho

Tipperary hurling veteran Paul Curran has announced his inter-county retirement.33-year-old Curran, who picked up an All-Ireland medal in 2010, was le(...)

Paul Curran: the former dual All Star began his illustrious career for  Tipperary in 2001. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Tipperary manager Eamon O’Shea has trimmed a number of players, including 2010 All-Ireland SHC medallist Paul Curran, from his squad ahead of this sum(...)

Waterford manager Derek McGrath at Nowlan Park on Sunday. Photo: Inpho/Cathal Noonan

Derek McGrath doesn’t really do over the top. His biggest result yet as Waterford manager is parsed in the language of analysis – calm, measured, rat(...)

Dublin’s Eoghan O’Gara: is the third of Jim Gavin’s football panel in little over 12 months to sustain ACL rupture. Photograph: Inpho

The Dublin footballers must come to terms with another cruciate injury setback, as news emerged last night that forward Eoghan O’Gara will miss the r(...)

Tipperary’s Patrick Maher battles with Shane O’Neill during their Allianz Hurling League Division One A match at Páirc Uí Rinn, Cork. Photograph: Inpho

Cork 4-21 Tipperary 2-28 Tipperary’s pre-match preparations may have been affected by their late arrival due to traffic congestion around Páirc Uí Rin(...)

Galway’s  Joe Canning: his recent return strengthens the side  but the balance of motivation – for Dublin, a possible return to Nowlan Park for a relegation play-off – favours a Dublin win. Photograph: Inpho

Allianz Football League Division Two Galway v Laois, Tuam Stadium, 2.0 – Two teams going in different directions over the past couple of weeks: Laois’(...)

Richie Hogan and Cillian Buckley will be rested for Kilkenny this weekend. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Holders Kilkenny will be significantly under-strength for Sunday’s Division 1A match against Clare in Nowlan Park. Hurler of the Year Richie Hogan, wh(...)

Henry Shefflin celebrates with fans of Ballyhale Shamrocks after the All-Ieland club final victory over Kilmallock. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Another All-Ireland heads for Kilkenny. It’s not Ballyhale’s fault but their three most recent finals have been relatively bloodless affairs and in fa(...)